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Date:1/17/2008

INDIANAPOLIS Public health officials are constantly in battle mode against illness from food contaminants or a possible pandemic, but to fight these deadly foes they need more complete information and they need it faster.

Researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine have found that automated electronic medical laboratory reporting (ELR) improves both the completeness and timeliness of disease surveillance, significantly bettering the odds of stopping the spread of disease. Their study appears in the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

Working with the Marion County Department of Health, the physician researchers compared ELR and paper reports from doctors, hospitals and laboratories, the current standard in public health surveillance. ELR findings are automatically transmitted in real time, as results are completed. Paper reports are manually prepared as staff members assigned to the task have time.

Doctors offices, clinics and public health officials across the United States are currently doing a very good job but if we rely on the traditional, slower paper approach to disease surveillance, there is less opportunity to intervene at an early stage. And, with many of these diseases, time is of the essence, said J. Marc Overhage, M.D., Ph.D., first author of the study.

The researchers believe that the higher rate of completeness they observed with ELR resulted from overcoming a number of barriers, including lack of awareness by the providers of the need to file reports, human error, lack of motivation and ineffective processes.

Building an ELR capability is very feasible, according to Dr. Overhage, who with study senior author Clement McDonald, M.D., has led efforts which have made Indianapolis the most wired healthcare environment in the United States. We are laying a foundation so ELR can happen not just in Indianapolis, but across the country, Dr. Overhage said.


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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University
Source:Eurekalert

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