Word of the week:FluView
The flu season is in full swing, with record breaking reports of outbreaks in many states this year. The CDC has taken many steps to try and prevent further occurrences, including the release of FluView- a mobile app that tracks influenza-like illnesses reported through the US Outpatient Influenza-Like Illness Surveillance network. FluView also gives users on-demand access to local health department websites and explores flu-like activity levels across the Unites States. Similar to MappyHealth, a disease tracking application that uses Twitter data to search for health trends, FluView displays flu activity levels based on the percent of outpatient visits in a certain jurisdiction. FluView is just another prime example of how the mhealth movement is impacting healthcare for the better.