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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/Stage 3 Meaningful Use attestation:

  • Immunization Data:
    File Specifications: HL7 2.5.1
    Bi-directional exchange available
  • Electronic Lab Reporting:
    File Specifications: HL7 2.5.1
  • Syndromic Surveillance:
    File Specifications: HL7 2.5.1
    Delaware has several state-specific requirements for syndromic surveillance that makes the inclusion of these fields mandatory. See list and specifics below.
    DPH is not able to receive syndromic data from EPs (eligible professionals) at this time.
  • Cancer Registry Reporting:
    File Specifications: HL7 CDA R2
    Eligible professionals will utilize the CDC’s secure web-based system, Web Plus, to submit their messages. Once a mechanism to handle these messages has been built, then the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) will be utilized in the transport process instead of Web Plus.

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 Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics (ESSENCE).



Cancer Registry Reporting

These links pertain to the submission of reportable electronic cancer data to DPH. This data is sent to the Delaware Cancer Registry.



Newborn Screening Metabolic Message Reporting

This link pertains to the submission of reportable newborn screening metabolic messages electronically to DPH. This data is sent to the Newborn Screening Program.



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.

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.

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