Why should agencies and healthcare entities put in the time and resources to implement eCR for STIs? The key benefits are as follows:

Completeness

eCR provides more complete, accurate data for action and supplements the information provided by electonic lab reporting.

Timeliness

Early detection of cases and reports of those cases to public health support earlier intervention and diminishes opportunities for further disease transmission.

Collaboration

eCR strengthens coordination between healthcare and public health. It also allows healthcare providers to leverage information they likely already have to help meet the needs of local and state public health partners.

Automation

eCR allows healthcare staff to leverage their prior EHR and other technology investments to automate tasks and eliminate the burden on patient care teams of manually reporting high-volume conditions to public health.

Influence

eCR provides an opportunity for early adopters to share ideas and influence future iterations of guidance that foster healthcare and public health data sharing.

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