Field Report: Mayo Clinic with John Halamka, MD


John Halamka

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#ThisWeekinHealthIT Field Report with John Halamka MD of the Mayo Clinic.
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Field Report: Mayo Clinic with John Halamka


Episode 233: Show Notes


In today’s episode of This Week in Health IT News, we speak with Dr. John Halamka, president of the Mayo Clinic Platform, about the national COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition – a private-sector led response that brings together healthcare organizations, technology firms, nonprofits, academia, and startups to preserve the healthcare delivery system and help protect U.S. populations. We also discuss data-driven outcomes and digital tools like GPS-contact tracing and novel apps, as well as the challenges of potentially dealing with sensitive identified data and how to protect it. John goes on to discuss the importance of platforms in getting rid of misinformation, analyzing data, and sharing knowledge. For all this and some links to free, open-source resources on the COVID-19 pandemic, make sure to listen in! 


Key Points From This Episode:


  • John explains the work he has been doing with the national COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition.
  • How to gather comprehensive data sets from disparate sources into a central repository.
  • Using a federated analytic approach that gets beyond data use agreements to create a registry.
  • Creating and updating automated systems to comply with a FHIR situational awareness standard.
  • John explores some digital tools that have been developed regarding contact tracing.
  • The role that apps and platforms need to play in dispelling misinformation about COVID-19.
  • Mayo Clinic has put mechanisms in place to quickly de-identify data, centralize, and analyze it.
  • How much and what type of testing do we need moving forward?




“If we are going to be ready for the pandemics of the future… we need situational awareness API’s, using FHIR, that enable our public health entities to say how many are immunized? How many ventilators do we need? What PPE do you need? All this stuff is not that hard to automate if you have a standard” – Dr. John Halamka @MayoClinic [0:09:34]


“If you go to the website of the COVID Coalition, there are over 700 publically available datasets on that website, and data visualizations that anyone can access” – Dr. John Halamka @MayoClinic [0:16:13]


“We are going to look at the medical record of every COVID positive patient that has been tested in our organizations and we are actually going to start to look at characteristics about them. Who had a severe infection? What were the earliest signs? Can you predict severity based on early signs?” – Dr. John Halamka @MayoClinic [0:18:20]


Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:


StarBridge Advisors

Email – [email protected]

Bill Russell’s Personal Meeting Room – Live Chat

Serious Healthcare

COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition

The MITRE Corporation

National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project


MayoClinic on Twitter