Health Information Technology and Meaningful Use
PLEASE NOTE: On Oct. 6, 2015, the federal government released rule changes affecting the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program, commonly known as Meaningful Use (MU). In light of these changes, the Ohio Department of Health is reviewing its policy for accepting data for the public health measures to make sure it aligns with the new federal rules. Any changes to the current policy will be announced on this website. The information below and on the links on the left side of the screen contain information that may change in the coming weeks.
The expansion and use of electronic health records is a critical national goal established under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act). General Meaningful Use objectives have been established at the national level, including the ability to electronically generate and transmit prescriptions, as well as to generate reminders for patients of upcoming appointments. Meaningful Use objectives relevant to public health include the capability to submit electronic data for immunizations, reportable laboratory results, cancer, and syndromic surveillance.
Policy for Public Health Reporting Measures
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has the capability to accept data for public health reporting from Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Eligible Professionals (EPs) according to Meaningful Use (MU) guidelines.
EH MU Objectives: immunization registries, reportable laboratory results, and syndromic surveillance
EP MU Objectives: cancer reporting, immunization registries, and syndromic surveillance
ODH prefers the use of health information exchanges (HIEs) for public health reporting. CliniSync (www.clinisync.org) and HealthBridge (www.HealthBridge.org) are Ohio-based HIEs that are able to submit data to ODH. In the future, it is anticipated that all public health reporting data will flow through HIEs to ODH. However, not all EHs and EPs are currently connected to an HIE. For EHs and EPs not working with an HIE and for providers that have determined that it is not feasible to conduct public health reporting through an HIE, ODH will accept data directly from EPs and EHs. The registration of intent process is the same for either method of data transmission.
Registration of Intent
An entity may register the intent of its EPs and EHs to meet MU public health objectives at www.OhioPublicHealthReporting.info.
Frequently Asked Questions
Last Updated: 10/19/2015
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