What Are HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability (FHIR) Accelerators?

FAST ONC founded the HL7 FHIR at Scale Taskforce (FAST) initiative in 2017 to accelerate the scalability of FHIR across the industry by defining a standard set of infrastructure solutions for prior authorization and authentication workflows, patient matching, and identity management. The public-private partnership transitioned FAST to an official HL7 FHIR Accelerator in May 2022 to continue […]

Healthcare Orgs Face Imperative to Rebuild Good Healthcare Experience

READ MORE: Using Simulated Patient Communication to Teach Provider Empathy Around six in 10 said they want to know that their healthcare needs are being taken seriously and 52 percent said it’s important to be treated with dignity and respect. And for all the talk of healthcare consumerism, patients aren’t seeing things that way. Only […]

NC HIE Partnership Targets Care Coordination for Incarcerated Persons

Without electronic access to incarcerated patient health history, providers have previously had to rely upon self-reported medical records, the press release stated. “It’s a challenge across the health care industry for patients, whether they are incarcerated individuals or private citizens, to keep track of their list of medications or their most recent diagnosis,” Burris told […]

Training, Interoperability Key for Electronic Health Information Sharing

Many organizations reported that training across and within departments, as well as with patients, was a priority for EHI sharing. Frequent provider-to-patient education helps patients understand their options to get and share their EHI. Further, workshop participants said that greater education on EHI sharing options led to higher rates of patient engagement. Additionally, participants noted […]

Advancing Interoperability to Support Informed Healthcare

Building trust: the workflows around shared data The practice of medicine has a high standard when it comes to clinical evidence. Incomplete or inaccurate data in the patient record could easily lead to confusion and frustration for clinicians. New interoperability solutions provide the means to unify patient data without overwhelming clinical staff in the process. […]

Collaboration Needed for Race, Ethnicity Data Collection, Exchange

First, they noted that to build an equity-oriented data system, groups should follow best practices from successful multistakeholder efforts, such as engaging key stakeholders early on and building community support. “Engaging with national and state partners is critical to promote buy-in; stakeholders want a path to deliver on REL data improvements that align with other […]

VA Digital Healthcare Playbook Highlights Health IT Optimization Case Studies

For instance, MercyOne, an accountable care organization (ACO) with over 400 service locations, had several disparate data sources lacking a common standard. “With such enormous stature of the ACO, designing engaged and patient-centric care across the care continuum was challenging along with having multiple practice sites,” VA officials said. Mercy health network partnered with health […]

HL7 Launches GenomeX Community to Enhance Genomic Data Interoperability

Building on the progress of the HL7 Clinical Genomics Work Group, including its FHIR Genomics Implementation Guide, CodeX’s GenomeX community will design scalable pilots that use FHIR Genomics for multiple use cases. Proposed use cases are: • FHIR Genomics Data Exchange: Designing and building scalable FHIR Genomics interfaces to support interoperability of genomic data from […]

What Providers Should Know About the ONC Interoperability Rule

What Data Applies to the Information Blocking Rule Understanding ONC information blocking rule compliance depends upon a clear understanding of HIPAA-defined terms related to patient health information, according to a HealthITBuzz blog post written by ONC’s Kathryn Marchesini and Michael Lipinski. “EHI is defined as electronic protected health information (ePHI)  to the extent that it would be included […]

How FHIR APIs Can Support Genomic Data Sharing for Research, Patient Care

Stakeholders categorized challenges into six themes that point to the continued need for: Standards development and content for the integration of genomic data into clinical and research systems Support during implementation of genomic standards Flexible infrastructure to support the complexity of genomic data Supporting the utilization of genomic data according to the different needs of […]

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