Rhode Island Becomes First State to Electronically Track Spread of H1N1 Flu

Rhode Island health officials are tracking the spread of H1N1 flu through electronic prescription records.

Rhode Island is thought to be the first state to use electronic pharmacy prescription data to track swine flu among its entire population, said Rob Cronin, a spokesman for Surescripts, which operates the country's largest electronic prescriptions network.

Rhode Island is the first state in the U.S. to begin tracking swine flu outbreaks using e-prescription data.

State public health officials are electronically monitoring possible H1NI outbreaks based on e-prescription data from pharmacies that dispense Tamiflu and three other antiviral drugs used to treat seasonal flu and swine flu.