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Meaningful Use

Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

(Meaningful Use)

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) provides financial incentives to encourage the use of electronic health records (EHR). The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are implementing incentive programs for eligible health care professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to adopt, implement or demonstrate meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology. Included in the strategies for demonstrating meaningful use of the EHR systems are four objectives related to public health: submission of immunization registry data, submission of syndromic surveillance data, submission of cancer registry data and submission of reportable laboratory reports. Hospitals and eligible providers are required to meet at least one of the public health-related meaningful use objectives during Stage 1 to qualify for EHR incentive payments.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (S.C. DHEC) is interested in working with eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals on all the public-health related meaningful use objectives. S.C. DHEC is currently able to receive electronic submissions of the four public health-related objectives for the purpose of Meaningful Use Attestation.

How to Proceed

The Meaningful Use process with S.C. DHEC is a 3 step process.

Step 1: Obtain additional guidance, messaging specifications, and contact information specific to each public health meaningful use objective

Step 2: Register your interest in beginning the attestation process by following the implementation guide and contact DHEC.

Step 3: Coordinate with SCDHEC to schedule implementation and testing. S.C. DHEC will issue an official certificate of test completion to acknowledge success in meeting the MU public health objectives.

Please follow the appropriate links below for more details.

CDC EHR Meaningful Use Public Health Options

Cancer Registries

Electronic Laboratory Report (ELR)

Immunization Registry Data

Syndromic Surveillance


For cancer registry data reporting you may contact: or call (803) 898-8000.

For immunization registry data reporting you may contact: or call (866) 439-4082 (select option 2, Immunization Registry).

For electronic lab reports (ELR) data contact:

For syndromic surveillance data contact: