HHS Reverses Course: Hospitals Will Again Send COVID Data To CDC
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Trump administration is backtracking on its controversial decision to bypass the CDC because the move led to delays and data problems with the new HHS Protect reporting system.
The Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Data Will Once Again Be Collected By CDC, In Policy Reversal
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is reversing course on a change to the way hospitals report critical information on the coronavirus pandemic to the government, returning the responsibility for data collection to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus coordinator, told hospital executives and government officials in Arkansas this week that the current system under which hospitals report new cases is “solely an interim system” and that the reporting would soon go back to the CDC. (Whelan, 8/20)
Birx Stokes Hopes That Key Hospital Data Tracking Will Soon Return To CDC
[Dr. Deborah] Birx made the remarks Monday during a visit to the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, but she did not provide a time frame for the change. Having the CDC run data collection again "would help us tremendously in getting back on track with respect to reporting and understanding what's happening with this pandemic across the region, the state and the nation," said Dr. Vineet Chopra, chief of the division of hospital medicine at the University of Michigan and a member of a federal advisory committee on hospital infection prevention. (Huang, 8/20)