For Health Care Providers and Laboratorians
All Oregon physicians, other health care providers, and laboratorians are required by law
to report certain diseases and conditions to local health departments (pdf)
. Some cases are subject to restrictions
(OARs Division 19) on school attendance, day care attendance, patient care, and food handling. Reporting enables appropriate public health follow-up for patients, helps identify outbreaks, and provides a better understanding of Oregon morbidity patterns.
In 2007, the Oregon Legislative Assembly passed HB 2524 (pdf)
authorizing the Health Care Acquired Infection Advisory Committee, a statutorily mandated committee, to advise Oregon Health Policy and Research (OHPR) on the development of a health care acquired infections reporting program in Oregon.
For Local Health Departments
All suspected food- or waterborne outbreaks should be reported immediately to the on-call OHA epidemiologists. This form is usually completed by the OHA epidemiologist who is assigned to work with LHD staff on the investigation.
The Oregon Public Health Division collects data to inform physicians and the public about the infections that are identified in Oregon and whom they tend to affect. Reports include weekly, monthly, annual, and some disease specific reports.