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HL7 FHIR Applications Begin to Support Better Response to COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar'] May 27, 2020 5:10:09 PM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, health IT, Da Vinci, implementation guide, public health

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The COVID-19 pandemic is helping to reveal new ways to use HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR®) standard to share healthcare information and coordinate services, but systemic shortcomings in existing health information systems are hampering coordination of a national response.

FHIR is being used in some initial efforts to support public health efforts, and it has the potential to rapidly address approaches to gather data and coordinate research across the planet, said Wayne Kubick, chief technology officer for HL7 International.

“The FHIR platform can enable multiple apps to rapidly address urgent new use cases, such as public health,” said Kubick during a webinar on April 30, hosted by HL7 and sponsored by CitiusTech, entitled “Data Sharing in the Spotlight: COVID Gaps, Interop Rules and The Path Forward.”

Because FHIR enables data to be easily accessed by open source apps, it can help in the rapid response needed to the current pandemic, Kubick said. “Increased global adoption can help to get to a common platform of collaboration around the world; a FHIR infrastructure is the first step in a long process – to take advantage of this infrastructure, it will require further innovative, agile methods to build out implementation guides. Standards can’t solve the problem entirely – we need the infrastructure there to support rapid response capabilities.”

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The HL7 Da Vinci Project’s May Community Roundtable Highlights Three Use Cases that are Delivering Results

[fa icon="calendar'] May 26, 2020 6:04:06 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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Three use cases will be in the spotlight as the HL7 Da Vinci Project hosts its regular monthly community roundtable from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 27.

The session will demonstrate how organizations are using the Da Vinci Project implementation guides to streamline the exchange of information between payers and providers.

The event, “Learn How Cambia Health Solutions, HealthSparq and United are Using Da Vinci Specifications to Advance Value-Based Care,” will look at ways that HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) can be used to achieve quality measurement, provider search and lab results integration into EMRs.

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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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Policy on the Move: Final Federal Interoperability and Patient Access Rules Information and Impact

[fa icon="calendar'] May 14, 2020 2:11:15 PM / by Ticia Gerber posted in FHIR, HL7, health IT policy, interoperability, health IT, CIMI, news, 21st Century Cures, public health, ONC

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This is a time of great health policy discussion and activity, especially given the challenge of COVID-19 and the finalization of significant federal regulations that will now move into the implementation stage. HL7 and its standards, such as Fast Healthcare Interoperabilty Resources (FHIR®), are a strong fiber in these developments. Discussed here are key aspects of the final interoperability, patient access and information blocking rules recently released related to implementing provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act (Public Law 114-155). The intersection of policy, HL7 standards and COVID-19 will be highlighted in this space soon. Stay tuned!

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HL7 International to Test Implementations of Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) Now for COVID-19 at Upcoming Virtual FHIR Connectathon

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2020 1:58:11 PM / by HL7 posted in FHIR, interoperability, health IT, implementation guide, COVID-19, public health, electronic case reporting

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HL7 collaborates with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) to support eCR Now through the use of HL7 FHIR in the nationwide initiative formulated for the rapid roll-out of automated electronic case reporting (eCR) from EHRs to state and local public health agencies.

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HL7 and Audacious Inquiry Collaborate to Support COVID-19 Response with SANER HL7 FHIR Implementation Guide

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 29, 2020 4:52:43 PM / by HL7 posted in FHIR, interoperability, health IT, implementation guide, COVID-19, SANER Project

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HL7 is developing the SANER HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Implementation Guide (IG) to support standards-based communication to emergency response authorities regarding critical COVID-19 resources such as ICU beds, ventilators and other essential equipment and treatment supplies. Audacious Inquiry is leading the development of open source solutions that will follow the SANER HL7® FHIR® IG.

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CMS Interoperability & Patient Access Rule: Impact and Opportunities

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 24, 2020 1:56:19 PM / by Swanand Prabhutendolkar posted in FHIR, health IT policy, interoperability, health IT, Payers, 21st Century Cures

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CMS released the much-awaited Interoperability & Patient Access Rule in early March this year. This rule establishes policies that aim to break down barriers in the health system across the US for better patient engagement.

CMS had proposed the Interoperability & Patient Access Rule to support regulations of the MyHealthEData initiative and 21st Century Cures Act with an implementation timeline. This resulted in numerous requests from the healthcare industry, especially from the payer community, which demanded for the rule to be implemented in a phased manner. This was well received by CMS and timelines have been set accordingly given that technological advancements and security of data exchange need to be taken into consideration.

The rule promises to enable better patient access to their health information, improve interoperability and drive innovation, while reducing burden on payers and providers. Patients can now be aware of their health information for better care and improved patient outcomes. With data being available conveniently and securely among payers, providers and patients, CMS hopes to achieve real coordinated care, improved health outcomes and reduced costs.

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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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