Clinical organizations have rapidly pivoted to provide virtual care during the COVID-19 epidemic; however, there is great opportunity to advance the automation and improvement of other aspects of public health. The CDC in partnership with organizations like Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has developed electronic approaches to public health reporting on reportable conditions. Public health agencies have similarly rushed to shore up existing systems and innovate and automate public health activities including reporting, contact tracing and public health messaging and control measures that can bend the curve on communicable disease transmission. Here we discuss the available approaches to public health, from the perspective of the federal public health infrastructure, the state/local public health agency and the community health center and their data partners and how interested parties might advance their own clinical enterprise and data towards seamless reuse and downstream public health activities.
Describe potential downstream uses for COVID-19 data.
Highlight how COVID-19 and other reportable conditions data currently and in the future will flow to public health agencies and CDC.
Outline how eCR (Electronic Case Reporting) works and how to start.