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Advancing Electronic Case Reporting of Sexually Transmitted Infections

Date: 
March 15, 2018
Topics: 
Planning and development
Surveillance

Leveraging electronic health record (EHR) data for case reporting of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can dramatically lessen the burden of current manual reporting mechanisms for clinicians and public health agencies alike. Automating the building and sending of STI case reports with EHR technologies promises to improve data accuracy, timeliness, and completeness.

This project brings public health practitioners and informaticians together to define how EHRs should help primary care providers automatically detect and report STI cases. Our aim is to advance the state-of-the-art for electronic case reporting (ECR) by focusing on an approach for STIs that can be extended to other conditions. 

Due to the high level of interest in ECR, many organizations are developing tools, standards and other infrastructure to support this important opportunity. PHII has been fortunate to collaborate with CDC Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services and CSTE on the Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System and with HL7 on the Public Health Case Report Implementation Guide, respectively. We plan to continue this collaboration with these national efforts as we seek harmonization on electronic case reporting approaches. This document was updated in March 2018 to reflect pilot implementation preliminary evaluation findings and publication of new health IT standards. A historic version of this report from 2016 is included as a reference for those tracking the evolution of these recommendations.

Citation Information: 
The Public Health Informatics Institute. "Advancing Electronic Case Reporting of Sexually Transmitted Infections." https://www.phii.org/ECR-STI-report (accessed 10/17/2018).