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Meaningful Use

Public Health Meaningful Use

Public Health - Meaningful UseMeaningful Use is defined as the use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technologies in a manner that moves a health provider towards improving patient care coordination, assisting the efforts of population/public health, and engaging patients and families while ensuring adequate privacy and security of personal health information. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 provides financial incentives to encourage the use of EHRs.
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The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) has the capability to receive electronic messages to help facilities meet Meaningful Use.

DPHHS is participating in the following Public Health objectives for Stage 2 meaningful use:

Core measures:

  • Immunizations
    • Submit electronic data to the immunization registry for eligible professionals and hospitals
  • Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)
    • Provide electronic submission of reportable laboratory results (ELR) for hospitals only
  • Syndromic Surveillance
    • Provide electronic syndromic surveillance data to BioSense for hospitals with emergency departments. We will provide MU exemptions for eligible professionals, and facilities or clinics without emergency departments, until federal guidance and good practices exists for doing so.

Menu measures:

  • Cancer Case Reporting
    • Identify and report cancer cases electronically to the Montana Central Tumor Registry for eligible professionals.

Registration of Intent
To register your intent with DPHHS, please click on the link below:

DPHHS Public Health Meaningful Use Registration

For more information, please e-mail