Monday, May 22, 2017

4 Initiatives aim to advance interoperability in 2017

Providing timely, seamless patient information across the spectrum of the US healthcare system is key to improving patient care. While progress has been made, additional efforts are needed to continue the progress. 

Four initiatives have been announced in the past few weeks that aim to continue the progress toward interoperability. 

The Center for Medical Interoperability opened in Nashville, TN last month. The center is a collaboration of Ascension Health, Cedars-Sinai Health System, and Hospital Corporation of America. The center will provide resources for researchers and developers to develop software and devices that conform to the latest Health IT industry standards for interoperability.

Health Level Seven International (HL7) and Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) have announced an agreement to develop and advance standardization representation of health data HL7 based on the Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI) Work Group. The group is working with FHIR profiles. The initiative will launch joint projects focused on involving clinicians in validation of clinical data representation and standards for promotion of care coordination.

The Patient Matching Algorithm Challenge was announced this month by ONC to developers to design new patient identification algorithms and increase the transparency, standardization and methods of patient matching. Top developers will have a chance for six cash prizes totaling $75,000 based in the highest F-score based on combined evaluation of precision and recall.

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) announced in February that it has partnered with the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative to develop an entirely new project aimed at improving and simplifying interoperability. IHE Profiles and PCHAlliance Continua Design Guidelines, which are both standards-based, open specifications, will function as the foundation for the joint effort.

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