Houston Health Department
Meaningful Use and Public Health Reporting
In accordance with federal guidelines regarding Stage 3 meaningful use, HHD is declared Readiness to receive electronic health data from eligible providers. In September 2016, HHD registered in the CMS Centralized Repository for Public Health Readiness.
Please print and retain a copy of this web page to document the status of services provided by HHD to support meaningful use.
HHD is currently accepting registrations from hospitals/hospital systems with emergency departments, free-standing emergency centers, and urgent care centers. For a list and map of counties in which the eligible provider may be located go here.
HHD is ready for active engagement and has capacity to receive data consistent with the PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance. Detailed information on data standards can be found here.
Please visit the Syndromic Surveillance site or contact email@example.com for more information.
HHD accepts electronic data on reportable lab results according to state law and practice from eligible hospitals (EH). The EH may be located in Harris County. The Houston Electronic Disease Surveillance System (HEDSS) for ELR met Meaningful Use Stage 2 as of 2013. No changes in reporting method are required to meet the ELR objective. Eligible hospitals currently submitting ELR data to HHD meet MU Measure 4 criteria.
HHD is ready for active engagement and has capacity to receive data from hospitals in HL7 2.3.1 or HL7 2.5.1 message format. Detailed information on data standards can be found here. here.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HHD is working with the Digital Bridge initiative to implement an electronic case reporting approach for nationwide interoperability, and enhanced delivery of effective disease control and patient care practices. To learn more about the Digital Bridge, and the electronic case reporting specifications developing through the Digital Bridge partnership see:
- https://www.digitalbridge.us/about/ - Overview of the Digital Bridge initiative
- https://www.digitalbridge.us/resources/ - Business and technical specifications for eCR developed by Digital Bridge
As of July 1, 2017 HHD is ready to actively engage eligible hospitals participating in Electronic Initial Case Report (eICR) pilots for electronic case reporting. Detailed information on data standards can be found here. .
1. Obtain and review PHIN guidelines for Syndromic Surveillance
2. Complete the Registration of Intent form here
3. Obtain and complete onboarding provider packet from HHD
4. Complete steps for testing and validation
5. Transmit health data electronically to HHD
- Electronic Laboratory Reporting
- Syndromic Surveillance
Last updated: June 25th, 2017