While technical standards exist to enable the secure, electronic exchange of lab results, the implementation and use of these standards by the commercial labs, hospitals and providers has been limited for public health reporting. By engaging hospital labs, which handle the majority of lab tests in the United States, the cooperative not only represents a unique opportunity to advance lab interoperability with public health agencies, but with the nation's health care system overall.
The goal of the LIC is to provide an array of services to hospital labs to enable submission of reportable lab results to public health agencies as defined in meaningful use final rules.
The Lab Interoperability Coop (LIC) is pleased to announce that our CDC awarded grant has been extended until September 2013. This means our services and online portal will continue to be available to you as you progress towards achieving Meaningful Use (MU) stage 1.
To date, the team has more than 650 hospital laboratories in 40 states enrolled and participating in the LIC services. The focus of our last 12 months is educating hospital Lab and IT staff on the process and skills needed to transition their current 'reportable' menu to LOINC, a major hurdle in facilitating real-time electronic data exchange of reportable lab results with public health agencies.
Hospitals still needing assistance can participate in LIC services through online education resources that include access to the LIC ELR Best Practice Guide materials and a complete library of presentations and demonstration videos.
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Additionally, please review the What's Involved section of the website to learn more about the opportunity and resources available. Please check this website frequently for additional details, registration and connection information.
PDF - Electronic Exchange of Laboratory Results for Public Health Reporting,
PDF - CareLink Connections, October, 2012
PDF - Laboratory Compliance Manager, October, 2011
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