Public Health Meaningful Use Criteria

Immunization Reporting

The New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) is capable of receiving electronic immunization messages on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). The NJIIS is the official repository of immunizations administered to individuals in the state of New Jersey.

The NJDOH is encouraging providers and hospitals to send immunization data to meet their Meaningful Use (MU) obligation and also help providers and hospitals fulfill the New Jersey Immunization Registry mandate, per NJAC 8:57 – 3.16a, that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. All providers who administer vaccines to New Jersey children 7 years of age and younger are required to report the doses administered into the NJIIS within 30 days of administering the vaccine.

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Information regarding the registration, testing, onboarding and transmission of immunization data can be found on the NJ Immunization Information System website. Before you begin, please read through the getting started guide for information on how to send Immunization data using the NJIIS Interface Management System.

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Legislation and Regulations

Syndromic Surveillance

The NJDOH accepts HL7 v 2.3.1 and 2.5.1 for syndromic surveillance via the connection between facilities and the EpiCenter system. To meet MU, submissions must be sent from a Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) in the HL7 2.5.1 format for Stage 2 and HL7 2.3.1 or 2.5.1 for Stage 1.

NOTE:  If your CEHRT system is set up to send batch files versus real-time data to meet these criteria, please use the “Contact Us” link below to request further guidance and instructions. While batch file data meets the CMS MU criteria, it does not fulfill the NJDOH’s need for ongoing syndromic surveillance. Therefore, it is requested that existing real-time connections continue to be maintained.

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Cancer Registry

The New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR) is currently capable of registering Eligible Professionals’ (EP) intent to send electronic cancer data for those EPs who want to satisfy the MU Stage 2 objective for cancer-data submission. The NJSCR will notify registered EPs when the Cancer Registry is capable of receiving cancer data in the required MU format. The NJSCR is a population-based registry that collects data on all cancer cases diagnosed and/or treated in New Jersey since Oct.1, 1978. The NJSCR serves the entire state of New Jersey.

Note:  All providers, including hospitals and physicians, regardless of MU, are required to report cancers to the NJSCR within 6 months of diagnosis as specified in N.J.A.C. 8:57A.

Note: EHR Technology must be certified to report to a Cancer Registry in order to attest to this measure.

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Specialized Registry

The NJDOH does not currently accept data for any Specialized Registries to fulfill this Stage 2 MU objective. The NJDOH is in the process of surveying public-health repositories to determine their eligibility as a Specialized Registry and ability to accept electronic submissions from EHRs.

New Jersey Specialized Registry