The Health Care business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions has launched a free COVID-19 Data Resource Center to provide county-level insights on at-risk populations and potential care capacity gaps to support the US health care industry's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By combining its own data and analytics with those of other industry stakeholders, the company created insights that can be used by health care organizations, public health officials, and health researchers to help allocate resources to the populations with the greatest need.
The COVID-19 Data Resource Center features heat maps with insights that identify at-risk populations and correlated gaps in provider coverage. Each county is assigned a percentile rank on a scale of 0 (low-risk) to 100 (high-risk) across various parameters. The map is updated regularly to quickly address the care needs of the community. The initial release focused on answering two critical questions:
1. Which communities are most at-risk for poor health outcomes due to COVID-19 in the United States?
LexisNexis Risk Solutions defines high-risk population in the COVID-19 Data Resource Center as the proportion of the county where population is 60 years or older with two or more high-risk COVID-19 comorbidities. The company leveraged its deidentified claims assets to understand where comorbidities exist among the 60+ population. It then applied county-level socioeconomic factors to identify which counties have socioeconomic needs that, if unaddressed, are most likely to prevent optimal health outcomes.
2. Which communities are in most need of critical care resources to help combat the impact of COVID-19 in their region?
To answer this question, LexisNexis Risk Solutions utilized its deidentified medical claims and provider datasets, along with data from industry partners, to look at the following factors:
This information helps counties throughout the United States understand their level of preparedness to meet the potential needs of high-risk populations as compared to their peers, and provides a line-of-sight into opportunities to expand resources.
"LexisNexis Risk Solutions is committed to supporting the US response to the COVID-19 pandemic by partnering with key health care players and leveraging our own data assets and technology to provide timely insights that can help those on the front lines provide care and resources to at-risk populations," says Josh Schoeller, senior vice president and general manager of LexisNexis Risk Solutions Health Care. "Our hope is that these resources can help health care, public health, and policy leaders make important decisions to enable the best possible care for our most vulnerable populations."
LexisNexis Risk Solutions is open to collaborating with organizations interested in contributing additional data to help establish an even more comprehensive aggregated view of populations linked to their risk factors and potential care needs.
Source: LexisNexis Risk Solutions