The purpose of this funding is to provide assistance to organizations with healthcare-stakeholder membership and a focus on leadership for optimal use of HIT (including laboratories) in support of patient care and public health (or consortia thereof).
These organizations or consortia there of
will be referred to as Lab Interoperability Cooperative or LIC.
Support will be provided to LIC(s) to provide an array of services to hospital laboratories to achieve the standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria published in the Federal Register on January 12, 2010 as the Office of the Secretary Standards & Certification Interim Final Rule:
Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology (hereafter referred to as IFR) can be found at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/E9-3121 6. htm.
Support is also provided to LIC(s) to provide these same services hospital labs and associated hospital EHR to achieve the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Proposed Rule Stage 1 Criteria for Meaningful Use by eligible hospitals under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (hereafter referred to as meaningful use).