Electronic Processing of Antimicrobial Susceptibilities to Enhance Communicable Disease Surveillance

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The emerging threat of antimicrobial resistant organisms is a pressing public health concern. Surveillance for antimicrobial resistance can prevent infections, protect patients in the healthcare setting and improve antimicrobial use. In 2018, the Utah Department of Health mandated the reporting of antimicrobial susceptibility panels performed on selected organisms. Utah utilizes the Electronic Message Staging Area (EMSA), a home-grown application to translate, process, and enter electronic laboratory results into UT-NEDSS, Utah'™s integrated disease surveillance system. Processing these results electronically is challenging due to the need to interpret results based on the antimicrobial agent combined with the organism it was performed on. The receipt of antimicrobial susceptibility panels has required enhancements to EMSA for these results to be automatically processed.

Objective: Illustrate how the Utah Department of Health automatically processes antimicrobial susceptibility results that are received electronically

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Original Publication Year: 
2019
Event/Publication Date: 
January, 2019

June 18, 2019

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