Regardless of who wins the presidential election, healthcare IT leaders are setting their sights on key issues they want the federal government to take action on in the next four years.

The first priority: shoring up the nation’s public health data infrastructure, a crucial step to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, according to health IT groups.

“The pandemic has shown that gaps persist in the data that public health authorities receive, such as missing demographic or contact information that can aid in contact tracing efforts or identify hot spots. The government can take steps in January—and even before—to shore up those gaps and prepare the nation’s data infrastructure for an eventual vaccine,” said Ben Moscovitch, project director, health information technology at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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