25 July 2012

Clarification Addendum to PHIN Messaging Guide Release 1.0

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Information Network (PHIN) Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department and Urgent Care Data Release 1.0 (October 2011) is a message implementation guide designed to support state and local public health agencies’ use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) data acquired through the Meaningful Use Programs. This document includes minimum syndromic surveillance data standards (core and optional) that emergency departments and urgent care facilities should send to public health agencies. It provides technical specifications and implementation guidance to support the exchange of the core syndromic surveillance data from healthcare to public health.

A clarification addendum to the PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance Release 1.0 was published by the CDC yesterday, July 24, 2012. This addendum consolidates the HL7 2.5.1 message information, clarifies existing conformance requirements, and corrects significant errata in order to support the certification of EHR technology for reporting syndromic surveillance data. Download the addendum here (pdf).

For more information regarding syndromic surveillance and Meaningful Use, please click here.

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