Abstract: Many healthcare institutions grapple with the legally required mandate to report information to public health authorities when patients present with conditions of public health importance, such as pertussis, salmonella, Zika virus infection. Existing reporting of communicable diseases by health care providers is incomplete, untimely and predominantly a manual, paper-based process. Electronic case reporting (eCR) is relevant for over 200 conditions reportable in over 3,000 public health jurisdictions in the US. As such, eCR requires an ecosystem (knowledge, decision support, infrastructure, and standards) that can meet unique jurisdictional and clinical needs. The panelists represent leaders in the public health and informatics community involved in building the platform that supports standards-based services and defining the eCR-specific HL7 standards for reporting and response. The panel objectives are to a) describe the need for a scalable, flexible strategy for eCR that meets both routine and emergency reporting needs; b) describe the decision support services, infrastructure, and HL7 document standards that support bi-directional communication for eCR; and c) explore the strengths and limitations of the current eCR strategy. The Zika infection case reporting scenario will be used to illustrate key findings, and experience from pilot testing during 2017 will be shared.
Learning Objective 1: Describe the need for a scalable, flexible strategy for electronic case reporting (eCR) that meets both routine and emergency reporting needs.
Learning Objective 2: Describe at a high level the decision support services, infrastructure, and HL7 document standards that support bi-directional communication for eCR.
Learning Objective 3: Explore the strengths and limitations of the current eCR strategy, particularly using a Zika infection scenario as a basis for exploring the strategy.
Catherine Staes (Presenter)
University of Utah
John Loonsk (Presenter)
Kathryn Turner (Presenter)
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare,
Noam Arzt (Presenter)
HLN Consulting, LLC
Patina Zarcone (Presenter)
Association of Public Health Laboratories