As the World Health Organization raised its threat alert to a Level 5—just short of a full-blown pandemic—insurers and other health care stakeholders are clamoring for the technology that will enable them to gather and process e-health data and track the proliferation of H1N1, a.k.a Swine Flu, around the world.

The paper-based system in place by the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track and report potential epidemics seems especially inept to handle the sheer velocity of the flu’s reach, say experts.

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