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Leveraging Health System Telehealth and Informatics Infrastructure to Create a Continuum of Services for COVID-19 Screening, Testing, and Treatment 

This on-demand webinar does not offer CE credit.

A JAMIA Journal Club webinar – part of AMIA’s COVID-19 Resource Center

Ford D, Harvey JB, McElligott J, et al. Leveraging Health System Telehealth and Informatics Infrastructure to Create a Continuum of Services for COVID-19 Screening, Testing, and Treatment [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 30]. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2020;ocaa157. doi:10.1093/jamia/ocaa157

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Dee W. Ford, MD, MSCR
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
Medical University of South Carolina
Jillian Harvey, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Doctor of Health Administration Division
Medical University of South Carolina
Leslie A. Lenert, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI
Assistant Provost for Data Science and Informatics
Chief Research Information Officer
Medical University of South Carolina


Maryam Zolnoori, PhD
Columbia School of Nursing
Mayo Clinic


Jason Thomas
PhD Student - NLM Predoctoral Trainee
Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education Department, University of Washington

Statement of Purpose

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. To ensure safety and meet patient needs, health systems adjusted care processes and deployed new approaches to screen and care for COVID patients, and continue to meet routine care needs. The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), like many healthcare institutions, experienced a dramatic reduction in ambulatory operations following government social distancing guidelines and increased demand for COVID-19 screening and testing.

The authors describe how MUSC implemented four COVID-19 telehealth initiatives—virtual urgent care, remote patient monitoring, continuous virtual monitoring (aka “tele-sitter”), and ambulatory care transformation—and four biomedical informatics innovations during the initial weeks of the pandemic.

The authors share MUSC’s  processes, utilization, and lessons learned in using telehealth for screening and testing, reducing healthcare worker exposure, and transforming outpatient to virtual/telehealth care

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is professionals and students interested in health informatics.

Learning Objectives

The general learning objective for all of the JAMIA Journal Club webinars is that participants will

  • Use a critical appraisal process to assess article validity and to gauge article findings' relevance to practice

After this live activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Consider the MUSC approach in using health informatics to support clinical care during COVID-19
  • Identify appropriate telehealth modalities to provide a continuum of services during the COVID-19 pandemic

Commercial Support

No commercial support was received for this activity.

Disclosures for this Activity 

The following presenters, planners, and staff who are in a position to control the content of this activity disclose that they and their life partners have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests: 

JAMIA Journal Club Presenters: Dee Ford, Jillian Harvey and Leslie Lenert
JAMIA Journal Club planners: Hannah Burkhardt, Michael Chiang, Jason Thomas, Maryam Zolnoori
AMIA staff: Susanne Arnold, Pesha Rubinstein


Dates and Times: -
Type: Webinar
Course Format(s): On Demand