Stories about: Children’s Hospital Informatics Program

Domestic violence: medical records can sound an early warning

Domestic abuse often goes undiagnosed until too late — yet medical records often contain subtle clues that doctors often lack the time to fathom out. Now, researchers from the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program and Division of Emergency Medicine demonstrate that tapping commonly available electronic health records could help doctors spot abuse early. This display, designed for physicians, pulls a patient’s diagnostic history into one view, sounding an alert when the pattern of visits suggests possible domestic abuse.

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Tracking H1N1 in the digital age

John Brownstein, PhD, from the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, talks to NBC Nightly News about the new, free iPhone app called “Outbreaks Near Me,” which tracks disease outbreaks in real time.

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For more information on Flu (seasonal and H1N1) from Children’s Hospital Boston, visit http://www.childrenshospital.org/patientsfamilies/Site1393/mainpageS1393P385.html

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H1N1 (swine flu) weekly highlights: Sept. 9 to 15

Here are this week’s H1N1 updates from the HealthMap team of the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program.
  • WHO reports 3,200 people have died from H1N1 around the world, and 23 cases of Tamiflu-resistant infection have been documented.
  • WHO stated that school closures can be useful in controlling H1N1 outbreaks, but only if closures are instituted quickly, ideally before 1 percent of the population falls ill.
  • Studies indicate that the H1N1 vaccines provide immunity to adults after only one dose, effectively doubling the number of individuals that can be vaccinated with the expected production. Still, vaccine manufacturers expect to sell all of their supply easily.
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Brownstein Q&A in Boston Globe covers HealthMap, "Outbreaks Near Me"

John Brownstein, PhD. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
John Brownstein, PhD. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

John Brownstein, PhD, from the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, was featured in a Boston Globe Q&A today about HealthMap and the new, free iPhone app called “Outbreaks Near Me,” which tracks disease outbreaks in real time.

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