STAT is a health news reporting service that has gained increased visibility during the COVID-19 crisis. Touted by the New York Times in late March as the site that “saw the crisis months ago,” STAT’s profile has been raised as its articles and reporters have been widely quoted in many major newspapers and business publications. In keeping with the importance of the COVID-19 to health news now, STAT has both a COVID-19 tracker linked from the homepage and a news section devoted to coronavirus easily accessible from the top menu.
The tracker, produced in collaboration with Applied XL, provides a dashboard and visualization of trends in cases and deaths worldwide gathered from several international sources. Clicking on a country name will often provide a more detailed breakdown by state, province, region or territory, as shown with the Australian example below.
STAT makes some of their articles available to all website visitors, but there are many others under the STAT+ umbrella that are only available to subscribers. To access the subscription content, you need to sign up for an individual account by following the directions that you’ll get after selecting the Connect to full-text option on the STAT+ record in Franklin, the Penn Libraries catalog; you can connect to your account in the future by using the same Franklin link. STAT+ articles are available via the STAT+ button in the top right-hand corner of the screen, but they are also available under the various topics from pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to health technology and artificial intelligence. STAT+ subscribers also have the option to receive STAT’s newsletters via email; there are options covering each of the broad health-related areas that STAT covers, as well as newsletters that are more specific for a particular geography (West Coast, China) or disease (cancer).
Not surprisingly for a publication whose tagline is “Reporting from the frontiers of health and medicine,” many Penn experts are cited in STAT or have authored opinion pieces for STAT. Search for “university of pennsylvania” to locate these articles.