Electronic Laboratory Reporting:
Syndromic Surveillance & Electronic Lab Reporting
Since 2010, CDC has provided resources from the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act () to 57 state, local, and territorial health departments through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases cooperative agreement to assist with implementation of electronic laboratory reporting (ELR)* from clinical and public health laboratories to public health agencies. To update information from a previous report () about the progress in implementing ELR in the United States, CDC examined regular communications between the agency and the 57 health departments during 2012–2014. The results indicated that, as of July 2014, 67% of the approximately 20 million laboratory reports received annually for notifiable conditions were received electronically, compared with 62% in July 2013. These electronic reports were received by 55 of the 57 jurisdictions and came from 3,269 (up from nearly 2,900 in July 2013) of approximately 10,600 reporting laboratories (). The proportion of laboratory reports received electronically varied by jurisdiction (). In 2014, compared with 2013, the number of jurisdictions receiving >75% of laboratory reports electronically was higher (21 versus 14), and the number of jurisdictions receiving
Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) | Meaningful Use | CDC
As of July 2014, 479 hospital laboratories were using the message format required under the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Meaningful Use incentive program to report clinical test results (), compared with fewer than 200 in 2013. In addition, the number of hospital laboratories testing Meaningful Use–compliant ELR transmissions has more than doubled, to more than 1,300 as of July 2014. Nationally, nearly 3,000 eligible hospitals have registered their intent to send electronic laboratory reports to public health agencies under the Meaningful Use program.