Friday, January 27, 2017

HHS lights FHIR with interoperable medication lists to consumers

The agency also announced a new challenge to create tools to generate user-friendly “snapshot” of model privacy practices for digital health products

PARCA eNews – Jan. 30, 2017 – The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in December, in partnership with leaders in the private sector, as well as patient and consumer advocates, coordinated a live demonstration of consumer-friendly applications (apps) that import data from some of the largest health information technology (IT) vendors in the country to allow individuals to access a consolidated list of their medications from a variety of sources in one place. 

The demonstration illustrated the promise of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)—a set of private sector technical standards developed with the strong support of ONC—and took place at the annual Connected Health Conference hosted by the Personal Connected Health Alliance at National Harbor in Maryland.

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced "fire") is a draft standard describing data formats and elements (known as "resources") and an Application Programming Interface (API) for exchanging Electronic health records.

The demonstration illustrated how data from Allscripts, CareEvolution, Cerner Corporation, and Epic – which represent the largest electronic health record (EHR) vendors in the country – could be transmitted to user-friendly, third-party applications, created by CareEvolution, Medisafe and RxRevu using FHIR. 

FHIR-based solutions could be deployed in early 2017 to enable individuals to access their medication information in one place from different hospitals, doctors’ offices, or clinics that use different EHR systems. 

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