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Stage I - Syndromic Surveillance Reporting Menu Measure

Eligible Hospitals in New York City

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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene accepts syndromic surveillance data from Eligible Hospitals physically located in New York City.


Capability to submit electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies and actual submission according to applicable law and practice.


Performed at least one test of certified EHR technology's capacity to provide electronic syndromic surveillance data to public health agencies and follow-up submission if the test is successful.


Eligible Hospitals qualify for exclusion if no public health agency to which the Eligible Hospital submits such information has the capacity to receive the information electronically.

Additional Information

See the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Meaningful Use pages for the most up-to-date information.

For more information about certified EHRs review the CMS Certified EHR Technology page.

Meeting Stage 1 Syndromic Surveillance Measures in New York City

These guidelines are for eligible hospitals physically located in New York City. For New York State requirements for those outside of New York City, please see the NYS DOH Syndromic Surveillance information page


Eligible Hospitals wishing to meet the Stage 1 public health measures in New York City must contact NYC DOHMH at to initiate the process.

Data Specifications

The New York City HL7 Specifications for Syndromic Surveillance Stage 1 submissions require HL7 2.5.1 and closely follows the PHINS Messaging Guide.

Please contact with questions or for additional information.

More information about PHIN Messaging can be found at:

Process Summary

NYC DOHMH Syndromic IT staff will provide you with implementation materials and will be available to support if you have questions during the process. At a high level, the steps are:

  1. NYC DOHMH will assist in setting up UPHN Lite for data transport, if this has not already been arranged.
  2. NYC DOHMH will request various test files from your EHR vendor or IT contacts to check for correct HL7 2.5.1 formatting, data correctness, completeness and consistency with the specifications
  3. When NYC DOHMH has verified that test messages meet reporting requirements, ongoing submission will be instituted in accordance with NYC DOHMH standards
Data Transport

NYC DOHMH requires Syndromic Surveillance data to be sent using UPHN Lite.

For more information on UPHN Lite please contact the NYC DOHMH at



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