Anchor lead: How can clinicians develop best practices for treating COVID-19 patients? Elizabeth Tracey reports
COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus Sars-CoV2, manifests differently in different people, making it more difficult to manage and treat. Brian Garibaldi, a critical care medicine expert and researcher at Johns Hopkins, says gathering individual patient data into a large database may help.
Garibaldi: While we’re trying to look for patterns of disease that can help us classify patients, recognize patients who might have higher risk factors to have a bad outcome, figure out how better to mobilize care for those patients at higher risk to improve outcome, I think we still have to recognize that this is never going to be a one size fits all mechanistic link, but we have to start somewhere. We’ve formed a COVID precision medicine center of excellence that’s going to house some of this data and really figure out how do we bring in all these streams of data. :30
Hopkins Centers of Excellence aim to employ many tools to gather, analyze, and integrate research results into the best individualized care for patients. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.