The government shutdown has put the Centers for Disease Control's flu trackers into hibernation, so Watertown-based electronic health records company athenahealth is stepping in to take over.
The company has an Internet database which monitors 300,000 patients visiting primary care physicians weekly and will share information related to the flu on its website, www.athenahealth.com. Information will include the proportion of patients with the flu and the number who have received vaccinations, according to a report by the Boston Globe.
The information will help health officials track outbreaks of influenza. A CDC spokeswoman said the agency welcomes any help reviewing data related to the flu. Read the entire report by clicking here.