Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS)

Electronic Reportable Laboratory Result Reporting and Meaningful Use

The Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS) is a web-based system that allows for the electronic capture of disease data for the tracking and case management of communicable disease. MDSS fulfills the physician communicable disease reporting requirements and has the ability to receive HL7 laboratory reports using LOINC and SNOMED codes for lab tests and lab results, respectively.  For more information on the MDSS, please visit the website Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS).

Criteria for Electronic Laboratory Results Reporting

  • Data Originating from Laboratories
    Michigan’s Public Health Code requires that all laboratory and health provider occurrences of reportable communicable diseases get reported to the local health authorities (details about mandatory reporting can be found at www.michigan.gov/cdinfo).  Both referring and referral labs are required to report results if they indicate the presence of a reportable condition.  Proper and timely reporting of these results electronically to the MDSS will satisfy both the Reportable Lab Meaningful Use requirements as well as reporting requirements as stated in the Public Health Code.
  • Capability to Submit Laboratory Results in the Standard Format
    A national standard has been developed for certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) to generate electronic HL7 messages for lab results.  Electronic lab reporting submissions must be constructed in the HL7 format as described in the MDSS Testing and Submission Guide.

Registration to Submit Electronic Laboratory Results

Hospital laboratories that meet the criteria for selecting electronic lab results reporting must complete a registration to submit electronic lab results within 60 days of the start of the meaningful use reporting period.   Registration is completed through the Michigan Health System Testing Repository.

Instructions for completing the registration:  Michigan Health System Testing Repository User Guide

Once the registration is completed, an e-mail will be sent with instructions on next steps to comply with meaningful use active engagement requirements.

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