Minnesota Coordinated Responses

The Minnesota e-Health Initiative provides feedback on state and federal definitions, criteria, standards, and/or proposed regulations relating to e-health. Feedback is collected through a coordinated response that engages the Initiative, workgroups and public. Stakeholders can provide feedback during meetings or as written feedback.

Response Categories

In Progress
Previous Meaningful Use

In Progress

Draft 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory
The Draft 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (2016 Advisory) represents the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology’s current thinking on best available standards and implementation specifications. The purpose is to:

  • Provide the industry with a single, public list of the standards and implementation specifications that can best be used to fulfill specific clinical health information interoperability needs.
  • Reflect the results of ongoing dialogue, debate, and consensus among industry stakeholders when more than one standard or implementation specification could be listed as the best available.
  • Document known limitations, preconditions, and dependencies as well as known security patterns among referenced standards and implementation specifications when they are used to fulfill a specific clinical health IT interoperability need.

ONC is accepting public comments on the 2016 Advisory. The comment period will be open for 45 days and will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015.  Public comments will be used to update this draft in order to publish a final 2016 Advisory by the end of 2015.

The Minnesota e-Health Initiative will collect feedback through a coordinated response that engages the Initiative, workgroups and the public. Stakeholders can send written feedback to mn.ehealth@state.mn.us by 5 p.m. on October 21, 2015. Written feedback can be provided by adding comments to the 2016 Advisory or compiling comments into a Word document.


2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria, 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition, and ONC Health IT Certification Program Modifications
The 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria (2015 Edition) proposed rule serves as a key component in establishing interoperable nationwide health information infrastructure. The 2015 Edition proposed rule builds on the foundation established with the 2011 and 2014 Editions, and incorporates changes designed to foster innovation, open new market opportunities, and provide more choices to the care community when it comes to electronic health information exchange. The Minnesota e-Health Initiative Coordinated Response for 2015 Health IT Certification (PDF 733 KB/64 pages) proposed rule was submitted on May 29, 2015.

Stage 3 Meaningful Use, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program
This Stage 3 proposed rule would specify the meaningful use criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments and avoid downward payment adjustments under Medicare for Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Programs. The Minnesota e-Health Initiative Coordinated Response to the Stage 3 NPRM (PDF 306 KB/19 pages) was submitted on May 29, 2015.

2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory: Best Available Standards and Implementation Standards
The 2015 Advisory is designed to prompt focused industry dialogue on areas where disagreement exists regarding the best available standards as well as greater certainty and clarity on areas where widespread consensus exists. The Minnesota e-Health Coordinated Response to the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory was submitted on May 1, 2015.

Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap Draft Version 1.0.
The Roadmap supports the vision that the ONC outlined in Connecting Health and Care for the National: A 10 Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperability HIT Infrastructure. It proposes critical actions for stakeholders that will advance the national towards interoperable HIT ecosystem, advance research and achieve a learning health system. The Minnesota e-Health Coordinated Response to the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap was submitted on April 3, 2015.

Previous Meaningful Use

Stage 3

Stage 2

Stages 2 and 3 Preliminary Objectives
e-Health Initiative Final Response to Preliminary Meaningful Use Objectives for Stages 2 and 3 (PDF 128 KB/20 pages) (2011)


Updated Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 03:37PM