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Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2

Immunization Registries Data Submission

Objective:

Capability to submit electronic data to immunization registries or immunization information systems except where prohibited, and in accordance with applicable law and practice.

Measure:

Successful ongoing submission of electronic immunization data from certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to an immunization registry or immunization information system for the entire EHR reporting period.

Changes from Meaningful Use Stage 1:

The Immunization Registries Data Submission Objective changed from being a Menu Objective in Stage 1 to a Core Objective in Stage 2.

 Stage 1Stage 2
Objective Capability to submit electronic data to immunization registries or Immunization Information Systems and actual submission except where prohibited and in accordance with applicable law and practice Capability to submit electronic data to immunization registries or Immunization Information Systems and actual submission except where prohibited and in accordance with applicable law and practice
Measure Performed at least one test of certified EHR technology's capacity to submit electronic data to immunization registries and follow up submission if the test is successful (unless none of the immunization registries to which the EP submits such information have the capacity to receive the information electronically) Successful ongoing submission of electronic immunization data from Certified EHR Technology to an immunization registry or immunization information system for the entire EHR reporting period

Clinical Importance:

Submitting data to immunization registries makes information easily available for other providers and institutions, such as schools. When done throughout the community, it gives providers and colleagues historical immunization data for queries meant to help keep patient vaccinations up to date. This ultimately contributes to the improvement of public health by reducing vaccine-preventable diseases and over-vaccination.

CMS Resources:

The following resources are available to help you meet the Immunization Registries Data Submission meaningful use core measure:

CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

National Learning Consortium Resources:

The NLC resources are examples of tools that are used in the field today, and that are recommended by “boots-on-the-ground” professionals. The NLC, in partnership with HealthIT.gov, shares this collective EHR implementation knowledge and resources throughout this site. 

National Learning Consortium Resources
Resource NameDescriptionSource

Immunization Information Systems (IIS)

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Information from CDC regarding immunization information systems (IIS), including contact information for state registry staff and technical contacts.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Submitting Immunization Data to Public Health (HIE scenario, workflow, and specifications)

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A series of health information exchange (HIE) scenarios intended to provide a straightforward view into the standards, services and policies behind HIE solutions related to this Meaningful Use Measure.

ONC Office of Science and Technology

The material in these guides and tools represents the collective EHR implementation experiences and knowledge gained directly from the field of ONC’s outreach programs (REC, Beacon, State HIE) and through the Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC) Communities of Practice (CoPs) in their performance of technical support and EHR implementation assistance to primary care providers. The information contained in these resources is not intended to serve as legal advice nor should it substitute for legal counsel. The resource list is not exhaustive, and readers are encouraged to seek additional detailed technical guidance to supplement the information contained herein.

Reference in this web site to any specific resources, tools, products, process, service, manufacturer, or company does not constitute its endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

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