Minnesota's 2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record Mandate
The 2007 Minnesota Legislature mandated in Minnesota Statute §62J.495 (Electronic Health Record Technology) “[b]y January 1, 2015, all hospitals and health care providers must have in place an interoperable electronic health records system within their hospital system or clinical practice setting.”
New ResourceFind more information about this law and the types of providers who are impacted in the Guidance for Understanding the Minnesota 2015 Interoperable EHR Mandate (PDF: 109KB/ 4pg).
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat types of health and health care providers are required to comply with the mandate?
A provider is any health care provider who provides a service that could be reimbursed by medical assistance, whether or not they accept these patients or receive payment for the service. See table 1 of the guidance document (PDF: 109KB/4pgs) for a list of impacted providers.
What are the requirements of the EHR system?
The EHR must be certified by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). If a provider does not have a certified EHR available for their setting, then the provider must have a qualified EHR, as defined in the guidance document (PDF: 109KB/4pgs).
What are the interoperability requirements?
Interoperability is the secure exchange of patient data across systems and organizations, using standards for exchange. The 2015 Mandate also defines interoperability through the requirement of connecting to a State-Certified Health Information Exchange (HIE) Service Provider.
Where can I find the exact language of the law?
Minnesota Statute §62F.495 (Electronic Health Record Technology) is available at this link: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=62J.495. The guidance document also has this language.
Where I can find assistance to implement an EHR system?
To achieve interoperable EHRs by 2015, it is helpful to determine where a provider or setting currently is on the continuum of EHR adoption (see model below). This is because the mandate includes both EHR and interoperability requirements.
There are several resources available to help you implement an interoperable EHR. The 2008 Statewide Plan for Interoperable EHRs, and the practical guides that supplement the Plan, are part of the state's response as outlined in the mandate.
- Practical Guides:
Addressing Common Barriers (PDF: 713KB/42pgs)
Recommended Standards (PDF: 2.77MB/50pgs)
Electronic Prescribing (PDF: 2.10MB/64pgs)
Effective Use of EHR Systems (PDF: 1.91MB/74pgs)
A Practical Guide to Understanding HIE
- The Office of Health IT at the Minnesota Department of Health, along with the Regional Extension Assistance Center for Health IT (REACH), educates and provides technical assistance when appropriate to promote adoption and effective use of EHR systems as well as health information exchange.
- The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care at the Minnesota Department of Health occasionally administers grants or loan programs to support the implementation or support of interoperable EHR systems.