The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is actively participating in the stages of Meaningful Use (MU) as they have been defined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Medicaid and Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Programs). Texas is collaborating with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address ongoing alignment with national standards and recommendations.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is supporting submission requirements for public health reporting under the Programs.
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Stage 1 Meaningful Use: DSHS is currently accepting data for both the Immunizations and Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) Programs.
Stage 2 Meaningful Use: DSHS is currently accepting the submission of Immunizations and ELR data from Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and is accepting the submission of Immunizations and Cancer Registry data from Eligible Professionals (EPs). Plans for a statewide syndromic surveillance system are currently being developed. Some geographic areas in Texas currently have local syndromic surveillance registries. Providers served by these registries may report data directly to those registries.
Specific program information on Stages 1 and 2 MU public health reporting:
Texas Resources on Meaningful Use
National Meaningful Use Websites
For more information, please send an email to MeaningfulUseTX@dshs.state.tx.us.