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Health advisers to the government say hospitals are 'scrambling' after Trump administration's 'abrupt' change to Covid-19 data reporting requirements

August 14, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Public health advisers to the US government said they are "extremely concerned" and "troubled" by the Trump administration's decision to change how hospitals report Covid-19 data.

(CNN)In a letter, public health advisers to the US government said they are "extremely concerned" and "troubled" by the Trump administration's decision to change how hospitals report Covid-19 data.

The letter, dated July 31, described hospitals as "scrambling" to determine how to meet new daily Covid-19 reporting requirements to the US Department of Health and Human Services, and said retiring the older system jeopardized data integrity.

By removing the data collection from the CDC, the country would lose decades of expertise in interpreting and analyzing information about infectious disease and it would jeopardize the department's goals of developing interventions that would improve public health, the letter said.

"As past and present HICPAC members, we are troubled by the Administration's unexpected decision to divert Covid-19 data reporting from CDC to DHHS," the letter said.

Dr. Vineet Chopra, chief of the division of hospital medicine at the University of Michigan, signed the letter and said the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network data is essential to the work hospitals do.

The CDC's NHSN was unable to keep up with the fast-paced data collection demands of the COVID-19 pandemic," Michael Caputo, HHS assistant secretary for public affairs, said in an email.

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