As public health departments around the country scramble to respond to the Zika outbreak, they are faced with a stark reality: their health IT systems face challenges that prevent the effective use and sharing of data to combat epidemics.

Seamless information sharing between public health officials and physicians on the front lines is critical to enable actionable insights necessary for success, says Kenyon Crowley, deputy director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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