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Health Information Technology

On November 30, 2011, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius releasted a report showing that doctors’ adoption of health information technology (IT) doubled the use of health IT in doctors’ offices and hospitals nationwide. Efforts to speed adoption of EHRs were also announced.

For more information on assistance with electronic health records and to view certification requirements (including tobacco measures) for Electronic Health Records, visit the website for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT.)

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) held its 2011 ONC Grantee and Stakeholder Summit on November 17, 2011. We encourage you to watch an archived webcast of this event to learn about health IT's achievements and challenges.

The Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN)

NHIN is a set of standards, services and policies that enable secure health information exchange (HIE) over the Internet. The initiative is sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT). The NHIN provides a common platform for nationwide health information exchange across diverse entities. NHIN standards and services will be used by federal agencies, health care providers, health information exchanges and consumers to securely exchange health information at both the national and local level. Regional Health Information Networks have also been established across the country.

Public Health Reporting of Meaningful Use

Meaningful Use Public health objectives will be reported to public health agencies, while clinical quality measures (CQM), including tobacco measures, will be reported to state Medicaid agencies for providers seeking Medicaid incentives. Providers seeking Medicare incentives submit clinical quality measures to CMS and public health objectives to public health agencies.

There are three Meaningful Use public health objectives included in the “menu” set. Eligible professionals and hospitals may choose at least one public health objective from the set of menu objectives below and submit to the state public health entity:

  • Immunization information.
  • Reportable electronic laboratory results.
  • Syndromic surveillance data.

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