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APTR Urges Administration to Protect COVID-19 Patient Data

Wednesday, July 29, 2020  
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APTR joined nearly 100 organizations in urging the administration to immediately reverse its decision to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the collection of COVID-19 patient data. The letter was shared with the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

The administration’s abrupt decision to establish a new data collection procedure that bypasses the CDC as a recipient of data on patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is alarming and will undermine efforts to control the pandemic at a time when COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are surging across the country.  Placing medical data collection outside of the CDC puts the quality and integrity of the data at risk threatening to seriously undermine our country’s response to COVID-19.  Data transparency is particularly critical in the midst of an unprecedented national health crisis that is disproportionately impacting certain segments of the U.S. population, including Black/African American, Latinx and Native American communities.

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