by Dan Lemle
The COVID-19 public health crisis continues to add new pressures to our national health care system and the daily lives of all Americans. Developing effective prevention and treatment methods has become a central focus of the entire health care industry.
The Alliance of Community Health Plans’ (ACHP) nonprofit, community-based health organizations and their provider partners are reacting quickly to develop solutions to protect their communities and the public health. For example:
- Kaiser Permanente launched the very first COVID-19 vaccine trial
- UPMC is partnering with other health organizations on a pilot program to treat COVID-19 patients with blood plasma donated by people who have recovered from the disease. This promising treatment is anticipated to greatly speed recovery time until a cure is found
- Sanford Health, the largest provider of rural health care in the country, will lead a comprehensive clinical trial investigating the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to understand its role in treating and potentially preventing COVID-19
- Geisinger Health has established its’ first-ever contact tracing program to help slow and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19. The program involves identifying individuals who have tested positive for the virus and mapping how many people they’ve been in contact with
COVID-19 continues to be a formidable challenge to our nation’s health care system. Rooted in the communities they serve, ACHP members are taking the lead on developing and deploying real-time solutions to secure the health and safety of their members.
Additional information on efforts of ACHP plans and their affiliated systems during this public health crisis is available here.