Attestation Requirements for Syndromic Surveillance Data

Attestation Requirements: 

YES / NO / EXCLUSION

  • Eligible physicians (EPs) and other eligible professionals must attest YES to having performed at least one test of certified EHR technology’s capacity to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies and follow up submission if the test was successful (unless none of the public health agencies to which the EP submits such information has the capacity to receive the information electronically) to meet this measure.
  • EXCLUSION: If an EP does not collect any reportable syndromic information on their patients during the EHR reporting period or if no public health agency that has the capacity to receive the information electronically, then the EP is excluded from this requirement. EPs must select NO next to the appropriate exclusion, then click the APPLY button in order to attest to the exclusion.

 


 

Additional Information:  

  • The test to meet the measure of this objective must involve the actual submission of electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies, if one exists that will accept the information. Simulated transfers of information are not acceptable to satisfy this objective.
  • The transmission of electronic syndromic surveillance data is not required for the purposes of a test. The use of test information about a fictional patient that would be identical in form to what would be sent about an actual patient would satisfy this objective.
  • An unsuccessful test to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies will be considered valid and would satisfy this objective.
  • If the test is successful, then the EP should institute regular reporting with the entity with whom the successful test was conducted, in accordance with applicable law and practice. There is not a measurement associated with this reporting.
  • EPs must test their ability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies at least once prior to the end of the EHR reporting period. Testing may also occur prior to the beginning of the EHR reporting period. Each payment year requires it own unique test.
  • If multiple EPs are using the same certified EHR technology in a shared physical setting, testing would only have to occur once for a given certified EHR technology.
  • The transmission of syndromic surveillance information must use the standards at 45 CFR 170.302(l).