As the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States there are state policymakers taking action to contain the virus using information and technology. Some states are using information and technology to increase access to telehealth and to help with virus tracking.
Some states are making changes to Medicaid coverage by expanding telehealth access to recipients. There are states who are requiring private insurances provide telehealth access during this public health emergency.
There are a handful of states proposing several things to manage and track the virus. This includes sharing medical conditions with governmental and nongovernmental entities, appropriating funds for surveillance, and requiring all health professionals to report cases to their state health department within 24 hours.
These policy changes at the state level are expected to manage the spread of the coronavirus but there are only a small number of states making these changes. Can and should other states follow suit? Is there something more the federal government can be doing to manage the spread of the virus through information and technology? What about nongovernmental entities?