New technology would alert doctors to outbreaks

September 19, 2011

Doctors rarely know what illnesses are brewing in the neighborhood until their waiting rooms are full.

Giving doctors the heads up could make a difference.

A recent study at Children's Hospital Boston finds that knowing how much strep throat is circulating can help improve the accuracy of the next patient's diagnosis.

Work is beginning on websites and technology that could give doctors the real time scoop through electronic health records or even mobile apps.

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