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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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HL7 Publishes Clinical Genomics Domain Analysis Model

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 11, 2019 2:21:53 PM / by Andrea Ribick posted in interoperability, clinical genomics

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Document defines precision medicine use cases, supporting underlying
foundations for genomics in FHIR

This week, we published the HL7 Domain Analysis Model: Clinical Genomics after a rigorous ISO/ANSI-compatible balloting process. The document is part of an ongoing effort by the HL7 Clinical Genomics Work Group to identify common workflows and use cases to facilitate scalable and interoperable data standards for the breadth of clinical genomics scenarios. The Domain Analysis Model (DAM) is becoming a widely used reference for clinical genomics, covering a myriad of use cases, including emerging ones such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis, whole exome sequencing, RNA-sequencing and proteomics.

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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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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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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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FHIR DevDays sign with Boston backdrop-1

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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How Applicadia Leverages FHIR, CQL and CIMI

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2017 1:11:03 PM / by Richard Esmond posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, interoperability, health IT, CQI, CIMI

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How Applicadia Leverages FHIR, CQL and CIMI

The medical software industry often exhibits great reluctance in adopting new approaches and technology. HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®), which has been enthusiastically embraced, is an exception. FHIR is in the limelight and is being adopted at an unprecedented rate. However, FHIR also has two other sister-standards that aren’t getting the attention they deserve: Clinical Quality Language (CQL) and the Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI). When combined with FHIR, CQL and CIMI bring powerful and important capabilities to healthcare platforms that go far beyond what FHIR can deliver on its own.

Applicadia Wins Best in Show at HL7's March 2017 FHIR Applications Roundtable 

Applicadia’s mission is to build a suite of tools, components and libraries, that facilitate the integration of FHIR, CQL and CIMI clinical models into existing healthcare platforms.

 

At the HL7 FHIR Application Roundtable event, Applicadia demonstrated a novel speech-based charting application that leverages Clinical Natural Lanugage Processing (NLP) and CIMI clinical models to capture structured information at the point-of-care, without ever having to touch a keyboard. As a clinician speaks, SNOMED CT and LOINC descriptors are built from his or her statements and used to determine which pre-defined schema (CIMI clinical model) best describes the clinical situation. The system can then prompt for additional information, as necessary, until a fully encoded and computable standards-compliant medical record is produced that conforms to the expectations of its matching FHIR profile.

You can watch the Applicadia demo from the March 2017 FHIR Applications Roundtable by clicking here.

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HL7 FHIR Product Priorities for Release 4

[fa icon="calendar'] May 5, 2017 1:51:39 PM / by Grahame Grieve posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, interoperability

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Draft FHIR Product Priorities for Release 4 

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Getting Ready for HL7 FHIR Connectathon 15

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2017 3:48:15 PM / by David Hay posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, interoperability, health IT, Connectathon

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It’s my pleasure to make you aware of the next HL7 FHIR Connectathon taking place on Saturday,   May 6 and Sunday, May 7 in Madrid, Spain. This event takes place in conjunction with the May 2017 International Conference & Working Group Meeting

Hard to believe, but it’s already the 15th one and we look forward to many more.

If you are thinking about attending this Connectathon, but you’re not sure if it is right for you, or even where to start, as one of the organizers, I can help. 

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