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Flu Trends

Anna Zink

athenaResearch Weekly Flu Report: Diagnosis Lower Than Past Seasons

by Anna Zink, Data Engineer, athenaResearch

Curious about this year’s flu season? Data from athenahealth’s cloud-based network allows us to track regional and national flu rates in near real time. The athenaResearch team monitors flu rates each week from over 23,000 primary care providers in order to provide timely information on how the flu is trending this season. We also provide data to several researchers working to modernize disease surveillance and help doctors and health departments anticipate the demands of their patients and residents. Most recently, our data is being leveraged on Boston Children’s Hospitals’ HealthMap Flu Trends site to help improve flu predictions. 

December 15, 2015|Categories: Analytics and Research

Stewart Richardson

Did the CDC Advisory on Use of Antivirals Affect Provider Prescribing Patterns?

by Stewart Richardson, athenaResearch Data Engineer

The 2014-2015 flu season has been particularly severe, as indicated by data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the athenahealth network. Tracking more than 20,000 primary care providers on athenahealth’s cloud-based network, at 4.5% of patient visits for the week ending Saturday, December 27, 2014, a level that’s on par with the severe 2012-2013 season. According to the CDC, this is mostly due to the predominance a mutated H3N2 strain of the flu virus, which rendered this flu season’s vaccine less effective.

March 11, 2015|Categories: Analytics and Research

Iyue Sung

athenaResearch Weekly Flu Report: Pediatric Rates Surpass Last Season's High

by Iyue Sung, PhD, Director of athenaResearch

Over the past two weeks, the athenaResearch team noted an uptick in national influenza-like illness (ILI) rates within the athenahealth cloud-based network. However, for the week ending this past Saturday, December 13, the increase in flu diagnosis has accelerated further. Based on our data from roughly one million patient visits to more than 20,000 primary care providers and 2,500 pediatricians, ILI rates are currently tracking at levels similar to 2012-2013, which was a particularly severe flu season. More alarming is a steep increase in pediatric rates, as shown in Figure 1.

December 16, 2014|Categories: Analytics and Research

Iyue Sung

The Future of Disease Surveillance with EHR Data

by Iyue Sung, PhD, Director of athenaResearch

Every year around this time, we anticipate news coverage on the flu season, the time when influenza is at its most prevalent in the U.S., and something we’ve tracked in past years.

October 06, 2014|Categories: Analytics and Research

Iyue Sung

athenaResearch Report: Flu Spreads West and North into Mountain States and Mid-Atlantic

by Iyue Sung, PhD, Director of athenaResearch

On December 24, title="December 24 Flu Update from athenaResearch">we reported the first large jump in national flu rates for this season. Now, as the flu outbreak continues to travel across the country, we’ve decided to provide weekly reports until we see a peak in the flu.

January 02, 2014|Categories: Analytics and Research

Iyue Sung

Cloud Analytics: Flu Season Trends Follow-Up

by Iyue Sung, PhD, Director of athenaResearch

Two weeks ago, our Cloud Analytics team presented some season trends right here in the blog, and discovered that had great interest in our findings and f

February 01, 2013|Categories: Analytics and Research

Iyue Sung

Cloud Analytics: Flu Season Trends

by Iyue Sung, PhD, Director of athenaResearch

It’s that time of year again: flu season.

January 15, 2013|Categories: Analytics and Research

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