July Connectathon Brings Implementers Together; Plan Now for September Connectathon
HL7® International, the global authority on interoperability of health information technology with members in 55 countries, today announced the appointment of two new members to the HL7 board of directors to serve a two-year term: Aashima Gupta, director, global healthcare solutions, Google Cloud; Judy Wawira Gichoya, M.D., M.S., assistant professor, radiology and imaging sciences, Emory University School of Medicine.
“These leaders represent a critical cross section of global stakeholders who are committed to advancing health through information technology. We are delighted to welcome them to the HL7 board of directors,” said Charles Jaffe, M.D., Ph.D., CEO of HL7. “Their strategic expertise and diverse experience will contribute greatly to HL7’s goal of improving the quality of care and reducing costs by overcoming the barriers to interoperability.”
HL7® Da Vinci Project Names Eight Health IT Professionals ‘2021 Community Champions’
The HL7 Da Vinci Project recently named eight healthcare technology experts as its 2021 Da Vinci Community Champions. The individuals recognized for this prestigious honor represent the diverse membership of the HL7® Da Vinci Project, a collaborative multi-stakeholder effort including health plans, hospital systems, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and technology vendors. The awards were announced on July 20, 2022, at the monthly HL7 Da Vinci Project member meeting. This is the second year in which the HL7® Da Vinci Project has recognized innovative leaders in health IT who are helping to guide the evolution of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard.
As a designated HL7 FHIR accelerator program, the Da Vinci Project is a private sector consortium dedicated to improving the healthcare delivery system by accelerating interoperability standards to support value-based care, reduce administrative burden, automate workflow and improve provider teams’ ability to impact health outcomes.
Last year, the Da Vinci Project leadership created the Community Champions Program to recognize and celebrate the talented problem solvers advancing interoperability within the industry. The Community Champion Program puts a spotlight on individuals who display the unique traits of “industry above self, a passion for making the healthcare system work better, supporting others, and promoting change.”
Learn How UC Davis Health, Centene and InterSystems Use HL7 Da Vinci Implementation Guides to Tackle Prior Authorization at the HL7 Da Vinci Community Roundtable
The HL7 Da Vinci Project’s August Community Roundtable to be held August 24 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Da Vinci’s Community Roundtable returns after a summer hiatus with a powerful program highlighting a real-world implementation of Da Vinci’s Prior Authorization Implementation Guides.
“Celebrating HL7 FHIR's Success: From Champions to Prior Authorization Implementers,” will begin with a program update and brief recognition of the 2021 HL7 Da Vinci Community Champions, showcasing individuals making significant contributions to advancing value-based care by leveraging HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) and making the outputs of Da Vinci real.
After the updates, representatives of the 646-bed health system UC Davis Health, the 25.4-million-member payer Centene, and technology solutions vendor InterSystems will discuss their Da Vinci prior authorization journey and the benefits achieved to date.
Presenters for next week’s session include:
- Howard Cohen, Director, Advanced Technology Team, Centene
- Michael B. Marchant, Director, Health Information Exchange, UC Davis Health
- Lynda Rowe, Senior Advisor, Value-based Markets, InterSystems
- Mahesh Siddanati, Vice President, Digital Solutions and Product (Regulatory and Quality), Centene
Attendees will hear first-hand accounts of the considerations, challenges and benefits of working together to establish infrastructure to streamline prior authorization workflows, remove latency and enable real-time data sharing.
HL7 FHIR empowers patients to access health data with third-party apps in a growing number of countries. As nations, locales and regulators across the world look to increase their citizens’ access to health data through third-party apps, they naturally turn to FHIR. The International Patient Access (IPA) standard aims to enable regulators, empower patients, guide app developers, and promises greater consistency across countries for multinational apps and FHIR servers.
- For patients, greater access to health data empowers them to standardly and computably access and retain their digital health data.
- For regulators and national specification authors, the IPA specification provides a starting point to jumpstart a national health API ecosystem, with an emphasis on patient access. The IPA FHIR profiles are the result of an analysis of existing national base profiles, and is the lowest common denominator globally.
- For app developers, IPA outlines the global base set of access and security mechanisms and content format. This increases the size of the addressable market for apps, both in terms of geography and of systems.
- For systems vendors, IPA defines a base set of functionality, enabling less adaptation and custom work when the system is deployed to a new market. More apps and other systems are readily interoperable with the system.
- For healthcare systems, adoption of IPA means less expensive and more robust systems, as fewer market-specific customizations are required. Support of IPA will also enable healthcare systems access to a wide ecosystem of interoperable apps.
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The 2022 AMIA/HL7 FHIR® Applications Competition | Submit by August 2!
By Brian Douthit; Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD; Viet Nguyen, MD; and Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD
Originally starting as an application showcase in 2018, the FHIR Apps Competition has become one of the most popular sessions at the AMIA Annual Symposium. From clinical decision support and health information exchange to problem-oriented displays and back-end data exchange, HL7 FHIR is enabling innovation across a whole range of health IT domains.
AMIA and HL7 recently reinvigorated their partnership to emphasize the importance of health data standards in informatics, and engage the AMIA implementer community in leveraging FHIR for research, patient care and education. The competition is intended to highlight the best and most innovative FHIR implementations – if you are planning to attend the Annual Symposium this year, you don’t want to miss it!
Opportunity to Advance Your Career with an HL7 Informatics Internship
- Remote-based/online internship
- $5,000 USD monthly stipend
- 12-16 weeks
- Must be eligible to work in the United States
We want to hire and mentor a motivated informatics trainee who wants to learn, contribute, and advance the industry’s approach to solving the thorny problems of health data interoperability. This internship will focus specifically on synthesizing best practices for using standard terminologies within HL7’s specifications. You will be working with world-class experts, learning how consensus-driven standards are transforming data exchange, and building a key resource for the global health standards community.
Explore Interoperability Governance at Upcoming HL7 Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable
The Da Vinci Project’s April Community Roundtable to be held April 27 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. ET
Why does interoperability require governance? Find out at this month’s April HL7 Da Vinci Community Roundtable.
This month’s session, Effective Interoperability Governance: The People, Processes and Data, features multiple vantage points to approaching interoperability governance and its complexities in our HL7 FHIR API landscape around people, processes and data.
Learn about the meaning of governance and the importance, challenges and lessons learned when applying these guardrails from four different perspectives: an Accountable Care Organization, an academic medical center, a payer and an IT vendor. Critical considerations around process controls, systems and frameworks will also be addressed.
- Michael Gould, Business Lead – Interoperability, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
- Michael B. Marchant, Director, Health Information Exchange, UC Davis Health
- Charlotte Morris, Data Governance Program Director, MultiCare Connected Care
- Lukasz Nosol, Senior Director, Software Development - Enterprise Clinical Integration and Interoperability, Optum
Join Upcoming CodeX Events to Provide Input on Prototype & Pilot Plans and Learn FHIR Shorthand (FSH)
Two CodeX HL7 FHIR Accelerator use case teams are hosting monthly public calls to involve a broad community in early prototype development and pilot planning activities currently underway.