Eligible Provider or Eligible Hospital generates and evaluates Syndromic Surveillance electronic reporting test messages.
- Review the syndromic surveillance implementation guides:
Note: These guides serve as a reference for emergency departments and urgent care centers. The International Society for Disease Surveillance Meaningful Use Workgroup has developed recommendations for inpatient and ambulatory care data, but these recommendations have not yet been translated into a formal messaging guide. Until then, eligible hospitals and professionals may use the existing guides, to the extent possible, to develop syndromic surveillance messages for inpatient or ambulatory settings.
- Use the certified EHR system to create a set of test messages according to the specifications in the implementation guides. Use of HL7 version 2.5.1 is required. The set of test messages should include at least one of each Admit Discharge Transfer (ADT) Message Trigger Type (i.e. A01, A03, A04, A08) the eligible hospital or professional intends to include in future submissions.
- Validate the Hl7 message using the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Syndromic Surveillance HL7 V2.5.1 Validation Tool.
- NIST Syndromic Surveillance Web Address: http://hl7v2-ss-r2-testing.nist.gov/ss-r2/#/cf
- Click on “Context-free Validation” and input message into the Message Content field.
- The tool is intended for certifying 2015 Edition Meaningful Use EHR technology.
<font color="red">Do not submit test messages containing personally identifiable health information.
- Save file as PDF and name the file: FacilityName.pdf
- User will be asked to upload message validation report in the following step (Step 3: Testing).
- User instructions can be found under the “Documentation” tab at the NIST.
Additional testing tools below:
- CDC Public Health Information Network Message Quality Framework (PHIN MQF)
<font color="red">Please note: ADH will require the user to upload a validation report from NIST in order to place the provider/facility in a holding queue. Do not submit test messages containing personally identifiable health information.</font>
- Address any errors identified by the validation tool.