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HL7 Gravity Project: Opportunity to Help Launch First National Digital Access and Digital Literacy Data Standards Development

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 4, 2023 9:42:10 AM / by Gravity Project PMO

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Opportunity in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, HL7 and others!

As grounding, the Gravity Project is a national consensus project that develops and tests data standards to represent and exchange social risk data in electronic systems. Together, with a broad collective of stakeholders, Gravity Project defines the language needed to comprehensively address social risks in clinical and community-based settings. To date, the terminology team has completed 17 social risk domains. This has included building critical screening, diagnosis, goal, and intervention concepts for food insecurity, housing instability and homelessness, transportation insecurity, and beyond. In addition, Gravity data standards are included in the United States Core for Data for Interoperability (USCDI), and their value sets serve as a reference for emerging social risk quality measures. (relevant press releases and publications)

The Gravity Project’s $225,000 fundraising goal for the digital access and literacy domain work will cover all phases of our consensus approach from the public process of evidence-based data identification to build with standards organizations. To date, Kaiser Permanente has contributed $75,000 towards this goal. At this time, we are seeking Gravity Community members to help us close the $150,000 gap in funding needed to stand up the new domain.  We welcome the Gravity community to sponsor at any one of the existing sponsor levels. In addition to supporting this critical work, sponsoring the Gravity Project can create a pathway to a role in project governance.

We are beyond grateful for Kaiser Permanente’s contributions. In fact, they have shared a letter of support endorsing the work and encouraging Gravity stakeholders and potential funders to join us in initiating the domain in 2023. 

Please reach out to Jillian Annunziata at about opportunities to match Kaiser Permanente’s contribution.

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Topics: interoperability, health IT, Gravity, Social Determinants of Health, SDOH

Gravity Project PMO

Written by Gravity Project PMO

The Gravity Project is an HL7 FHIR Accelerator which is a multi-stakeholder public collaborative creating consensus-driven standards that address social care in clinical settings, integrate SDOH data into digital infrastructure, and develop standards for collecting and exchanging individual-level SDOH data.

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