On July 13, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services announced final rules to support meaningful use of health information technology. Health care providers and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it to achieve specific objectives.
The Iowa Disease Surveillance System (IDSS) enables local public health, hospitals, laboratories, and IDPH to collaborate electronically as they perform disease reporting and surveillance activities across the state. IDSS was first implemented in the Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) in October 2008 and is now widely used by hospital, laboratories, and public health agencies statewide.
Iowa's Immunization Registry Information System (IRIS) provides computerized tracking of immunizations for children, adolescents and adults who are seen in a variety of public and private health care provider sites throughout the state.