Following Issues with CalREDIE, CDPH Announces New COVID-19 Data Reporting System

On Tuesday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the California Department of Technology (CDT) announced that OptumInsight, Inc. has been selected to develop the state’s new COVID-19 data reporting system. The system will collect, track, and report COVID-19 cases as a standalone database and is expected to supplement CalREDIE. The new data reporting system is built to manage the large volume of COVID-19 data currently tracked as a result of the pandemic. According to CDPH, the system was designed to help improve the efficiency of the systems that receive data from laboratories and public health departments and prepare data for reporting and analysis.

Recall, the Newsom Administration indicated its intent to establish a separate data reporting system for COVID-19 cases following issues with CalREDIE last month. CDPH entered into a six-month, renewable $15.3 million agreement with OptumInsight, Inc. using funding from the federal Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) grant. According to CDPH, the first phase of the new data reporting system is expected to be up and running in October.

The full announcement from CDPH is available here.