Project — Moving Lab Reporting at the Speed of Light
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
ELR Data Progress
This site provides details of the national ELR progress
- Update on Progress in Electronic Reporting of Laboratory Results to Public Health Agencies — United States, 2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 Apr 3; 64(12): 328-330. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This article highlights early efforts from four states that highlight some of their experiences with ELR
- Richards CL, Iademarco MF, Atkinson D, et al. Advances in Public Health Surveillance and Information Dissemination at the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionExternal. Public Health Reports. 2017;132(4):403-410. This article shows how recent collaborations with large clinical laboratories have increased ELR to >80%
- Improving Public Health Surveillance and Data at CDC
- Modernizing Notifiable Diseases—How Counting Cases Prompts Action
- Bridging Public Health and Health Care – Better Exchange, Better Data
- Modernizing Death Reporting
- Connecting Real Time Data – When Symptoms Send a Signal
- Revolutionizing Public Health Data Systems – How Sharing Advances Surveillance
- Moving Lab Reporting at the Speed of Light
- When Informatics Promotes Innovation