“… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, has observed a surge in serious lung-related illnesses associated with e-cigarette use.”
“Earlier existing data may have already indicated the trend, according to CDC Principal Deputy Director Anne Schuchat…”
“One of the main setbacks CDC identified in delayed public-health response on the lung-related illness outbreak was an inability for different health systems to share information regarding electronic health records and public health data…”
“Updating legacy IT systems, she added, would allow for “more efficient use of peoples’ time, more effective recognition of problems, and ideally, a public health workforce that can be predicting instead of reacting to health threats.”
“The FDA has also been promoting information on the dangers of smoking to youth.”
“The challenge for us as regulators is…” Read the full article here.
Source: Data System Interoperability in Focus for Monitoring E-Cigarette Safety – By Faith Ryan, December 18, 2019. GovernmentCIO.