The Arizona Department of Health Services is currently accepting electronic submissions of syndromic surveillance messages from eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals for Meaningful Use. ADHS is not accepting syndromic surveillance messages from eligible professionals for Meaningful Use. ADHS is using the Biosense system and the PHIN Messaging Guides for Syndromic Surveillance for Meaningful Use.
The Stage 1, meaningful use objective, measure and exclusion criteria for syndromic surveillance are:
Capability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies and actual submission according to applicable law and practice.
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 eligible hospital, critical access hospital (CAH) or eligible professional (EP) submits such information has the capacity to receive the information electronically).
If no public health agency to which the eligible hospital, CAH or EP submits such information has the capacity to receive the information electronically, then the eligible hospital, CAH or EP would be excluded from this requirement or if an EP does not collect any reportable syndromic information on their patients during the EHR reporting period, then the EP is excluded from this requirement.
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