In April, 2020, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invited the University of Wisconsin (UW) to lead the COVID EHR Cohort at the University of Wisconsin (CEC-UW).
UW then invited cancer centers participating in the Cancer Center Cessation Initiative (C3I), as well as other health systems heavily impacted by COVID, to participate in the CEC-UW project to better understand links between characteristics of COVID patients and their outcomes. Each of the participating healthcare systems have provided electronic health record (EHR) data on all COVID patients, beginning on Feb. 1, 2020.
The goals of CEC-UW are to:
- Evaluate how demographic, medical history (including smoking and cancer history), and clinical course are related to COVID severity.
- Leverage EHR data to predict COVID severity.
- Develop a brief algorithm that predicts COVID severity.
CEC-UW builds on UW’s expertise and national leadership in tobacco control, cancer prevention, and EHR integration.