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Clinical Decision Support for Immunizations (CDSi): A Comprehensive, Collaborative Strategy

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Clinical Decision Support for Immunizations (CDSi): A Comprehensive, Collaborative Strategy

Read our new article in the October 2016 supplement to Biomedical Informatics Insights: Abstract:  This article focuses on the requirements and current developments in clinic ...

Read our new article in the October 2016 supplement to Biomedical Informatics Insights:

Abstract: 

This article focuses on the requirements and current developments in clinical decision support technologies for immunizations (CDSi) in both the public health and clinical communities, with an emphasis on shareable solutions. The requirements of the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs have raised some unique challenges for the clinical community, including vocabulary mapping, update of changing guidelines, single immunization schedule, and scalability. This article discusses new, collaborative approaches whose long-term goal is to make CDSi more sustainable for both the public and private sectors.

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Discussion Paper: Address Geocoding Options

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Discussion Paper: Address Geocoding Options

Some organizations have the need for a web application that can translate street addresses into latitude/longitude coordinates. Ideally, the web application could process addresses ...

Some organizations have the need for a web application that can translate street addresses into latitude/longitude coordinates. Ideally, the web application could process addresses in bulk, either supplied from an Excel spreadsheet or from an enterprise data source such as a relational database; and output would be either in spreadsheet format or inserted back into a database. This brief discussion paper provides some potential solutions and strategies.

The Reduction of State-coordinated HIE: How Should Public Health React?

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The Reduction of State-coordinated HIE: How Should Public Health React?

A recent article in HealthAffairs describes a significant decline in the number of both operational HIEs and HIEs in the planning stage from several years earlier. The authors note ...

A recent article in HealthAffairs describes a significant decline in the number of both operational HIEs and HIEs in the planning stage from several years earlier. The authors note continuing barriers to broad-based HIE and a shift to vendor-driven exchange which diminishes the effectiveness of community-based networks. In effect, this translates to a shift away from geographic-based/dominated HIEs to product-dominated HIEs. We have already noted (see The Interoperability of Things) the lack of a national strategy on HIE, and ONC’s Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap barely mentions the concept.

HLN Supports Open Source ICE Deployment by VHA

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HLN Supports Open Source ICE Deployment by VHA

HLN Consulting is pleased to announce a new project with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) which will result in the incorporation of HLN’s Open Source ICE Immunization Evalu ...

HLN Consulting is pleased to announce a new project with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) which will result in the incorporation of HLN’s Open Source ICE Immunization Evaluation and Forecasting software into VistA, the EHR used by VHA, and its deployment system-wide over the next few years. VHA is the largest health system in the US (other than the Department of Defense). HLN has been collaborating with VHA and its Open Source partners in the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) for the past several years. This represents a major step forward for the Open Source movement in government and for higher quality immunization forecasting and evaluation. For more information contact Noam Arzt (arzt@hln.com) or Mike Suralik (suralik@hln.com).

Consumer Access to Health Care Data: Still a Challenge

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Consumer Access to Health Care Data: Still a Challenge

Consumers continue to be frustrated with lack of access to their healthcare data, even as wearables and other consumer-targeted devices and services continue to sprout. Recently, O ...

Consumers continue to be frustrated with lack of access to their healthcare data, even as wearables and other consumer-targeted devices and services continue to sprout. Recently, ONC launched a Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge to spur the development of new applications and partnerships to provide aggregated health data to patients. While the financial “prize” for this effort is meager, recognition by ONC might be the real brass ring. This challenge focuses on the use of FHIR exclusively to support interoperability between systems and present data to consumers. I suspect that applicants will have some trouble meeting the requirements of the challenge effectively, and this is indicative of the broader challenge in supporting this type of data access.