March 14 – Biden officials want to expand the COVID-19 tracking system developed during the violence to provide a detailed view of how respiratory and other infectious diseases affect patients and hospital equipment, according to the proposed policy framework reviewed.
The program will build on the hospital data collection system developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Trump administration. The management of the program was transferred last month to HHS’s leading public health facility, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This change comes amid criticism of the CDC’s public health policy guidelines during the epidemic and its ability to collect and analyze COVID data in a timely and transparent manner.
Approval of the current hospital data tracking system will expire once the government removes the national emergency.
The proposed program will ensure long-term sustainability and add to the new needs of approximately 6,200 participating hospitals, such as providing information on the number of patients with flu-like illnesses and other potential epidemics in addition to COVID and influenza.
Such reporting could be a condition for hospitals to participate in Medicare and Medicaid health insurance schemes for older Americans and the poor.
Hospitals will be required to provide data – anonymous – on patient immunization status, pre-existing conditions, age, nationality and other details that will enlighten us about the health outcomes among the various populations.
Beth Blauer, head of the Pandemic Data Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, called the proposed program a “major change” and a “re-establishment of trust in the CDC.”
“There is concern that if the epidemic escalates, the data flow will stop,” he said. “This is what (the CDC) is designed to do.”
These rules are being reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget, which is expected to publish it to allow for public comment before it is finalized. CDC officials declined to comment on the proposed data extension.
However, the proposed changes have raised concerns among some administrative officials.
“There are no indications that the CDC has ever considered the possibility of raising the game to allow for real-time sharing of information that informs the public beyond the coalition government,” said a party official in Biden who is familiar with the party. debate on a proposal that he was not authorized to discuss.
The CDC said in a statement that the agency was continuing to work with HHS “to ensure that data is available and accessible.”
The HHS Protect program was launched in 2020 under Drs. Deborah Birx, co-ordinator of the Trump White House coronavirus team, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars. It soon became an effective cleaning site for daily hospital data on coronavirus infections and deaths.
At the time, CDC officials acknowledged that the organization had not been able to quickly adapt its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting system to collect additional hospital and medical inventory information needed to inform epidemic decisions. Consequently, the CDC recommended that HHS develop a new system for this purpose, according to documents reviewed.
The CDC said the decision was based on a review of the remote control that would need to change its reporting system, among other things.
“This was not an acknowledgment of NHSN’s inadequacies,” Sherri Berger, CDC’s chief of staff, said in an email.
More recently, the CDC has had a number of high-level issues in its data reporting, including over-estimating the benefits of COVID booster shots in young people and failure to track and publish data on emerging diseases among vaccinated in time.
Blauer and other experts say the CDC is a good center for managing the data system. Some have noted that it has received another $ 500 million under the American Rescue Plan to improve its data collection.
“What we really need to do,” said Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the Biden Administration transformation team, “makes them respond accordingly.”