Minnesota Interoperable Electronic Health Record Mandate
Policymakers in Minnesota have recognized that more effective use of health information technology, including timely exchange of information, is needed to improve quality and safety of care as well as to help control costs. In 2007, Minnesota enacted legislation that requires all health care providers in the state to implement an interoperable electronic EHR system by January 1, 2015 (Minn. Stat. §62J.495).
The Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee and MDH recommend that all providers demonstrate progress toward achieving the EHR and interoperability requirements. Potential benefits of compliance may include:
• increased efficiency and quality outcomes;
• improved ability to avoid adverse events; and
• timely access to information from your patients’ other providers.
As health care providers make progress toward the safe, secure and interoperable exchange of health data, our Minnesota health care system will be better positioned to achieve the greater vision of health care reform.
The Guidance for Understanding the Minnesota Interoperable EHR Mandate (PDF) contains more information on the mandate including EHR and interoperability requirements.
The Minnesota Interoperable EHR Mandate: FAQs (PDF) provides answers to common questions about this mandate.
MDH has several resources to help you implement an interoperable EHR:
- Statewide Plan for Interoperable EHRs: Includes a framework of what progress looks like for achieving the mandate
- Practical Guides:
Addressing Common Barriers (PDF)
Recommended Standards (PDF)
Electronic Prescribing (PDF)
Effective Use of EHR Systems (PDF)
A Practical Guide to Understanding HIE
- Minnesota e-Health and Health Reform - information on programs that support e-health and health reform in Minnesota including the Minnesota e-Health Roadmap for behavioral health, local public health, long-term and post-acute care, and social services providers. The MN e-Health Roadmap includes use cases, a person-centered view, 10 recommendations, and over 40 actions to support and accelerate the adoption and use of e-health. The Roadmap also includes resources for providers and over 35 actions for partners to support the implementation of the Roadmap.
- Minnesota Health Information Technology Toolkits include a variety of resources such as tools, webinars and reference documents to help providers plan and make the right choices for their agency to achieve success in today’s health care environment. The tools focus on e-health functionality, people, policy, and processes for success in a specific health care setting including local public health, social services, long-term and post-acute care, and behavioral health.
- 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.
- Associations – find out if your care setting has an association, often the association will have a health information technology (HIT) committee and/or may provide specific guidance on EHR adoption and use for that care setting.