The Erie County Department of Health in New York is seeing significant improvements in epidemiology and disease surveillance--specifically sexually transmitted diseases--by leveraging HEALTHeLINK, a health information exchange serving the greater Buffalo, N.Y. region.
Having secure access to public health statistics and other data provides our public health practitioners with important and timely information to help them understand where we need to focus our attention in providing healthcare resources and education, said Gale Burstein, M.D., ECDOH commissioner. Our ongoing prevention efforts related to STDs have been aided by our collaboration with HEALTHeLINK which has become a valuable tool in our efforts to provide the public with more efficient care.
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