With the Transitions of Care and Meaningful Use Stage 2 deadlines approaching, EMR companies must prepare their technologies, systems, and clients to be prepared for the new stricter, expanded requirements. EMR companies, especially those that offer client server based systems, have little time to comply. Evolve Exchange is your solution for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Certification.
Common Standards and Implementation Specifications for Electronic Exchange of Information:
The Meaningful Use Stage 2 final rules define a common dataset for all summary of care records, including an impressive array of structured and coded data to be formatted uniformly and sent securely during transitions of care.
- Patient name and demographic information including preferred language (ISO 639-2 alpha-3), sex, race/ethnicity (OMB Ethnicity) and date of birth
- Vital signs including height, weight, blood pressure, and smoking status (SNOMED CT)
- Encounter diagnosis (SNOMED CT or ICD-9-CM)
- Procedures (SNOMED CT)
- Medications (RxNorm) and medication allergies (RxNorm)
- Laboratory test results (LOINC)
- Immunizations (CVX)
- Care plan field including goals and instructions
- Care team including primary care provider of record
- Reason for referral and referring provider’s name and office contact information (for providers)
- Discharge instructions (hospitals)
In addition, there are a host of detailed standards and implementation specifications for a number of other transactions including quality reporting, laboratory results, electronic prescribing, immunizations, cancer registries, and syndromic surveillance.
What does this mean? It means that we are able to break down barriers to the electronic exchange of information, decrease the cost and complexity of building interfaces between different systems and ensure that providers with certified electronic medical record (EMR) technology have the tools in place to share, understand, and incorporate critical patient information. Certified EMR technology must be able to support identity reconciliation, matching the right record to the right person, giving doctors the tools to reconcile a new document with the information already on file. This information includes medications, medication allergies and disease problems.
The Stage 2 regulations also require developers to build systems that allow each segment of the patient summary to be retrievable by the end user, getting us closer to the goal of being able to efficiently search and assemble individual data elements through metadata tags.
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