CDC director: We weren’t involved in HHS’ decision to change COVID-19 reporting protocol for hospitals

In a July 15 press briefing with HHS CIO Jose Arietta, Dr. Redfield said that HHS developed its new reporting system, HHS Protect, in April and at the time had accepted information funneled from NHSN directly to the project from states or sent out through the HHS system, which is managed by TeleTracking Technologies. Dr. Redfield had said that the move would streamline information circulation so all hospital information goes straight to one area.

CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, on July 31 informed Congress that he was not directly included with HHS decision requiring medical facilities to stop reporting COVID-19 data straight to the firm, The Hill reports.

At the July 31 hearing, nevertheless, Dr. Redfield said he was informed of the reporting protocol modification after HHS decided and that he did not talk about the choice with HHS Secretary Alex Azar or Vice President Mike Pence. Dr. Redfield informed the committee the function behind the reporting shift was to enhance access to real-time hospitalization data so the Trump administration might much better manage sending out the drug remdesivir to hospitals.

HHS changed its reporting guidance for hospitals on July 10, directing medical facilities to send out data through the state or state professional, which then reports data straight to HHS. Formerly, healthcare facilities reported COVID-19 data daily to the CDC through its data system, National Health Safety Network.

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” Streamlining reporting enables us to disperse scarce resources utilizing the finest possible information,” Dr. Redfield stated during the July 15 briefing. “TeleTracking also provides quick ways to upgrade the type of data we are gathering, such as including, for example, input fields on what sort of treatments are being used. In order to fulfill this need for versatile information gathering, CDC agreed that we required to remove NHSN from the collection procedure.”.

” We werent straight included in the last decision but what I can say is this: CDC then and now continues to have access to all data, does all the data analytics, so theres no constraint of any of the data,” Dr. Redfield informed a House subcommittee.

” Streamlining reporting allows us to distribute scarce resources using the best possible information,” Dr. Redfield said throughout the July 15 rundown. “TeleTracking also offers quick ways to upgrade the type of data we are gathering, such as including, for instance, input fields on what kind of treatments are being used. In order to fulfill this need for flexible information gathering, CDC concurred that we needed to eliminate NHSN from the collection process.”.

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