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CHESS: Carolina's Health Electronic Surveillance System
Information for Prospective Users

What is CHESS?

CHESS is a web-based system that allows physicians, nurses, and lab professionals to notify DHEC when a patient has any of the required reportable diseases.  It is designed to make fulfilling this important provider responsibility as quick and simple as possible.

CHESS is used to report most reportable diseases, but CHESS is currently not used to report Tuberculosis or Lead.

For more information and a complete listing of the South Carolina List of Reportable Conditions, click here

How Does CHESS Work?

The health care provider submits a report to the local public health department. The local public health department investigates the report, and then sends it on to the DHEC Central Office in Columbia.

A DHEC specialist reviews the investigation, making sure that it meets the case definition. The report is then forwarded to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control with a click of a button.

Click here for a Sneak Peek at CHESS (ppt)

What Does CHESS Mean for South Carolina?

CHESS offers South Carolina a number of important benefits:

  • It improves disease surveillance and response.
  • It links hospitals, labs, and physicians to local and state public health professionals.
  • It encourages faster reporting of diseases.
  • It gives public health care professionals more complete information on cases.
  • It builds a reporting database that can be used for detailed analysis.
  • It offers flexibility to expand and change as needed.

How Can I Get Involved?

CHESS is now available for use by health care providers in South Carolina.

For SC reportable diseases, CHESS will make disease reporting easier.

To request a demonstration contact us at the phone number or e-mail address below.

The CHESS Help Line
Phone: 1-800-917-2093
Or email: