Cooperative to Electronically Link Hospital Labs and Public Health Agencies

Surescripts, the American Hospital Association and the College of American Pathologists have been awarded a grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to connect hospital laboratories with public health agencies electronically to transmit data on reportable laboratory results. The three organizations will work together in what the CDC calls a "Lab Interoperability Cooperative." During the two-year grant period, the AHA, CAP and Surescripts will recruit, educate and connect a minimum of 500 hospital labs—at least 100 will be critical access or rural hospitals—to the appropriate public health agencies. The cooperative will provide the necessary technical assistance to enable these hospital labs to begin transmitting lab results electronically within six months.The CDC grant will help hospital laboratories meet criteria established by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for meaningful use of electronic medical records—including submission of electronic data on reportable laboratory results to public health agencies.—Visit www.labinteroperabilitycoop.org.

NIH to Launch Summer Institute on Mobile Health

The National Institutes of Health will hold its first mHealth, or mobile health, Summer Institute June 20-24 in San Diego. Technology leaders, behavioral science researchers, federal health officials and providers will discuss mHealth research with early career investigators. Qualcomm, a developer of wireless technologies, is cosponsor. "Through the use of mobile applications and technology, mHealth solutions hold the promise of reducing costs and errors, removing geographical and economic disparities and personalizing health care," organizers say. "These technologies have helped to bring about a convergence of science, medicine, engineering and communications technologies to improve the quality and provision of health care, while striving to reduce costs and inefficiencies."—Visit http://obssr.od.nih.gov.