Parrish Medical Center is Florida’s only hospital enabling website
visitors to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) non-diagnostic risk assessment
that identifies their risk level for the virus. The online risk assessment
has already helped Brevard residents get proper treatment for COVID-19-like symptoms.
The assessment tool is called “COVIDAware”. The public can
complete the assessment by visiting
parrishhealthcare.com/COVID19HRA or by texting Coronavirus to 321-204-1966.
More than 1,300 people have taken the assessment since it went live on
March 20, and hundreds more have been completing the assessment every
day. Of those, PMC’s care navigators have provided follow-up contact
with 107 respondents whose information showed they needed additional medical
advice and direction.
“A PMC care navigator contacted a south Brevard woman who had taken
the assessment after working with an individual who had died from COVID-19-like
symptoms. The woman was short of breath and had other symptoms to the
point the PMC care navigator could hear her wheezing as she tried to speak,”
said Natalie Sellers, Vice President, Communications, Community &
“The woman decided to self-isolate after hearing reports that people
should not flood emergency rooms,” Sellers said. “She took
the assessment and her responses indicated she was at a high risk for
COVID-19. One of our care navigators called her to further assess. On
the call, our navigator advised her to go to the emergency room. In addition,
the care navigator called ahead to notify the hospital’s ER so that
they could be prepared for her arrival. She was subsequently admitted
to the hospital.”
The risk assessment was developed by HealthAware, a Denver, Colorado, company
that uses technology to encourage behavior that improves quality of life
for individuals and communities. From start-to-finish, the assessment
takes about seven minutes to complete.
“PMC has been offering online risk assessments to the community for
a variety of health conditions, it only made sense to develop an online
assessment given the need for social distancing and self-isolation required
to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
If someone wants to better understand their risk and get guidance on if,
or when, to seek medical care, we can help, but they need to take the
assessment,” said Sellers.
PMC also makes available similar assessment tools for sleep disorders,
determining a person’s “heart age,” understand heart
disease risks, cancer issues, and others.
“Preventing the spread of this highly contagious virus is our priority
and we are devoting all of our resources to that end,” said George
Mikitarian, PMC President and CEO. “Using the technology available
to us and providing this service free of charge to further protect our
community from COVID-19 is just one more way we are fulfilling our mission.”