For those working to meet Stage 1 of Meaningful Use, there are several interoperability requirements in both the core and menu set objectives that must be met. Most of the interoperability objectives require some type of government support including the menu set requirement for Reportable Lab Results.
Lab Interoperability Cooperative
In an effort to help hospitals submit electronic data on reportable lab results, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded a two year $4.9 million grant to American Hospital Association (AHA) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The AHA and CAP along with Surescripts formed the new Lab Interoperability Cooperative (LIC) to begin the work of building standards and interfaces for an initial group of hospitals.
How will the LIC help you?
The LIC is intended to improve the processes and accuracy of reportable lab results. The implementation will include including Logical Observation Identifiers, Names and Codes (LOINC) encoding of the data and utilize Health Level 7 (HL7) interface protocols for data communication. Initially, the LIC will identify 75 to 100 lab tests that will be automatically reported helping to expedite reporting and remove human error in reporting.
The LIC is in the process of recruiting a pilot group of 500 hospitals, including 100 critical access hospitals. For those that are looking to achieve Meaningful Use in 2011 and 2012, this is a great opportunity to get involved in the initial design and testing to meet the Stage 1 meaningful use reportable lab results objective. All you need to do is fill out Stage 1 Participation Checklist on the website to indicate your interest in participating. If approved to participate, the LIC will be doing initial design starting in June 2011 and implementing the first interfaces August 2011.
In addition to being approved to participate in the pilot group, you’ll also need to get your hospital EHR vendor involved. You’ll need to acquire and install the appropriate EHR vendor interface for reportable lab tests so that your EHR system can automatically send the reportable lab data. You may also need do some work on your interface engine, if you have one.
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