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CSTE Applauds Release Of Senate Bill To Modernize Public Health Data Infrastructure

Friday, June 14, 2019  
Posted by: Jeremy Arieh
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In an exciting new development in the Data: Elemental to Health Campaign, U.S. Senators have worked across the aisle to introduce legislation on Wednesday, June 12. The Saving Lives Through Better Data Act is co-sponsored by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Angus King (I-ME) to help modernize the public health data infrastructure by authorizing $100 million per year for each of the fiscal years 2020 through 2024 to improve data collection and analysis, simplify provider reporting, enhance interoperability, promote electronic case reporting, and support earlier disease detection and response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments.
The founding leaders of the Data: Elemental to Health Campaign – Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE)Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) – applaud the leadership by Senators Kaine, Isakson, and King, and have issued a statement in response to the introduction of this legislation.