From the Houston Health Department
The Houston Health Department’s Informatics program has become the first in the U.S. to successfully launch electronic case reporting (eCR) in collaboration with Houston Methodist, Epic, Digital Bridge, Surescripts, and technical partners.
Electronic Case Reporting is the automated generation and transmission of case reports from electronic health records to public health agencies for review and action.
HHD is the first of seven pilot sites to go live with eCR using five notifiable conditions: Pertussis; Zika; Salmonella; Chlamydia; Gonorrhea. This new reporting approach will lessen manual work processes, improve routine outbreak management, and supply comprehensive information on public health reporting requirements to clinicians and laboratories.