Meaningful Use

Meaningful use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:

  • Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
  • Engage patients and family
  • Improve care coordination, and population and public health
  • Maintain privacy and security of patient health information

Ultimately, it is hoped that the meaningful use compliance will result in:

  • Better clinical outcomes
  • Improved population health outcomes
  • Increased transparency and efficiency
  • Empowered individuals
  • More robust research data on health systems

Laboratory Reporting:

The Hawaii Dept. of Health (HDOH), Disease Investigation Branch  is now accepting HL7 (version 2.5.1) messages from certified electronic health record (EHR) systems for electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) and Meaningful Use (MU) attestation. ELR reporting is designed to be secure, automated, and unobtrusive to facility operations. Successful ongoing submission to HDOH using the ELR reporting method will assist eligible hospitals in receiving Medicare and Medicaid incentive funds.

The Hawaii Dept. of Health  encourages all laboratories, providers and EHR vendors to coordinate with the Hawaii Health Information Exchange (HHIE) to establish a connection for secure data transmission of HL7 2.5.1 for ELR data.

Please contact the HDOH ELR coordinator for more information about the Laboratory Reporting attestation process.

Meaningful Use: Immunization Information System (IIS) Reporting

To meet requirements, Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals and/or Critical Access Hospitals must be in active engagement with an immunization registry or other forms of Public Health Agency to submit electronic public health data in a meaningful way using Certified Electronic Health Record Technology. Active engagement can be in the form of registration of intent, testing and validation, and ongoing electronic submission of data to the registry.

View the Hawaii Immunization Registry Meaningful Use Requirements.

Note: HIR has been unable to accommodate new requests from providers for electronic data exchange submissions since June 1, 2017. Interested providers are being placed on a wait list and will be contacted when processing of data exchange requests resumes.

Last reviewed July 2017

Syndromic Surveillance Reporting:

Effective 10/01/2014, DOH is no longer supporting Syndromic Surveillance Reporting.

Cancer Reporting:
In accordance with Modified Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MMU2) for Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, the Hawaiʻi Tumor Registry is ready to accept electronic cancer reports/data from the eligible providers (EP).

All eligible providers interested in submitting cancer reports to HTR please contact us via the registration form. Please fill out and send the form via fax at 808-587-0024.

The criteria for reportable cancer cases are as listed in ICD-9CM and ICD-10CM. Please check the Reportable Codes at the SEER Website for detail.

Eligible providers must have access to certified EHR reporting technology to submit electronic data securely and automatically to HTR. Please refer to Certified Health IT Product List for certified EHR technology.

Please refer Hawaii Tumor Registry Meaningful Use Requirements.