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LIC | A Catalyst for Population and Public Health Management

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About the Lab Interoperability Collaborative

The LIC is focused on improving population and public health through the use of technology and achieving interoperability between hospitals, providers and public health agencies. The LIC encourages providers and hospitals to become meaningful users of certified electronic health record technologies for submission of electronic data to the appropriate reporting jurisdiction. Technical assistance is provided to all participants to understand and implement the changes to Lab Information Systems (LIS), EHR systems, interface engines, and any other associated technologies necessary to achieve meaningful use objectives and establish interoperability. The services provided by the LIC enable participants to meet their meaningful use objectives and become eligible for the incentive dollars available from the federal government.

The LIC currently provides services to more than 20% of the hospitals within the United States to implement electronic submission of reportable laboratory results (ELR) to public health agencies using certified EHR technology. The primary services of the LIC are focused on:

  1. Providing LOINC and SNOMED CT terminology education and training to hospital and commercial labs, laboratory information system (LIS) vendors, public health agencies, and others;
  2. Outreach, workflow analysis, onboarding and transaction validation for hospitals and public health agencies in support of the MU reporting requirements; and
  3. Establishing functional interoperability and health information exchange between hospitals and public health agencies for electronic transaction reporting as required under Meaningful Use (MU) final rules by providing solutions to securely transmit electronic data from hospital laboratory systems, interchange engines and EHR systems to designated public health agencies that comply with appropriate transaction standards that meet both the MU requirements, and the requirements of the public health agency receiving the transaction.


A Catalyst for Interoperability

While technical standards exist to enable the secure, electronic exchange of lab results, the implementation and use of these standards by the commercial labs, hospitals and providers has been limited for public health reporting. By engaging hospital labs, which handle the majority of lab tests in the United States, the cooperative not only represents a unique opportunity to advance lab interoperability with public health agencies, but with the nation's health care system overall.

Our Goal

The goal of the LIC is to provide an array of services to hospital labs to enable submission of reportable lab results to public health agencies as defined in meaningful use final rules.

Collaborative Partners

The American Hospital Association (AHA)

The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

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The College of American Pathologists (CAP) STS

CAP STS (SNOMED Terminology Solutions™), a division of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), offers clients services and solutions related to health IT strategy and planning; clinical health information management; and health care standards. CAP STS works with provider organizations, hospitals, health IT vendors, health information exchange initiatives, universities, research centers, and government agencies throughout the world.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.

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LIC applies for Mission Main Street grant sponsored by Chase and Google. 

LIC will be presenting at the 2014 CSTE Annual Conference 

June 22nd - June 26th at the Nashville Convention Center, TN.

June 22, 2014

LIC will be presenting at the Minnesota e-Health Summit 

June 11th - June 12th at the Double Tree Hotel in St. Louis Park, MN.

June 11, 2014

LIC will be presenting at the Public Health Informatics Conference

April 29th - May 1st at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA.

April 29, 2014

LIC will be attending the Executive War College 2014

April 29th - April 30th at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, LA.

April 29, 2014

Letter of support from the CIO and Vice President, College of American Pathologists (CAP)

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is pleased to offer this letter of support of the proposal for the second phase of activities by the Lab Interoperability Collaborative (LIC)...

October 25, 2013

Letter of Fact from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Public Health Informatics Program Office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced through a published cooperative agreement that funding was available for the purposes of establishing a Laboratory Interoperability Cooperative (LIC)...

November 08, 2013

Letter of support from the President of the American Hospital Association (AHA)

Dear Health Care Leader & LIC Participant:

I'm writing to thank you, your organization, and the nearly 1,200 others across the country who helped achieve what two years ago seemed a monumental task – achieving Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR)...

October 01, 2013

LIC Submits Final Report to CDC for Phase I of Operations

PDF - Submission of reportable laboratory results to Public Health Agencies (PHAs) as defined in the Meaningful Use (MU) final rules.

September 30, 2013

CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

PDF - Reports on the Progress in Increasing Electronic Reporting of Laboratory Results to Public Health Agencies.

September 27, 2013