12 October 2010
ISDS Workgroup Supports Meaningful Use of EHR Technology
This fall, as CMS certifies technologies for the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Program, ISDS's Meaningful Use Workgroup is developing core EHR requirements for syndromic surveillance to support meaningful use by public health authorities.
Convened in July, this eight member Workgroup of public health surveillance experts will document current syndromic surveillance business processes and data requirements. The BioSense Program of the CDC Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services is providing funding to support these activities.
On September 27th, ISDS published the Workgroup's Preliminary Recommendation. This document presents a snapshot of their work, including: A listing of syndromic surveillance business goals, objectives and processes; and a minimum data set commonly used in public health syndromic surveillance.
ISDS members and other community stakeholders will have an opportunity to contribute during an open commenting period scheduled for late-November to mid-December. The Workgroup's Final Recommendation will be released in January 2011.
Learn more about Meaningful Use Workgroup, and find resources on the EHR Incentive Program on the project's page on syndromic.org.