HealtheConnections Supports the Identification of Pediatric Hepatitis Cases

In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory about a cluster of pediatric cases of severe hepatitis and adenovirus infection that first presented in October 2021. The CDC asked clinicians and state health departments to report cases of hepatitis of unknown origin among patients less than 10 years old since October 1, 2021.

HealtheConnections was asked to assist the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) in identifying these pediatric cases of severe hepatitis. HealtheConnections queried the hospital data from its 26-county region and identified several cases of hepatitis that met the CDC’s case definition. At least one of the cases identified was not previously reported to the NYSDOH. Once HealtheConnections demonstrated the value of using health information exchange (HIE) data for identifying the hepatitis cases, the NYSDOH expanded the effort by enlisting all of the HIEs in NYS to replicate our approach.

HealtheConnections was pleased to have the opportunity to support NYS’ public health surveillance efforts actively.

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