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Meaningful Use

Electronic Laboratory Reporting for Meaningful Use

The West Virginia Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology (DIDE) is now accepting HL7 messages from certified electronic health record (EHR) systems for electronic laboratory reporting and Meaningful Use attestation. EHR reporting is designed to be secure, automated, and unobtrusive to practice operations. Successful ongoing submission to DIDE using the EHR reporting method will assist eligible hospitals in receiving Medicare and Medicaid incentive funds.


Helpful Information for Certified EHR Reporting

Eligibility - Providers may register for Stage 1 or Stage 2 reporting. Providers must have met Stage 1 requirements in order to register for Stage 2.

Registration - The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health online registration system is now live for providers and hospitals to register their intent to report cancer data, immunization data, syndromic surveillance data, or electronic laboratory reports.

Certified EHR Products - For a list of EHR products certified for ELR reporting, visit the Certified Health IT Product List. Once on the web site, select “2014 Edition,” then select “search by criteria met.” In the list of certification criteria, scroll down and check “(b)(5) incorporate Laboratory Test and Values/Results” and “(f)(4) transmission of Reportable Laboratory Tests and Value/Results,” then select “search matching products.” A list of EHR products certified for ELR reporting will be displayed. If your EHR system is not listed, contact your EHR vendor to determine if and when the ELR reporting option will be added to the software.

Standardized ELR Data Specifications - The Implementation Guide for Electronic Laboratory Reporting assists EHR vendors in the implementation of standardized electronic laboratory reporting. Our HL7 2.5.1 specification can be found Here.

ELR Data Transport Options - The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health encourages all providers and EHR vendors to coordinate with the West Virginia Health Information Exchange (HIE) to establish a connection for secure data transmission of HL7 2.5.1 for ELR data. If a provider does not wish to establish a connection to the HIE, the EHR vendor may contact our office for instructions to connect directly to the State via PHINMS or SFTP.

Meaningful Use Resources - The Centers for Disease Control's ELR Meaningful Use website contains numerous guidance documents for EHR/EMR vendors and providers.

General Questions - Questions about the EHR Incentive Program registration, attestation, eligibility, and other Meaningful Use criteria should be directed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

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