Review: Calling all states to report standardized information on COVID-19 hospitalizations

Review: Calling all states to report standardized information on COVID-19 hospitalizations

This Health Affairs post urges that state Departments of Health to provide “consistent standardized public reporting on cumulative COVID-19 hospitalizations, cumulative COVID-19 patients admitted to the ICU, current COVID-19 patients hospitalized, and current COVID-19 patients in the ICU.”

The authors urge states to be more consistent with data reporting so that COVID-19 data can be shared and more useful “in quantifying the real-time impact on hospital systems, modeling and forecasting upcoming utilization needs, identifying opportunities for sharing medical resources across states, and tracking the rate of change of disease severity.” States are reporting various types of data, and the number of deaths is the only consistent and reliable daily data from all 50 states. COVID-19 hospitalizations (current and cumulative) are not consistently reported. Currently, Indiana is among 14 states not regularly reporting hospitalization data.

|2020-04-08T09:03:29-04:00April 8th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Calling all states to report standardized information on COVID-19 hospitalizations

About the Author: Seema Mohapatra

Seema Mohapatra
Seema Mohapatra is an Associate Professor of Law and Dean's Fellow at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, She teaches Introduction to Health Care Law and Policy, Genetics and the Law, Torts, and Bioethics and the Law. Seema Mohapatra is an expert in the areas of health care law, public health law, bioethics, torts, and international health and family law. Her research interests include the intersection of biosciences and the law, assisted reproduction and surrogacy, international family and health law, health care disparities in the United States, and informed consent. Her work has been published in several journals, including the Wake Forest Law Review, Colorado Law Review, Brooklyn Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Policy. Professor Mohapatra currently teaches Torts, Introduction to Health Care Law, Bioethics, and Genetics and the Law. She has authored articles and book chapters on topics such as insurance coverage of infertility and assisted reproduction, genetics and health privacy, international surrogacy laws, and equity in healthcare coverage. Professor Mohapatra regularly presents her research nationally and internationally at legal and medical conferences and symposia. Prior to teaching, Professor Mohapatra practiced health law in Chicago at Sidley & Austin and Foley & Lardner. She earned a J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law and has a master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University. She earned a bachelor of arts in Natural Sciences (with a minor in Women's Studies) from Johns Hopkins University.

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