Penn Medicine shares tool for COVID-19 capacity planning

Data scientists at Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine created a tool to help hospitals with capacity planning for COVID-19 patients. 

The COVID-19 Hospital Impact Model for Epidemics, or CHIME, uses SIR modeling to estimate how many patients will require hospitalization, intensive care unit beds or mechanical ventilation to help inform hospitals' response strategies.

Hospitals can enter tailored information about their patient population and modify assumptions regarding the virus' spread. Based on this information, the tool projects figures on the hospital's daily census and number of new admissions. Healthcare organizations can then use these predictions to create best- and worst-case scenarios to aid in capacity planning.

Penn Medicine is offering free access to CHIME during the pandemic. 

To access the tool, click here.

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