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The American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA) was enacted on February 17, 2009. ARRA includes many measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, one of which is the "Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act". The HITECH Act supports the concept of Electronic Health Records

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Public Health Agencies (PHAs) Getting ready for Stage 2: Guidance Now Available!

PHAs preparing for Stage 2 MU now have access to guidance documents created by the Stage 2 MU Public Health Task Force to implement the new objectives and processes, such as declaration process, registration of intent, on-boarding/ongoing submission and acknowledgement processes.

The consensus guidance and recommendations, which were made available on April 8th and May 6 2013, are now being shared widely with state and local PHAs. PHAs across the nation will be able to adopt this guidance according to their jurisdictional needs to implement the new objectives and processes required for Stage 2 MU.

For more information on this task force and to access the guidance documents, please visit PhConnect or email meaningfuluse@cdc.gov

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Public Health Options

The following public health objectives are included in Stage 2 MU. For specific information, guidance, and instructions on reporting data to public health for these objectives, eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) need to contact their state or local public health agency, immunization registry, or cancer registry. The CDC is not a recipient of data from EPs, EHs, or CAHs for MU.


In the Spotlight

  • North Carolina and Pennsylvania public health agencies have shared tools used to support onboarding of hospitals for the MU Stage 2 Reportable Lab Results objective. Find these tools here.
    2014 April 21
  • MU Stage 2 Public Health Readiness - The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) has comprised a list of state specific Stage 2 Public Health reporting readiness based on information from public health agency websites. Access the APHL list here.
    2014 March 27
  • CMS filed information collection notice for the Public Health MU Readiness Registry. Comments are due by April 8. Read the notice and instructions for commenting here.
    2014 March 21
  • Are you looking for the Guides/Artifacts Proposed for the Public Health objectives in the Voluntary 2015 Edition EHR Certification? Please click here.
    2014 March 6
  • Public Health (PH) - Electronic Health Records (EHR) Vendors Collaboration Initiative. For information on this initiative, meeting schedules, and materials from prior meetings, please visit the phConnect community’s site here.
    2014 February 26
  • The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published the Voluntary 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria (“2015 Edition”) Proposed Rule in the Federal Register on February 26, 2014. ONC will accept comments on the proposed rule through April 28, 2014.


    2014 February 26
  • ONC recently developed two artifacts providing a basic overview of the Stage 2 Public Health Objectives for eligible providers and hospitals. EP Leave Behind EH Leave Behind
    2014 February 26
  • Interoperability and Public Health – A new Meaningful Use related online training course offered by ONC. Access the course here.
  • PHIN Messaging Guide For Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department, Urgent Care And Inpatient Settings, Release 1.9 (April 2013) is now available on the CDC Meaningful Use Syndromic Survelliance Website
  • CDC Virtual Event

    “Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use & Public Health” Virtual Event Content:

    2012 December 19

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