MHA Works with State to Provide COVID-19 Data

New statewide data related to the novel coronavirus pandemic was unveiled April 23 on the state of Michigan’s coronavirus webpage. Using data that hospitals submit to the state’s EMResource portal, the MHA developed a report for the state webpage that shows the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) on hand, current census of COVID-19 patients, current census of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, and bed occupancy rate regardless of COVID-19 status. The information is also available in a searchable dashboard format.

Shortly after the data was posted to the website, the MHA hosted a media call to brief reporters and demonstrate the data that is available for health systems and independent hospitals across the state. Several media outlets participated in the call, along with staff from Michigan hospitals. During the question-and-answer period, reporters received clarification that data from all Michigan acute-care hospitals is included, the possibility of including additional data points is being evaluated, and the factors that are included when determining how many days’ worth of PPE a hospital or system has on hand.

The data will be updated Monday and Thursday afternoons until further notice, using data that has been submitted to EMResource by 1 p.m. the previous day. Hospitals are encouraged to update their information in the portal daily to ensure their data is properly reflected. For more information on the data, contact Jim Lee at the MHA. Questions regarding media coverage of the information may be directed to Ruthanne Sudderth at the MHA.