Promoting and protecting the health and safety of all Idahoans

Meaningful Use/Data Exchange

Meaningful Use

One of the stated goals of the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA or "the Stimulus Package"), enacted in February 2009, is to increase the "meaningful" use (MU) of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems among medical providers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established an incentive program using ARRA funds to encourage eligible providers and hospitals to adopt and use EHR systems. To receive EHR-MU incentives, participating providers and facilities must meet various operational and public health criteria established by CMS with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The incentives will be released in three stages over several years. The Idaho Immunization Program (IIP) will provide an acknowledgement for providers who are seeking to meet the MU public health measure.

Eligible providers and hospitals interested in MU must register HERE.

Data Exchange

IRIS has batch capabilities to accept HL7 2.4 and 2.5.1 and real-time capabilities for HL7 2.4 ONLY through SOAP Webservice. All testing will be through a manual batch file sent directly to me for review. A provider will only be moved to production after they have successfully completed testing. There is a link to the IRIS HL7 specifications below.

To access IRIS HL7 specifications click HERE.

Once in IRIS, click on the "Forms" tab.

IRIS User name and Password are NOT required.

Please complete and email the Data Exchange Request Questionnaire for the clinic requesting electronic data exchange to Please attach an HL7 test file to review as well. Once we have both the completed form and the test file, we will complete the HL7 review and give feedback based on any changes needed to met IRIS specifications.


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