The American Hospital Association is asking the CMS to speed up its efforts to develop a single, centralized registry that will show the readiness of public health agencies to receive EHR meaningful use data from eligible hospitals. In a letter sent to Howard Shelanski, administrator of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the group highlighted the registry's importance to the MU program as some participants are already trying to electronically transmit laboratory reports, immunization information and biosurveillance data to meet the stage 2 requirements.

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