Strong working relationships between infectious disease (ID) physicians and public health have resulted in the early detection of emerging infectious threats. From May 6 through June 5, 2015, we surveyed ID physicians in the Infectious Diseases Society of America’sEmerging InfectionsNetwork about communications with public health.Atotal of 688of 1491 (46%)members completed the survey, 624 (91%) of whom knew how to reach their health department directly for an urgent issue. Only 38 (6%) described communications with their health department as poor. Interest in newer technologies (eg,mobile smartphone applications) showed mixed results. Interest in a smartphone application differed significantly by years of IDexperience,with 81 of 146 (55%) respondents with <5 years of IDexperience, 172 of 359 (48%) respondentswith 5 to 24 years of ID experience, and 61 of 183 (33%) respondents with ≥25 years of ID experience in favor of a smartphone application (P < .001). As more physicians adopt newer communication technologies, health departments should be prepared to incorporate these tools to communicate with ID physicians.
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The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This publication was supported by cooperative agreement #1U50CK000187 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.
- Emerging infectious diseases
- Mobile smartphone applications