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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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CTO Tooling Update: In Medias Res

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 17, 2018 2:26:12 PM / by Wayne Kubick posted in FHIR, HL7, health IT, news, tooling, JIRA, Confluence

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Every good story has a beginning, middle and end. First, we get hooked on the opening, which drives us ultimately towards a conclusion, but the real time and effort comes along the way.  While the middle is where most things happen, we can sometimes feel like we’re in a holding pattern there – until something tangible finally happens that directly affects what we do. 

This rings true with HL7’s transition to our new collaboration tooling environment built on Confluence and JIRA. The good thing is that we’re making steady progress on multiple fronts, with many more work groups in Confluence and the killer apps of JIRA Ballot and Unified Terminology Governance (UTG) becoming more palpable. On the other hand, we’re clearly still en route, perhaps able to imagine but not yet actually taste the promised rewards. This is understandable, since the mission of HL7 is the creation of standards, not the creation of tooling to help us achieve that. However, it’s tooling that directly affects us in the ways we develop HL7 standards.

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Another Type of Moonshot: Project Gemini

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 25, 2018 1:53:32 PM / by Wayne Kubick posted in FHIR, HL7, interoperability, IHE, Gemini, Sync4science, International Patient Summary

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Achieving healthcare interoperability at any level, by definition, requires at least two parties working together. Achieving it on a global scale requires a shared dedication of the many to the common good.  Consider the vision statements of two organizations:

  • HL7 International: “A world in which everyone can securely access and use the right health data when and where they need it.”
  • IHE International: “Enable seamless and secure access to health information that is usable whenever and wherever needed.”
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FHIR in the Fall

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 24, 2018 2:20:25 PM / by Virginia Lorenzi posted in FHIR, HL7 education, HL7, SMART on FHIR

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HL7 is gearing up for a fall season that is chock full of flexible and convenient FHIR training opportunities for busy people like working professionals and students.

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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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