The article by Mac Kenzie, et al., answers questions about electronic case reporting such as:
- What is eCR
- What is eICR
- What is the value of eCR to local health departments
- eCR vs. traditional case investigation
What is the difference between eCR and eICR?
Electronic case reporting (eCR) is the process of automatically generating and transmitting case reports from an electronic health record (EHR) to public health agencies for review and action. Two pieces of information move back and forth during this process: the electronic initial case report (eICR) and the reportability response. The eICR is the first report that moves from health care to public health that contains information from the patient’s encounter, but it is not final – the report could evolve as more data are collected. The reportability response is the acknowledgment that is sent to health care from public health confirming the report was received and whether the patient’s condition is reportable.
Digital Bridge. Frequently Asked Questions (accessed 05/24/2018)
There are distinct differences between electronic lab reporting (ELR) and the electronic initial case report (eICR). The table describes differences between ELR and eICR.