Helping gain insights from COVID-19 patient data in times when our doctors don't have the means to

LynxCare is the leading Clinical Big Data platform. We enable hospitals to mine their data, to improve clinical efficiency and increase the quality of care. Now, in the challenging context of the COVID-19 crisis we want to help share the load and use our expertise to support healthcare professionals who battle the virus on the frontlines. Therefore, LynxCare further expands its technology for hospitals to build the most granular longitudonal COVID-19 registry worldwide by efficiently mine their COVID-19 patient records, with full respect for GDPR and patient privacy. As such, we want to assist in the development of a real-time extensive clinical data registry, generating population insights which will help counter the virus now as well as in the future. The master datalist includes over 150 different clinical parameters going from lab results to comorbidities , outcomes and CT findings. The datalist is based on published Chinese research, WHO and international expert feedback.

Insufficient insights

In times of the coronavirus, medical staff have their hands full treating the numerous patients who come in and need care urgently. The time to do extensive data analysis and registration lacks and therefore only a fraction of COVID-19 patient data can be gathered manually. As a result healthcare professionals and medicine in general are unable to gather sufficient insights on a population level.

The LynxCare AI powered Big Data platform offers a continuous, real-time, scalable data processing solution that relieves medical staff of data processing tasks. LynxCare’s Care Monitor provides physicians with a digital data assistant that automatically processes, analyses and monitors patient records. With the help of machine learning and natural language processing, the Care Monitor converts this data into workable insights for medical decisions, both retro and prospective, helping healthcare professionals to expedite their care of patients and gather insights for in-depth analysis when the dust settles in the near future.

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Continuous data extraction

Hospital Information Systems contain enormous amounts of data such as administrative data, pharmacy data, lab, claims, medical and ambulatory records. This data is ingested on a real-time basis into a ‘data store’. From there, LynxCare data/text mining and AI algorithms continuously extract the data needed for the compliance, quality reporting & research needs.

Clinical data points are stored in an OMOP clinical database. The algorithm is trained on specific data points to extract these accurately from the source records. The data point list is generated from scientific publications containing most elements that are of relevance for COVID-19 risk and population insights. The hospital stays in control of their own data. A data processing agreement is put in place before the start of a hospital implementation.

Automated coding of source data (SNOMED) allows key indicators in clinical records to be transparently visualized through the cloud in management dashboards for hospitals and government agencies if agreed. Through these intuitive dashboards the viewer gets quick and objective insights into the quality of the care provided.

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The LynxCare data extraction is accurate and peer-reviewed. The findings of a peer-reviewed validation study performed at ZOL Genk hospital, were published in The Journal of Arthroplasty, validating the LynxCare technology: “The use of an automated, AI-supported search algorithm for EMRs provided continuous feedback on the quality of care with a performance level comparable to manual data extraction, but with greater speed. Furthermore, the study concluded that AI accuracy was 95.0%, compared to 94.5% for manual review.”

Eventually, this automated data extraction, allows for an increase of clinical time of more than 5%. This means medical staff gain more time needed for example for consultations or surgeries, which can lead to increased hospital revenue. Also, data processing costs plummet 66%. At the same time, our technology indirectly helps hospitals comply with data quality standards and helps establish more and improved trials and research collaborations.

Management cockpit

With our LynxCare Data Platform we want to provide hospitals with a ‘Management cockpit’ to visualize and benchmark COVID-19 insights, also to compare and evaluate between hospitals on an international scale. By offering this solution we enable healthcare centers to build up ‘clinical registries’ and allow them to uncover risk factors. Similar to the following example of our approach at the cardiology department of AZ Delta, our Data Platform follows the same pattern in which we identify the factors that contribute to higher COVID-19 severity risks and possible outcomes.

Overall, the LynxCare Data platform can provide added value in the global battle against COVID-19. As such, LynxCare hopes to play its part in overcoming the coronavirus together with the combined efforts and expertise of healthcare professionals around the world.

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