How does eCR work?

Implementing eCR requires action from industry partners in health information technology, public health agencies, and healthcare organizations.

An example of the eCR process

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Patient is diagnosed with a reportable condition, such as COVID-19

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Healthcare provider enters patient’s information into the electronic health record (EHR)

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Data in the EHR automatically triggers a case report that is validated and sent to the appropriate public health agencies if it meets reportability criteria

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The public health agency receives the case report in real time and a response about reportability is sent back to the provider

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State or local health department reaches out to patient for contact tracing, services, or other public health action

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The difference between eCR and traditional case reporting

Learn the difference between eCR and traditional case reporting. See how eCR is a faster process to receive and send more complete case report data.

Page last reviewed: February 5, 2021