Geisinger, UPMC, among health systems fast-tracking tech, telehealth projects for COVID-19

Health IT leaders at hospitals and health systems are fast-tracking major technology projects—some in a matter of days.

As coronavirus cases rapidly increase in the U.S., healthcare chief information officers (CIOs) and IT executives are facing an unprecedented situation with a demand to ramp up technology tools on multiple fronts.

Hospital CIOs are quickly putting up telehealth infrastructure and telecommuting capabilities for thousands of employees and also developing screening chatbots and tracking tools to help frontline healthcare workers respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

"The leaders out in the field, at clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals, they are working at a pace that is heroic at best. What they are doing is right now is pretty amazing," said Russell Branzell, president and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

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