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A key to speeding lab reports is widespread adoption of electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) by the approximately 10,400 labs that send reportable data to health agencies. ELR is an important tool that gives health officials vital information on infectious disease cases. Since 2010, CDC has provided funds to help 57 states, local and territorial health departments increase the use of electronic laboratory reporting (ELR).
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Electronic Laboratory Reporting is a secure, automated mechanism for the reporting of laboratory and patient information by hospitals and commercial laboratories. ELR facilitates accurate and timely automated entry of this information into MAVEN. Therefore, sudden changes in disease trends may be more quickly identified than could otherwise occur with manual data entry of paper laboratory reports received by mail. ELR is mandated in accordance with 105 CMR 300.170 (Laboratory Findings Indicative of Infectious Disease reportable Directly to the Department by Laboratories). For more information please contact .Electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) potentially can improve the timeliness of notifiable disease case reporting and subsequent disease control activities (), but the extent of this improvement and the resulting effects on the workload of state or local surveillance teams are unknown. To estimate those effects, investigators from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) evaluated the timeliness of reporting for four notifiable diseases of varying incubation periods: salmonellosis, shigellosis, meningococcal disease, and hepatitis A. Investigators then calculated the potential improvement expected with ELR using the assumption that ELR can reduce to 1 day the time from completion of a diagnostic laboratory test to notification of the county health department (CHD) of the result. This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which showed that ELR would reduce the total time from symptom onset to CHD notification of a case by nearly half for salmonellosis (from 12 days to 7 days) and shigellosis (from 10 days to 6 days), but would produce no change for meningococcal disease (4 days) and minimal improvement for hepatitis A (from 13 days to 10 days). In Florida, the benefits of ELR for reporting timeliness likely will vary by disease.Laboratory reporting is a critical component of disease surveillance. For laboratories that generate reportable condition reports, Minnesota's electronic lab reporting (ELR) system provides a secure electronic means to automate reporting through an electronic network. There are many benefits of ELR including improved timeliness, reduction of manual data entry errors, reports that are more complete reporting and enable public health to respond more quickly to reports. Electronic laboratory reporting has been promoted as a public health priority for the past several years and its inclusion as a meaningful use objective for public health serves as a catalyst to accelerate its adoption.Electronic Lab Reports (ELR) are reports sent to MDH via electronic files from surrounding labs. When this occurs, the lab result is attached to the existing event in the system (based on patient identifiers and disease). If an event doesn’t yet exist for the person, a new event will be automatically created. When a new ELR is received, users are expected to review the lab report and indicate that the report was received.