e-Health Standards in Minnesota
The Minnesota e-Health Initiative is one of the key stakeholders in the standards efforts in Minnesota. The initiative is a public-private collaborative whose vision is to accelerate the adoption and use of health information technology. The Advisory Committee which oversees the initiative encourages the adoption and use of standards in e-health. One of the recommendations of the Advisory Committee to promote e-health was to establish a Minnesota roadmap for use and adoption of HIT data and information standards in healthcare and public health.
Minnesota is emerging to be one of the leaders in e-Health with legislation in place to promote Health Information Technology and Infrastructure. State law requires that all hospitals and health care providers have an interoperable electronic health records system by January 15, 2015. This also requires the commissioner of health in consultation with the Advisory Committee to develop a statewide plan to meet this goal, including uniform standards. Uniform health information technology standards need to be adopted by January 1, 2009, with a status report submitted to the legislature by January 15, 2008.
In order to accomplish the legislative mandates, a workgroup that focuses on standards will be formed that reports to the Advisory Committee. The data standards recommendation of the Minnesota e-Health Initiative will build on the standards work by HITSP (Health Information Technology Standards Panel). The work of several other national reputed organizations such as National eHealth Initiative (eHI), Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT), Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Markle Foundation and work from the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the American Health Information Community (AHIC) will be reviewed.
The Minnesota e-Health Initiative will also create a roadmap for adoption of standards and also create a list of standards for adoption. The goal is to promote standards that align with national standards. In order to advance standards and ensure interoperability, the Minnesota e-Health Initiative strongly recommends the use of Implementation Guides. These guides provide detailed instructions to maintain consistency of implementation.