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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 27, 2013

More Public Health Agencies Now Get Disease Data in Electronic Reports

JAMA. 2013;310(20):2141. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281552

US public health agencies now receive an estimated 62% of laboratory reports for reportable diseases and health conditions by electronic transmission, up from 52% in 2012.

State and federal health officials say electronic reporting from hospital, commercial, and other types of laboratories can improve surveillance for reportable diseases by sending more comprehensive information more quickly. As of July, 54 of 57 state, local, and territorial health departments that have obtained funding since 2010 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to improve their electronic reporting used electronic transmissions.