Submitting Electronic Laboratory Results Information to DSHS

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The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is currently able to support Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs by receiving data into select systems that participants can use to meet the programs’ public health reporting requirements, including Electronic Laboratory Reports (ELR).

Among other services that support Incentive Program participants, DSHS operates the Texas National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS), a mechanism for clinical and hospital laboratories to submit ELR to DSHS in order to fulfill the obligation to report test results indicative of notifiable conditions to the public health authority. Messages are exchanging using the format specified by the EHR incentive programs by Certified Electronic Health Record Technology. DSHS is currently accepting registrations of intent from new participants and is actively receiving data from entities into the production environment.

This page is being updated to reflect new federal rules regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Electronic Health Record Incentive Payment Programs, available at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/10/16/2015-25595/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-electronic-health-record-incentive-program-stage-3-and-modifications.

For immediate assistance, please contact NEDSS@dshs.state.tx.us.

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Last updated January 04, 2016