Becker's Healthcare April 15, 2021
Hannah Mitchell

To better understand symptoms associated with “long COVID-19,” hospitals may need to make large changes to their EHRs, according to an April 14 Politico report.

Ken Mandl, MD, directs the Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics program. Dr. Mandl told Politico that EHRs don’t tell physicians what conditions a patient has. Instead, a provider must manually look into an EHR and interpret the data.

“Wiring up the health system to study post-COVID syndrome” will be a massive undertaking, Dr. Mandl said. “We don’t know the extent of it, and how IT needs to change to understand it.”

As federal mandates ease restrictions on sharing health data, it could prove an opportunity to use sophisticated software to look for patterns hidden...

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