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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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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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