Project — Moving Lab Reporting at the Speed of Light

lab reporting at speed o light

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Public health action and medical decisions depend on laboratory results. Electronic laboratory reporting provides vital information on reportable conditions—like sexually transmitted diseases, hepatitis, foodborne diseases, and lead poisoning—to local and state public health departments. For decades, reporting was a slow, paper-based process from different laboratories of all sizes. Now, it’s an electronic data transmission with a standard process and reporting format that allows faster sharing of critical information.

Learn more about how CDC and our partners are working together to enhance and modernize electronic laboratory reporting to address the surveillance and data needs of today.

Robert W. Pinner, MD

Utilizing surveillance with information technology provides challenges and opportunities for public health.

Keywords: electronic lab reporting, IT

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