Meaningful Use Community
- Public Health & EHR Meaningful Use Community Space-This community provides distilled information and fosters discussion related to public health issues within the constantly evolving Promoting Interoperability Programs (formerly known as Electronic Health Records [EHR] ‘Meaningful Use’). Please visit the CDC EHR Meaningful Use Website for more information.
In addition, please also review the information below, regarding the various public health community initiatives and collaborations-
- Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Requirements Task Force- The CDC Promoting Interoperability & Public Health team facilitates and helps to coordinate the activities of the MU Public Health Reporting Requirements Task Force (Task Force), under the leadership of the Task Force Chair Mr. Steve Eichner, Director Health Information Technology, Texas Department of Health, TX along with members from the public health community, including: State, Local, & Tribal Public Health Departments, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR), American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and others. The task force has been in operation since September 2012 and has framed and continues to update the guidance documentation that identifies key concepts, task flows for State and Local Public Health Agencies to support MU public health objectives and associated business processes required for Promoting Interoperability Programs. For additional information check the CDC Meaningful use website at: https://www.cdc.gov/ehrmeaningfuluse/meaningful-use-mu-public-health-ph-reporting-requirements-task-force.html.
- Joint Public Health Forum & CDC Nationwide Webinar Series- The CDC Promoting Interoperability & Public Health Team in collaboration with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the HHS/Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) has designed these monthly webinars to increase collaboration between Public Health Agencies, Public Health associations, and State Health Information Exchanges who are all working towards enabling eligible providers and hospitals achieve objectives related to public health in the Promoting Interoperability Programs. These webinars are very popular and attended by individuals from across the nation. For additional information check the CDC Meaningful use website at: https://www.cdc.gov/ehrmeaningfuluse/Joint-Public-Health-Forum–CDC-Nationwide.html
- Public Health (PH)–Electronic Health Records (EHR) Vendors Collaboration Initiative- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) launched a Public Health (PH) – Electronic Health Records (EHR) Vendors Collaboration Initiative. Public Health Practitioners and EHR Vendors from across the nation are participating in this initiative. The proposed goals for this initiative include: 1) To establish an open forum for EHR vendors to ask questions of public health and vice-versa. 2) To promote collaboration between EHR vendors and public health. 3) To identify potential barriers to implementation of Meaningful Use PH reporting objectives, on the PH and the Vendor side.4) To collaboratively resolve the identified barriers to implementation of PH reporting objective under the Promoting Interoperability Programs. For additional information check the CDC Meaningful use website at: https://www.cdc.gov/ehrmeaningfuluse/public-health-ehr-vendors-collaboration-initiative.html.
- Community of Practice (CoP)- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have revived the Community of Practice (CoP) focused on leveraging Federal financial participation (FFP), including the 90 percent FFP State administrative match (a.k.a. 90/10) for Medicaid Health Information Technology (HIT) activities. The proposed participants in this CoP include representatives from public health agencies (e.g., MU Coordinators, HIT Coordinators), state Medicaid offices and national public health associations. This CoP provides a collaborative forum for public health agencies (PHAs) to:
- Identify common barriers and challenges to obtaining FFP for public health related HIT activities
- Share successful models and approaches used to obtain FFP
- Establish best practices to identify and coordinate intra-agency initiatives and projects that may qualify for funding
- Develop guidance for HIT Implementation Advance Planning Documents (IAPD)
- Identify key aspects for successful communications and planning with State Medicaid agencies
- Share the latest updates and opportunities for PHAs
For additional information check the CDC Meaningful use website at: https://www.cdc.gov/ehrmeaningfuluse/cop.html