Adoption of Public Health Readiness Guidelines for Meaningful Use

The Syndromic Surveillance Consortium of Southeast Texas (SSCSeT) consists of 13 stakeholders who represent 19 counties or jurisdictions in the Texas Gulf Coast region and receives health data from over 100 providers. The Houston Health Department (HHD) maintains and operates the syndromic surveillance system for the Gulf Coast region since 2007. In preparation for Meaningful Use (MU) the HHD has adapted and implemented guidance and recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and others.

Streamling Syndromic Surveillance Submission on a Dime: Oregon’s Experience

In 2012, the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD) took advantage of the opportunity created by Meaningful Use, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Program, to implement statewide syndromic surveillance. The Oregon syndromic surveillance project, or Oregon ESSENCE, began accepting MUcompliant HL7 2.5.1 data in late 2013. Early onboarding efforts were labor-intensive and led to the creation of a testing queue.

HL7 Version 2.5.1 PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department, Urgent Care and Inpatient Settings, Release 2.0, NIST Clarifications and Validation Guidelines, Version 1.5 (July 2016)

This document lists conformance testing issues and associated policies derived by NIST, in collaboration with the CDC, based on a review of the HL7 Version 2.5.1 PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department, Urgent Care, Inpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings, Release 2.0, April 21, 2015, and Erratum to the CDC PHIN 2.0 Implementation Guide, August 20, 2015. The policies listed in this document are implemented in the NIST syndromic surveillance conformance test suite. 

Overview of "Measure 3 - Case Reporting" as part of Meaningful Use Stage 3

Presentation slides from April 10, 2016 Meaningful Use Community Call

 

Meaningful Use and Public Health Practice Community Call

In response to the Meaningful Use roundtable discussion at the 2011 ISDS Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, ISDS has established a monthly community conference call open to anyone interested in issues relating to Meaningful Use. The purpose of this call is to bring together various stakeholders with a vested interest in this field and spark collaborative efforts to share guidance, resources, and technical assistance.

How to Effectively Validate an HL7 Syndromic Surveillance Interface

Current local, state, and national initiatives related to meaningful use and the modernization of electronic health records, and the growing availability of electronic information exchanges, have become important drivers to establishing syndromic surveillance systems. Effective implementation of electronic syndromic surveillance interfaces requires approaches that ensure the receipt of quality, timely, and reliable information.

Law, Policy, and Syndromic Disease Surveillance: A Multi-Site Case Study

SyS systems have great potential to prevent morbidity, injury, and mortality by monitoring population health and providing realtime data to inform public health department decisions. Electronic health information technology and federal, state and local incentives and investments have helped to facilitate their rapid and widespread implementation. As a result, SyS systems operate in the context of laws and regulations that determine their success. An understanding of the effects of this legal environment is crucial to insuring that SyS systems fulfill their potential.

PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department, Urgent Care, Inpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings, Release 2.0, Erratum (August 2015)

This addendum consolidates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department, Urgent Care, Inpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings (Release 2.0) (PHIN MG) information and clarifies existing conformance requirements. Conformance statements and conditional predicates that clarify message requirements are presented below. Value set requirements, general clarifications, and PHIN MG errata are also provided in this addendum. 

Notes on MU Stage 3 NPRM Informatics

Notes on Meaningful Use stage 3 Notice of Public Rule Making, provided by Bryant Thomas Karras

PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department, Urgent Care, Inpatient and Ambulatory Care Settings, Release 2.0 (April 2015)

This document represents the collaborative effort of the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to specify a national electronic messaging standard that enables disparate healthcare applications to submit or transmit administrative and clinical data for public health surveillance and response.

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