Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) is the automated generation and transmission of case reports from the electronic health record (EHR) to public health agencies for review and action. eCR makes disease reporting from health care to public health faster and easier. It moves data securely and seamlessly—from the EHR at the point of care, to data systems at local and state agencies. eCR also allows public health to more rapidly provide information back to health care professionals. For example, this timely data sharing provides a real-time picture of COVID-19 to support outbreak management.
Starting on January 1, 2022, eCR will be required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Promoting Interoperability Program (PIP) for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Promoting Interoperability Performance Category for eligible clinicians.
Webinar recording: Electronic Case Reporting 101
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eCR helps providers fulfill their disease and case reporting requirements and has many benefits to providers, including:
- Eliminates the need for manual data entry, faxing, or responding to calls from public health agencies.
- Transfers critical clinical information from providers to public health agencies for disease tracking, case management, and contact tracing.
- Provides more timely and complete data than manual case reporting.
- Reduces burden on physicians and staff.
- Automates case reporting by using data in your electronic health record.
- The bidirectional exchange of information from public health to providers is much faster and more comprehensive.
- Supports public health emergency responses.
- Meets Promoting Interoperability requirements.
KHC and KDHE have teamed up to help providers learn more about eCR, learn how to easily implement it, and ultimately help make Kansas a leader in electronic case reporting. (The webinar was held live on Aug. 4, 2021.)
Who should view the webinar recording:
- Infection Preventionists
- Practice Managers
- IT Informatics
- Health Information Management
eCR implementation is easy.
- The Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) app is available if your EHR is not already eCR-enabled
- Participate through eHealth exchange or Carequality without additional legal requirements
More about eCR
"eCR Now" is a strategic initiative that enables rapid adoption and implementation of eCR—learn more about it here.