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Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS)


The Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS) enables local public health, hospitals, laboratories, and IDPH to collaborate electronically as they perform disease reporting and surveillance activities across the state. IDSS was first implemented in the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) in October 2008 and is now widely used by hospital, laboratories, and public health agencies statewide.





Meaningful Use for Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Meaningful Use Public Health Repository is not yet available. This repository is where public health agencies indicate meaningful use readiness and eligible hospitals (EHs), critical access hospitals (CAHs), and eligible professionals (EPs) declare their intent to pursue public health measures. This page will be updated and provide the link to the repository When the repository is available. For now, see the Public Health Meaningful Use letter posted at:

Current status: As of Monday March 26th, 2012, IDPH is accepting test messages constructed using the IDPH Implementation Guide and ELR Constrained Profile posted below. See the guide for the specific process.

IDPH and the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) are in the process of upgrading the existing ELR connection to comply with the Meaningful Use HL7 2.5.1 message standard. Seventeen LIMS modules ( nearly 3,000 unique combinations of LOINC and SNOMED codes) are either in the validation process or in Production which leaves only 8 LIMS modules affecting 3 reportable conditions to complete this upgrade.

Submission of Reportable Lab Results (electronic laboratory reporting or ELR) objective: capability to submit electronic data on reportable (as required by state or local law) lab results to PH agencies and actual submission in accordance with applicable law and practice.

Achieving Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use for ELR - June 2014 Update

Meaningful Use Workshop #3

Meaningful Use Workshop #2

Meaningful Use Workshop #1


Other Resources

For more information about IDSS contact:

Introducing Ngoc Tran, IDSS Coordinator

Ngoc Tran
Iowa Disease Surveillance Coordinator
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Bldg.
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
(515) 242-5114

For more information about Meaningful Use or ELR contact:

John Satre
Public Health Informatician
Iowa Department of Public Health
Lucas State Office Bldg.
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0075
(515) 229-0417

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