Tennessee Department of Health Electronic Case Reporting Measure
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Section: Spotlight Articles, August 2017

(from the Tennessee Department of Health)

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) will declare readiness for Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) in January 2018 under the Public Health Reporting Objective and begin accepting eCR in July of 2018 from pilot partners.

eCR is the automated generation and transmission of case reports from an electronic health record (EHR) to the public health agency’s disease surveillance system for review and action. eCR will allow healthcare providers the opportunity to report suspected cases to TDH for further investigation using an electronic health record (EHR) system rather than manually reporting on paper and waiting on lab test results to confirm a suspected case. The eCR will capture critical clinical and demographic patient data from Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) not otherwise included in laboratory reports. Utilizing eCR will reduce the burdensome paper-based and labor-intensive administrative process reporters face in reporting and responding to public health’s requests for additional information.

TDH is actively developing requirements and documentation to begin pilot testing with selected trading partners in the near future. Eligible providers interested in eCR pilot testing in 2018 can email TDH directly at CEDS.Informatics@tn.gov for more information. MU EHR Incentive Program providers should check here periodically for updates to TDH’s Public Declaration of Readiness to receive data from CEHRT.

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