Towards Interoperability for Public Health Surveillance: Experiences from Two States

Brian E. Dixon, Jason A. Siegel, Tanya V. Oemig, Shaun J. Grannis


To characterize the use of standardized vocabularies in real-world electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) messages sent to public health agencies for notifiable disease surveillance, ELR messages from two states were analyzed. Less than 20% of incoming messages contained any form of standardized vocabulary, indicating that semantic interoperability remains a challenge.

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Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 *