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Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)

Historically, communicable disease reporting to state and county health departments was paper-based, relying heavily on FAX, telephone and snail mail. Today's sophisticated laboratory information systems bring an opportunity to move toward more timely and efficient electronic laboratory reporting. ELR data are critical to Public Health disease surveillance programs and thus to population health.

The Oregon ELR Project provides a one-stop dropoff point for laboratories to submit reportable data using electronic data interchange. In this system, the Public Health Division functions as an electronic hub to accept, route, and process electronic HL7 messages containing lab and clinical data. Click here to view a graphic that describes Oregon ELR Data Flow.



ELR Legally Mandated for High-Volume Laboratories



Tools and Resources

  • Download the Oregon ELR Manual (pdf) for information to help determine your readiness to participate in Oregon's ELR program 
  • Oregon's HL7 2.5.1 ELR Implementation Guide (pdf). For a comprehensive guide on ELR message construction, visit HL7.org.
  • The Oregon ELR Onboarding Diagram (pdf) is a visual depiction of the process from start to finish of electronic data exchange with the Oregon ELR Project.
  • Laboratory Reporting Poster (pdf) (Note: poster size is 11x17")
  • Logical Observation Identifier Names and Codes (LOINC®) for specific laboratory procedure names
  • Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine (SNOMED®) for descriptions of findings, specifically for organism names
  • Reportable Condition Mapping Tables (RCMT) for mapping between reportable conditions, LOINC test codes, and SNOMED result codes
  • Oregon Acute and Communicable Disease Program Disease Investigative Guidelines


  • Public Health Meaningful Use

    ELR is a required Meaningful Use measure for Eligible Hospitals in Oregon. To meet MU requirements, laboratory data must be sent from an ONC certified EHR (which usually includes Laboratory Information Systems (LIS)). Read more about Oregon Public Health Meaningful Use...