Information on the MDSS and ARUP Laboratories
June 6th, 2006
MDCH is pleased to announce that laboratory reports from ARUP Laboratories will now
be electronically uploaded to the MDSS. Implementing this change will eliminate the
burden of handling paper reports, reduce data entry time, and decrease the need for
manual searches for existing cases by placing the lab reports through the MDSS
deduplication process. With this electronic reporting in place from ARUP, MDCH will no
longer be forwarding paper reports as the reports will be automatically sent through the
MDSS. There will be no need for local health departments to enter the cases and the
de-duplication will be performed electronically.
A couple of notes about ARUP laboratory reports:
• Limited information is available from ARUP Labs. ARUP Labs does not receive
patient address so only a physician address will be associated with the reports.
Phone numbers are also unavailable.
• Not all lab reports from ARUP Labs are indicative of a true case of disease. Each
report should be reviewed carefully as part of your public health follow-up to see that
it meets CDC case definition.
Information on the tests that ARUP performs and their associated reference ranges
can be found in their online user guide at
• Lab results are submitted to MDCH from ARUP once per week on Tuesday or
Wednesday afternoon; therefore, cases will be created at these times
• ARUP Laboratories reports a number of Hepatitis B tests to the MDSS. When
processing these records through your de-duplication queue at the local health
jurisdiction level, we’d ask that you take a couple of additional steps to ensure that
these cases are adequately investigated.
1. If, during the patient de-duplication process, you note that the patient is a
woman of childbearing years (12-60) or a woman with an unknown age, you
should make a note of the patient name as you come to the investigation
level of the de-duplication pr