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Step 5: Achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2

Syndromic Surveillance Data Submission

Objective:

Capability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies except where prohibited, and in accordance with applicable law and practice.

Measure:

Successful ongoing submission of electronic syndromic surveillance data from certified EHR technology (CEHRT) to a public health agency for the entire EHR reporting period.

Changes from Meaningful Use Stage 1:

  Stage 1 Stage 2
Objective Capability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies and actual submission except where prohibited and in accordance with applicable law and practice Capability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies 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 provide electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies and follow-up submission if the test is successful (unless none of the public health agencies to which an EP, eligible hospital or CAH submits such information have the capacity to receive the information electronically) Successful ongoing submission of electronic syndromic surveillance data from Certified EHR Technology to a public health agency for the entire EHR reporting period

Clinical Importance:

Syndromic Surveillance Data Submission is used to improve population health by supporting timely and effective prevention and response. Electronic health data transactions and large public health databases can be used for epidemiological analyses and this surveillance information to public health decision makers for use in monitoring and mitigating public health threats. The use of near patient data and statistical tools enables public health authorities to provide timely assessments of population health that assist with determining and assessing the implementation of public health action. This is particularly useful for event detection, situation awareness, and response management. Your practices contribution to the syndromic surveillance database has a direct impact on public health at the national level.

CMS Resources:

The following resources are available to help you meet the Syndromic Surveillance Data Submission meaningful use menu measure:

CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

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