A new study will find whether instant health alerts are beneficial

A new project from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GE Healthcare and the Alliance of Chicago Community Health Services is currently testing the capability of actionable health alerts, Healthcare IT News reports.

The collaboration is aiming to measure how well instant health alerts could be delivered to a physician’s electronic medical record. The study will seek to find whether these alerts are triggered too often over a six month period of time.

Researchers will have an extensive database to work from with more than 17 million anonymous patient records. Officials told the news source that there is an opportunity to seamlessly contribute to and benefit from public health surveillance.

“If this is successful, and we are able to deliver instant, actionable health alerts, we can intervene more rapidly at the individual patient level and more effectively contain communicable outbreaks,” Fred Rachman, CEO of the Alliance, told the news source.

Studies like these often require professionals who have obtained a health informatics degree to implement these systems. These individuals help healthcare providers maintain electronic medical records.

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