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Introducing the Minnesota Resource Allocation Platform for COVID-19 treatment

Paula Carlsen

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — The Minnesota Resource Allocation Platform (MNRAP) is an online service that connects patients and healthcare professionals with limited-supply COVID-19 drugs. When there aren't enough prescriptions for everyone who needs them, the platform also helps distribute them fairly.

Patients with COVID-19, their caregivers or their health care professionals can use the MNRAP to see what medications are available, if they will benefit the person with COVID-19 and whether the person can access medication.

If someone qualifies for a COVID-19 medicine, the MNRAP forwards their information to a health care facility that can provide it. The health care provider there makes the final decision on whether or not someone can receive medicines.

When there are enough medications to go around, information from every patient who could be eligible for medicine is sent on to the health care providers who administer the medication. When supplies are scarce, the platform employs a lottery mechanism.

Every patient who may be eligible for medication has a chance to have their information passed on to a health care professional who can administer the medication. The final decision on whether or not these patients are eligible for the medicine is made by health care practitioners.

Long-term care residents and important personnel at high risk of COVID-19 exposure, such as health care professionals and teachers, are given priority. These populations are prioritized because of their higher risk of serious illness and death, as well as our need for vital professionals to continue providing services that our communities require.

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