All COVID-19 results are required to be reported within 24 hours of becoming available. MDH can accept data electronically via HL7, CSV template, and through the CRISP reporting tool. Data sent via HL7 and CSV must be sent via sftp. You will not be able to log in using a browser. A sftp client (such as FileZilla or WInSCP) is needed to send files. A sftp client can be downloaded for free. You can find sftp instructions here.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a sftp account with MDH.
HL7 is MDH's preferred electronic format. If your facility/laboratory has HL7 capability, please refer to the HL7 requirements and guidance provided. Our HL7 requirements should be used in conjunction with the HL7 2.5.1 implementation guide. Please make sure you refer to our HL7 HHS guidance as well, since additional requirements are requested specifically for COVID-19 data. HL7 messages require a period of validation and QA. Once the MDH ELR Team has deemed the messages acceptable, messages will be processed into our surveillance system, NEDSS. Any paper reporting of COVID-19 results to the health department can stop once the MDH ELR team has begun to process your laboratory's results in production. This applies for all forms of electronic reporting. Please confirm with MDH if you are not certain if your facility's results are being processed into our production system. A sample COVID-19 HL7 message with AOEs can be found here.
If your facility/laboratory will be using the CSV template, please review the data dictionary (including the notes) prior to sending results to make sure that data is in the correct format. Data should be as complete as possible. If you do not have data for a field, it can be left blank. If we absolutely cannot process the file without that data, we will let you know. Please do not delete columns or change any formatting of the template. Make sure the file is sent as .CSV and not .XLS or another format. Please see the notes below for information about specific fields of the CSV template. The template may be downloaded here.
HL7 HHS guidance
HL7 2.5.1 Implementation Guide
Sample HL7 message (with AOEs)
CSV data dictionary
LIVD codes document
SNOMED codes list
sftp client instructions
MD FIPS codes