Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) allows facilities (hospitals and laboratories) to report test results for reportable infectious diseases through an automated and secure process. Facilities export data from their laboratory information systems in a standard file format and send it to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) electronically through a secure interface.
ELR will replace paper-based reporting for most reportable infectious diseases. ELR allows for more rapid reporting to public health and reduces the reporting burden. There are four phases to ELR: enrollment, precertification, certification and maintenance, which are described in the Onboarding tab.
Note that immediate phone notification of positive test results for Class A diseases is still required for facilities that report test results for reportable infectious diseases through ELR.
Is ELR Right for Your Facility?
If your facility does not perform testing for reportable infectious diseases on site or if your facility has a very low volume of reportable disease laboratory findings, ELR may not be appropriate. Please contact ODH to discuss at ELR@odh.ohio.gov.
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