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Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)

Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) is the automated transmission of laboratory-related data from commercial, public health, hospital, and other labs to state and local public health departments through an electronic health records (EHR) system or a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).  ELR helps identify reportable conditions determined by confirmatory testing and supports case reporting at the state or local level.  ELR is used by laboratory providers to help them meet state reportable diseases laws mandating that providers report cases of specified diseases to the health department.

ELR supports overall public health surveillance by helping improve the timeliness and accuracy of case reporting and confirmation to state and local health departments.  It also supports national public health surveillance by improving the timeliness and accuracy of notifiable disease data voluntarily shared by states with CDC.

Learn more about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and Meaningful Use.