Barriers to Hospital Public Health Reporting and Implications for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic requires effective public health informatics infrastructure, which includes electronic reporting of cases and other data from hospitals to public health agencies. We analyzed 2018 hospital data to assess barriers to public health reporting, and found that 41% of hospitals indicated public health agencies’ inability to receive data as a barrier. These challenges reflect systematic under-investment in public health informatics, and federal health information technology programs largely focused on provider organizations like hospitals, rather than public health agencies.

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