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Minnesota and North Dakota.

Education Center

Education Center

The REACH Education Center is a one stop shop to access valuable webinars, resources and information about upcoming REACH events. To view information for a specific area, select a topic in the orange sidebar to the left.

REACH staff are also available to help. Please contact REACH at or (877) 331-8783 ext. 222.

Upcoming Events

Data Analytics Boot Camp: Leveraging Data for Meaningful Use

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Webinar Recordings

57 minutes - recorded Tuesday, November 4, 2014
108 minutes - recorded Tuesday, May 27, 2014
50 minutes - recorded Tuesday, May 20, 2014
121 minutes - recorded Tuesday, May 13, 2014
49 minutes - recorded Tuesday, April 1, 2014
51 minutes - recorded Tuesday, March 4, 2014
49 minutes - recorded Tuesday, October 29, 2013
64 minutes - recorded Tuesday, September 10, 2013
40 minutes - recorded Tuesday, August 20, 2013
59 minutes - recorded Tuesday, August 13, 2013
56 minutes - recorded Tuesday, June 18, 2013
55 minutes - recorded Tuesday, March 19, 2013
51 minutes - recorded Tuesday, October 23, 2012
55 minutes - recorded Friday, October 5, 2012
36 minutes - recorded Friday, December 2, 2011
56 minutes - recorded Thursday, October 6, 2011
67 minutes - recorded Tuesday, September 6, 2011
58 minutes - recorded Tuesday, August 16, 2011
57 minutes - recorded Tuesday, July 26, 2011
47 minutes - recorded Tuesday, July 12, 2011
59 minutes - recorded Tuesday, May 24, 2011
104 minutes - recorded Tuesday, May 10, 2011
59 minutes - recorded Tuesday, March 22, 2011
59 minutes - recorded Tuesday, March 8, 2011
57 minutes - recorded Tuesday, February 22, 2011
65 minutes - recorded Tuesday, February 8, 2011
48 minutes - recorded Tuesday, January 18, 2011
47 minutes - recorded Tuesday, December 7, 2010
41 minutes - recorded Tuesday, November 16, 2010
48 minutes - recorded Tuesday, October 26, 2010
43 minutes - recorded Tuesday, October 19, 2010
44 minutes - recorded Tuesday, September 14, 2010
54 minutes - recorded Monday, April 26, 2010

Burning Issues Radio

40 minutes - recorded Thursday, June 5, 2014
59 minutes - recorded Wednesday, June 4, 2014
56 minutes - recorded Wednesday, May 7, 2014
59 minutes - recorded Friday, April 11, 2014
66 minutes - recorded Wednesday, March 19, 2014
37 minutes - recorded Wednesday, February 26, 2014
56 minutes - recorded Wednesday, July 24, 2013
80 minutes - recorded Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Minnesota HIE

Health information exchange (HIE) in Minnesota means the electronic transmission of health related information between organizations according to nationally recognized standards (Minn. Stat. §62J.498 sub. 1(f)).

HIE Guidance for Minnesota’s Health and Healthcare Providers >

PDF Version of Guide [PDF - 1.98MB] (MDH Website)

Minnesota e-Health Connect is a project funded through the State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program, established under the HITECH Act and administered by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). The program is intended to build capacity in all states for exchanging health information across the health care system both within and across states.

HIE Connectivity Grant Program >

The Upper Midwest (UM) HIE State Health Policy Consortium was created to find ways to address barriers to exchanging patient health information across state borders. The UM HIE Consortium, led by Minnesota and including representatives from Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, focused on how to make it easier to accomplish provider-to-provider exchange of patient health information for treatment purposes.

Upper Midwest Health Information Exchange (UM HIE) tools >

A State-Certified Health Information Exchange (HIE) Service Provider is one of two types of organizations granted a Certificate of Authority to operate in Minnesota: a health information organization (HIO) or a health data intermediary (HDI). A HIO is an entity that provides all electronic capabilities for the transmission of clinical transactions necessary for “meaningful use” of electronic health records. A HDI is an entity that provides the infrastructure to connect computer systems or other electronic devices used by health care providers, laboratories, pharmacies, health plans, third-party administrators, or pharmacy benefit managers to facilitate the secure transmission of health information.

Minnesota State-Certified Health Information Exchange Service Providers >

How to Attain Meaningful Use

ONC provides a basic overview of meaningful use criteria. Eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals need to successfully attest to demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHRs) to qualify for an incentive payment through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

How to Attain Meaningful Use >

AHRQ Toolsets Available to Help Pharmacists and Physicians Implement E-Prescribing

Two toolsets, one for physicians in small practices and one for independent pharmacies, for supporting e-prescribing implementation are available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Designed to offer a step-by-step guide for preparing for and launching an e-prescribing system, they include advice on topics ranging from planning the implementation process to navigating into more advanced practice and pharmacy services.

More information >

An Eligible Professional’s Guide to Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs

Provides a comprehensive overview of Stage 2 of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to eligible professionals. Outlines criteria for Stage 2 meaningful use, 2014 clinical quality measure reporting and 2014 EHR certification.

An Eligible Professional’s Guide to Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs >

Approved Meaningful Use Test Procedures Version 1.1

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published errata for the Approved Test Procedures, Version 1.1. The errata documents contain technical corrections based on public feedback. Test procedures that have errata issued are noted in the link below.

Approved Meaningful Use Test Procedures >

Attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

Registration for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs is now open. Providers are encouraged to register for the Medicare and/or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program(s) as soon as possible to avoid payment delays. Please note that not all states have launched a Medicaid EHR Incentive Program yet, and you should check your state's status. You can register before you have a certified EHR. Register even if you do not have an enrollment record in PECOS (which is required for all hospitals and Medicare eligible professionals).

Attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program >

Beacon Nation Learning Guides

Provides a series of six guides that are converting the experiences and lessons learned from the Beacon Communities into actionable information about specific technology-enabled solutions that can be adapted for use by interested communities. The Beacon Nation project, funded by the Hawai‘i Island Beacon Community, promotes innovation in HIT by gathering and disseminating lessons learned from the 17 Beacon Communities.

Beacon Nation Learning Guides >

CCHIT's ACO HIT Framework

Provides guidance on developing a technology roadmap that will mitigate some of the risks associated with taking on accountability for costs, quality of care and patient loyalty. It is designed as a starting point for provider groups developing HIT roadmaps, for payers looking to assess or complement the HIT capabilities of their provider partners, and for HIT developers designing products to fill gaps in currently available technology.

More Information >

Certified HIT Product List

Link to the Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) where you can find out if your electronic health record (EHR) is certified. This link also provides information on how to get the certified EHR number which is required for Meaningful Use (MU) attestation.

Certified HIT Product List >


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