The Lab Interoperability Cooperative, a federally funded initiative to link hospital laboratories to public health agencies, is seeking hospital participants.

Organizations must register and complete a "Phase 1 Checklist" by April 29, at The American Hospital Association, College of American Pathologists and networking vendor Surescripts lead the cooperative. Its mission is to help hospital labs use the Surescripts network to meet electronic health records meaningful use requirements to submit electronic data on reportable lab results to public health agencies.

Under the CDC grant, the cooperative will educate and connect at least 500 hospitals to their appropriate public health agency, with at least 100 of the participants being rural or critical access hospitals.

--Joseph Goedert


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