Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) for Providers in Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) supports submission of Electronic Laboratory Reporting for Meaningful Use (MU) from Eligible Hospitals (EH) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH). NOTE: While not part of Meaningful Use for non-hospital providers, the UDOH can work with any provider that wants to implement ELR to help automate/facilitate the reporting of reportable infectious diseases via ELR.

To register intent for ELR MU Stage 2/Modified Stage 2 complete the UDOH MU Registration Form. When registering, EH's and CAH's will need to submit the following information:
  • Name, address, and phone number of the EH or CAH.
  • The EH's/CAH's MU contact person and contact information (name, phone number and email address). This will be the person that the ELR MU Coordinator with UDOH will communicate with regarding ELR MU.
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) software package and version. EHR technologies that meet the certification requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs are listed on the ONC Website. NOTE: Meaningful Use certification does NOT imply that the product meets all Meaningful Use requirements. If your software is not listed, it may not qualify for Meaningful Use. For additional questions regarding ONC approved software, please contact CMS.

ELR Meaningful Use Stage 2/Modified Stage 2 Objective:

EH's and CAH's work towards ongoing submission of ELR data in a validated HL7 ORU-R01 2.5.1 message to the UDOH. Validated message should comply with the standards found in the HL7 Version 2.5.1 Implementation Guide: Electronic Laboratory Reporting to Public Health (US Realm) Release 1, HL7 Informative Document (February 2010). NOTE: an HL7 account is required to access/download this document.

ELR MU Stage 2/Modified Stage 2 Steps:

Complete the UDOH MU Registration Form to register intent for ELR MU Modified Stage 2 with the UDOH. Currently, all facilities that register for ELR MU Modified Stage 2 will immediately be expected to begin “active engagement”. The basic steps of “active engagement” are:

  1. Set up a transmission interface. Work with the UDOH ELR MU Program to set up a transmission interface for submitting ongoing ELR data to the UDOH. Options include: SFTP, HTTPS, VPN, SOAP web service, HTTP Post web service, PHIN MS, and cHIE (UHIN).
  2. Generate and send a compliant ELR HL7 v2.5.1 ORU-R01 message to the UDOH, either from your EHR system via your transmission interface, or manually using the UDOH ELR Online Message Submission Form.

    Use the UDOH ELR Implementation Guide [v1.6] . This guide will help define the HL7 elements that the UDOH is requesting for ELR MU Modified Stage 2 compliance.
  3. Initiate an ongoing live data feed from your EHR system. This feed will be sent to the UDOH testing system until the feed is ready for production.
  4. Send all vocabulary value sets that are in use and sent in your ongoing feed.
  5. Fix all structural and vocabulary issues with the message as per requests from the UDOH ELR onboarding team.
  6. Review the Reportable Events and Vocabulary (Electronic) [v1.1] spreadsheet to identify all laboratory events that are reportable in Utah. If you are unable to filter laboratory events as described in this document, you may send all tests/results to the UDOH and the UDOH can filter out and discard/destroy all non-reportable events.

During this onboarding process, all facilities are expected to cc the ELR coordinator on all written correspondence. All facilities must respond to requests and questions from UDOH within 30 days throughout the onboarding process. Failure to respond may represent an end to the “active engagement” process; this will be documented by the UDOH for auditing purposes.

Once all structural and vocabulary issues are corrected, and the data feed is deemed to be comprehensive, then the feed will be switched to production and the onboarding process (along with the active engagement requirement) will be completed.

UDOH ELR Contacts

Theron Jeppson
Phone: 801-538-6783

Kirk Benge
Phone: 801-538-6345