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Meaningful Use

The Division of Public Health (DPH) declares it is ready to receive data through the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) in these areas of Stage 2 Meaningful Use attestation:

  • Immunization Data:
    File Specifications: HL7 2.3.1 or 2.5.1
    Bi-directional exchange available
  • Electronic Lab Reporting:
    File Specifications: HL7 2.5.1* 
  • Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance:
    File Specifications: HL7 2.5.1*

DPH is not able to receive syndromic data from EPs (eligible professionals) at this time.

*DPH will continue to accept messages in other HL7 versions, however this does not meet the technical standard for MU2. It will meet the public health reporting requirements, but will not qualify for meaningful use.

Listed below are helpful links and documents to assist you.




Immunization Information Systems

These links pertain to the submission of electronic data to Immunization Information Systems or Immunization Registries. DelVAX is the Delaware Immunization Information System and Registry.




Reportable Laboratory Results

These links pertain to the submission of reportable electronic laboratory results to DPH. These lab results are sent to Delaware Electronic Reporting and Syndromic Surveillance System (DERSS).




Syndromic Surveillance

These links pertain to the submission of electronic syndromic surveillance data to DPH. These syndromic surveillance results are sent to Delaware Electronic Reporting and Syndromic Surveillance System (DERSS).




Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN)

"By statute, DHIN is the state-sanctioned provider of health information exchange services. The intent is for DHIN to be the vehicle for all health data that must be transmitted or reported to the state. This will create important efficiencies and cost savings. DHIN and the Division of Public Health have agreed upon the tools and methods that will be used to feed required surveillance data, reportable labs, and immunization data from the hospitals, labs, and practices to the state. No new feeds directly to DPH will be accepted, and any existing feeds that bypass DHIN will be phased out over the coming year.

We want to assure you that both the Division of Public Health and DHIN are working hard to meet your needs. We recognize there is some anxiety about timeliness of the availability of the tools you will need to attest to meaningful use. We want you to know that we are fully committed to ensuring all eligible providers and eligible hospitals have the ability to attest in the areas that DPH declares it is ready to receive.

DHIN is the recipient of a federal grant which requires DHIN to provide the tools that will enable eligible providers and eligible hospitals to meet the reporting requirements of meaningful use. These tools will become increasingly powerful and sophisticated over time. For Information on how to meet your immediate requirements, please go to www.DHIN.org and click on Resources and Links. We appreciate your patience as we all work together to meet your needs for information exchange and reporting."

Last Updated: Tuesday October 08 2013
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