AHA, CAP and Surescripts Seeking Hospital Participants for Lab Interoperability Cooperative

The American Hospital Association, the College of American Pathologists and Surescripts are recruiting hospitals to participate in a program that will electronically connect hospital laboratories with public health agencies, according to a news release.

The Lab Interoperability Cooperative is intended to help hospital labs meet criteria established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for meaningful use of electronic health records. This criteria includes submission of electronic data on reportable laboratory results to public health agencies. During the two-year grant period, the LIC will recruit, educate and connect to the appropriate public health agencies and a minimum of 500 hospital labs. At least 100 of these will be critical access or rural hospitals.

Establishing this connection will enable hospitals to engage in electronic reporting that helps public health officials act more rapidly and efficiently to control disease. Application is open to all U.S. hospitals, including critical access hospitals located in rural parts of the United States. Hospitals interested in participating in this project may register by visiting here and completing the Phase I Checklist by April 29.

Read the joint news release about the Lab Interoperability Cooperative (pdf).

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