What are the benefits of eCR?

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eCR is an important part of CDC’s Public Health Data Modernization Initiative. eCR helps integrate information from different sources and systems, allowing data to flow as a real-time conversation between healthcare providers and public health agency leaders for better decision making.

eCR promotes interoperability and makes case reporting faster, more efficient, and more complete:

Optimizes existing technology

  •  eCR leverages existing data in EHR systems.
  • No additional training is needed for healthcare staff.
  • eCR runs behind the scenes in the EHR to automatically capture and report required information.

Reduces workload for healthcare staff

  • eCR automatically sends required information to all appropriate public health authorities.
  • It eliminates the need for manual data entry, faxing, or calling jurisdictions.
  • Public health investigators make fewer requests for additional patient data.
  • It fulfills your provider’s mandatory reporting requirements.

Enables faster disease detection by public health

  • eCR transmits clinical and demographic data needed by public health authorities for disease tracking, case management, and contact tracing.
  • This real-time data exchange allows public health agencies to conduct case investigations sooner, detect outbreaks earlier, with the goal of reducing disease transmission.

Facilitates communication and collaboration

  • An automatic response tells healthcare providers if a condition was reportable and if so, which public health authorities received the report.
  • This immediate feedback gives providers situational awareness about local outbreaks and other public health emergencies.
  • It may serve as a channel for public health to request supplemental patient data.

Are you interested in learning more?

Contact the CDC eCR team at ecr@cdc.gov

Additional details about eCR and how to implement eCR can be found at https://ecr.aimsplatform.org/external icon.

Page last reviewed: June 11, 2020