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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The president of the Pittsburgh-based technology company that is taking over collecting coronavirus data from the CDC says the firm is ready to solve the coronavirus crisis.
Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic will no longer go to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
TeleTracking’s leadership explains this as a public-private partnership rather than a taking over of data collection for the CDC.
The company says it’s proud to do its part to help solve the largest public health and economic crisis of our lifetime.
“In the fight with COVID, we must have actionable information so that we can test, tag, track and treat the disease,” said Christopher Johnson, president of TeleTracking Technologies.
Even before it was awarded a $10 million contract from the federal government to track coronavirus data, TeleTracking was already managing real-time data from 1,100 hospitals in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
“Anyone who’s been in the hospital knows our system is inefficient,” said Johnson.
The company’s name may be familiar because of its annual Mission Of Mercy event, which is a volunteer effort in Pittsburgh that provides free dental care to the needy.
But it’s a modern technology platform that the company created a decade ago that Johnson says lent itself to landing this new federal contract.