Physicians can now use their electronic health record (EHR) to submit adult and pediatric immunization data to ImmTrac, Texas' immunization registry operated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Part of Stage 1 meaningful use requires physicians to meet 20 of 25 criteria. Physicians must choose one public health measure from two in the menu set. One of two public health measures requires submission of immunization data to an immunization registry. To meet this measure, physicians must demonstrate the "capability to submit electronic data to immunization registries or immunization systems and actual submission according to applicable law and practice."
Detailed instructions on how to register for ImmTrac and how to submit data for the meaningful attestation requirements are on ImmTrac's website. Additional information is available on the ImmTrac FAQ page.
Physicians needing help with meeting meaningful use may want to turn to one of the Texas regional extension centers (RECs) established solely to help physicians with the EHR Incentive Program. The RECs are able to help all physicians but may be able to discount services for primary care physicians. Details about the REC program are available on the TMA website in the REC Resource Center.
For more information, call the TMA Health Information Technology Department at (800) 880-5720 or email HIT.
Action, Nov. 16, 2012