Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) of COVID-19
Reporting certain conditions to appropriate public health agencies (PHAs) is legally required in all states and territories. Because public health reporting requirements and practices vary across jurisdictions, it can be difficult for healthcare providers to know what to report, when to report, and to whom to report in a timely manner. However, eCR can help!
Electronic case reporting (eCR) is the automated generation and transmission of case reports from electronic health records to public health agencies. eCR was built from an innovative partnership between healthcare, public health, and electronic health record vendors and is expanding nationwide under the leadership of the CDC, American Public Health Labs (APHL), and Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE).
- eCR can eliminate the manual reporting burden on providers and securely transfers vital patient and clinical information from healthcare to public health for disease tracking, case management, and contact tracing.
- eCR provides faster, more complete data than manual reporting, including patient data on demographics, comorbidities, immunizations, medications, and other treatment.
- eCR saves time for healthcare providers who report and public health staff who conduct case investigations.