The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is developing a database to aid providers in assessing if their public health agencies and registries can support electronic health records meaningful use requirements for data exchange. However, when the database will be available isn’t clear.

Stage 1 has optional objectives for such data exchange and Stage 2’s objectives are mandatory and more expansive. But many public health agencies, as well as registries for immunizations, cancer and other specific diseases cannot yet accept electronically submitted data.

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