In the State of Idaho, licensed physicians, physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners, registered nurses, school health nurses, infection surveillance staff, public health officials, laboratory directors, and coroners are required to report all reportable diseases and conditions. To report a disease or condition to CDHD, call the Communicable Disease Control program at (208) 327-8625 or fax report to (208) 327-7100.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule recognizes the legitimate need for public health authorities and others responsible for ensuring public health and safety to have access to protected health information to carry out their public health mission. The Privacy Rule permits covered entities (licensed medical providers, nurses, hospitals, laboratories, etc.) to disclose protected health information, without authorization to public health authorities that are legally authorized to receive such reports for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability. See 45 CFR 164.512(b)(1)(i).
The Health Alert Network (HAN) is an essential resource for communication between Central District Health Department and health care providers, schools, laboratories, pharmacies, and other medical service providers. We highly encourage our healthcare community to sign-up to receive HAN messages. HAN is used to pass on important information about outbreaks, seasonal disease advisories, educational opportunities, and more. Learn More
If you have questions about Meaningful Use in Public Health, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has set up a web page specifically to address provider questions. Click here to learn more about Meaningful Use or to ask a specific question.