Meaningful Use

Stage 1- Meaningful Use - Public Health Objectives

Meaningful Use provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act were enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Under this Act, Eligible Hospitals (EHs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Eligible Professionals (EPs) that provide clinical services to Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal, in California) patients and commence the transmission of electronic health data are eligible to receive Meaningful Use financial incentives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To qualify for Stage 1 incentives, eligible providers are required to meet one or more of the following Public Health objectives for electronic data transmissions of:

  • immunization data,
  • electronic laboratory data (EH's and CAH's only),
  • or syndromic surveillance data

Please see information below on how to meet Meaningful Use requirements for Santa Barbara County.

Meaningful Use Requirements for Health Care Providers

Where do I submit data in Santa Barbara County?

Immunization Data

Go to the California Immunization Registry (CAIR) Website  to identify which region you are in. After determining your region, you will need to go to the CAIR Data Exchange Tech Support page to get the name of the regional Data Exchange representative you should contact in order to submit your test data. Upon submission of a test message, you will receive a confirmation notice from CAIR. If the CAIR registry is unable to process the test message, they will provide you with an exclusion notice.


Electronic Laboratory Reporting Data (EHs and CAHs only)

Go to the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE) Website  for instructions on how to submit a test message. Upon submission of a test message, you will receive an electronic confirmation notice from CalREDIE. CalREDIE is currently able to receive electronic transmissions of laboratory data for most of the Title 17 reportable disease list data. Exceptions include HIV and reportable cancers. CalREDIE is also fully equipped to handle any locally reportable disease if it is configured in the same file format as Title 17 data. Please note that EPs cannot choose the Electronic Laboratory Reporting requirement to fulfill Meaningful Use.


Syndromic Surveillance Data

Currently, Santa Barbara County does not have the capability to receive syndromic surveillance messages. EPs should use the immunization objective, and EHs and CAHs should use the immunization and/or electronic laboratory reporting objective(s) to meet the Public Health requirements for Meaningful Use.


If an EP does not provide immunizations, the EP should print this letter  explaining the inability for Santa Barbara County to receive syndromic surveillance data.


Santa Barbara County Letter Regarding Syndromic Surveillance

Letter from CCLHO and CHDP to Providers and Hospitals

MU Stage 1 reference materials: Stage 1 Meaningful Use Table of Contents

ALL Stage 1 EHR Meaningful Use Specification Sheets for Eligible Providers

MU Stage 2 reference materials: CMS Stage 2 with links to spec sheets, comparisons, overview and Final Rule