ONC held a two-day virtual workshop that highlighted the current state of public health data exchange across the US, as well as ONC and CDC’s joint efforts to improve public health data infrastructure. The virtual forum had over 250 attendees.
The sessions highlighted national survey findings of hospitals’ engagement in electronic public health reporting and physicians’ experiences with immunization information exchange; explored the role of HIEs and technology vendors in public health data exchange; provided an overview of how FHIR can be used to support public health use cases; shared updates on CDC’s Public Health Data Strategy, and more.
HLN Consulting was invited to be a part of a panel that discussed modernizing public health data exchange, focusing on the lessons learned and tools for the road ahead. Mike Berry presented “Sharing Bulk Immunization Data Using HL7 V2 and FHIR.” The session summarized the current landscape of bulk data exchange in the immunization community, compared alternative approaches to sharing immunization data in bulk, and described how the HL7 Helios FHIR Accelerator for Public Health is advancing the FHIR-based exchange of bulk IIS data. HLN’s work with the Rhode Island Department of Health’s KIDSNET/RICAIR was featured to demonstrate a real-world example of FHIR in Immunization Information Systems (IIS).
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