The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is actively working internally and with external partners, including HIEs, to develop data sharing policies, processes and procedures. Current areas of focus are as follows:
- Electronic Lab Reporting
- Cancer Registry
- Syndromic Surveillance
- Behavioral Health
- HIV/STD and HIV program
Health Information Exchange (HIE) Feasibility Business Cases Initiative
The HIE Feasibility Business Cases Initiative is intended to identify
opportunities for the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to
support information exchange between DSHS and Health
Information Exchanges (HIE)s in Texas.
The initiative will include a cross-agency workgroup with responsibility for developing business-area specific business cases and technology solutions.
The development and pilot implementation of select business use cases is intended to facilitate public health reporting and identify any implications for the department's business processes.
Texas DSHS Public Health Gateway
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is developing the capacity to exchange data through a managed, centralized platform.
The data exchange platform aligns with the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Health Record Incentive Payment Program.
The data exchange platform will:
- Fulfill the Health Information Technology (HIT) for Economic and Clinical Health mandated Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 compliance requirement;
- Provide a data exchange environment for DSHS programs that extends the Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Measures i.e., absorb non-Health Level 7 (HL7) formatted data; and
- Support timely reporting of data, more accurate data being reported, and health analytics.
For more information, please send an email to HITPolicy@dshs.state.tx.us.