provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act were enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under this Act, Eligible Hospitals (EHs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Eligible Professionals (EPs) that provide clinical services to Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal, in California) patients and commence the transmission of electronic health data are eligible to receive Meaningful Use financial incentives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
To qualify for Stage 1 incentives, eligible providers are required to meet one or more of the following Public Health objectives for electronic data transmissions of:
- Immunization data,
- Electronic laboratory data (EH’s and CAH’s only), or
- Syndromic surveillance data.
Where do I submit data in Santa Clara County?
– Please go to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR)
Website to identify which Region you are in. Note that Santa Clara County is in Region III. After determining your Region, you will need to visit to the CAIR Data Exchange Tech Support page
to get the name of the Regional Data Exchange representative you should contact in order to submit your test data. Upon submission of a test message, you will receive a confirmation notice from CAIR. If the CAIR registry is unable to process the test message, they will provide you with an exclusion notice.
Electronic Laboratory Reporting Data (EHs and CAHs only)
– Santa Clara County Public Health Department uses the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE)
data system, sponsored by California Department of Public Health, for surveillance data. Laboratories may submit data electronically to CalREDIE using the Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) module. The ELR module of CalREDIE will satisfy Meaningful Use requirements. For more information about ELR and to obtain instructions on sending data via ELR, please visit the CalREDIE Electronic Lab Reporting (ELR) page
. Note that EPs cannot choose the Electronic Laboratory Reporting requirement to fulfill Meaningful Use.
Syndromic Surveillance Data – Currently, Santa Clara County does not have the capability to receive syndromic surveillance messages which meet meaningful use standards. Until we have this capability EPs should use the immunization objective, and EHs and CAHs should use the immunization and/or electronic laboratory reporting objective(s) to meet the Public Health requirements for Meaningful Use.