Electronic clinical laboratory reporting for public health surveillance

Perry F. Smith, Guthrie S. Birkhead, J. A. Magnuson

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The widespread use of electronic laboratory information systems is making electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) to public health increasingly feasible. ELR increases the completeness and speed of reporting to public health, helps to route reports to the correct jurisdictions, and reduces reporting cost. Nevertheless, implementing ELR presents challenges for both laboratories and health departments. This chapter discusses general and technical considerations in implementing a public health ELR system with a detailed description of experiences with ELR in New York and Oregon. This edition first published 2013

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInfectious Disease Surveillance
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780470654675
StatePublished - Mar 12 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Communicable disease electronic surveillance system
  • Disease reporting
  • Electronic clinical laboratory reporting system
  • Electronic laboratory reporting
  • National electronic disease surveillance system
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Public health surveillance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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