COVID-19 Hospital Capacity Management using Mathematical Models

This website shows how to transfer patients to optimally use the available capacity of hospitals in the US. You can find out how many additional beds are needed per hospital or region.

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With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many hospitals across the US are at capacity or are quickly approaching it. Hospitals are coping with the COVID surge through a variety of methods, including opening up new beds, but these are often costly and can hurt the level of care that patients receive. This burden on hospitals can be reduced if we optimally transfer patients from over-capacity hospitals to nearby hospitals that have available space.

To find the optimal number of patients to transfer and where to transfer them to, we use mathematical optimization models developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering (JHU CSSE), hospitalization data from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and COVID forecasts from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To learn more, visit the About tab.