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COVID-19 resources for the healthcare industry from Purdue University

Telehealth/Telemedicine

Purdue Healthcare Advisors is providing healthcare practices with guidance on how this crisis is impacting telehealth options related to Medicare and Medicaid patients, and what clinics and practices can do to get their telehealth services up and running. On our telehealth page, you'll find basic information, quick reference Medicare/Medicaid COVID-19 guides, tip sheets to give your patients, and phone scripts for your telehealth-related patient outreach. You also can register for upcoming PHA-hosted webinars sponsored by the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center on telemedicine technology basics (including keeping patient-related info safe) and how you can use telehealth and telemedicine to support Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Indiana Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program participation.

Personal Protective Equipment

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at Purdue University is working with a growing network of Indiana-based manufacturing suppliers to provide Indiana hospitals, long term care facilities, behavioral health, public health, and home-health providers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). “For example, KemKrest is creating hand sanitizer product for buyers around the world and they have committed to make significant quantities available on a weekly basis to Indiana hospitals and healthcare providers. They have multiple size bottles/packaging available and are ready and able to ship quantities to Indiana facilities as orders are placed," said MEP Assistant Director Bill Logan, who adds that several PPE-related items in addition to hand sanitizer are now in production including face shields, protective ad isolation gowns, disposable medical face masks, KN95 folding medical masks, infrared thermometers, latex gloves, CPE shoe covers, smocks, and more. 

Purdue also is working with a company that can help with large electrical projects in conjunction with temporary hospitals and triage areas.  MEP needs your help to better identify what items are needed; what items are in short supply; what regulatory manufacturing specifications might be required; what pricing and cost tolerances are acceptable; and what vendor qualification process is necessary to become a supplier. Contact Bill Logan, MEP Assistant Director, at (317) 388-5124 or wflogan@purdue.edu; or MEP COVID-19 Effort Project Manager Aaron Ramsey at aaronramsey@purdue.edu.

Testing

A new partnership between Purdue University, the Indiana State Department of Health, and Indiana hospitals could expand the state's capacity in serving COVID-19 patients. The Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) inside Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine is working with Fort Wayne-based Parkview Health to start conducting COVID-19 tests for human patients. The goal is to turn around results the same day that samples are received in the lab. All samples will be sent directly from hospitals back to Purdue's ADDL. Additional partnerships with other hospitals across the state are possible. Interested hospitals should complete a partnership inquiry form if they wish to be contacted should testing capacity increase. 

Other

Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences — Launches faculty-led initiative to support families during COVID-19 pandemic

PRF Office of Technology Commercialization — Fast-tracks COVID-19-based therapeutic solutions and opens up industry discussions

Purdue Extension Service — Provides recommendations regarding COVID-19 as they relate to farm labor, livestock sales, buying from local farmers, at-home learning activities for kids, maintaining financial control, mental health, pandemic scams, and a whole lot more.

Health and Home Care:

 

Contact

Natalie Stewart

MBA

Assistant Director, Quality Services

765-496-1265

765-517-1682

nmstewart@purdue.edu

Surveys

Survey 1 / National ― In order to assertively advocate for Indiana medical practices, Purdue Healthcare Advisors' QPP Resource Center partner Altarum Institute asks you to shed light on how ambulatory clinics across the Midwest are coping during the COVID-19 public health emergency by completing a five-minute survey. The survey results will be aggregated and shared across our partnerships and contacts at state and federal agencies to provide them a clearer picture of what is happening on the ground.

Survey 2 / State ― The Indiana State Medical Association and the Indiana Medical Group Management Association are asking medical practices statewide to complete this brief business impact survey regarding the business impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their practices. The information gathered will be used as they work with the governor’s office, the Indiana State Department of Health, and state and federal legislators to make them aware of the issues and challenges facing physician practices, including changes in patient volumes, revenues and staffing concerns.

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