The Illinois Department of Public Health has partnered with WebMD's Medscape to improve the communication of urgent public health messages to healthcare providers.
Healthcare providers received the first alert message issued through Medscape, on declining influenza hospital admissions, on Wednesday. There was an 87 percent decline in ICU hospitalizations for the week ending on February 2 compared to the beginning of January.
Currently, the IDPH issues alerts, advisories, and social media updates as a part of the CDC's national Health Alert Network system. The partnership with Medscape allows alerts to be issued to over 40,000 additional registered healthcare providers around Illinois.
"This partnership with WebMD complements our Health Alert Network system and will enhance our existing efforts to ensure that we're reaching healthcare providers in Illinois through the prompt delivery of urgent public health alerts when needed," IDPH Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says.
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