Public Health Meaningful Use

Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) has the capability to electronically receive the following data from certified electronic health record (EHR) technology or CEHRT, including data meeting the appliciable EHR Incentive Program Meaningful Use standards and specifications:

  • Cancer Data [directly to the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System (WCRS)]
  • Immunizations [directly to the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR) or through the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN) to WIR]
  • Laboratory Results for Reportable Conditions [directly to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH)]
  • Syndromic Surveillance [directly to BioSense 2.0 or through WISHIN to BioSense 2.0]

In January 2014, DPH launched the Public Health Registration for Electronic Data Submission System (PHREDS), a SharePoint site where providers register their intent to submit data from CEHRT to a public health program. Providers who would like to electronically submit data from CEHRT to the Cancer, Immunizations, Reportable Lab Results, and/or Syndromic Surveillance programs must register through PHREDS regardless of their intent to participate in Meaningful Use.  

Get Started:

  1. CHOOSE the public health data your organization plans to electronically submit (e.g., cancer cases, immunizations, reportable lab results, and/or syndromic surveillance data).
    • To learn about a public health program’s onboarding process (e.g., technical and resource capacity, information required to register, and detailed onboarding checklist), select one of the program links on the top left menu.

    • To learn how Wisconsin providers can meet Public Health Meaningful Use measures, visit the Reporting Guidance page. This page also contains Wisconsin's declaration of readiness to receive data for Meaningful use.

  2. ENROLL in PHREDS.

    • Enrolling in PHREDS is an intermediate step that grants a user access to the registration system. All providers must enroll in PHREDS before they can register to electronically submit data to a public health program.

    • To learn how to enroll in PHREDS, visit the PHREDS Enrollment and Registration of Intent page.

  3. REGISTER using a PHREDS registration form to demonstrate your intent to electronically submit data and/or meet public health Meaningful Use measures.

  4. WAIT in the queue.
    • Providers in the queue are awaiting an invitation to begin the onboarding process from the public health program.
    • To learn about a public health program’s onboarding process, select one of the program links on the top left menu.
  5. PARTICIPATE in the onboarding process.
    • Onboarding is the testing and validation process providers and public health programs engage in prior to ongoing submission of production data.
  6. SAVE acknowledgements, the only form of official communication from DPH to providers.
    • Acknowledgements affirm the status of registration, testing, and/or ongoing submission of public health data for Meaningful Use. In the event of an audit, providers will use acknowledgments to substantiate their Meaningful Use attestation.
    • To learn about acknowledgements, visit the Acknowledgements section of the FAQs page and the Acknowledgements page in PHREDS.

Have questions about public health Meaningful Use?

Meaningful Use is the standard by which providers demonstrate the use of CEHRT in ways that can positively affect the care of patients. Meaningful Use is phased in stages (now Modified Stage 2 and Stage 3). To meet Meaningful Use and receive an incentive payment, providers must meet a set number of objectives and measures established for the EHR Incentive Program, which includes the public health reporting objective and measures summarized on the Reporting Guidance page.

If you have any other questions, email them to eHealth@wisconsin.gov.

Last Revised: March 18, 2016