A federal data archive containing medical records for more than 30 million Americans is up-to-date, thanks to a major federal overhaul that also included data about the National Institutes of Health.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday it is now possible to search the data by the date of birth, date of death, gender, and race.
It also is easier to search data by location.CDC Chief Tom Frieden said the CDC will now be able to access data about more patients than before and that the change is a major boost to the agency’s efforts to protect people from disease.
“We’re thrilled about it,” Frieden told reporters.
“It’s a huge win for us, and I’m really excited about it.”
Data from the new CDC data portal includes information on patients’ medical histories, the causes of death and the age at which they died.
The data was previously available only on birthdays and birthdays of people who had died.
“It’s just going to make it easier for people to find out what their data says,” Friedan said.
The CDC had previously provided only basic information about the ages of its patients.
But the new portal now includes information about patients’ genders and race, making it easier to see data on how a patient’s health was impacted by the conditions they were diagnosed with.
The data also includes information from patients’ doctors, including their names and the last names of the doctors they saw.
The CDC said it will update the data in due course.
The overhaul is a key part of a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. health care system that was pushed through the Congress in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The new data overhaul is part of that effort.
The new data is also being rolled out to more than 50 million people who are eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a federal program that is helping the uninsured obtain coverage.
The changes are meant to give the federal government more time to process claims.