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CDRSS Websites

FAQs Re the Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS)

  1. What is the CDRSS?

  2. Who is using the CDRSS and how widespread is its coverage?

  3. How secure are the data in the CDRSS?

  4. How do I connect to the CDRSS?

  5. Who can access the CDRSS?

  6. How can I receive training on the CDRSS?

  7. What diseases are reported through the CDRSS?

  8. What diseases are not reported through the CDRSS?

  9. How can I develop Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) transmission capability for my facility?

  10. How can I contact the CDRSS Helpdesk?

What is the CDRSS?

New Jersey has developed an electronic, web-enabled system where public health partners statewide can instantly report and track incidences of communicable diseases. The Communicable Disease Reporting and Surveillance System (CDRSS) facilitates the timely reporting and immediate sharing of pertinent data, thus supporting appropriate public health responses, be they isolated incidences or multi-state outbreaks. Electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) transmissions from commercial laboratories and acute care hospitals electronically load laboratory results into the system overnight, while the manual keying in of information takes place on a daily basis as hundreds of trained users enter data in the website. The CDRSS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and weekly transmissions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support national as well as statewide surveillance.

Who is using the CDRSS and how widespread is its coverage?

The CDRSS has a widely diversified user base. It is currently being used by: Local Health Department personnel, Infection Control Professionals (ICPs), Public Health Nurses (PHRNs), Microbiologists, Public Health Environmental Laboratories (PHEL), Health Officers (HOs), Registered Environmental Health Specialists (REHS), Public Health Educators (PHEs), Nurses, Epidemiologists (EPIs), Administrative Support, Local Information Network Communications System (LINCS) EPIs,  Clerical Staff, Laboratory Technicians, Managers, Planners, Directors, Field Representatives, Analysts, as well as Department of Health, Communicable Disease Service (DOH CDS) personnel.

CDRSS coverage extends to all New Jersey municipalities under all local health departments in all counties and covers acute care hospitals as well as multiple commercial laboratories.

How secure are the data in the CDRSS?

The CDRSS has been developed in compliance with the CDC’s Public Health Information Network (PHIN) and National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) requirements using standardized Health Level 7 (HL7) language. Built using a secure socket layer on a three-tier system behind multiple firewalls and protected by unique user names and passwords, the CDRSS imposes viewing privileges restrictions which further limit users’ access to information in the system to a “need-to-know” basis.

How do I connect to the CDRSS?

All you need to access the web-enabled CDRSS is Internet access to the Web. You will need to use Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher as your browser. You will require a DSL, cable, or T1 line; broadband or better works best. All necessary software is loaded on the CDRSS website; no software has to be purchased and loaded locally. JavaScript should be enabled on the browser. It is recommended to enable cookies for session handling and an e-mail client must be configured in order to send e-mail to other users. You will need to be assigned a user name and password by NJDOH to enter the site.

Who can access the CDRSS?

Only those who have attended CDRSS training, signed a confidentiality agreement and are currently employed in a public health occupation, be that professional or supportive in nature, will be granted access to the CDRSS.

How can I receive Training on the CDRSS?

Send an e-mail to CDRSTRAIN@doh.state.nj.us or call the CDRSS Coordinator at 609-826-5964 to request training. You can be trained on-site by one of your CDRSS-trained colleagues or you can be trained by DOH staff via distance education. All training is hands-on in the CDRSS Training site. If there is a group of people at one site or in one general area interested in becoming users, and individual computer terminals with internet access are available for each person at a mutually accessible site, a local training session may also be arranged by CDRSS trained users, such as Regional Epidemiologists.

What diseases ARE reported through the CDRSS?

  • IMMEDIATELY Reportables – Immediately report by telephone to a person at the Local Health Department (do not just leave a voicemail or message) first and then enter data in the CDRSS for instant availability on a "need to know" basis following the successfully completed telephone call
  • WITHIN 24 HOUR Reportables – Enter data in the CDRSS for instant availability on a "need to know" basis

Please use the 2011 Magnet [pdf 192k] to identify which diseases are immediately reportable versus within 24 hour reportable.

What diseases ARE NOT reported through the CDRSS?

  • Tuberculosis    (609-826-4878)
  • Lead                (609-826-4920)
  • HIV                 (609-984-5940)
  • Cancer             (609-588-3500)

How can I develop Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) transmission capability for my facility?

How can I contact the CDRSS Helpdesk?



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