Coronavirus

Northwell machine-learning tool sees COVID’s future

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new “predictive tool” developed by Northwell Health can spot COVID-19 outbreaks weeks before they happen. That’s the word from the New Hyde Park-based healthcare system, which on Wednesday announced a first-of-its-kind digital dashboard that monitors system-wide website traffic on the Northwell.edu domain and its many websites, feeds more than a dozen “indicators” into a machine-learning algorithm and creates a two-week forecast “that has closely mirrored caseload to date,” according to…

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Forward thinking lifts pandemic-ready Nixon Peabody

By GREGORY ZELLER // Like virtually every business in virtually every industry, law firms are scrambling in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some more than others, though – not every business, and certainly not every law firm, was as ready as Nixon Peabody. Thanks to modern thinking, a few nimble pivots and some old-fashioned serendipity, the international law firm (12 U.S. locations, including a thriving Jericho office, and four across Asia) remains business-ready – if…


Feds eye stopgap hospitals at SBU, SUNY Old Westbury

By GREGORY ZELLER // The federal government will construct four emergency hospitals across Downstate New York, including two on Long Island, in response to the coronavirus crisis. The Stony Brook University and SUNY College at Old Westbury campuses have been identified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as potential sites for temporary hospitals, along with Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Westchester County Center – and on Sunday, President Donald Trump announced…


No choice: Northwell scrubs elective surgeries

By GREGORY ZELLER // New York State’s largest healthcare provider is scrubbing elective surgeries for the next month. New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health on Monday began canceling nonessential surgeries and procedures in hospitals throughout the state, the latest victims of the global coronavirus pandemic. The ban does not include elective outpatient surgeries – or other invasive procedures, including endoscopies – performed in outpatient settings. These outpatient procedures will go on “when deemed clinically necessary,” according…


Now testing, Northwell eyes COVID-19 acceleration

By GREGORY ZELLER // The coronavirus is moving fast – but so is Northwell Health, which hopes to shake off federal shackles and step up the pace on COVID-19 testing. The New Hyde Park-based health system already has, actually: Via an emergency-use authorization approved Tuesday by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Northwell Health Labs on Wednesday began semi-automated testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus – and the semi-automated testing is…


Northwell to begin COVID-19 testing within the week

By GREGORY ZELLER // Referencing past responses to swine flu and Ebola virus outbreaks, New York State’s largest healthcare system will begin testing for the dreaded novel coronavirus within days. That according to Dwayne Breining, Northwell Health’s executive director of laboratory services, and a high-powered collection of lawmakers and healthcare experts gathered Monday at the Lake Success-based Northwell Center for Advanced Medicine. Their message: With the U.S. Food & Drug Administration greenlighting new diagnostic technologies…