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Electronic Laboratory Reporting

Overview of the Program

Electronic Reportable Laboratory Results Reporting (ELR) allows eligible hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to report laboratory test results for reportable infectious diseases through an automated and secure process. Facilities export data from their laboratory information systems (LIS) 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 amount of staff time it takes a facility to report information to public health.

ODH Policy for Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) (Revised 07/01/2022)

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) declared readiness to accept ELR data from EHs and CAHs according to Promoting Interoperability guidelines and technical standards on March 31, 2012 and continues to accept HL7 v 2.5.1 test files. If a test file is not an HL7 v 2.5.1 file, it is unacceptable for testing. 

If you wish to participate in ELR, please request enrollment to send ELR data at www.OhioPublicHealthReporting.info and review the technical information. When technically and operationally ready to send test files, please complete your organization’s registration to submit data at www.OhioPublicHealthReporting.info.

EHs and CAHs should send ELR data for all appropriate reportable conditions performed in-house and listed in the Know Your ABCs: A Quick Guide to Reportable Infectious Diseases in Ohio to meet Promoting Interoperability guidelines (unless preliminary testing is not performed in-house).

Current Promoting Interoperability Exclusion for ELR:

Technical information

Contact information:
Email: ELR@odh.ohio.gov 
Phone: (614) 995-5599
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