March 3, 2004

Use of the Web by State and Territorial Health Departments to Promote Reporting of Infectious Disease

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(9):1069-1070. doi:10.1001/jama.291.9.1069

To the Editor: The threat of emerging infections and bioterrorism has heightened the need for timeliness and completeness of disease reporting. However, physicians frequently encounter barriers that undermine notification, including lack of information about what, when, how, or where to report.1,2 Because nearly 80% of US physicians use the Web,3 the Web offers an unprecedented opportunity to facilitate disease reporting. We evaluated use of the Web by state and territorial health departments to promote infectious disease reporting.

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