Identifying Pregnancy Status through STD/HIV Electronic Laboratory Reporting

Elliott Brannon, Abe Handler, Joseph Foxhood


Using STD/HIV surveillance data the STD/HIV Program at the Louisiana Office of Public Health created a system to identify pregnancy status from STD/HIV lab reports in real-time. The system, which is currently under development, was tested on historical data from 2011 and 2012 and successfully identified pregnancy status from STD/HIV lab reports. Although the pregnancy identification system does not currently include criteria that yields both a high positive predictive value and a high sensitivity, additional criteria will be incorporated to improve these outcomes. Once identified, high risk HIV-infected pregnant women can be targeted for follow-up.

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