The workloads that public health departments nationwide will be forced to grapple with under the electronic health records meaningful use program could double over the next year, according to a new study.

Stage 2 of the EHR program requires automated electronic laboratory reporting of notifiable diseases. Though past studies have cited that public health departments will experience a marked increase in volumes with the introduction of electronic laboratory reporting, researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing claim that their study is the first to estimate what will occur with the Stage 2 required adoption of such reporting.

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