An automatic infectious disease surveillance and reporting system

Shiou Wen Lu, Chi Ming Chang, Pau Choo Chung

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Objective: To establish an automatic infectious disease surveillance and reporting system. Design: Developmental process. Setting: The system was implemented by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Taiwan and tested in three hospitals -Taiwan University Hospital, Catholic Cardinal Tien Hospital and Cheng Hsin Rehabilitation Hospital. Methods: Infectious disease reports were prepared in each hospital using HL7 standards and sent to the CDC using the Microsoft BizTalk Server application. Results: Transmission of individual infectious disease reports was successfully achieved without the need to interrupt or redesign pre-existing programs or information systems utilised by the individual hospitals. The system is currently working well with the three hospitals reporting a total of approximately seventy cases each month to the CDC. Conclusions: The use of HL7 standards and Microsoft BizTalk Server allows automatic reporting of infectious disease cases from hospitals in Taiwan to the CDC in Taiwan. The system could be expanded to provide automatic nationwide infectious disease surveillance and reporting. It could also be adapted for routine reporting of other conditions to special authorities e.g. stillbirths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-39
Number of pages7
JournalJournal on Information Technology in Healthcare
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jun 3

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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