The Standard

The Official Blog of Health Level Seven® International

visit HL7.org 

A Recap on Last Week's Virtual 26th HL7 FHIR Connectathon

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 21, 2021 12:51:21 PM / by Lindsey Hoggle, MS, RDN, PMP, FAMIA posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Connectathon, Da Vinci, value based care, implementation guide, ONC, FHIR Core, Multiple Chronic Conditions eCare Plan FHIR IG

[fa icon="comment"] 1 Comment

A Closer Look at the 26th Virtual HL7 FHIR Connectathon Held January 13-15, 2021

Despite adjusting almost everything in life to a pandemic-driven “new normal” these past ten months, most of us have discovered a few unexpected benefits from the upheaval. Such is the case for the HL7 FHIR Connectathons, which migrated from in-person to virtual beginning with the May 2020 Connectathon. The January Connectathon #26, occurring last week, carries the distinction of being the largest Connectathon yet – with over 800 participants!

The in-person, face-to-face Connectathons of the past provided a rare (and delightful) opportunity to join developers, implementers, clinicians and interested stakeholders in testing and development of FHIR standards. Moving to the virtual format, however, has allowed more people to participate without having to travel to the event.

What Happens at a FHIR Connectathon?

If you are still fuzzy on the detailed activities of Connectathons—and whether you should attend one, there are many avenues where you can learn more. FHIR Connectathons serve as events that are centered upon developing the FHIR specification; including resources, profiles, and implementation guides (IG). The first Connectathon occurred in September 2012 and readily set the stage for future Connectathons that typically occur in the days ahead of an HL7 Working Group Meeting, thereby encouraging members to participate in both.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Humana Explains How FHIR-enabled Interoperability Fits Into Its Strategic Vision

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 8, 2021 9:11:31 AM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

Presentation at HL7 Da Vinci Project’s Community Roundtable Outlines Wide-Ranging Corporate Effort to Democratize and Liberate Data

For Humana, achieving interoperability is more than a nice-to-have way to exchange data every once in a while. It’s something that the company – and the entire healthcare industry – needs to operate efficiently and effectively for patients and clinicians.

It expects that the use of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard will be crucial for achieving widespread interoperability. Current information exchange approaches offer a patchwork solution that works in isolated instances. FHIR’s promise is that it can provide standardized solutions that every industry participant can use.

“Exchange works at small scale because (information) roadways are rebuilt every time a connection is made,” said Patrick Murta, Humana’s chief interoperability architect and solutions architecture fellow, speaking at the November Community Roundtable for the Da Vinci Project, an accelerator program of HL7 seeking to expand the use of FHIR to support information exchange needed for successful value-based care.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

HL7 FHIR Accelerator for Translational and Clinical Research; Vulcan Launches

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 7, 2021 9:35:50 AM / by Amy Cramer, MMCi, RN, CPHQ posted in FHIR, interoperability, health IT, clinical research, FHIR Accelerator, Vulcan

[fa icon="comment"] 4 Comments

Clinical care data is a foundation for research. It is used to understand patient populations and as the core for clinical data capture. The introduction of HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) and its adoption rate creates a new opportunity to exchange data for clinical and translational research. Building off the work already accomplished to create interoperability standards for the exchange of healthcare data bridges clinical research into the greater healthcare ecosystem.

HL7 FHIR® accelerators have been a successful catalyst for standards development and adoption. Following the path of other accelerators, the research community collaborated to create Vulcan. In August 2020, Vulcan was launched by convening the following member organizations: TransCelerate Biopharma, Duke University, Johns Hopkins, Oregon Health and Sciences University, UT Health San Antonio, Society for Clinical Data Management, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), Danish Medicines Agency and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Membership is rapidly growing with new organizations being onboarded each month.

Vulcan Use Cases

After consultation with the Steering and Operations Committee of Vulcan, project teams have been formed to move forward three use cases. These were selected from a larger effort to collect as many as eighteen uses cases which were prioritized based on impact and the ability to deliver to the community. The initial selected use cases include:

  • Real world data (including secondary use of electronic health record data)
  • Phenopackets
  • Schedule of activities
Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

The Gravity Project Completes Food Insecurity and Housing Data Identification

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 17, 2020 1:08:31 PM / by HL7 posted in FHIR, interoperability, health IT, implementation guide, COVID-19, Gravity, Social Determinants of Health, SDOH

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

Social Determinants of Health Data Matter for National COVID-19 Response Efforts

The Gravity Project is pleased to announce the publication of its consensus recommendations for food insecurity, housing instability and homelessness data elements. The Gravity Project is a national cross sector grassroots informed collective charged with building consensus data elements and data standards for the capture, exchange, and use of social determinants of health (SDOH) information. The Gravity food insecurity and housing data elements are the result of a year of development with input from its over 1,000 participants with intentional representation from key stakeholders such as patients, providers, community based organizations, payors, technology vendors, and federal and academic food insecurity and housing subject matter experts.

Social determinants of health—the circumstances in which we are born, grow, live, work and ageare estimated to account for 80-90% of health. There is growing interest from the healthcare sector to integrate social risk evaluation and intervention to advance the triple aim: improved health outcomes and quality of care while containing costs. In 2018, Gravity founders University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN) conducted an assessment of existing SDOH data and found much work was needed to advance the documentation and use of this data. Enter, the Gravity Project. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), a Gravity Project sponsor, noted the growing recognition across healthcare that by capturing and accessing SDOH data during the course of care, providers can more easily address non-clinical factors, such as food, housing and transportation insecurities, which can have a profound impact on a person’s overall health.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

HL7 FHIR Use Cases Power Notifications, Quality Communications Between Payer and Provider

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 15, 2020 1:43:47 PM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care, DEQM, alerts/notifications

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

Projects required crucial coordination between three HL7 Da Vinci Project members – Cedars-Sinai, Anthem and CareEvolution

Two challenging problems in improving care coordination and quality are the focus of efforts between a prominent Los Angeles-area care delivery system, a large healthcare payer and a technology vendor.

The HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR®) is playing a role in aiding the effort, but those involved say the FHIR standard, while important, is only a part of the components of their successful project.

Cedars-Sinai, Anthem and CareEvolution detailed the lessons they have learned in the data exchange project during the HL7 Da Vinci Project’s Community Roundtable in October. While FHIR has played an important role in exchanging information, it is only one piece of the puzzle – all participants had several technical and planning tasks to accomplish to ensure the projects succeed and reduce users’ workloads.

Da Vinci’s use cases and implementation guides are “a great starting point, but they only define one stage in that pipeline,” said Brandon Raab, engineer lead for enterprise data and analytics solutions for Anthem. “The end-to-end actualization of the use case will likely involve the integration of upstream and downstream systems.” Achieving the desired results “was a substantially heavier lift than we anticipated.”

Cedars-Sinai, Anthem and CareEvolution – all members of the Da Vinci Project – began discussions about how they could work together to put FHIR into practical use, said Ray Duncan, MD, executive director for technology research and development in enterprise information services for Cedars-Sinai. The partners chose notifications and data exchange for quality measures (DEQM) use cases because those use cases were “pretty far along in the balloting process” and because the organizations “wanted to focus on use cases where we could try them without a lot of changes to clinician workflow.”

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Humana to Share How it Gains Support for HL7 FHIR Initiatives

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 13, 2020 11:14:21 AM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care

[fa icon="comment"] 2 Comments

Joint Community Roundtable, Member Forum Event for the HL7 Da Vinci Project is November 18

Gaining traction for standardized approaches across a variety of healthcare organizations can be challenging but possible when common goals are identified, and everyone benefits from the collaborative effort.

That was the track taken by Humana, when the healthcare payer sought to win the support of healthcare provider organizations to adopt the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR®) to achieve mutually beneficial goals as a result of easier information exchange.

The Da Vinci Project’s November Community Roundtable will look at Humana’s efforts to better integrate care for its members through the use of FHIR. The session is entitled, “Humana: Achieving Integrated Care Delivery Using FHIR: Why it’s a Big Deal.”

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Hardworking Partners Gain Concrete Results from Medication Reconciliation Implementation

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2020 3:48:13 PM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, Da Vinci, value based care, DEQM, medication reconciliation

[fa icon="comment"] 1 Comment

Recap of the September HL7 Da Vinci Project Community Roundtable 

Exchanging information is much like a dancing competition – it takes partners who are willing to work hard to coordinate their actions.

Multicare Connected Care and Regence Blue Pilot Medication Reconciliation Project

That was a bedrock of the initiative that paired MultiCare Connected Care and Regence Blue Shield, now bearing results in enabling better medication reconciliation between the healthcare organizations.

The partners described their journey to implement a use case from the HL7 Da Vinci Project in September’s Community Roundtable, noting that they are achieving substantial results in improving data exchange efforts, reducing manual work for the two organizations and enabling them to redirect resources to other projects that benefit both patients and the organizations.

The effort has paid off – MultiCare has achieved dramatic improvements in its compliance with medication reconciliation requirements, while reducing the amount of manual intervention by both organizations, said Anna Taylor, director of operations for population health at MultiCare for its an accountable care organization.

Using standardized interoperability, in the form of a use case for coding from HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard, helps to reduce the burden “on us as providers and as an ACO,” Taylor said. “Success in value-based care models requires data and information from partnering entities; we’re able to use this data and information to make sure that those that are the most sick and need the most care navigation get what they need to stay healthy.”

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Roundtable Offers Glimpse of an HL7 FHIR Implementation and Da Vinci Project’s Progress

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 22, 2020 3:17:45 PM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, CMS, Da Vinci, value based care, Data Exchange for Qualitiy Measures, ONC, notifications

[fa icon="comment"] 2 Comments

Anthem, Cedars-Sinai, and CareEvolution to share on project to implement Data Exchange for Quality Measures and Event Notification on Wednesday, October 28

Like peeling back the layers of an onion, exchanging information to support value-based care involves complex data challenges for providers and payers alike.

That’s particularly true when it comes to navigating essential communications between providers and payers, using that dialogue to better coordinate care and achieve the best possible results for patients.

Two key areas that challenge everyone is ensuring that quality measures are met and that everyone in the chain is on the same page when it comes to events. Typically, these are hard for all parties in sharing relevant information.

HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard offers an approach that everyone can use to facilitate data exchanges. In an upcoming community roundtable scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 28, HL7 Da Vinci Project members Anthem, Cedars-Sinai and CareEvolution will discuss their efforts to put implementation guides for Data Exchange for Quality Measures and Event Notification in place.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

HL7 Da Vinci Project Plans Education Event to Get Organizations Ready for Federal Rules

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 19, 2020 11:24:03 AM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, CMS, Da Vinci, value based care, ONC

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

Time is ticking away on healthcare organizations, who face fast approaching federal deadlines to improve the sharing of information to give patients access to their payer data. Additionally, the tools to reduce clinician burden and improve clinical data exchange between payers and providers are rapidly maturing.

The good news is that HL7’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard is the tool that organizations can use to meet new requirements for data sharing. Use cases and accompanying implementation guides from the HL7 Da Vinci Project offer specific, standardized ways for organizations to use plug-and-play technologies with multiple other organizations.

But for many organizations, now the works begins in earnest. Implementing Da Vinci use cases will require input from IT departments and testing with a variety of partners. Fortunately, an upcoming Da Vinci Project event aims to equip participants with the necessary knowledge to get off the ground successfully.

HL7 is offering a Da Vinci-focused Education and FHIR Implementation Event on October 27 to 29, open to both members and non-members. The event goals are to educate the health IT community about HL7 FHIR and FHIR implementation guides develop by the Da Vinci Project and the CARIN Alliance.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Drinking from the FHIR Hose: A Newbie's Perspective on HL7 and the Da Vinci Project FHIR Accelerator

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2020 3:09:44 PM / by Vanessa Candelora posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, Payers, CMS, Da Vinci, value based care, ONC, FHIR Accelerator, FHIR Connectathon

[fa icon="comment"] 1 Comment

Just over one month ago, I leaped into  HL7 FHIR through involvement of the Da Vinci Project. Having worked in the healthcare technology industry for more than 10 years aligned with implementers of payer-provider workflows, data reporting and analytics, it was compelling to see how the proverbial “sausage is made” in the standards world. I made my debut by attending the HL7 FHIR Patient Access API Implementation event in August and I have since attended the September HL7 Connectathon.

Here are three key takeaways from my first month in the FHIR community.

The Room Where it Happens: Developing a Standard Doesn’t Transpire Behind Closed Doors By the Elite.

As an implementer reading a standards’ implementation guide (IG), it’s inevitable to reach a point of confusion where you say to yourself, “Clearly the writer of this didn’t consider my business need.” HL7 has a robust process that prioritizes adoption and reaching consensus among the public community before stamping approval on a standard. The continuous improvement method includes one or more balloting cycles (where the public community essentially critiques the IG and provides detailed feedback) as well as multiple connectathons (at which IGs are tested against by the community), providing ample opportunity for feedback from the community to evolve the IG. The HL7 Da Vinci Project, as well as other FHIR accelerators, have reference implementation prototypes, documented examples, sample test scripts and weekly calls open to the public, encouraging participation throughout the development lifecycle.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Lists by Topic

see all

Posts by Topic

see all