The Vermont Department of Health is enhancing its information systems to replace paper-based reporting with electronic transmission of data.
This will allow Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals with electronic health records to meet the Meaningful Use requirements.
Providers: Register intent to submit public health data.
Meaningful Use Stage 1
To meet the Stage 1 requirements, Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals must meet Core Requirements, and five of the 10 Menu Set items, of which one must be a public health requirement:
Meaningful Use Stage 2
In Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria, for Eligible Hospitals, the three Public Health measures become core, not menu, set objectives. Eligible Professionals will have Immunizations as a core measure, plus the following three Public Health related menu measures from which to select in Stage 2:
- Syndromic surveillance
- Report Cancer Cases
- Report Specific Cases to a Specialized Registry
Providers that plan to submit public health data for Meaningful Use Objectives must register this intent with the Vermont Department of Health.
- Download the Registration Form
- Complete, scan, and email the form no later than the 60th day of your reporting period to PHMeaningfulUse@state.vt.us
For assistance or more information contact us.
- Timeline: As of February 20, 2013, Health Department's Immunization Registry can receive submission of immunization data.
- Transport options: All immunization messages will be transported to Health Department via Vermont’s HIE, operated by Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL). See VITL's Immunization Registry information for details, or submit a request via MyVITL.
- Format: We will accept HL7 VXU v2.5.1.
To enroll a practice in the Immunization Registry contact Bridget Ahrens.
- Timeline: As of April 1, 2013, the Vermont Department of Health can receive electronic laboratory reports (ELR) from Eligible Hospitals.
- Transport options: At this time, Health Department is willing to engage in secure data transmission to assist hospitals in reaching the ELR Public Health Reporting measure for Meaningful Use. In the future, we anticipate that ELRs will be able to be transported to the Health Department via VITL, Vermont’s HIE.
- Format: We will accept HL7 ORU v2.5.1.
- Vermont Guide for HL7 2.5.1 Electronic Lab Reporting v.1.5
- Communicable Disease Reporting in Vermont
- Electronic Lab Reporting: Stage 2 Meaningful Use
Joint DVHA/VDH/VITL/Hospital Presentation – July 26, 2013
For more information contact Kimberly Jones.
As of May 31, 2013 the Vermont Department of Health has the capacity to accept electronic data from hospitals that meets stage 2 meaningful use (MU2) standards for syndromic surveillance. This capacity is being achieved through the department’s adoption of BioSense 2.0, a syndromic surveillance system developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- BioSense 2.0 Vermont Information Sharing & Data Use Agreement v.1.0
- BioSense 2.0 Data Set Requirements v.1.1
Eligible Hospitals wishing to enroll in this new syndromic surveillance program should consult the PHIN Messaging Guide for Syndromic Surveillance: Emergency Department and Urgent Care Data, which can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/phin/resources/PHINguides.html.
Release 1.1, Addendum Release 1.1 and Testing Clarification Release 1.2 should all be reviewed by eligible hospitals.
Vermont Department of Health is not currently accepting syndromic surveillance data from Eligible Professionals.
For more information contact Bradley Tompkins. Tel. 802-863-7240
- Vermont Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (EHRIP)
- Stage 1 Meaningful Use: 15 Core and 10 Menu Set items
- Stage 2 Meaningful Use: Summary of Public Health Objectives
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry St., PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402