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Meaningful Use - Health IT

The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, HITECH Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program provides financial rewards for providers and hospitals to adopt EHR systems within their practices to improve patient care and population health. In order for providers and hospitals to receive these incentives, they must be able to satisfy a set of requirements that demonstrates they are using their EHR technology in a "meaningful" way. These "Meaningful Use" (MU) requirements include sending data to public health agencies. Please review the following sections for details about the different programs supported by MU.

In California, public health-related MU requirements may be fulfilled by either sending data to CDPH or to a local health jurisdiction (LHJ), depending upon the requirement and where the submitter is located. Please refer to the LHJ MU Capacity Matrix, locate the LHJ you are in and the MU requirement you want to fulfill. The Matrix will specify whether you need to submit data to the LHJ or to CDPH. Note: For the Syndromic Surveillance objective, the submitter may be eligible for an exclusion in locations where neither the LHJ nor CDPH can accept this data. If, after consulting the LHJ MU Capacity Matrix, you still have questions about where the data should be sent, please contact the LHJ MU Point of Contact listed on the Matrix for further guidance.

If after consulting the Matrix, you still have questions on where the data should be sent, please contact the LHD MU Point of Contact listed on the Matrix for further guidance.

Program Specific Information:

Immunizations, Electronic Laboratory Reporting, and Cancer Reporting

The California Department of Public Health's Health Information Exchange (HIE) Gateway should be used by those seeking to comply with Meaningful Use requirements for immunizations, electronic laboratory reporting, and cancer reporting. 

Electronic Syndromic Surveillance

Please view the PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department and Urgent Care Data (April 2013) for information on how to begin the process of submitting syndromic surveillancePHIN Cover data.  For more information, please contact the following individuals:

IT related issues:
Randall Bosio, Business Technology Analyst
Phone: 831-796-1258

Syndromic surveillance core elements for BioSense, general BioSense questions, and MOU updates:
Susie Barnes, Public Health Epidemiologist II
Phone: 831-755-4698