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 https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/index.htm)

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.

GENERAL GUIDANCE | ONC RESOURCES | CMS GUIDANCE | HHS GUIDANCE | SUPPORTING INFORMATION

GENERAL GUIDANCE  
Coronavirus Disease 2019—Federal government main website https://www.Coronavirus.gov
Coronavirus Disease 2019—CDC main website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Coronavirus Disease 2019—Government response website https://www.USA.gov/coronavirus
Coronavirus Disease Technical Guidance—WHO guidance

 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/technical-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). https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/index.asp?deliveryName=USCDC_511-DM22106
Evaluating and Testing Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—CDC guidance for healthcare professionals https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html
Interim Clinical Guidance for Management of Patients with Confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)—(CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/clinical-guidance-management-patients.html
Information for Healthcare Professionals—CDC offers specific guidance for many different setting https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/index.html

 

Interim Guidelines for Collecting, Handling, and Testing Clinical Specimens from Persons for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—CDC guidelines for laboratory testing https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/lab/guidelines-clinical-specimens.html
ONC RESOURCES  
Interoperability Standards Advisory — ONC’s resource for industry to reference standards and implementation specifications https://www.healthit.gov/isa
Interoperability for COVID-19 — ONC’s resource for industry to reference standards and implementation specifications related to COVID-19 https://www.healthit.gov/isa/covid-19
Interoperability Proving Ground — an open community platform developed by ONC to share COVID-19 interoperability projects https://www.healthit.gov/techlab/ipg/?tag=COVID-19
CMS GUIDANCE  
CMS Takes Action Nationwide to Aggressively Respond to Coronavirus National Emergency https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-takes-action-nationwide-aggressively-respond-coronavirus-national-emergency
Medicaid’s Disaster Response Toolkit—provides guidance on policies and programs https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/index.html
COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/downloads/covid-19-faqs.pdf
HHS GUIDANCE  
Expansion of Telehealth Access — provides a statement from Secretary Alex Azar on the expansion of access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 outbreak https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/03/17/secretary-azar-announces-historic-expansion-of-telehealth-access-to-combat-covid-19.html
Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties — provides Office of Civil Rights guidance on waivers for HIPAA penalties during the COVID-19 outbreak https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/hipaa-and-covid-19-limited-hipaa-waiver-bulletin-508.pdf
HIPAA, Civil Rights, and COVID-19—provides HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance on how HIPAA Privacy Rule allows patient information to be shared during COVID-19 outbreak https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/hipaa-covid19/index.html
Webinar: OCR Update on HIPAA and COVID-19 — HIPAA privacy and security issues related to COVID-19 and recent OCR actions related to the pandemic

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/2C6iOdS_FR0
SLIDES: https://go.usa.gov/xvExS [PDF - 1 MB]

HHS Telehealth Guidance — provide additional resources to the ones listed above for health care providers to implement and access telehealth during COVID-19 national emergency https://telehealth.hhs.gov/
SUPPORTING INFORMATION  
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 https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd10cm.htm
LOINC (Prerelease Terms) codes
Includes new codes for both qualitative and quantitative IgG and IgM tests
https://loinc.org/prerelease/
SNOMED CT—Changes to concept descriptions related to the 2019 Coronavirus Outbreak http://www.snomed.org/news-and-events/articles/changes-coronavirus-descriptions
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 https://phinvads.cdc.gov/vads/SearchVocab.action
CPT® releases new coronavirus (COVID-19) code & description for testing (American Medical Association) https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/cpt/cpt-releases-new-coronavirus-covid-19-code-description-testing
Travel—CDC guidance for travelers and travel-related industries as it pertains to COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
Information for Laboratories—CDC interim guidance and resources for laboratory professionals https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/index.html
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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-postmortem-specimens.html
COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit—developed by the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers https://www.telehealthresourcecenter.org/resource-documents/
ASPR TRACIE Resources—this page highlights resources to address current response and recovery https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/COVID-19#covid-19
Content last reviewed on April 27, 2020
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