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Several centers have announced a flu outbreak this past week. For example Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a health emergency due to flu outbreak on January 9th. The city has seen over 700 cases of flu since the flu season began on October 1.
Unfortunately, State Departments of Public Health have to wait for cases to be reported before they can count numbers and evaluate actual cases. This depends on how quickly health centers are able to report cases. As a result, the time lag can be two weeks on longer. Having a more efficient tracking system can help alert officials and communities in real time.
TriageLogic’s sophisticated nurse triage technology allows for real-time data collection and reporting, and it can be a valuable early warning system for communities. In addition, the system can track data such as: caller ZIP Codes to look for pockets of disease, and number of callers sent to the ER to assess severity of illness in concentrated areas.
To help with information on the season, we compiled and compared the percentage of callers who called with cold and flu-like symptoms. The numbers came from TriageLogic’s nurse triage-on-call centers.
The center assisted over twenty-seven and half thousand callers between November 1 and December 31, 2012. From November 1 to the 15th, about 23.5% of the calls were handled using protocols related to cold and flu symptoms such as cough symptoms, fever, or Influenza. From December 16 to December 31, that number reached about 34% of the calls. Therefore, there was over 10% increase in the percentage of callers who had the flu or cold-like symptoms.
Going forward, we are planning to keep an updated caller symptom database as we go through different seasons. Stay tuned for more information!