WellSky, Qlik launch ‘heat map’

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – WellSky and Qlik, a data and analytics company, have launched a “heat map” feature for home care providers. The WellSky COVID-19 Tracker allows providers to leverage data to track current outbreaks, anticipate locations with increasing infection rates and distribute valuable PPE based on where it’s needed most. “With information changing daily, care providers need up-to-date data on where they should focus their attention and finite resources,” said Bill Miller, CEO of WellSky. “WellSky and Qlik’s new coronavirus heat map will help providers make smarter, more informed decisions throughout the public health crisis.” WellSky and Qlik’s technology harnesses clinical staff zip code data supplied by client agencies to compare staff locations against confirmed COVID-19 cases across the U.S. Medical Services of America, a WellSky client, is in the process of beta testing the new “heat map” across its home health and hospice locations throughout the U.S. The company provides home health, hospice, HME and more. “Traditionally, home health has not been an industry that previously used a lot of N95 masks and related protective supplies,” said Christina Smith, RN, BSN, MSN, corporate staff development coordinator for MSA’s home health and hospice teams. “But now we need quadruple the amount of the PPE that we needed before. With technology that tells us which geographic areas have outbreaks and whether our staff are located in those areas, we can make better PPE allocation decisions.”