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Data-facing Track Call

March 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Data-Facing Track

First Tuesday of every month
1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 11am MT/ 10am PT/ 8am HT

Track Info: https://carcc.org/people-network/data-facing-track/

Title: eCR Now! and COVID-19 – Breaking the Public Health Surveillance Floodgates
Presenter(s): John W. Loonsk MD FACMI, Adjunct Associate Professor Johns Hopkins and Consulting Chief Information Officer, Association of Public Health Laboratories


The COVID-19 pandemic again demonstrated that public health agencies (PHAs) don’t get the data they need to carry out critical public health activities. Public health surveillance has historically been opportunistic getting electronic data from lab information management systems and admission discharge and transfer systems because that is where the electronic data were. With the advent of electronic health records (EHRs) there was a new opportunity to support the core public health function of case reporting of legally reportable conditions.

All that stood in the way of better surveillance was the complexity of many different reporting conditions, of many different reportable jurisdictions, and the policies and technology to meet state reporting laws and HIPAA. The eCR Now! initiative threaded this needle building on the needs of the pandemic to advance a national program of reporting from EHRs to PHA surveillance systems. In this talk the technology, policy, and practice approaches will be discussed and the lesson of not ever letting a “good” pandemic go to waste will be elucidated.

Zoom details sent via email to the People Network.  Join here: https://carcc.org/people-network/


March 1
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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