Public Health Meaningful Use
Meaningful Use is defined as the use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technologies in a manner that moves a health provider towards improving patient care coordination, assisting the efforts of population/public health, and engaging patients and families while ensuring adequate privacy and security of personal health information. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 provides financial incentives to encourage the use of EHRs.
For more information about meaningful use: http://www.cdc.gov/ehrmeaningfuluse/
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has the capability to receive electronic messages to help providers meet Meaningful Use utilizing one of the three following systems:
Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)
- Provide electronic submission of reportable laboratory results to the state public health agency for hospitals only
- Provide electronic syndromic surveillance data to the state public health agency for eligible professionals and hospitals
- Submit electronic data to immunization registries for eligible professionals and hospitals
To begin the attestation process for public health meaningful use, please complete the application below and:
Verify your EHR is certified (ask your vendor or click Certified Health IT Product List)
- Be sure to indicate if you are looking for attestation for meaningful use only or if you have dedicated resources currently available to develop an interface and maintain a data connection
For more information, please e-mail PublicHealth@mt.gov.