Public health laboratory informatician working at her computer

by Rachel Shepherd, specialist, Informatics

When COVID-19 cases began hitting the United States at a rapid rate in early 2020, public health was faced with an immediate and urgent need to expand testing capabilities while simultaneously trying to comprehend the ever-growing outpouring of testing data across the country. As more and more pop-up testing sites opened and testing became more widespread at nursing homes, prisons, meat packing plants, schools and medical providers, one thing became clear: CDC could not accommodate the receipt of tens of thousands of different types of reports from …read more