The fight against the Zika virus continues with a new development coming from the University of Maryland. Montgomery County, teaming up with researchers from University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business CHIDS, has pushed an initiative for better health IT tracking and recording. With a more versatile and stable set of electronic health records, disease spread can be more easily tracked and prevented.
“Incidents like the current Zika crisis bring the issue [of Health IT systems] to the forefront” said Ritu Agarwal, chair of information systems at the Smith School. For the first time, epidemics can be anticipated proactively instead of reactively, thanks to this novel method of seamless information sharing.
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