Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS)

IDSS Logo 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 Initial Case Reporting (eICR)

Electronic initial case reporting (eICR) is a new Meaningful Use objective beginning in 2018.

Video explanation of eICR

Download registration question set PDF version PDF

On-line Registration for eICR

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: https://idph.iowa.gov/InformationManagement/meaningful-use

Current status: On Monday March 26th, 2012, IDPH began accepting test messages constructed using the IDPH Implementation Guide and ELR Constrained Profile posted below and is now supporting all stages of Meaningful Use. See the IDPH ELR On-Boarding Checklist and IDPH Implementation Guide and ELR Constrained Profile for the process and specification details.

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.

Since 2014, significant progress toward implementing statewide ELR in Iowa has been achieved:

  • The majority of national reference laboratories used by Iowa hospitals and healthcare providers are sending laboratory results by ELR
  • The majority of Iowa hospitals (>75%) pursuing Meaningful Use that perform in-house testing are sending laboratory results by ELR
  • 2016-2017 ELR initial reporting volume for infectious disease is currently above 80%; direct entry into the Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS) is around 10%; paper based (fax or mail) reporting is under 10%
  • The transition from paper-based reporting to electronic reporting reduces the time from known laboratory result to public health intervention from 10+ days to approximately 1 day on average

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:

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

You may also use the "Contact Us" page to submit comments or questions online.