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"U.S. Doctors Use Medical Records To Fight Measles Outbreak" - Julie Steenhuysen

  • Reuters Health News
  • New York, NY
  • (May 05, 2019)

U.S. doctors are tapping into their electronic medical records to identify unvaccinated patients and potentially infected individuals to help contain the worst U.S. measles outbreak in 25 years. Mount Sinai Health System has built an alert system into patient’s medical records to notify doctors and nurses if they live in a measles outbreak area based on zip code. According to Bruce Darrow, MD, associate professor of medicine, cardiology, and population health science and policy, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and chief medical information officer for the Mount Sinai Health System, “The alert system raises awareness for doctors and nurses to be on lookout not just for our patients, but anybody who comes into the building.”

— Bruce J. Darrow, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Cardiology, Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Chief Medical Information Officer, Mount Sinai Health System

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