Ventilator Utilization Data Can Save Lives
"As the United States braces for an onslaught of coronavirus cases, hospitals and governments are confronting a grim reality: There are not nearly enough lifesaving ventilator machines to go around, and there is no way to solve the problem before the disease reaches full throttle."
- The New York Times (Link)
The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security (JHCHS) estimates that there are about 160,000 ventilators available for patient care, but the American Hospital Association estimates 960,000 people may need them over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. While manufacturers race to ramp production, hospitals and patients need access to real-time utilization data of existing ventilators in operation. Phunware's Knowledge Graph is uniquely suited to track critical data attributes in near real-time, while Phunware's mobile digital front door provides clinicians with everything they need to monitor and track the utilization of key resources like ventilators. However, to do this across the country, we are calling on the medical community to compile a national registry so clinicians and patients have complete visibility of existing resources and patients can find the lifesaving equipment they need.