Advancing ECR of STIs: Technical Guidance for Public Health Departments
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.