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In Anaesthesia and intensive care ; h5-index 21.0

The COVID-19 pandemic has required intensive care units to rapidly adjust and adapt their existing practices. Although there has a focus on expanding critical care infrastructure, equipment and workforce, plans have not emphasised the need to increase digital capabilities. The objective of this report was to recognise key areas of digital health related to the COVID-19 response. We identified and explored six focus areas relevant to intensive care, including using digital solutions to increase critical care capacity, developing surge capacity within an electronic health record, maintenance and downtime planning, training considerations and the role of data analytics. This article forms the basis of a framework for the intensive care digital health response to COVID-19 and other emerging infectious disease outbreaks.

Kirrane Marianne D, Shrapnel Sally, Ramanan Mahesh, Clement Pierre, Fraser John F, Laupland Kevin B, Sullivan Clair M, Shekar Kiran


COVID-19, digital health, electronic health record, infectious disease outbreaks, intensive care, machine learning, pandemic planning