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Spread of Infectious Diseases May Run High with Patient Sharing

Spread of Infectious Diseases May Run High with Patient Sharing
By Douglas Page

Study sheds light on how providers can better coordinate and share information

Patient sharing‚ in which individuals are transferred from one hospital to another or when patients seek treatment at different hospitals on their own‚ nine times as pervasive as previously thought, according to the first study to look at the phenomenon in-depth. This gross underestimation may have implications for controlling the spread of infectious diseases among hospitals.

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