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EMDI Overview

Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) program supports the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) standards and interoperability programs. EMDI facilitates and expands the secure electronic exchange of health information among organizations in accordance with nationally recognized standards.

The overall EMDI program aims to:

  1. Reduce administrative burden for providers
  2. Increase interoperability among systems and organizations across the public and private sectors
  3. Improve provider-to-provider communication

EMDI stakeholders include hospitals, physicians, DMEPOS suppliers, health information handlers, health information service providers, health information exchanges, document transfer vendors, interface vendors, electronic health records, electronic medical records, home health agencies, laboratories, and other healthcare organizations.

CMS developed the EMDI program to:

Identify standards and create Implementation Guides containing the content specifications and transport specifications needed to implement EMDI pilots within the Medicare Fee-For-Service program.

Establish pilot programs with providers to demonstrate secure exchange of health information.

Provide a collaborative environment of open support for organizations to voluntarily participate in pilots and adopt various data standards for interoperable documentation, review, and exchange.

Facilitate the expansion of a secure transport system for interoperable electronic medical documentation and help overcome barriers faced by organizations during pilot implementation.

Support adoption of real-world use cases to advance secure and standardized electronic data exchange for medical documentation requests and responses (e.g., Durable Medical Equipment and Home Health orders, Digital and Electronic signatures).

EMDI Resources and Pilots

Join the EMDI program.

For more information, visit the Electronic Medical Documentation Interoperability (EMDI) Collaboration Website.

While the EMDI program is for provider-to-provider communication, the CMS Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD) system was designed for provider-to-payer communication.

For more information about general CMS eHealth programs, visit the CMS eHealth Website.