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Role of Tools like FHIR Bulk Data Access for Provider and Payer Data Exchange

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2019 7:55:34 PM / by Viet Nguyen, MD posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care

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Leading Healthcare Stakeholders Commit to Real-World Testing of HL7’s FHIR Bulk Data Implementation Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 7, 2019 10:38:22 AM / by Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD posted in FHIR, interoperability, CMS

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On July 30, as part of the second Blue Button Developers Conference at the White House, a broad coalition of health systems, health plans, and other health IT stakeholders committed to real-world testing of the soon to be published  HL7® FHIR® Bulk Data implementation guide (IG). 

The announcement was made on stage by HL7 International CEO Dr. Charles Jaffe, later joined by Steven Posnack from ONC and Dr. Shafiq Rab of Rush University System for Health. More than 20 early adopters who have committed to advance this important use of HL7 FHIR were identified.

Much of the focus around HL7 FHIR APIs to date has involved  transactions representing  a single patient. While those use cases are important, especially for patients desiring more seamless access to their data via their smartphones, the FHIR Bulk Data Implementation Guide (IG) unleashes FHIR’s potential to revolutionize population health by enabling new services powered by big data. The standardized approach offered by the Bulk Data IG is being used by CMS in its new Data at the Point of Care (DPC) pilot and could help transform the ways healthcare providers and health plans share data for quality improvement and cost accountability.

The Bulk Data IG is the result of a two-year effort funded by ONC’s cooperative agreement with HL7 in partnership with the SMART team at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

The following organizations will participate in real-world testing of the HL7 FHIR Bulk Data IG, and Steven noted ONC’s willingness to support these organizations. Participants will collaborate on providing a common set of artifacts, tools and services with an aim to lower standards implementation costs by making them as reusable and transferable as practicable.

Committed organizations include:

ORGANIZATION

NAME

 Anthem Inc.

Sheryl Turney

 BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina

Joe Bastante and Robert Emerson

 BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

Dr. Shawn Stinson

 BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

Nick Coussoule and Heather Kennedy

 Boston Children’s Hospital/SMART

Dr. Ken Mandl

 Cambia Health Solutions

Laurent Rotival

CVSHealth (Aetna)

James Murray

 Florida Blue

Amit Shah

 Humana

Heather Cox

 Intermountain Healthcare

Marc Probst

 Jefferson Health

Neil Gomes

 Manifest Medex

Claudia Williams and David Kates

 Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan

Dr. Greg Robinson

 Medical University of South Carolina & Health Sciences South Carolina

Dr. Leslie Lenert

 Medigold

Michael Demand

 Mount Sinai Health System (NY)

Mike Berger and Dave Kerwar

 MultiCare Health System and Physicians of Southwest Washington

Melanie Matthews

 OCHIN

Jennifer Stoll

 OrthoVirginia

Terri Ripley

 Oscar Health

Danny Dvinov

 Rush University System for Health

Dr. Shafiq Rab

 Trinity Health

Marcus Shipley and Michael DeBets

 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Jonathan Nebeker


Signed,

Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD
HL7 International CEO 

 

Steven Posnack, MS, MHS
Executive Director, Office of Technology, ONC

 

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Cloud Providers Unite for Healthcare Interoperability

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 30, 2019 12:58:38 PM / by HL7 posted in FHIR, HL7, interoperability, health IT, implementation

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WASHINGTON – Today a group of technology leaders from Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce came together at the CMS Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference to reaffirm a commitment to interoperability made one year ago, and to share progress and plans to move decisively forward on this pledge.

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Going to FHIR DevDays and Want to be a Certified FHIR Rockstar? The FHIR Proficiency Exam Prep Course Can Help!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2019 3:09:20 PM / by Simone Heckmann posted in FHIR, HL7 education, HL7, certification, health IT, DevDays

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HL7 International offers a wide range of certification options for its products. The purpose of these certifications is to ensure the quality of the workforce implementing HL7's standards.

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API 101 – The Webinar

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2019 4:04:53 PM / by Wayne Kubick posted in FHIR, HL7, health IT, news, API, SOA

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Join Our Webinar on May 22, 2019 at 12 pm Central!

API 101: An Introduction to APIs and How They Are Transforming Health IT

Webinar speakers and blog authors:

Wayne Kubick, HL7 CTO
John Orosco, CTO, Sansoro Health
Dave Levin, CMO, Sansoro Health

Application program interface (API) technology has transformed the digital economy and is now poised to do the same in health IT. The combination of the an increasingly robust HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard API and the rules proposed by ONC on interoperability will accelerate this trend. What should you know before diving in? Tune in to our live webinar on Wednesday May 22 at 12pm CT.

 APIs allow software applications to connect, communicate and collaborate through a combination of web services. This harnesses the power of internet “backbone” communication protocols to provide a secure channel for connecting two applications and standards like JSON and XML that provide data-interchange formats or “objects.”

APIs also allow businesses to collaborate more seamlessly. For example, businesses that ship packages via UPS can leverage the UPS API to easily track shipping status. This API hides the complexity of the UPS database and business logic. It’s an open API that is exposed to the world so almost anyone can use it. Simply register, learn how the API works and connect and your system can interrogate the UPS API, instantly retrieve the current status, and display it to your customers on your website or app.

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How to Get HL7 Certified

[fa icon="calendar'] May 13, 2019 1:51:08 PM / by Sadhana Alangar, PhD posted in FHIR, HL7 education, CDA, HL7, certification, Version 2, Version 3

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Did you know HL7 offers certification and proficiency exams for its healthcare information technology standards?

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CTO Tooling Update: Neither a Sprint nor a Marathon

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 29, 2019 3:42:48 PM / by Wayne Kubick posted in FHIR, CDA, HL7, health IT, C-CDA, news, tooling, JIRA, Confluence

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Our ongoing tooling journey at HL7 continues, neither as a sprint nor a marathon.  For us, it’s really more like an odyssey – an ongoing journey where there is always something more to be done, another path to explore, and a final destination (retirement, for example) seems far out of reach.  In the case of HL7 tooling, a fair number of tooling retirements are well overdue.   

 

Despite the wait, it’s gratifying to see when tangible progress is actually achieved. On the Confluence front, we’re in the home stretch of phase 1 of the rollout, though there’s a whole new course to pursue just around the bend.  We now have all work groups on Confluence (!) and have also migrated many more projects, committees and collaborations. New functions and help features in Confluence (including a major facelift for confluence.hl7.org) are being added regularly, and you can keep up with these by checking the CTO Tooling Update page. This enabling platform is already unleashing many new opportunities within the HL7 community. Our next target is to work toward optimizing our processes with online forms and workflow. The online project scope statement (PSS) pilot is now available and will give us an opportunity to speed up reviews and approvals as well as make new projects more visible to the community in the hope we can avoid last minute catchups. 

 

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HL7 Receives Letter of Support from CMS

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 11, 2019 8:54:30 AM / by Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD posted in FHIR, interoperability, CMS

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We are delighted to announce that HL7 has received a letter of support applauding our work in standards development from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma.

Based on the impact that HL7 has made on improving interoperability and current adoption of the HL7® FHIR® standard, CMS has shared their priorities for collaboration in the coming year. 

HL7 will be developing a strategy over the next several weeks, with input from CMS, to meet each of these priorities. I will share more information about this in the near future. In the meantime, I'd like to thank you for your contributions to the work of this organization and ask you to join me as we focus our efforts on meeting these needs.
 

To view the letter in its entirety, please click here.

Sincerely,


HL7 International CEO 
Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD

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What's Next for Blue Button 2.0 and HL7 FHIR?

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 4, 2019 2:08:58 PM / by Mark Scrimshire posted in FHIR, blue button

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Blue Button and FHIR

Nine years ago, Blue Button started as an idea:

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HL7 Publishes FHIR® Release 4

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 2, 2019 12:53:55 PM / by Andrea Ribick posted in FHIR, interoperability

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As the global authority for interoperability in health care information technology with affiliates in 35 countries, we're excited to announce the publication of Release 4 of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard. This new version is the culmination of 18 months of extensive work to finalize the base parts of the specification and incorporates changes and enhancement requests received from implementation partners around the world.

"HL7 FHIR R4 is a beginning," said HL7 CEO Dr. Charles Jaffe. "It is the legacy of eight years of innovation and collaboration among a community of thousands around the world. It is a commitment from HL7 to create a platform from which Interoperability can someday emerge. It is a promise to provide reusable data across the continuum of biomedical research, patient care, and population health."

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