We have written in a previous policy white paper about collaboration between Immunization Information System (IIS) projects and Health Information Exchange (HIE) networks, and a second more technical white paper about options for interoperability between IIS and electronic health record (EHR) systems. We described a range of interoperability options for EHR users and IIS and the strengths and challenges of each alternative:
HLN attended the 2017 American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) National Meeting in Chicago, IL from April 11-13 and presented the following talks:
- ICE Update: Product Governance, Roadmap and Use
- Assuring Correctness and Consistency in AFIX-IIS Coverage Implementation
- HL7 Data Quality Tool: Transformation to a General Purpose OpenSource Tool
- Implementing Health Factors (HALO) in Immunization Forecasting
We encourage you to check out all the excellent presentations delivered at this important meeting.
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.
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’s president, Dr. Noam Arzt, participated in a regional meeting in Hawai’i sponsored by the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA). Bringing together Immunization Information Systems managers and staff from the Pacific Islands, this two-day session focused on the unique needs of these island jurisdictions with respect to IIS functionality and interoperability. Dr. Arzt participated as a panelist in a session on successful vendor-client relationships.