Electronic Case Reporting (eCR)

Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) is the automated generation and transmission of case reports from electronic health records (EHRs) to public health agencies (PHAs) for review and action. eCR reduces the burden on healthcare providers to accomplish their reporting requirements to public health and improves the timeliness and completeness of case reports at the local, state, and national levels.

eCR uses a centralized platform that allows systems to communicate with each other in real time. eCR runs behind the scenes in the EHR to automatically capture and report required information. If information entered in the EHR matches codes of interest to public health, the data necessary for a public health report are sent to the platform. If the data meet jurisdictional reporting requirements, the report is sent to the appropriate public health agencies for investigation and follow-up.

In conjunction with the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) AIMS platform to meet the Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) requirements, the eCR functionality that operates behind the scenes of ChartMaker Clinical using data collected by clinicians as part of a care delivery to identify potential cases, create electronic case reports, confirm reportability, and securely transmit those reports to the appropriate Public Health Agencies (PHAs).

Once the system is configured, whenever trigger codes, based on Electronic Reporting and Surveillance Distribution (eRSD) specifications, are entered, and saved, in a patient’s chart, an electronic Initial Case Report (eIRC) will be generated, and then sent, via direct message, to the AIMS platform, where it will be processed, and then a Reportability Response will be received from the PHA regarding the submission.

There is no cost to enable the functionality to support the eCR workflow, however, you must enroll for this functionality with STI, as well as register with your state’s PHA.