GAO September 22, 2022

Fast Facts

Public health emergencies evolve quickly, but public health entities lack the ability to share new data and potentially life-saving information in real-time—undermining the nation’s ability to respond quickly.

To address this, the federal government must overcome three major challenges—specifically, the lack of:

Common standards for collecting data (e.g., patient characteristics)

“Interoperability” (meaning not all data systems work together)

Public health IT infrastructure (the hardware, software, networks, and policies that would enable the reporting and sharing of data)

This snapshot discusses our related work and recommendations.

Highlights

Public health emergencies evolve quickly, but public health entities lack the ability to share new data and potentially life-saving information in near real-time. To address this,...

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