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Collaborations Can Change the World

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2018 11:27:08 AM / by Debi Willis posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, FHIR Apps Roundtable

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 Reflections from an HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable Presenter

When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up and do something to make the world a better place for everyone. I thought about becoming a missionary, a doctor or a teacher. Eventually I became a computer programmer because I love solving problems with technology.

To solve big problems, collaboration with many people with varied backgrounds and skill sets is vital for success. This is why I love working with the HL7 FHIR community. HL7 brings together people from all over the planet with a single focus to improve the exchange of electronic health information. Each person brings their experiences and insights into solving real world problems in healthcare. Together we’re learning how to use and expand the HL7 FHIR standards to solve those problems.


The HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable 

I really enjoy the HL7 FHIR Application Roundtable events. These events give developers an opportunity to show us their creations. Seeing what others have built to solve specific problems encourages me about the future of healthcare.

I had an opportunity to showcase our new MyLinks application at a recent HL7 FHIR Applications Roundtable event. For almost two decades, my software company (PatientLink) built products to enable patients to send their information directly into an electronic health record as structured data. This helped doctors understand the patient’s history to provide better care for them. Then cancer changed everything. After experiencing many frustrations in trying to gather my personal records for my care, I decided it was time to build something for patients.

I felt there were three important things I needed.

  • I needed all of my medical records to better understand my illness.I wanted to learn everything about my cancer and understand if I was going to die from this.I also wanted to connect with another woman in Oklahoma City who had kidney cancer.
  • I wanted to talk with her, ask her how her life has changed, and have someone who understood my questions and fears.
  • After losing my sister to brain cancer and my mother to Alzheimer’s, I wanted to connect with researchers to understand what they are doing to solve these devastating illnesses and what I could do to help.

This was the genesis for MyLinks: Linking patients to their doctors and their data, to each other and to researchers.

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5 Ways to Market Yourself With HL7 Certification

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2018 4:37:40 PM / by Sadhana Alangar, PhD posted in FHIR, HL7 education, CDA, certification, Version 2, Version 3

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Are you HL7 certified?

HL7 offers certification in its primary standards for health information technology including Version 2 (V2), Version 3 (V3), Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®) and HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®). The testing is designed to help professionals achieve industry-recognized levels of proficiency and expertise.

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The HL7 Fundamentals Course is Fundamentally Different

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 3, 2018 11:07:26 AM / by Sadhana Alangar, PhD posted in FHIR, HL7 education, HL7 Affiliates, CDA, HL7, Version 2, interoperability, Version 3

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A Little About HL7

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HL7 FHIR DevDays Comes to the U.S.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2018 4:39:40 PM / by Jeffrey Danford, MS posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, interoperability, health IT, Google, Apple, DevDays, apps

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HL7® FHIR® DevDays Comes to the U.S.

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HL7 FHIR DevDays Recap: Boston is on FHIR!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 25, 2018 3:45:00 PM / by Russ Leftwich, MD posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, interoperability, health IT, Google, Connectathon, Apple, DevDays, apps

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 Boston is on FHIR!

HL7® FHIR® DevDays in Boston just concluded. This first US Edition of HL7 FHIR DevDays exceeded expectations in all respects. Attendance eclipsed all previous HL7 FHIR DevDays events and there was a waiting list. The content was stellar and was a window into the rapidly changing future of healthcare data liquidity and secure data access that is starting to become reality. Furthermore, the State Room venue on the 33rd floor above downtown Boston was spectacular.  

Caption: View of downtown Boston from the State Room on the 33rd floor. 

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What Can Apple Learn from the CCDE Track at the HL7® FHIR®  Connectathon 17

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 5, 2018 1:41:34 PM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, Connectathon, Patient Consent, Patient Experience, Operational Efficiency, Apple, HIPAA, CCDE, Right to Access, OAuth2

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon Consumer Centered Data Exchange Track

Covered entities face an ever-growing demand to enable digital health apps to access Protected Health Information (PHI). The technical and legal requirements to enable this are the focus areas for the Consumer Centered Data Exchange (CCDE) track at the HL7 FHIR Connectathon. This track initiated at the San Diego Connectathon (September 2017), and it made more progress recently (January 27-28) at the New Orleans Connectathon. Track participation may have been piqued by Apple’s recent announcement that it will provide patients an “effortless solution bringing health records to iPhone”, and that Apple will use FHIR services to enable this.

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Caption: Participants at the HL7 FHIR Connectathon 17 in New Orleans, LA. Image credit: Kai Heitmann.

Apple’s announcement couldn’t be more closely tied to the work of the enthusiastic CCDE track participants, representing the entire healthcare industry including providers, payers, government, academia and app developers. Apple could benefit a lot from this track’s work if iPhone users are to access PHI from covered entities beyond the initial 12 participants of the iOS 11.3 beta.

Why? Mainly because the CCDE track focuses on 3 key requirements:

  1. It should be technically simple for a covered entity to verify that an app requesting access to a patient’s PHI is indeed controlled by that particular patient;
  2. The way an app accesses PHI should be compliant with data governance and privacy policies of the covered entity, as well as HIPAA guidelines, and;
  3. The experience of an app user should be simple enough so that they clearly understand and acknowledge what they are sharing with the app. 

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Making Clinical Genomics Smarter

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by Grant Wood posted in clinical genomics, artificial intellegence

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 HL7’s 3rd annual conference on genomics, February 20-21 in Washington, DC, combines professionals from multiple areas – technologists, academic research and commercial vendors, while mixing in policy and government, all from a global perspective. This year’s theme is Global Clinical Genomics, Artificial Intelligence and Innovation.

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Tooling Update: Provisioning the Journey

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 8, 2018 10:04:52 AM / by Wayne Kubick posted in FHIR, HL7, work groups, collaboration

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The journey to an improved collaboration tooling infrastructure continues. My last update focused on the goal to make the Atlassian Confluence Wiki and Jira Issue Tracking tools available for use by HL7 work groups. These tools are now available for pilot use and are a sample of the myriad of benefits these tools may offer our global community.

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HL7 and TransCelerate Improving Clinical Research and Standard of Care Together

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 20, 2017 1:16:47 PM / by Trisha Simpson posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, Connectathon, clinical research

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon at HL7's 31st Annual Plenary & Working Group Meeting

I don’t know what you were doing on Saturday, September 9, but I was in a San Diego hotel ballroom watching a little history being made.

HL7 held the 16th FHIR Connectathon on September 9 & 10 and it was another great success. Over 200 people happily gathered together at 9:00 am (with lots of coffee) to work in the 19 tracks developing FHIR solutions.

Clinical Research Track

The Clinical Research track, co-sponsored by TransCelerate, filled three large tables. This was a huge jump in participation. We had seven participants at the January Connectathon in San Antonio and two at the May Connectathon in Madrid.

Read more about how TransCelerate BioPharma Inc. generated use cases for the Clinical Research track and supported the event here.

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HL7® FHIR® Connectathon 16: Patient Consent Forms: Redundant in the World of OAuth2? Part 2 of 2

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2017 9:43:53 AM / by Sandeep Giri posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, Connectathon, Patient Consent, Patient Experience, Operational Efficiency, OAuth2

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 The HL7® FHIR® Connectathon Consumer Centered Data Exchange Track

In my previous article, Patient Consent Forms: Redundant in the World of OAuth, Part 1, I suggested providers to design their OAuth2 authorization challenge as a patient consent form so that patient consent can be digitally recorded during the OAuth dance. This would allow providers to share patient health records with the patient health apps much more efficiently without requiring separate paper/PDF consent forms, while still meeting the policy and regulatory requirements.

In this post, I will walk through a specific example of how to do this, and also discuss the differences in providers and patients’ perspectives on consent.

OAuth2 Authorization Challenge as a Patient Consent Form

First, let’s consider the scenarios from the Consumer Centered Data Exchange track at the FHIR Connectathon 16 in San Diego where a patient app can pull their health records from all of their providers in one place, or cause their EMR data to be sent from provider A to provider B. In both these scenarios, the provider may need an explicit patient consent or authorization form (often paper-based) signed by patient. So, how can we use OAuth2 challenge instead to capture patient consent?

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