The U.S. surpassed 11,000 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus today, according to data from John Hopkins University, and all indications are that this global pandemic – which has already turned American life upside down – will continue to spread. Congress is debating multiple different aid packages that could benefit both American workers and companies, while federal officials scramble to loosen regulations and cut red tape.

Health care experts have said that real-time data about the coronavirus’ spread, symptoms, and severity could help inform policymakers about where to direct resources and what mitigation steps will help contain the spread. One potential barrier to analyzing as much information as possible about COVID-19 is an outdated set of federal regulations related to transferring patient data.

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