COVID-19 Response

Tools and Resources for the Health IT and Clinical Community

To support HHS’s ongoing response efforts to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), ONC has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to share various resources for reporting and tracking COVID-19, as well as general clinical guidance to the health IT community and healthcare providers. Health IT now plays a crucial role in the collecting and reporting of COVID-19 data. Additionally, electronic health information exchange can facilitate effective strategies to combat COVID-19, including:

  • Surveillance
  • Public health reporting
  • Laboratory testing
  • Clinical data collection
  • Case investigation and management
  • Reporting outcomes
  • Workforce Safety and Health (please visit

Below are resources created by CDC, ONC, and other partners, which the health IT community and healthcare providers can reference as HHS works to respond to this emerging disease. Please note that edits/additions will be made to the resources below when new information becomes available.


Coronavirus Disease 2019—Federal government main website
Coronavirus Disease 2019—CDC main website
Coronavirus Disease 2019—Government response website
Coronavirus Disease Technical Guidance—WHO guidance
CDC’s Health Alert Network (HAN)—CDC’s primary method for sharing cleared information about urgent public health incidents, including updates on any COVID-19 guidance documents (sign up is available).
Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—CDC guidance for healthcare professionals
Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)—(CDC)
Information for Healthcare Professionals—CDC offers specific guidance for many different setting


Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—CDC guidelines for laboratory testing
Interoperability Standards Advisory — ONC’s resource for industry to reference standards and implementation specifications
Interoperability for COVID-19 — ONC’s resource for industry to reference standards and implementation specifications related to COVID-19
Interoperability Proving Ground — an open community platform developed by ONC to share COVID-19 interoperability projects
CMS Takes Action Nationwide to Aggressively Respond to Coronavirus National Emergency
Medicaid’s Disaster Response Toolkit—provides guidance on policies and programs
COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies
Expansion of Telehealth Access — provides a statement from Secretary Alex Azar on the expansion of access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 outbreak
Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties — provides Office of Civil Rights guidance on waivers for HIPAA penalties during the COVID-19 outbreak
Permitted Uses and Disclosures: Exchange for Public Health Activities: provides information on how HIPAA rules work for disclosures of PHI for public health activities to public health agencies that are authorized by state or federal law to collect the information they seek
COVID-19 and HIPAA for First Responders—provides guidance from Office of Civil Rights on how covered entities may disclose PHI to law enforcement, paramedics, other first responders, and public health authorities in compliance with HIPAA
ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines — provides information on supplement coding encounters related to COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak (CDC) as well as updated announcements from CDC regarding new ICD-10-CM codes
LOINC (Prerelease Terms) codes
Includes new codes for both qualitative and quantitative IgG and IgM tests
SNOMED CT—Changes to concept descriptions related to the 2019 Coronavirus Outbreak
Public Health Information Network Vocabulary Access and Distribution System (PHIN VADS)—CDC provides a list of COVID-19 Informatics Resources including public health laboratory codes
CPT® releases new coronavirus (COVID-19) code & description for testing (American Medical Association)
Travel—CDC guidance for travelers and travel-related industries as it pertains to COVID-19
Information for Laboratories—CDC interim guidance and resources for laboratory professionals
Interim Guidance for Collection and Submission of Postmortem Specimens from Deceased Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19—CDC provides interim guidance on collection of postmortem specimens
COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit—developed by the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
ASPR TRACIE Resources—this page highlights resources to address current response and recovery
Content last reviewed on April 6, 2020
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