What electronic lab exchange capabilities will I need to implement?
One objective for clinical lab capabilities is included on the menu set for Stage 1.
Menu Objective for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals:
All certified EHRs will have the ability to electronically receive clinical laboratory test results in a structured format and display such results in a readable format that enables a human to comprehend the information regardless of the method of presentation, e.g., handheld device, computer screen, electronic document. The EHR will electronically display all the information for a test report and electronically attribute, associate, or link a laboratory test result to a laboratory order or patient record. Note that this objective pertains only to receiving results in a structured format and incorporating them into EHRs. This objective also holds for authorized providers of eligible hospitals for patients admitted to its inpatient or emergency department.
Expert Panel Recommendations: Lab Data – Quality Alliance Steering Committee brief on laboratory data that can be collected electronically.
Electronic Laboratory Result Exchange – Article describing systems of electronic laboratory exchange.
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