Trump’s senior adviser Kushne considers creating national COVID-19 surveillance system
- 08 April 2020
Task force led by US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner is considering the creation of a national coronavirus surveillance system, a task that envisages the involvement of a spate of American health technology companies, APA reports citing Sputnik.
The goal of the proposed national network is to provide the government with “a near real-time view of where patients are seeking treatment and for what, and whether hospitals can accommodate them”.
“It allows you to be much more targeted and precise in how you engage. They need data to make the policy decisions, and so that’s what we and others now have been asked to do”, one of the sources said.
The COVID-19 surveillance system also aims to help the government to determine which areas in the US “can safely relax social-distancing rules and which should remain vigilant”, indicating a considerable expansion in the use of individual patient data by the government, according to the sources.