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Epidemiology
     Meaningful Use and Public Health
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) is providing financial incentives to encourage the use of electronic health records (EHRs). 
 
The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented incentive programs for eligible health care professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to adopt, implement or demonstrate meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology. 
 
The submission of immunization data, syndromic surveillance data, and reportable laboratory reports is included in the strategies for demonstrating “meaningful use” of the EHR systems.
 
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) is interested in working with eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals on all the public health related meaningful use objectives. 
 
NDHHS is currently able to receive the following:

 

  • Immunization Data:
    File Specifications:  HL7 2.3.1 or 2.5.1
    Transport Method:  PHINMS
    Bi-directional exchange available
  • Electronic Lab Reporting:
    File Specifications:  HL7 2.3.1 or HL7 2.5.1
    Transport Method:  PHINMS
  • Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance:
    File Specifications:  HL7 2.5.1
    Transport Method:  PHINMS
  • Inpatient Facility Syndromic Surveillance:
    File Specifications:  HL7 2.5.1
    Transport Method:  PHINMS

NDHHS is not able to receive Syndromic data from EPs at this time.

 
How to Proceed:
 
Step 1:
Please click here to review the questions before beginning online registration.
Please answer all questions and fill out completely.
Incomplete registration forms will not be processed until all the information has been submitted.
Please click here to register your interest in testing with the NDHHS.
 
  
Step 2:

Follow the links below to obtain additional guidance, messaging specifications, and contact information to each public health meaningful use objective:

Step 3: 

Coordinate with NDHHS to schedule implementation and testing.  NDHHS will issue a notice of test completion to acknowledge success in meeting the MU public health objective(s). 
 
 
 
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact:
 
Michelle Hood, NESIIS, HIE, and Meaningful Use Coordinator
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Phone:402-471-3727
 
 
 
 
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