Notifiable Diseases

ESPnet identifies and electronically reports patients with state-mandated (MA) notifiable diseases including:

  • Acute hepatitis A, B, and C
  • Active tuberculosis
  • Chlamydia
  • Giardiasis
  • Gonorrhea
  • Lyme disease
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Pertussis
  • Syphilis

ESPnet helps primary care providers fulfill their reporting obligations by shifting the onus for reporting to electronic systems. Comparisons of ESPnet against conventional reporting show that ESPnet significantly increases the number, accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of case reports.

In contrast to electronic laboratory reports, ESPnet leverages the full breadth of data present in EMRs to do more than simply report positive test results. For example, ESPnet algorithms distinguish acute versus chronic infections and active versus latent tuberculosis. ESPnet algorithms also seek clinical diagnoses that may not trigger positive laboratory tests such as early Lyme disease and culture-negative tuberculosis. Once a case is identified, ESPnet uses the wealth of data in EMRs to prepare HL7 electronic case reports that include electronically determined symptoms, pregnancy status, and treatments prescribed.