SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has launched the Health Information Exchange Gateway, which will streamline the collection of public health data that is vital to surveillance and research.
The Web-based Gateway provides a single point-of-entry for health care providers to electronically submit data to CDPH. Since its launch on October 1, 2013, more than 220 providers and hospitals have registered to submit data.
“We’re very pleased with the response from our partners,” said Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH director and state public health officer. “The information we gain through this effort will ultimately lead to more and better research that will improve individual and public health.”
The Gateway provides the technical capacity for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals to register and meet Meaningful Use Public Health objectives established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This may allow them to receive financial incentives for participation, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s goal of increased electronic health-data submission and record keeping.
The Gateway currently accepts immunization data and infectious disease laboratory reports. It will eventually be expanded to accept data for the California Cancer Registry and the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
The Gateway and more information are available at http://hie.cdph.ca.gov.