Meaningful Use Requirements

Meaningful Use provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act were enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under this Act, Eligible Hospitals (EHs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Eligible Professionals (EPs) that provide clinical services to Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal, in California) patients and commence the transmission of electronic health data are eligible to receive Meaningful Use financial incentives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. photo: health professionals

To qualify for Meaningful Use incentives, eligible providers are required to meet one or more of the following Public Health objectives for electronic data transmissions of:

  1. immunization data,
  2. electronic laboratory data (EH’s and CAH’s only), or
  3. syndromic surveillance data.

Where do I submit data in Orange County?

Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) coordinates electronic health data reporting with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). On October 1, 2013, CDPH launched a secure health information exchange (HIE) Web application, the CDPH HIE Gateway, to register and manage public health data submission to CDPH. Once registered with the CDPH HIE Gateway, you will be e-mailed follow-up instructions on submitting public health data to the Gateway.

HCA does not accept electronic data transmissions directly from providers. Please see information below on how to meet Meaningful Use requirements for Orange County.

Immunization Data – Register at the CDPH HIE Gateway to send immunization information to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR).

Note: If you already registered at the CAIR Immunization Messaging Portal, your registration information will be migrated to the CDPH HIE Gateway and registrants will be notified when this work is completed. Once migrated, Immunization Portal registrants will be able to login to the CDPH HIE Gateway to modify registration info or view message submission reports, as well as register to submit other types of public health data. Sites that registered with the CAIR Portal through September 30, 2013, DO NOT have to re-register with the CDPH HIE Gateway.

Electronic Laboratory Reporting Data (EHs and CAHs only) – Register at the CDPH HIE Gateway to send infectious disease laboratory reports (ELR) for Title 17 reportable conditions to the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE) within the CDPH Division of Communicable Disease Control.

Syndromic Surveillance Data – Currently, Orange County does not have the capability to receive syndromic surveillance messages. EPs should use the immunization objective, and EHs and CAHs should use the immunization and/or electronic laboratory reporting objective(s) to meet the Public Health requirements for Meaningful Use.

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