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HL7 FHIR Helps Bridge the Gap Between Cleveland Clinic and Payer in Collaboration

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 7, 2020 5:27:01 PM / by Fred Bazzoli posted in FHIR, HL7 community, interoperability, health IT, Payers, scheduling

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Report from Virtual FHIR DevDays 2020

The Cleveland Clinic and Oscar Health announced a partnership in mid-2017 that was going to require a level of provider-payer integration that the organization hadn’t attempted before.

More challenging still was the fact that the timeline was short – some of the capabilities that would enable improved patient interactions had to be in place by January 2018. The use of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard addressed many of the technical challenges in hitting those deadlines.

Integration between the entities still was difficult to achieve, noted Matthew Coolidge, who was then the IT product director at the Cleveland Clinic and is now CEO of Orbital Health. When he was in his Cleveland Clinic role, he was the organization’s subject matter expert on FHIR. Coolidge shared lessons learned in the initiative in a keynote presentation at the recent HL7 FHIR DevDays virtual meeting.

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