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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.

Preparing for 2017: Four Important Reports

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Preparing for 2017: Four Important Reports

With so much transition ahead of us at the Federal, state, and local levels in 2017, it is important to begin to plan for what the Health IT landscapes will look like for the comin ...

With so much transition ahead of us at the Federal, state, and local levels in 2017, it is important to begin to plan for what the Health IT landscapes will look like for the coming year (and beyond). Several key reports have come out – mostly from government sources – which are worth serious consideration for any Health IT planner:

HHS Public Health 3.0 White Paper: This seminal paper sets the stage for ongoing maturation of the public health infrastructure and capability at all levels of government to continue to assure the public’s health.

ONC 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory: Now in its third year, this material gets longer and longer, and more and more complex each time. The current incarnation is a navigable website chock full of standards, though you can still download a PDF by clicking on the “2017 ISA Reference Edition” or “ISA 2017” links.

ONC 2016 Report to Congress on Health IT Progress: This HITECH-required report updates Congress about progress during the past year. While it is a really good summary of recent and current activities and initiatives, it only deals with what is really going on (or not going on) on the ground in a cursory way.

National Governors Association Road Map for States to Improve Health Information Flow Between Providers: A very detailed report aimed at State policy makers with clear guidance – and lots of examples – to try to move interoperability forward at the State level.

There are no easy answers here, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the information presented in these reports. But they cannot be ignored and can help form the basis of a solid organizational or governmental strategy.

Dr. Arzt Appointed to ONC HITPC/HITSC Public Health Task Force

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Dr. Arzt Appointed to ONC HITPC/HITSC Public Health Task Force

Dr. Noam Arzt, president and founder of HLN, has been appointed to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Health Information Technology (ONC) Poli ...

Dr. Noam Arzt, president and founder of HLN, has been appointed to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Health Information Technology (ONC) Policy Committee (HITPC)/Health Information Technology Standards Committee (HITSC) Public Health Task Force. It’s overall charge is to, “make recommendations to help inform public health issues and challenges related to health IT.” More specifically, the Task Force will initially, “Make specific recommendations to better assist in the standardization of pregnancy status data, clinical decision support in health IT systems, and case management in public health settings—which are important components to addressing many public health challenges.”

Task for recommendations to the HITPS/HITSC are expected in April 2017.

New White Paper on Effective RFP Development

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New White Paper on Effective RFP Development

Many organizations – public and private – use formal competitive bidding instruments to procure technical products and services. This may be done by law, policy or practice. The dr ...

Many organizations – public and private – use formal competitive bidding instruments to procure technical products and services. This may be done by law, policy or practice. The driving reasons are to help ensure both clear understanding of the organization’s requirements and expectations, as well as fairness in the marketplace to all potential respondents who wish to do business with the organization. HLN’s new white paper,  Effective Technical RFP Development: A Guide for Jurisdictions and Other Organizations, offers some practical advice for organizations issuing competitive solicitations.