Learn how Mass General clinicians and researchers are working to accelerate the hospital's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 Urgent Resource Video Education Library Provides Resources to Clinicians and Educators Across the Globe — One of the strategic planning goals of the Executive Committee on Teaching and Education (ECOTE) at Massachusetts General Hospital is to support broad awareness and access to key education and training materials that enhance patient care—both internally and externally. This goal has never been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic, as Mass General clinicians and researchers are producing grand rounds videos, departmental lectures, protocols and other digital materials that are of great use to clinicians around the world. To collect and curate these digital assets, James A. Gordon, MD, MPA, chief learning officer and director of the Mass General Learning Laboratory, and Jarone Lee, MD, MPH, critical care and emergency medicine specialist in the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery & Surgical Critical Care and medical director of the Blake 12 ICU, worked with colleagues to create the COVID-19 Urgent Resource Video Education (CURVE) library. (5/22) 
  • Electronic Consults Between Clinicians and Specialists Have Increased During the COVID-19 Pandemic — New research from Massachusetts General Hospital points to the usefulness of electronic consultations, or e-consults, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such technology allows clinicians to ask specific questions of specialists, who then provide recommendations after reviewing a patient’s electronic health record with no direct specialist-to-patient contact involved. An important part of telemedicine, e-consults—which have been used at Mass General since 2014 as a tool to improve population health—reduce unnecessary patient visits to specialists and decrease wait times for those patients who need in-person specialist visits. Neelam A. Phadke, MD, Jason Wasfy, MD, and their colleagues examined daily consultation requests from February 1, 2020 through April 1, 2020 at Mass General. Their findings are published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. (5/21)
  • Ragon Institute Members Receive Funding from MassCPR for COVID-19 Projects — As part of its COVID-19 response, the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard is working within the Massachusetts Consortium for Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR), a multi-institutional initiative convened by Harvard Medical School and the Ragon Institute, to combat the disease and prepare for future outbreaks. (5/14) 
  • PatientConnect Tool Provides Compassionate Care During COVID-19 — As in-person visitors of patients admitted to the hospital continue to be limited, a new tool is helping to unite hospitalized COVID-19 patients with their loved ones. Massachusetts General Hospital launched PatientConnect, a program that enables patients to spend time with friends and family through virtual meetings. (5/18) 
  • Mass General Provides Innovative, Expanded Telemedicine in Response to COVID-19 — Virtual care (also called telemedicine, telehealth and digital health) has proven critically important in the response to COVID-19. Lee H. Schwamm, MD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for TeleHealth and vice president for virtual care at Partners HealthCare, and colleagues recently published commentaries in Lancet Digital Health and Nature Digital Medicine describing how virtual care is helping Mass General and Partners HealthCare minimize nosocomial infection, reduce the use of personal protective equipment and cope with the surge in demand for its services. (5/12)
  • The COVID-19 Pandemic Reveals the Potential of Telehealth to Improve Care — Two new articles provide insights on the use of telehealth or virtual care in the age of COVID-19 and beyond, pointing to its value to not only prevent contagious diseases but also to provide access to effective and equitable care. (5/11) 
  • COVID Innovation Center Continues to Identify New Ways to Protect Patients and Staff — Ideas, knowledge and advances are streaming from Massachusetts General Hospital's laboratories, bedsides, clinics, offices and workshops–and from a cluttered corner of Ruth Sleeper Hall. The Prototype Staging Center, part of the Mass General Brigham Center for COVID Innovation, is a modest suite of rooms, teeming with boxes, papers, laser-cut plastic sheets and strips of foam rubber padding. It is also a launching pad of sorts for novel devices that have been, or are being, developed in the fight against COVID-19. (5/8) 
  • A Nurse’s Perspective: COVID-19 and Homeless Populations — A blog post written by Kirsten Dickins, PhD, AM, MSN, FNP-C, Connell Postdoctoral Fellow in Nursing Research at the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dickins’ research focuses on identifying and reducing the barriers that homeless individuals experience in accessing and optimally utilizing healthcare services. (5/6) 
  • New Online COVID-19 Model Reveals How Lifting or Extending Different Social-distancing Measures Will Affect States — A new online tool, COVID-19 Simulator, developed by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Georgia Tech can help policy makers see how lifting or extending different social-distancing measures at various times can impact each state in terms of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The tool uses most recent data for each state and infectious disease modeling, as recommended by expert epidemiologists. (4/24) 
  • Editorial: Task Sharing for Neurosurgeons Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic — In an editorial in the Journal of Neurosurgery, Faith C. Robertson, MD, MSc, of the Department of Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues outline how health care systems can implement task sharing to strengthen their workforces during the pandemic. (4/24) 
  • Medical Grand Rounds: A 66-Year-Old Man With Homelessness, with Cough and Rhinorrhea: Response to COVID-19 Among Boston's Homeless Population — On April 23, 2020, the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital held its focus on a case study which sheds light on the challenges associated with preventing and treating COVID-19 among Boston's homeless population. (4/23) 
  • COVIDSurg: An International Study to Quickly Improve COVID-19 Surgical Outcomes — An international cohort of surgeons, working as a rapid response research collaborative, has mobilized to collect real-world data as a way to inform surgical practices, policies and outcomes for patients infected with COVID-19. This study, called COVIDSurg, is spearheaded by a research team from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Surgery. (4/23)
  • How COVID-19 Could Affect Health Care Workers — A team of researchers led by Jianbo Lai, MSc, at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine recently published a study in JAMA Network Open that examined the mental health of health care workers exposed to COVID-19 in China. Roy Perlis, MD, MSc, director of the Center for Quantitative Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been following the research from China and said that it can apply to U.S. health care workers as well. (4/17) 
  • COVID Innovation Center Seeking Solutions to Reduce the PPE and Ventilator Shortage — Just a week after its formal launch, the Mass General Brigham COVID Innovation Center has made significant strides in identifying viable ways to increase the amount of personal protective equipment and ventilators available to health care workers (4/8)
  • Q&A with the Organizers of the CoVent Challenge — Upon learning about the predicted shortage of mechanical ventilators, a team of 12 residents in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital have stepped in with an idea to address the crisis: the CoVent-19 Challenge, an initiative to crowdsource solutions from the global medical community for rapidly deployable designs for ventilation alternatives. (4/3)
  • Partners HealthCare to Launch New Large Scale N95 Mask Sterilizing Facility — As part of its rapidly mobilizing response to the shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) caused by COVID-19 pandemic, Partners HealthCare has secured a machine that can sterilize up to 80,000 N95 respirator masks a day. (4/3)

  • Massachusetts General Hospital Researchers Mobilize to Fight Coronavirus —  On March 16, 2020, Harry W. Orf, PhD, senior vice president for research at Mass General Research Institute, announced the closure of the majority of lab operations, as researchers refocus their efforts on the novel virus. He recently discussed what the closure means for patients, how Mass General researchers are mobilizing in response to the COVID-19 epidemic and the impact this effort is having on medical research. (4/3)

  • COVID-19: New Center Speeds Innovation — Like a team of sprinters, hundreds of scientists, engineers and clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are working at top speed to find solutions to the most pressing problems for health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19. (4/3) 

  • New COVID-19 symptom research app recruiting millions of Americans, including healthcare professionals, cancer patients and survivors, to beat the disease — A COVID-19 symptom research app is helping to track the onset and progression of symptoms of millions across the nation. The research is being led by Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH, at Massachusetts General Hospital. (4/1)

  • A Team Effort to Tackle the Daunting Challenges of COVD-19 — Researchers and clinicians from Massachusetts General Hospital joined with colleagues from the Boston/Cambridge science ecosystem for a Grand Rounds session on March 12 to detail an unprecedented collaborative response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. (3/17)