Background: The Case Report Standardization Workgroup (CRSWg) was formed to promote the standardization and advancement of public health case reporting (PHCR). The CRSWg is a collaborative workgroup formed by CDC’s
Setting: CDC Vocabulary Web Services, Public health and clinical care information systems
Population: Clinical care (e.g., Electronic Medical Record System) and Public Health information systems sending/receiving electronic case report
Project Description: CRSWg’s approach is to 1) Analyze and standardize CSTE data elements by categories (e.g., Vaccination History and Travel History), 2) During analysis, review the work already done by SDOs and other workgroups (e.g., HL7, HITSP, IHE) 3) Analyze each data element and solicit feedback from CSTE position statement authors and steering committees, as well as CDC programs and subject matter experts; 4) Provide to stakeholders the rationale for the condition-specific data elements recommendations in CSTE position statements 5) Map data elements to standardized codes, publish, and maintain.
Results/Lessons Learned: A systematic review of condition-specific data elements is an important step to standardizing the selection and representation of data elements. Our review of VPDs resulted in a categorical framework that can be applied across all conditions. This effort may lead to improved timeliness and completeness of public health case reporting.