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An Attendee's Perspective on the Virtual HL7 FHIR Connectathon & the Future of Tech Conferences

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22, 2020 2:12:42 PM / by Tarun Kumar Chawdhury posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Connectathon, Da Vinci, value based care, implementation guide, notifications, payer data exchange

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Due to COVID-19, most of the in-person conferences have been changed to virtual events. I recently attended my first-ever fully online technology conference, the Virtual HL7 FHIR Connectathon. This article details my experience and recommendations, in general, for all future conferences post-COVID-19.

Introduction

First, let me give my kudos to HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Product Director Grahame Grieve, the planning team, track leads, FHIR community and HL7 for the  excellent execution of  the Virtual FHIR Connectathon. The conference includes healthcare data interoperability topics with different tracks, expertise and both technical non-technical skills.

I have attended many in-person conferences in the past. Over time, I realized people attend conferences for primarily for two reasons:

  1. Learning new skills
  2. Networking

Let me share my thoughts based on my first Virtual FHIR Connectathon experience.

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HL7 Da Vinci Project Use Cases Can Help Health Plans Comply with New API-Enabled Data Sharing Rules

[fa icon="calendar'] May 19, 2020 4:11:01 PM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care, implementation guide, payer coverage decision exchange, notifications

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Recap of the April HL7 Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable

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HL7 Da Vinci Project Use Cases Show Progress in Exchanging Information, Achieving Efficiencies

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 22, 2020 12:58:18 PM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care, implementation guide, prior authorization

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CMS Kicks Off April Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable: Features GuideWell & Edifecs Demonstrating Interoperability Use Cases

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2020 8:20:39 AM / by Jocelyn Keegan posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care, implementation guide, alerts/notifications

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To kick off this month’s Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable, which is slated for Wednesday, April 22, at 4 p.m. EST, Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Alexandra Mugge will provide a high-level overview of the final rule update on interoperability and patient access. It will then take an in-depth look at two use cases presented by GuideWell and Edifecs to see how organizations are using the Da Vinci Project implementation guides to streamline the exchange of information between payers and providers.

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All Are Welcome to Attend Da Vinci Community Roundtable

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2020 11:16:48 AM / by Jocelyn Keegan posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care, implementation guide, prior authorization

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Ready for Better Interoperability and Value-Based Care? Catch HL7 Da Vinci Project HIMSS20 Programming This Week - Virtually

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 9, 2020 12:13:56 PM / by Jocelyn Keegan posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care

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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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HL7 Website Gets a Facelift

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 3, 2018 11:58:42 AM / by Wayne Kubick posted in HL7, HL7 community, health IT, news

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Update from the CTO Wayne Kubick
 

You may have noticed that the HL7 website has a new look and feel. 

The newly launched public homepage is one component of a broader website redesign project with an overall focus to enhance the most widely used and frequently visited sections of the HL7.org.

We hope this redesign will:

  • Better highlight the value and benefits offered by HL7 to the healthcare community
  •  Increase the visibility of education and membership opportunities
  • Support HL7 mission, vision, strategic goals and initiatives
  • Provide new users with an appealing, responsive and mobile-friendly experience
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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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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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