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Navigating Perceptions: Insights from the FHIR at Scale Taskforce (FAST) Community Survey

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2024 11:58:16 AM / by FAST Project Management Team posted in FHIR, FAST, FHIR Implementation Guides, ONC FAST, FHIR Community, TEFCA, FAST Security, Digital Identity and Patient Matching IG, National Directory IG

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March 2024 marked a pivotal moment for the healthcare IT sector, with the FHIR at Scale Taskforce (FAST) community survey revealing critical insights into the adoption, challenges, and perspectives surrounding various FAST implementation guides (IGs). This survey, engaging various stakeholders from providers to technology vendors, sheds light on the collective journey towards seamless healthcare interoperability. Let's dive into the nuanced feedback and the path it carves for the future of healthcare IT. 

 

Survey Results Overview 

 

FAST Security IG Adoption and the Quest for Clarity   

The uptake of the HL7 FAST UDAP Security for Scalable Registration, Authentication, and Authorization Implementation Guide (FAST Security IG) is on the rise, driven by an evident market need.  A notable proportion of respondents are keen to implement the HL7 FAST Security IG, likely due to its inclusion in the TEFCA FHIR Roadmap. There were some concerns expressed about market readiness. However, respondents expressed a need for clearer guidance beyond the existing FAST Security IG, suggesting the development of a companion document to aid in implementation strategies would be helpful. 

 

FAST Identity IG: Overcoming Adoption Barriers   

While there seems to be adoption readiness for the Interoperable Digital Identity and Patient Matching IG, the survey highlights perceived barriers to adoption. These barriers were related to industry issues such as cross-jurisdiction consent and broader market acceptance and adoption by other industry initiatives rather than any issues with the IG itself. 

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Save the Date: Discover Secure Data Exchange in Our Upcoming FAST Focus Webinar

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2024 9:20:22 AM / by FAST Project Management Team posted in FHIR, FAST, FHIR Implementation Guides, ONC FAST, FHIR Community, TEFCA, webinar, FAST Security

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CodeX to Tackle More HL7® FHIR® Patient Care and Research Use Cases with Expanded Steering Committee

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 16, 2023 5:18:20 PM / by CodeX FHIR Accelerator posted in FHIR, HL7, health IT, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Community, CodeX, oncology

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Five new Steering Committee members will bring unique insights to an upcoming slate of HL7 FHIR use cases in oncology, cardiovascular health, and genomics.

CodeX, the HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) Accelerator working to advance the adoption of FHIR as the standard to obtain high-quality, computable data for patient care and research, including the domains of oncology, cardiovascular health, and genomics, announced an expanded steering committee and new members of its leadership team.

“These experts in their fields are committed to helping CodeX develop and implement a strategic vision for the future with integrity, fairness, and equity. We embrace the HL7 ethos of collaboration and community to collectively solve interoperability challenges,” said Su Chen, M.D., program manager and clinical director of CodeX & digital health clinical principal at MITRE. In her role, Chen serves as chair of the CodeX Steering Committee.

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HL7's FHIR Accelerator CodeX Launces Pilot to Simplify Prior Authorization in Oncology

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 6, 2022 12:45:39 PM / by CodeX FHIR Accelerator posted in FHIR, HL7, health IT, prior authorization, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Community, CodeX, oncology

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International Patient Access

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 15, 2022 4:34:57 PM / by Isaac Vetter posted in FHIR, International Patient Summary, FHIR Community, IPS, International Patient Access, IPA

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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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CodeX, HL7 International Launch GenomeX Community to Enhance Access to Genomic Data for Improved Patient Care

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2022 9:52:15 AM / by CodeX FHIR Accelerator posted in FHIR, HL7, clinical genomics, health IT, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Community, CodeX, GenomeX

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The 2022 AMIA/HL7 FHIR® Applications Competition | Submit by August 2!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 18, 2022 12:27:44 PM / by HL7 posted in FHIR, HL7, HL7 community, health IT, AMIA, FHIR Apps Roundtable, FHIR Community, FHIR API

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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!

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Join Upcoming CodeX Events to Provide Input on Prototype & Pilot Plans and Learn FHIR Shorthand (FSH)

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2022 4:16:11 PM / by CodeX FHIR Accelerator posted in FHIR, HL7, health IT, prior authorization, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Community, CodeX, mCODE, FSH

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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.

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January FHIR Connectathon Touted a Success: Register Now for May

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 12, 2022 4:51:57 PM / by Diana Manos posted in FHIR, Payers, Da Vinci, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Connectathon, FHIR Community

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Da Vinci is creating the foundation to solve large scale industry problems.

The HL7 January FHIR Connectathon  was a success, with all examples from the implementation guides (IGs) tested, including over 20 test cases.

The HL7 Da Vinci Project, through its efforts that include Connectathons, “continues to focus on solving real-world data exchange challenges between payers and providers,” said Vanessa Candelora, Da Vinci’s project manager and senior consultant with Point-of-Care Partners, at the Jan. 26 Da Vinci Community Roundtable. “Da Vinci is creating the foundation to solve large scale industry problems, including, risk and quality data sharing and workflow; unlocking data or freeing data needed for patient costs; and reducing provider burden.”

Candelora called HL7 Connectathons, “a fundamentally human-powered endeavor,” praising Da Vinci as “a really great community,” with a multi-stakeholder membership that includes providers, payers, vendors, industry partners and EHRs. “We continue to grow and learn from each other in this party of the willing.”

Candelora added that founders of Da Vinci are pleased with the amount of work the group has accomplished in such a short time. “They really couldn't have envisioned the impact and the progress that this project has made,” she said.

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Working FEvIRishly with FHIR Resources

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 4, 2022 4:07:55 PM / by Joanne Dehnbostel, MS, MPH posted in FHIR, HL7, health IT, FHIR Community, COKA, EBMonFHIR, evidence based medicine

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Computable Publishing LLC was pleased to sponsor the January 2022 HL7 Working Group Meeting, which aligns with our work towards creating software tools that support data exchange for scientific knowledge with HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®). In fact, many already know that our CEO, Brian Alper, is the leader of the Evidence-Based Medicine on the FHIR project (EBMonFHIR) and the COVID-19 Knowledge Accelerator (COKA) initiative.

Background & Expansion

EBMonFHIR (sponsored by the CDS, BR&R and CQI HL7 work groups) previously created Citation, Evidence, EvidenceReport and Evidenceariable Resources. The project expansion to the COKA initiative now involves 12 active working group meetings per week. The combination of volunteer efforts from about 100 people in many countries along with software tools (provided gratis to COKA by Computable Publishing LLC) has produced impressive results to advance evidence-based medicine (EBM) and promote the HL7 FHIR standard to the EBM community.

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