Becker's Healthcare July 22, 2021
The federal government is exploring ways to overhaul its health data reporting systems under a new task force convened by HHS’ National Coordinator for Health IT Micky Tripathi, PhD, Politico reported July 21.
“The pandemic exposed the boulders underneath the water,” Dr. Tripathi told Politico. “We can now understand where to invest.”
At the start of the pandemic last year, the federal government planned to have labs reporting COVID-19 test results using just two codes; instead, some hospitals received 200 codes, according to the report. The fallout from human coding errors required big investments in staff and time to fix, with some states even requiring the National Guard to come in and manually enter data.
Dr. Tripathi’s task force will focus...