Public Health & Promoting Interoperability Programs (formerly, known as Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use)

Program Description and History

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

In The Spotlight

Important Announcement

Please note:

  1. We have discontinued the use of GoToWebinar and request you to manually delete ALL meeting invites containing the GoToWebinar registration/joining information on your calendar.
  2. Now we will be using ReadyTalk as the presentation tool. Please watch this space for further updates regarding the Ready Talk registration link and other details.

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National Public Health Promoting Interoperability Programs Focused Forums

The following forums foster collaboration among public health jurisdictions, EHR vendors, national public health organizations, and other stakeholders to support the widespread adoption of EHRs for promoting interoperability and to improve population and public health. For more information on these initiatives and recurring webinars use the links provided.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Interoperability Technical Assistance Team

The CDC and ONC have a team to help resolve issues and answer questions related to the Public Health Promoting Interoperability Programs. To request assistance regarding issue or to submit question, please email with “Request for Technical Assistance” in the Subject line.

The following public health objective or measures are included for Stage 1, Stage 2, Modified Stage 2, and Stage 3 of the Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Meaningful Use(MU). For specific information, guidance, and instructions on reporting data to public health for these objectives or measures, 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.


While the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is not a direct recipient of data from healthcare providers, the Eligible Professionals (EPs), the Eligible Hospitals (EHs), or Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for the Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Meaningful Use (MU) Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs, there is a new option per the final rule on modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017; National Health Care Surveys can be used to meet the specialized registry public health reporting objective. EPs, EHs or CAHs can now use submission of data to CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) for the National Health Care Surveys as one of the measures to meet their public health objectives requirements under the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.

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Meaningful Use

RESOURCES: EHR technology is connected in a manner that provides for the electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of care

Stages.  Click a Stage for more information.

Page last reviewed: May 30, 2019