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Standards, Interoperability & EHR Certification

Minnesota Requirements, Recommendations & Resources

Recommendations Regarding the Use of Standard Nursing Terminology (2014) (PDF: 110KB/ 2pgs)

Recommended Standards and Resources for Meaningful Use (2010 Edition) (PDF: 215KB/21 pgs)

Guide 2: Standards Recommended to Achieve Interoperability in Minnesota: Updated 2011 (PDF 2.57MB/50 pgs)
Minnesota e-Health Standards Recommendations Endorsed by the 2010-11 Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee
Guide 2 Includes Information on:

  • Interoperable Electronic Health Record Requirements
  • Electronic Prescription Drug Program
  • Laboratory Results Reporting
  • Immunization Information Exchange
  • Exchange of Clinical Summaries
  • Minnesota e-Health Framework for Interoperability
  • Key actions for achieving and advancing electronic health information exchange
  • Annotated resource list

Resources for Minnesota e-Health Standards and EHR Certification (PDF: 122KB/10 pgs)

Public Health Data Standards
(PDF: 41KB/6pgs)
Improving How Public Health Collects, Exchanges and Uses Data.

Uniform Standards Requirement/Mandate in Minnesota
Minnesota law related to uniform standards requirement, Minnesota Statutes 62J.495, subd. 1.

Minnesota Response to National HIT Standards Recommendations (PDF: 116KB/5pgs)
The Minnesota e-Health Initiative coordinated response to ONC on recommendations related to implementation of standards.

National HIT Standards Committee Recommendations

The standards committee is charged with making recommendations to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information.  The Committee’s recommendations focus on the following areas: Clinical Quality, Clinical Operations, and Privacy and Security. 

Clinical Quality (PDF: 110KB/12pgs)
Recommendations pertain to the appropriate standardized performance measures that correspond to the HIT Policy Committee’s 2011 Meaningful Use Measures. The recommendations include 30 quality performance measures and the data types required for each, of which National Quality Forum (NQF)-endorsed measures can either be retooled for use in an Electronic Health Record (EHR) or will require attestation for the foreseeable future.

Clinical Operations (PDF: 80KB/17pgs)
Recommendations focus on standards for 2011 Meaningful Use, including quality data reporting, messaging formats, and all the vocabularies necessary for semantic interoperability.

Privacy and Security (PDF: 104KB/17pgs)
Recommendations focus on authentication, authorization, auditing and secure data transmission standards as well as Meaningful Use measures related to HIPAA compliance.

Meaningful Use (PDF: 95KB/10pgs)
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act) provides for incentives for the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR) technology.  Those applying for incentives must demonstrate that they are meaningful users of certified EHR technology. 

  • The recommendations from the HIT Policy Committee (as of Aug 2009) to the Office of the National Coordinator for defining “meaningful use” which includes objectives and measures for defining “meaningful use” by timeline (2011, 2013 & 2015).

Adoption (PDF: 197KB/7pgs)
Review of the Adoption Experience Hearing with Top Ten Recommendations for Implementation/Adoption.

Other Resources

Overview of e-Health Standards, Interoperability and Certification
The role of e-Health standards in promoting interoperability, the process of harmonizing standards and standards requirements for certification of electronic health records.

Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP): Standards Harmonization

Updated Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 12:26PM