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Information for Health Care Providers

Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County

Information for Health Care Providers 

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) appreciates all the hard work and effort that you as our county's health care providers do for our community. On a daily basis you tirelessly diagnose, advise, treat, prescribe, refer and use your medical expertise to help the people of Santa Rosa County maintain good health.

This section of our website is designed to provide information and resources that will assist our county's health care providers in keeping our community healthy.

Disease Reporting 

One of the responsibilities of DOH-Santa Rosa is to investigate cases of communicable disease. The Florida Bureau of Epidemiology relies on local health departments, healthcare providers, laboratories and other public health professionals to notify them concerning the occurrence of reportable diseases.  Without your help, trends cannot be accurately detected and monitored; unusual disease outbreaks could be missed which might delay public health disease control efforts.

It is not a HIPAA violation to report diseases or conditions of public health significance to DOH-Santa Rosa; in fact, it is a requirement under Section 381.0031, Florida Statutes and Chapter 64D-3, Florida Administrative Code (FAC). Practitioners, hospitals, medical facilities, laboratories, schools, nursing homes, state institutions or other locations providing health services are required to notify DOH of diseases or conditions and the associated laboratory test results listed in the Table of Reportable Diseases or Conditions to Be Reported, Rule 64D-3.029, FAC.

To report an outbreak or unusual trend, please call DOH-Santa Rosa at 850-983-5200 Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Urgent after-hours reporting 850-418-5566

If you are unable to reach us and this is a public health emergency, please contact the Bureau of Epidemiology 24/7 at 850-245-4401.

Chapter 64D-3, Florida Administrative Code

Health Care Practitioner Reporting Guidelines (PDF-5.3MB)

List of Reportable Diseases (PDF-500KB)

Sentinel Physician Influenza Surveillance Program 

DOH-Santa Rosa also needs physicians to help monitor outbreaks of influenza in our community. To learn more about this program and become a Santa Rosa County Sentinel Physician, contact the Epidemiology Department at 850-983-5200 or download the Sentinel Physician Information Packet. (.pdf 1.8 MB)

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) 

MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and epidemiologists. But you don't have to be a medical professional to volunteer. Other community members such as interpreters, chaplains, office workers, and legal advisors, can fill other vital support roles within the MRC.

To learn more about the Medical Reserve Corps, visit Medical Reserve Corps.

To become a member of the MRC - Santa Rosa unit, visit Florida Emergency Health Volunteer Registry or call the Santa Rosa County Health Department at 850-983-5200.

Links 

The Centers for Disease Control

The Florida Department of Health

Health Care Provider Licensing

Florida CHARTS (Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set)

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