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Volume 8, Number 7—July 2002

Automatic Electronic Laboratory-Based Reporting of Notifiable Infectious Diseases

Anil A. Panackal*, Fu-Chiang Tsui‡, Joan McMahon§, Michael M. Wagner‡, Bruce W. Dixon§, Juan Zubieta*, Maureen Phelan*, Sara Mirza*, Juliette Morgan*, Daniel B. Jernigan*, A. William Pasculle‡, James T. Rankin†, Rana A. Hajjeh*, Lee H. Harrison‡Comments to Author , and Nkuchia M. M’ikanatha
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; †Pennsylvania Department of Health, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA; ‡University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; §Allegheny County Health Department, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;

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Table 3

Electronic false positives and missed reports in UPMC reporting systema

Errors No. (%) of electronic or paper-based only reports Nature of problem
Electronic false positives
Incorrect use of free text with organism codes 6 (60) Culture report reads “No [free text]” followed by organism ID code
Inability to retrieve sent false reports 3 (30) Unable to retrieve preliminary reports
Failure of logic detection 1 (10) Data extracted from wrong portion of result field by logic detection
Total 10
Electronic false negatives (missed reports)
Incorrect use of free text 22 (88) Organism name typed out as free text in result field
Unknown (failure of transmission?) 3 (12) Found to be in UPMC hospital computer terminal system by using organism ID code properly but not found in UPMC electronic database
Total 25

aUPMC, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System.

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