DSHS Support for Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is supporting the submission of public health data by healthcare providers to assist Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) in meeting the requirements for Meaningful Use (MU) Public Health Objectives of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. DSHS is collaborating with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure ongoing alignment with national standards and recommendations.
Stage 1 Meaningful Use
DSHS is currently accepting Immunizations and Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) data for Stage 1 Meaningful Use public health reporting requirements.
Stage 2 Meaningful Use
As of October 1, 2013, DSHS supports the submission of Immunizations data to ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization Registry, from Eligible Hospitals to meet the relevant Stage 2 Meaningful Use objective.
Eligible Providers may begin submission of Immunizations data beginning January 1, 2014 to meet the relevant Stage 2 objective. Eligible Providers that have previously successfully completed a test submission to meet Stage 1 objectives may continue to submit data during 2013 as scheduled. Data must be received by a registry from Eligible Providers in Calendar Year 2014 in order to meet the 2014 meaningful use reporting requirement.
As of October 1, 2013, DSHS is supporting the submission of ELR data from Eligible Hospitals for Stage 2 Meaningful Use public health reporting requirements.
Starting January 1, 2014, DSHS will be prepared to support the submission of Cancer Registry data from Eligible Professionals for Stage 2 Meaningful Use public health reporting requirements.
Plans for a statewide syndromic surveillance system are currently being developed. Some geographic areas in Texas currently have local syndromic surveillance registries, and providers served by these registries may report data to them. Information regarding regional contacts for syndromic surveillance is available under the Syndromic Surveillance section of the DSHS Meaningful Use website.
Additional information about DSHS MU activities can be found on the DSHS Meaningful Use website athttp://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mu or by emailing your questions to MeaningfulUseTX@dshs.state.tx.us.