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Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program

Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs in Public Health 

doctor's stethoscopeAttention: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published final rule specifies criteria that Eligible Professionals (EPs), Eligible Hospitals (EHs), and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to participate in the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs. The final rule's provisions encompass 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and later.

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To qualify and receive Meaningful Use incentives, participating providers and facilities must meet various operational and public health criteria established by Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) with the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information technology (ONC). For more information on the EHR incentive programs, visit the following links:

For information about the EHR Incentive Programs in previous years, visit the Requirements for Previous Years page.


Declaration of Readiness - Stage 3

Declaration of Readiness for Public Health Reporting for Meaningful Use


Summary of Public Health Meaningful Use for Arkansas Providers

Click below for more information related to the Modified Stage 2 rule for EPs.

Click below for more information related to the Modified Stage 2 rule for EHs and CAHs.


Registration and On-Boarding for Public Health MU Objectives

In alignment with the activities related to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Incentive Program, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has created an online Meaningful Use Registration and Communications System (MURCS). The system is capable of collecting and recording all aspects of the onboarding process for EPs, EHs, and CAHs wanting to submit electronic data on Immunizations, Syndromic Surveillance, Electronic Lab Reporting, and Cancer. The intent of the system will allow the user to enter required information to inform the specific programs within the public health system and keep an audit trail of their MU efforts with public health in Arkansas.

Those interested in pursuing the public health Meaningful Use objectives can proceed to the Meaningful Use Registration and Communications System (MURCS) or click the registration link below.

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In alignment with the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs, ADH supports electronic submission of the following public health data:

Cancer Reporting

Cancer Registry from ambulatory providers to state cancer registries is a new public health objective for Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

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Electronic Lab Reporting (ELR)

Electronic Lab Reporting (ELR) is the electronic transmission from laboratories to public health of laboratory reports which identify reportable conditions

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Immunization Information System (IIS)

Immunization Information Systems (IIS) are confidential, population-based, computerized information system that collects vaccination data about all individuals within a geographic area. 

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Syndromic Surveillance

Syndromic Surveillance allows public health to monitor syndromes, or collections of symptoms, over a period of time to quickly and accurately detect outbreaks or monitor diseases, disorders, or conditions.

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Electronic Case Reporting (eCR)

Electronic case reporting (eCR) is the automated, real-time exchange of case report information between electronic health records (EHRs) and public health agencies. It moves data quickly, securely, and seamlessly from EHRs in healthcare facilities to state and local public health agencies.

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Visit the Public Health Meaningful Use – Previous Years’ Requirements page for information about the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs in previous years.

The Privacy Rule permits covered entities to disclose PHI, without authorization, to public health authorities or other entities who are legally authorized to receive such reports for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.

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Continue to check this site for current ADH Meaningful Use testing requirements and instructions. This is an evolving process as ADH acquires new technology.


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