IOM: Disease surveillance needs to include EHRs, social media

The Institute of Medicine has proposed that the federal government take the lead in organizing a national surveillance system to track trends in chronic health conditions, focusing primarily on cardiovascular and lung diseases. The aim is to provide public health authorities and policymakers at the federal, state and local levels with a fuller understanding of the continuum of disease prevention, progression, treatment and outcomes. It also looks at expanding the use of electronic health records. --Read the full article in FierceHealthIT