Department of Health and Human Services Debuts Coronavirus Data Hub

A screenshot of the Department of Health and Human Services new COVID-19 dashboard

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) debuted its new COVID-19 dashboard on Monday, and the department's data chief said it will provide even more data than the CDC's old one did.

Called the Coronavirus Data Hub, the HHS dashboard replaces the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), to which states and hospitals had previously been submitting COVID-19 data such as intensive care unit capacity, ventilator use, personal protective equipment (PPE) levels, and staffing shortages. But in guidance to hospitals, updated July 10 and published with little fanfare, HHS ordered hospitals to stop submitting such data to the NHSN and instead submit it either to HHS or to their state health department, which would then submit it to HHS. The data would then be put on the dashboard via the department's new HHS Protect data system.