Description of the MHS Health Level 7 Anatomic Pathology for Public Health Surveillance
Technical document Jun 2009-Jun 2012
NAVY AND MARINE CORPS PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER PORTSMOUTH VA EPIDATA CENTER DEPT
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The EpiData Center Department EDC at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center NMCPHC evaluated the Health Level 7 HL7 data source for its usefulness in health surveillance activities. This technical document provides a history of the HL7 anatomic pathology database and its contents, explains the creation of pathology records, describes the pathway of data from healthcare provider to the EDC, provides a detailed descriptions of all variables within the database, and assesses the databases strengths and limitations. Given an understanding of the strengths and limitations of the data, HL7 pathology data have proven to be a valuable source of health information for surveillance purposes. The data allow the creation of a timeline of events corresponding to a specific disease occurrence. Furthermore, data are received in a timely fashion, allowing for near-real-time surveillance of diseases.
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