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New PHII Blog: A public health perspective on interoperability

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New PHII Blog: A public health perspective on interoperability

The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) recently published a blog entry written by Dr. Noam Arzt, president of HLN: A public health perspective on interoperability We have ...

The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) recently published a blog entry written by Dr. Noam Arzt, president of HLN:

A public health perspective on interoperability

We have written previously about interoperability and its increasing important to public health. Yet public health has some specific challenges to making interoperability effective:

  • There are more than 2,500 public health agencies in the U.S. at the federal, state, local, territorial and tribal levels. This not only leads to great diversity, but as a result public health cannot and does not speak with one voice about interoperability issues (or anything else for that matter). This makes it difficult for some stakeholders to engage public health consistently or to implement solutions that can be used more uniformly and therefore more effectively across public health.

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New Article Published: Is There a National Strategy Emerging for Patient Matching in the US?

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New Article Published: Is There a National Strategy Emerging for Patient Matching in the US?

New article by Dr. Noam Arzt published in Medical Research Archives: Is There a National Strategy Emerging for Patient Matching in the US? Patient record matching has been a key ...

New article by Dr. Noam Arzt published in Medical Research Archives:

Is There a National Strategy Emerging for Patient Matching in the US?

Patient record matching has been a key area of emphasis for healthcare, with several major efforts to identify best practices in the past decade. Because of a lack of a national patient identifier, several distinct approaches to patient matching in both the public and private sectors have emerged, which do not appear to be converging. One major focus of a number of patient matching initiatives is the identification of a core set of data elements found in most patient records, regardless of setting, to facilitate matching. These initiatives have also not yet converged. Some organizations participate in master patient index (MPI) deployments within their agency or jurisdiction. But participation in a shared MPI can also be challenging, and policies and processes for synchronizing record changes, among other issues, must be carefully considered. “Promising practices” should be identified from those jurisdictions that have lived through a migration to an enterprise MPI.

http://journals.ke-i.org/index.php/mra/article/view/1150

HLN Participating in 2017 AIRA National Meeting

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HLN Participating in 2017 AIRA National Meeting

HLN is preparing to attend the 2017 American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) National Meeting in Chicago, IL from April 11-13. We will present the following talks: IC ...

HLN is preparing to attend the 2017 American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) National Meeting in Chicago, IL from April 11-13. We will present the following talks:

  • ICE Update: Product Governance, Roadmap and Use (4/12 1pm)
  • Assuring Correctness and Consistency in AFIX-IIS Coverage Implementation (4/12 1pm)
  • HL7 Data Quality Tool: Transformation to a General Purpose OpenSource Tool (4/12 2:30pm)
  • Implementing Health Factors (HALO) in Immunization Forecasting (4/13 9:45am)

HLN Participates in Important National Healthcare Meetings

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HLN Participates in Important National Healthcare Meetings

Over the past few months HLN has participated in several important national healthcare meetings: In February, HLN participated in the annual in-person meeting of  the Joint Pu ...

Over the past few months HLN has participated in several important national healthcare meetings:

  • In February, HLN participated in the annual in-person meeting of  the Joint Public Health Informatics Task Force (JPHIT) in Washington, DC as part of a team representing the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
  • Also in February, HLN participated in the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase as part of team demonstrating technology to implement electronic case reporting (eCR). HLN provided a key software component for this demonstration – the Reportable Condition Knowledge Management System (RCKMS).
  • In early March HLN participated in a regional meeting sponsored by the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) in Oklahoma City, OK. This meeting brought together Immunization Information Systems projects from the central part of the country.

HLN Responds to CDC CDS RFI

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HLN Responds to CDC CDS RFI

In December 2016 CDC issued a Request for Information related to clinical decision support (CDS). Specifically, CDC was, "...seeking input on the most important areas of focus, the ...

In December 2016 CDC issued a Request for Information related to clinical decision support (CDS). Specifically, CDC was, “…seeking input on the most important areas of focus, the stakeholders who are or should be part of the effort, and depictions of the current state of CDS development and implementation, including detailed descriptions of the individual components that impact effectiveness and the process of CDS development, particularly in those areas where the responder to this RFI has specific expertise.”

In HLN’s response we answered CDC’s questions largely based on our experience with ICE and RCKMS. These projects involve significant engagement between public health and the clinical and vendor communities and represent significant experience to leverage open source solutions more broadly.