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Electronic Health Records (EHR) Promoting Interoperability/Meaningful Use Requirements

Syndromic Surveillance

North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) is capable of accepting electronic Syndromic Surveillance from eligible hospitals. NC DPH is not requesting and will not receive electronic syndromic surveillance from eligible professionals. If ongoing submission of syndromic surveillance data was already achieved by an eligible hospital for an electronic health record (EHR) reporting period in a prior year and continues throughout the EHR reporting period using North Carolina Hospital Emergency Surveillance System (NCHESS), registration of intent for the syndromic surveillance measure is not required. To register your intent to submit syndromic surveillance data to NC DPH, please register via the NC DPH Meaningful Use Site for Registration of Intent External link (for eligible hospitals only). If you are unsure if your hospital has achieved successful ongoing submission of production syndromic surveillance data, please contact the North Carolina Hospital Association (NCHA).

Currently all civilian North Carolina hospitals operating a 24/7 emergency department are required to contribute data for syndromic surveillance to NCHESS. NCHESS data are then incorporated into North Carolina's statewide syndromic surveillance system, NC DETECT External link. Syndromic surveillance reporting from emergency departments is mandated by North Carolina General Statute § 130A-480 External link which requires that "For the purpose of ensuring the protection of the public health, the State Health Director shall develop a syndromic surveillance program for hospital emergency departments in order to detect and investigate public health threats that may result from (i) a terrorist incident using nuclear, biological, or chemical agents or (ii) an epidemic or infectious, communicable, or other disease."

NCHESS is the designated pathway for eligible hospitals to meet the meaningful use Syndromic Surveillance objective as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs External link and provides hospital-wide syndromic surveillance using 2014 Edition Meaningful Use technology certified for 170.302(l) public health surveillance by the Drummond Group. The name of the certified product is “Truven Health Analytics Unify Data Management Platform,” and the CHPL product number is 08022013-1789-1.

The end result will be that all syndromic surveillance data submitted to NC DPH by eligible hospitals will be generated by a certified EHR and will be submitted via a certified complete EHR or EHR module.

For Additional Information

The message testing for Meaningful Use will be provided by NCHA. Please contact the NCHA Help Desk with questions about Syndromic Surveillance Meaningful Use objectives.