ONC Offers EHR Interoperability Training

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The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has developed online training courses to teach the interoperability of electronic health record (EHR) with practical examples and stories. The training modules have been developed to educate Eligible Professional (EPs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) about how to achieve transitions of care, lab exchange, patient engagement and public health measures which are required by the stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program.

This online self-paced training series consists of five courses:

1. Interoperability Basics Training

This training course is approximately 75 minutes long and introduces basics of interoperability and highlights the benefits of enhanced Stage 2 Meaningful Use interoperability requirements which enable improved patient care and outcomes. The main topics covered by the course are:

  • Interoperability Basics Introduction
  • Defining Interoperability
  • Interoperability Path to Meaningful Use Stage 2
  • Building Blocks of Interoperability
  • The Effect of Interoperability on Categories of Care

2. Transitions of Care

The training course provides implementation guidance and practical examples to aid those who assist providers and hospitals, exchanging key information in support of care transitions. This course contains three lessons:

  • Introduction to Interoperability and Transitions of Care
  • Interoperability Standards for Transitions of Care
  • Implementing Standards-Based Exchange for Transitions of Care

3. Lab Exchange

The lab exchange course demonstrates the benefits of integrating labs and EHR systems in clinical settings where providers can send and receive lab orders and share lab results more efficiently and securely. This course contains five lessons.

  • Introduction to Interoperability and Lab Exchange
  • Incorporating Structured Lab Data
  • Lab Results Interface Guide
  • LOINC Codes
  • Sending Lab Results

4. Patient and Family Engagement

The course points out the tools and practices which the physicians should employ to engage patients in the care process. It exemplifies the ways physicians should use patient portals and online services to communicate with the patients, sending health education material and a summary of the clinical visit. Similarly, educating patients on how to keep track of medication, view lab results, and schedule appointments. This course contains four lessons.

  • Introduction to Patient and Family Engagement
  • Viewing, Downloading, and Transmitting Health Information
  • Providing Clinical Summaries to Patients
  • Using Secure Electronic Messaging

5. Public Health

The course covers the basics of population health management. How to form, educate and empower people about health hazards in the community. The responsibilities of care providers to diagnose, investigate and spread awareness about health issues present in a specific community and its recommended cure. This course contains six lessons.

  • Introduction to Interoperability and Public Health
  • Ongoing Submission to Public Health Agencies
  • Submission of Electronic Data to Immunization Registries
  • Submission of Electronic Syndromic Surveillance Data to Public Health Agencies
  • Submission of Electronic Reportable Lab Results to Public Health Agencies
  • Submission of Electronic Cancer Data to Public Health Agencies

These online training courses are available at HealthIT.gov website and they are really helpful to achieve Meaningful Use of EHR.

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