Readiness Statement for 2017 Interoperability

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Syndromic Surveillance Users: For Stage 2 Syndromic Surveillance reporting, at this time the New Mexico Department of Health is onboarding eligible hospitals and physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who are working in an urgent care clinic or a primary care clinic. If you have any questions regarding the types of practitioners that the Department is interested in for onboarding, please contact the Syndromic Surveillance team at



 HIT workgroup focus areas include:


    • Interoperability of electronic health records
    • Health information exchange
    • Privacy and security
    • Consumer/client/patient engagement
    • Provider adoption
    • Clinical data use


The New Mexico Department of Health’s webpage allows providers to test their HL 7 messages in preparation for production data exchange.  The registration process includes selecting the type(s) of messages to be tested. 


The message types are immunization, electronic lab reporting (ELR), and/or syndromic surveillance data.  It is important to select all of the message types for testing during the initial registration.  Once providers have successfully tested messages NMDOH staff work with them to move them into production data exchange. 


The second type of account that providers may create on is to submit ED/HIDD data directly to NMDOH.



State Health Information Technology Coordinator

New Mexico has designated a State Health Information Technology (HIT) Coordinator to provide leadership and coordination across the federally funded state programs including supporting the efforts of the State Medicaid Directors (SMDs) in developing the state's Medicaid EHR incentive program. New Mexico's State HIT Coordinator is Sean Pearson. Mr. Pearson is also the Chief Information Officer of the New Mexico Department of Health.


The HIT Coordinator is to fulfill two main roles:


The HIT Coordinator will develop and advocate for HIT policy to achieve statewide goals. The Coordinator will focus and prioritize activities to make rapid progress to help state providers meet stage 1 interoperability requirements. Key activities may include:


    • Collaborate with state health policy makers in establishing HIT strategies for reaching shared health care goals.
    • Leverage state purchasing power such as establishing requirements for entities reimbursed by the state to participate in e-prescribing, electronic labs results delivery or electronically sharing care summaries across transitions in care.
    • Address legal or policy issues to ensure the information may be shared securely and with appropriate privacy protections.
    • Lead efforts to enable interstate HIE, such as harmonizing privacy policies and consent laws with neighboring states where appropriate.


The HIT Coordinator should coordinate HIT efforts with Medicaid, public health and other federally funded state programs. The HIT Coordinator should:

    • Advance operationally viable strategies that accelerate the success of the EHR incentive program in meeting shared interoperability goals.
    • Ensure state program participation in planning and implementation activities including, but not limited to Medicaid, behavioral health, public health, departments of aging.
    • Ensure that State Medicaid HIT Plans and State HIE plans are coordinated
    • Leverage various state program resources such as immunizations registries, public health surveillance systems, and CMS/Medicaid funding to ensure resources are being maximized (e.g., ARRA authorized Medicaid 90/10 match leverage to support HIE activities).
    • Assure integration of other relevant state programs into the state's HIT governance structure.

Identify, track and convene the various federal HIT grantees for cross-program coordination and to leverage program resources.