Public Health & EHR Meaningful Use

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Public Health & EHR Meaningful Use

This community will provide distilled information and foster discussion related to public health issues within the constantly evolving Electronic Health Records [EHR] 'Meaningful Use' domain.

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Latest Activity: Nov 20

Upcoming Meetings/Webinars & Archives

Missed the webinar held on 10/16/2014, per details mentioned below, please access the educational material and recording at


Coming Up! Special Webinar on 2014 Ebola Response in the U.S.(CDC and ONC Collaboration)

When- Date: 10/16/2014 Time: 1p.m. to 2.30p.m. EDT

Presentation Title: 2014 Ebola Response in the U.S. – Use of Travel History within Clinical Workflow [45 minutes]
Question and Answer Session - [45 minutes]
Dana Meaney Delman – Deputy Lead Medical Care Task Force (Ebola Response), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Timothy M. Uyeki- Clinical Team lead (Ebola Response), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Jon White – Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)
Jim Daniel – Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC)
Brian Lee- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Laura Conn- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
In light of the confirmed U.S. cases of Ebola in Dallas, there is a lot of attention on electronic health records (EHRs) and their intersection with public health. The EHR vendor community has responded with components within their respective tools to address Ebola and assist within a healthcare environment.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) will convene key stakeholders to encourage collaboration in the development of Ebola electronic screening tools. The CDC Ebola team will review the CDC clinical algorithm and checklist for evaluation of individuals with suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), with the intent to explore the inclusion of travel history and assessment of pertinent clinical signs and symptoms into a electronic format that will alert clinicians to consider the diagnosis of EVD. Additionally, the ONC will lead a discussion on how existing products may be configured to support screening protocols. The presentations will be followed by a Question & Answer session for EHR vendors and public health practitioners.

Webinar Registration Instructions
Pre-register for this online event at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


CDC EHR Meaningful Use (MU) Website:

Visit the CDC MU website at CDC EHR Meaningful Use for access to content focused on Public Health objectives in EHR MU Stage 1 and 2.


Stage 2 Task Force Guidance Documents for PH Agencies

PHAs preparing for stage 2 MU now have access to guidance documents created by the Stage 2 MU Public Health Task Force to implement the new objectives and processes, such as declaration process, registration of intent, on-boarding/ongoing submission, and acknowledgement processes.


The consensus guidance and recommendations, which were made available in the public domain on April 8th 2013, are now being shared widely with state and local PHAs. PHAs across the nation will be able to adopt this guidance according to their jurisdictional needs to implement the new objectives an dprocesses required for Stage 2 MU.


For more information on this task force and to access the guidance documents, please visit the phconnect page, "Stage 2 MU PH Reporting Requirements Task Force or visit the link below-


Stage 2 MU Final Rules - Resources:

CMS Stage 2 Final Rules (Published in Federal Register on 09-04-2012)

ONC Stage 2 Final Rules (Published in Federal Register on 09-04-2012)

Stage 2 MU- Improve Population & Public Health

~ Stage 2 Final Rules NeHC Presentation

Stage 2 MU Cross Walk- By Keith Boone 

Robin's Stage 1 and 2 MU Comparative Table


ONC-CDC led Public Health and EHR Vendors Collaboration Initiative- To learn more, please visit the link below-

PH EHR Vendor Collaboration Initiative

New! EHR Certification Flexibility & Extension of Stage 2 MU-Providers participating in the EHR Incentive Programs, will have

more flexibility in the use of Certified EHR Technology and Stage 2 MU is likely to be extended till 2016. Public comments on this NPRM are open till July 21, 2014. For details, please click the link below-

Latest CMS Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM)


For more information on upcoming events, please visit-

2014 CDC MU & Federal Advisory Committee Calls and Events Calendar 

Community Discussions and Documents

Improving MU Program..... IDEAS/THOUGHTS

Started by Roulla Nau Dec 19, 2014.

Public Health MU Issues- Discussion Forum 1 Reply

Started by Sanjeev Tandon. Last reply by Kimberly Jones Oct 7, 2013.

Meaningful Use Messaging Guide 6 Replies

Started by Teresa Trailer. Last reply by Teresa Trailer Jul 2, 2013.

MU attestation for reportable lab results 1 Reply

Started by Rita Altamore. Last reply by Asa Schmit Jun 3, 2013.

Archive 2011

Started by Sanjeev Tandon Sep 11, 2012.

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Comment by Dr. Shakil A. Khan on November 19, 2013 at 9:33pm

Public Health Training in the Dominican Republic


We are inviting public health students and professionals to join us for a one week training and experience in the Dominican Republic, in March 15-22 & May 17-24, 2014. The visit involves hands-on training in public health, volunteering at one or more of our hospitals, workshop at the PanAmerican Health (world health organization facilities), visiting the Public Health Department of Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo - the oldest university in the western hemisphere. You will also visit a Haitian Batey and experiencing life & health care in Latin America/Caribbean. Limited Spanish language training will be provided.


The all-inclusive cost of $3,650 (double occupancy) includes all ground arrangements (transfers, hotels, most meals, sightseeing, one night/2 days at a beach resort and all training and tips.


The tour is personally escorted by Dr. Shakil Khan, a licensed physician in the Dominican Republic, who has lived & worked in the D.R. for the past 25 years and trained hundreds of American students of medicine, nursing & public health in the Dom. Republic. Dr. Khan is a member of phConnect and is President of the Multicultural Council of America ( and Dominican International College ( Dr. Khan is also ‘Country Director’ for the ‘Smile Train Organization of NY, providing free surgeries for cleft lip/palate to hundreds of indigent Haitian and Dominican children for the past many years.


Seats are limited. Please book early. A deposit of $250 is required with full payment at least 90 days before departure. Airfare is not included.


Multicultural Council of America is a non-profit (501(c)(3) charitable organization, dedicated to promoting world cultures, education and health care. The cost of this educational program may be tax deductible – please check with your accountant. 


For information, please contact Dr. Shakil Khan at or, or call 586-573-7300


Comment by Doug Seubert on February 9, 2013 at 2:44pm

Dr. Kahn: I have been involved in only one small EHR pilot study on the meaningful use of patient visit summaries. Initial findings showed that a list of overdue preventive services (i.e. a list of preventive screenings, tests, immunizations, etc. with the word OVERDUE in red next to those that were incomplete or missing) increased screening rates for colonoscopies in men over 50, especially when the doctor printed the summary and discussed it with the patient before the end of the visit. In the test group, overdue colorectal cancer screenings were scheduled and completed at over twice the rate of those in the control group who did not receive a visit summary as part of the provider-patient discussion during a primary care visit. We were able to show that the visit summaries were more effective than sending a letter to the patient, and more effective than just a discussion without the summary printed out and given to the patient. In other words, the physical printout of the summary used during the discussion about colorectal cancer screening was most effective. Interviews of the test group showed that the red OVERDUE caught their attention and some expressed a desire to be compliant (i.e. have no OVERDUES showing on their next visit summary). Others commented on the effectiveness of sharing the summary with a spouse. Often times a wife (or other family member) was instrumental in motivating the patient to schedule a colonoscopy. 

I'd really like to see a more thorough study done of the patient visit summary. I can access mine through a secure web portal, but I often do not understand the information I can review from home (especially test results). And I have yet to have my provider actually print it out and use it as a tool during a discussion with me. 

Comment by Dr Shafaat Khan on February 9, 2013 at 7:28am

EHR is very important for the hospitals . MS(HI) for health care professionals as core subject . Any one is intersted on EHR research project share with us


Comment by Riki Merrick on September 29, 2011 at 8:04pm

I would like to make folks in this group aware - if you aren't already - of the ONC S&I Framework Initiative that is getting started as a Community lead activity regarding Public Health reporting. Please check out the wiki page with more information here:


Comment by Sanjeev Tandon on September 9, 2011 at 8:35am
Please check out the "Resources" page for links to many useful EHR MU knowledge tools.
Comment by Sanjeev Tandon on September 7, 2011 at 4:16pm
Please check out the HRSA EHR MU tool kit on the resources page......more to come.
Comment by Sanjeev Tandon on September 7, 2011 at 4:02pm
We have launched this space today by sending an announcement thru our EHR Meaningful Use listserv.

This Public Health & Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use [EHR-MU] web space has been set up with an intent to foster communication and collaboration amongst the Public Health community and other stakeholders.To start with, this space has been organized to provide a one-stop-shop to host the following:

-Announcements and meeting info about all upcoming meetings/events related to EHR MU- hosted by ONC (including S&I), CMS, HIMSS, NQF and other entities.
-Community Discussions on issues related to Public Health and EHR MU.
-Meeting Summaries from the HIT Policy Committee (HITPC), HIT Standards Committee (HITSC), Office of National Coordinator [ONC (Standards & Interoperability)] Query Health Project etc.
-Repository for CDC EHR MU listserv posts… many of our listserv posts contain material which folks may like to refer later.
-RSS Feeds & Social Media Connects plus more to come later…..please stay tuned.

Kindly send us your suggestions and thoughts, about how you will like to use this space in the context of constantly evolving Electronic Health Records ‘Meaningful Use’ domain.

Comment by Sanjeev Tandon on August 31, 2011 at 4:29pm

This is a pilot set up, soon we plan to launch this space to a larger audience. Please stay tuned...we will keep you informed.




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