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Sci Rep. 2016 May 11;6:25732. doi: 10.1038/srep25732.

Cloud-based Electronic Health Records for Real-time, Region-specific Influenza Surveillance.

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1
Computational Health Informatics Program, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
2
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
3
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA, USA.
4
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.
5
athenaResearch at athenahealth, Watertown, MA, USA.

Abstract

Accurate real-time monitoring systems of influenza outbreaks help public health officials make informed decisions that may help save lives. We show that information extracted from cloud-based electronic health records databases, in combination with machine learning techniques and historical epidemiological information, have the potential to accurately and reliably provide near real-time regional estimates of flu outbreaks in the United States.

PMID:
27165494
PMCID:
PMC4863169
DOI:
10.1038/srep25732
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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