When public health data reporting is done manually it consumes a lot of time. This has been experienced by dialysis clinics in a federal COVID-19 vaccine program. When vaccines arrive at the clinics, clinicians need to document COVID-19 vaccination in the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) software / EHR.

Automation of public health data

Care organizations in the program have the responsibility to report infection data for patients to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The network administrators are also required to register the COVID-19 vaccine inventory every working day through different CDCD platforms.

If a clinic has one employee doing only data entry and recording data it would take them eight hours. To streamline the data entry process and help healthcare providers offer patient-centered care, Fresenius automated the public health data reporting. Data is electronically submitted and uploaded electronically. This has helped to mitigate the clinician burden and enhance productivity levels. The data is extracted from several clinical and inventory management systems. The electronic method has resulted in time savings.

Through the quick data collection by the federal government, patient care can be enhanced and big data can be leveraged on the back end to spot, mitigate, and, address different public health issues and dangers.

The role of big data in healthcare

Big data has revolutionized healthcare in many ways. Big data can help stakeholders comprehend which patients can develop severe illnesses and which populations are more prone to the virus. Big data can also be used by healthcare professionals to direct public health strategies for patient groups vulnerable to health disparities, this may include end-stage kidney disease.

Patients with end-stage kidney disease have to receive life-sustaining dialysis care. These underlying conditions impact immunity levels and as a result, these patients are at a higher risk of getting infected with the COVID-19 virus. Having access to aggregate data can help study how the risk of COVID-19 can be alleviated in dialysis patients. The role of big data is crucial in informing existing and future vaccination programs.