The federal government is building a database to aid in complying with electronic health records meaningful use requirements for exchanging data with public health agencies and registries.

Stages 1 and 2 of meaningful use require providers to determine the readiness of public health agencies and registries to receive electronic data from certified EHR systems. During comment on rulemaking for Stage 2, industry stakeholders suggested the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services maintain a database on readiness status to ease the burden on providers.

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