Fyne Fettle: CDC data modernization lead outlines 4 challenges to tracking COVID-19

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s acting deputy director for public health science and surveillance on Monday said the U.S. is handicapped when collecting COVID-19 data and tracking the outbreak.”

“Here are the four challenges Dr. Dan Jernigan shared during a panel discussion at HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s virtual annual meeting:

  1. Jernigan called on the need to ease sharing of data between different types of sources. Much of the emphasis on interoperability to date has focused on linking up electronic health record systems with one another, but for effectively tracking a disease outbreak, it’s also important to tie in providers like laboratories that are testing patients for a disease…”

“Setting standard approaches for what data is collected could help fix that problem. So could standardizing how the data’s collected, so it can be shared more easily between organizations…” Read the full article here.

Source: CDC Data Modernization Lead Outlines 4 Challenges To Tracking COVID-19 – By James Schneider, March 30, 2021. Fyne Fettle.

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