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HLN Participates in HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase

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HLN Participates in HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase

During the week of March 5 HLN participated along with other public health colleagues in the HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase which features real-life demonstrations of health inf ...

During the week of March 5 HLN participated along with other public health colleagues in the HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase which features real-life demonstrations of health information interoperability. The Public Health Reporting use case included HLN’s Open Source Reportable Conditions Knowledge Management System (RCKMS) which is being deployed nationally in conjunction with CDC,the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). RCKMS provides the clinical decision support component for electronic case reporting, allowing an EHR system to send clinical information to a centralized web service and receive a response indicating whether the patient’s clinical data needs to be reported to public health, and if so to which agencies and through what mechanism.

In addition, HLN’s ICE Open Source Immunization Forecasting Software was included within two products demonstrated by eClinicalWorks and DSS in the Immunization and Vaccination use case.

HLN is a Gold Corporate Member of HIMSS.

HLN Participates in PCORS CDS Learning Network National Webinar

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HLN Participates in PCORS CDS Learning Network National Webinar

HLN organized and participated in a national webinar titled CDS for Immunizations (CDSi): A Community and Standards-based Approach on January 18, 2018. Speakers included: Dr. ...

HLN organized and participated in a national webinar titled CDS for Immunizations (CDSi): A Community and Standards-based Approach on January 18, 2018. Speakers included:

  • Dr. Noam Arzt, President of HLN, who spoke about the business case for clinical decision support for immunizations, and about HLN’s Open Source ICE vaccine evaluation and forecasting product
  • Stuart Myerburg from CDC who spoke about the CDC CDSi project
  • Angel Aponte from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene who spoke about real-work implementations in the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR)

Over 50 individuals participated in the webinar which was sponsored by the Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Learning Network (PCORCDS).

HLN Convenes Advisory Board for its Open Source ICE Immunization Forecasting Software

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HLN Convenes Advisory Board for its Open Source ICE Immunization Forecasting Software

On November 13, 2017 HLN held its first meeting of a newly-formed advisory board for its award-winning Open Source Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) software. The ICE Review Bo ...

On November 13, 2017 HLN held its first meeting of a newly-formed advisory board for its award-winning Open Source Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) software. The ICE Review Board, as it will be known, is made up of a diverse set of public health, academic, and private-sector stakeholders. Its purpose is to provide feedback and recommendations for improving ICE and its related products. Working in conjunction with a Subject Matter Expert Workgroup, which is also convened by HLN and meets regularly to ensure that default ICE rules are being developed to adhere to Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) clinical guidelines, the Review Board will focus more on the overall direction and functionality of the clinical decision support products. This includes identifying enhancements or emerging needs of the clinical community for consideration. The Review Board is expected to meet quarterly.

ICE is a fully configurable vaccine forecasting/decision support web service tool which provides state-of-the-art clinical decision support for immunizations (CDSi). ICE can be used in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Records (EHR), Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems. In June 2017, HLN was awarded the 2017 Upshot Award for Excellence in Vaccine Supply, Access, and Use by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) for its work on ICE.

New Article on Cloud Computing and CDS in OpenHealthNews

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New Article on Cloud Computing and CDS in OpenHealthNews

Noam Arzt, president of HLN, has published a new article, "Why Cloud-Based Public Health Solutions are a Good Option for Clinical Decision Support" in OpenHealthNews. Cloud computi ...

Noam Arzt, president of HLN, has published a new article, “Why Cloud-Based Public Health Solutions are a Good Option for Clinical Decision Support” in OpenHealthNews. Cloud computing is one of the most powerful technology deployment strategies in use today. In this article Dr. Arzt examines some of the key reasons to host public health clinical decision support (CDS) solutions in the cloud. The article goes on to explain the difference between cloud computing and traditional computing. It then goes on to define Clinical Decision Support for Immunizations, or CDSi, and HLN’s Open Source Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) and related tools and utilities. Finally, the article concludes with a discussion of how externally hosted services may provide some distinct advantages for organizations that deploy CDS tools such as these.

Version 1.9.1.0 of HLN’s Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster Released

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Version 1.9.1.0 of HLN’s Award Winning Open Source Immunization Forecaster Released

A new release (v 1.9.1.0) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) is now available (download ICE v 1.9.1.0). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provide ...

A new release (v 1.9.1.0) of the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) is now available (download ICE v 1.9.1.0). ICE is a state-of-the-art open-source software system that provides clinical decision support for immunizations (CDSi) for use in Immunization Information Systems (IIS), Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems.

The release includes the following changes:

  • Added support for Meningococcal B.
    • Support for Meningococcal B has been added as a new vaccine group, separate from the existing Meningococcal ACWY vaccine group. Meningococcal ACWY will continue to be returned as its own vaccine group.
    • Implementers may need to modify their software to start looking for the new Meningococcal B vaccine group code (835).
  • Logic fixes for HPV and Hep B vaccine groups.
  • Addition of non-U.S. vaccine DTaP-IPV-Hib (CVX 170)
  • Release notes that describe the latest changes in more detail

Please refer to the updated ICE Implementation Guide (v2r17) for information on how to make the appropriate adjustments to your software to be compatible with this release. The guide provides details about the new Meningococcal B vaccine group implementation as well as a few other vaccines and reason codes that have been added. In addition, a “tracked changes version” of this same guide is also available. The tracked changes are intended to make it easier to see what has changed since the prior release (v 1.8.2.0).

You can determine which release of ICE you are using by viewing the README.HISTORY file that is included with each distribution.

Please feel free to e-mail us at ice@hln.com if you have any questions.

See press release.