Alliance of Va. hospitals adds discharge data to COVID-19 dashboard

Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 10:18 AM EDT
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An alliance of hospitals and health delivery systems across Virginia, which has been managing their own

across the commonwealth, is now reporting the number of patients discharged.

While the

shows the number of cases confirmed each day, number of people tested, total hospitalizations, total deaths, and demographic breakdowns, it does not show information on the number of patients who have recovered, like some states do.

That's because, according to Dr. Norm Oliver, Virginia's state health commissioner, data on recoveries is not reported to the state health department, so it's not data they have available to provide.

The data used by the VDH to report cumulative hospitalizations is based on information reported in hospital claims. On the other hand, the numbers reported by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association are based on a current census from hospitals, which provides a separate data set from the VDH information.

VHHA data includes statistics on ventilator usage, current hospital bed availability, and metrics on the number of hospitals experiencing challenges obtaining or replenishing critical inventories of PPE and other needed medical supplies.

Now, it also includes data on the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients who had to be hospitalized who have been discharged.

While not an exact "recovery" statistic, it's data closer to that than any other official tally for Virginia, at least for the patients with cases severe enough to require hospitalization.

It will be updated on a daily basis, along with the rest of the VHHA data.

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) launched their

last Monday to provide up-to-date statistics on the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the Commonwealth.

It's meant to provide the public, as well as state and federal officials, a resource showing accurate data on the "work being done by Virginia hospitals and health systems, and the thousands of dedicated health care professionals they employ, who are combatting COVID-19," according to the association.

The dashboard includes:

• The total number of confirmed COVID-19 patients who have been hospitalized in Virginia and then discharged.

• The combined number of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients who are currently hospitalized, and hospitalized patients whose COVID-19 test results are pending.

o The total number of currently hospitalized COVID-19 patients confirmed positive through testing.

o The total number of people currently receiving inpatient hospital care whose COVID19 test results are pending.

o The combined number of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients, and those whose COVID-19 test results are pending, currently hospitalized in an intensive care unit (ICU).

o The combined number of hospital patients, both confirmed for COVID-19 and those with test results pending, currently receiving ventilator support.

• The total number of ventilators on-hand in Virginia hospitals.

o The total number of ventilators currently in use at Virginia hospitals (not all ventilators in use are associated with treating COVID-19 patients).

o The share of total ventilators in use.

• Overall hospital bed availability.

• The total number of Virginia hospitals experiencing difficulty in obtaining or replenishing PPE in the next three days.

o The total number of Virginia hospitals experiencing difficulty in obtaining or replenishing other needed medical supplies in the next three days.

“Our public sector partners, health care colleagues, members of the public, and journalists are all seeking credible information about this unfolding global pandemic,” said VHHA President and CEO Sean T. Connaughton. “With the support of the Association’s members, we are making this data available in an easy-to-access format as part of our ongoing commitment to transparency and informing the public about complex health care issues.”

“Reliable data is a cornerstone of any predictive modeling work being done by those who are working to forecast the spread of COVID-19, anticipate its peak, and identify health care providers’ needs as they battle this virus," said VHHA Vice President of Data Analytics David Vaamonde. "The data gathered to populate this dashboard is a key component of that effort.”

“Sharing this data publicly wouldn’t be possible without incredible support from VHHA’s 110 hospital members representing 27 health systems which are supplying this information so we can monitor system capacity and other logistical challenges associated with the frontline work of responding to this pandemic,” said VHHA Emergency Preparedness Director Kelly Parker.

In addition to the COVID-19 data dashboard, VHHA also maintains

that has resources, documents, and a portal through which people with supplies can find information on hospitals seeking donations.

You can also find the latest data from the dashboard below:

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