Meaningful Use is a national initiative to implement information technology for the ultimate purpose of improving patient care. The approach has been presented in three distinct stages and includes three public health menu set objectives:
*These are general time frames.
Iowa Department of Public Health readiness:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Meaningful Use Public Health Repository is not yet available. This repository is where public health agencies indicate meaningful use readiness and eligible hospitals (EHs), critical access hospitals (CAHs), and eligible professionals (EPs) declare their intent to pursue public health measures. This page will be updated and provide the link to the repository When the repository is available.For now, see the Public Health Meaningful Use letter posted at: http://www.iowaehealth.org/documents/resource/113.pdf
Stage 1 MU has 3 Menu Set Public Health objectives, which involve electronic submission of data.
The Iowa Department of Public Health is leading a project to establish a statewide health information network. Please visit the Iowa e-health web site for more information: http://www.iowaehealth.org/provider/resources_meaningfuluse.html