The LIC team co-presented with the CDC at the Public Health Informatics Conference in August 2011.
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A primary focus of the Lab Interoperability Cooperative is preparing hospital labs for connectivity to public health. Once the LIC goal of enabling electronic transmission is achieved, the benefits of connectivity to the hospital laboratory community and public health are significant. Initially, those benefits will be realized with resource efficiency through data consistency and improved accuracy and reporting results. However, when we look ahead to meaningful use Stage 3, the benefits expand to a national public health landscape and improving population health outcomes as a whole.
The LIC aims to support public health through —
Summary: Requirements for meaningful use involve specific public health initiatives. Physicians and hospitals must complete one public health objective among the following list: submitting electronic data to state immunization registries, providing syndrome surveillance data to public health agencies, or reporting lab results electronically to public health agencies. By incorporating public health into the requirements, epidemiological statistics and population health can be more accurately monitored.
Payment incentives are available for Medicare and Medicaid eligible providers and hospitals that purchase, implement, and meaningfully use certified EHR systems.