August 31, 2020
Recently released analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed additional insight into the impact of COVID-19 on patients across the country. The data—compiled through the Research and Development Survey (RANDS) platform—found that nearly 40 percent of patients saw reductions in their access to one or more types of care as a direct result of the pandemic.
The RANDS data was collected between June 9 and July 6 and measured the impact on access to care during the previous two months. The survey included access to several types of services, including:
During the early phases of the pandemic, Pennsylvania’s health care providers and facilities—including hospitals and health systems—complied with the order to cancel scheduled, routine, and non-emergency services and procedures as a way to preserve resources and capacity for COVID-19 patients. The order was lifted during the spring, and hospitals gradually began to safely resume these important services.
Hospitals have put in place additional safety measures to protect patients and health care workers from COVID-19, including:
During June, HAP launched a public information campaign through its Healthy Me PA community to encourage Pennsylvanians not to delay necessary medical care and to contact their provider to get their health care back on track. Additionally, HAP has created a special webpage and resources to help patients and their families navigate care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For additional information, contact Robert Shipp III, PhD, BSN, RN, vice president, population health and clinical affairs.
Tags: Quality Initiatives | Patient and Family Engagement | COVID-19
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