The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced a new COVID-19 module within NHSN’s patient safety component. The initial pathway reports daily counts of hospitalized patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses and current use and availability of hospital beds and mechanical ventilators, and additional pathways report healthcare worker staffing and supply status and availability. CDC has contracted with Lantana Consulting Group to develop and support an automated submission option for the NHSN COVID-19 module to create greater efficiency for submitters, alleviate burden of reporting on hospitals, and improve data consistency and quality.

An application consisting of an HL7 FHIR questionnaire for the new module has been created and can be integrated into any EHR with a FHIR API providing automatic pre-population of data available within the EHR. The initial application will extract and pre-populate Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity Pathway Sections 1 and 2 of the COVID-19 module—all questions relying on data that adhere to the common interoperability definitions in the US Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI).

Hospitals interested in collaborating as “beta testing” sites for the new COVID-19 application are being sought. Participating hospitals should meet the following criteria:

  • Currently reporting to NHSN (HAI, AUR, or other data, i.e., have current access to the NHSN application via SAMS).
  • Utilize an EHR with a FHIR API option (it is not required that the FHIR API be in current use for reporting, just that the vendor has implemented the interface)
  • Provide a technical point of contact and IT resources to complete the beta test – estimated level of effort 10 hours/week over 2 weeks.

We anticipate that initial integration and testing of the app would take up to 8-10 business days. Lantana Consulting Group will support application integration, functionality, and usability. Lantana will work with hospitals to communicate this innovative approach to reporting which they can extend to state and local public health entities.

For inquiries related to technical and informatics support (e.g., app integration and functionality), please contact: NHSNonFHIR@lantanagroup.com.

For other inquiries related to the application, please contact: WWise@cdc.gov.