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Tag: Interoperability

Topics relating to standards, integration and medical vocabularies. Basic interoperability is the simple exchange of messages between systems. Systems do not interpret the messages. Functional interoperability is not only the exchange of messages‚ but also includes a common structural definition for message fields. This level of interoperability is commonly achieved through the use of integration engines‚ which utilize standardized message formats‚ such as HL7‚ to allow the context of the data to be interpreted. Semantic interoperability‚ the highest level‚ takes everything one step further. More than simple message exchange – or even message exchange with a common field structure definition – semantic interoperability happens when message fields are populated with standard codes. At this level‚ both the context of messages and the meaning of data content within the message fields can be interpreted‚ enabling multiple computer systems to translate and understand shared data with little to no information loss. Semantic interoperability allows us to understand and use information across various domains‚ enterprises and computer systems.

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Fixing health care in the U.S. requires policy change: Consumers First call to action

April 16, 2021 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

Families USA 1—a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer health advocacy organization—pulled together a coalition called Consumers First, 2 which issued a Call to Action: “Consumers First has issued A Call to Action […]

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Leveraging COVID-19 value sets to ensure comprehensive data collection

April 28, 2020 / By Dannie Greenlee, RN, Sarah Sontum, RN

We know the importance of quick and accurate COVID-19 testing, but do we know when to get tested or even when to seek medical attention? Physicians also need to know […]

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Access to clinical data and a walker called Rhonda

February 5, 2020 / By Steve Cantwell

My 83-year-old mother recently returned from a two-month cruise of the South Pacific—Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and more. She’s active and bright and healthy and could easily pass for […]

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AI Talk: FHIR, FaceApp, diapers and failures

August 5, 2019 / By V. “Juggy” Jagannathan, PhD

This week’s AI Talk… FHIR on fire Fast Health Interoperability Resources (FHIR), pronounced as “fire,” is HL7 healthcare interoperability standards specification. Early in 2019, ONC and CMS signaled that they […]

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LOINC groups: An idea to help searching in LOINC

January 14, 2019 / By Jacee Robison, RN, MS

The Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes—widely known as LOINC—is a standard terminology created to enable a common understanding of laboratory and clinical observations, such as lab tests and results, […]

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Focusing on CIMI: Getting the most out of the HL7 Working Group Meeting

November 30, 2018 / By Michael Denton, RN, MS

The September 2018 Health Level 7 (HL7) international working group meeting was held in Baltimore, Maryland and was packed full of user tutorials and learning sessions. Because this was my […]

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Five things I learned from my EHR patient portal

October 26, 2018 / By Pam Banning

Recently, my family took me to an Emergency Room when I suddenly lost my sense of touch on the left side of my face. Fully conscious and cognizant of all […]

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TEFCA leaves privacy questions unanswered

September 28, 2018 / By Rey Johnson

Previously, in my blog “TEFCA: A beginning for nationwide interoperability,” I discussed the basics of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), an ambitious plan assembled by The Office […]

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Miles to go on interoperability

September 7, 2018 / By Mary Zeigle, MS

I recently had cause to wonder about the progress we’re making on the path to interoperability through “the woods” of healthcare information exchange (HIE). In late July, my husband had […]

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TEFCA: A beginning for nationwide interoperability

August 10, 2018 / By Rey Johnson

In accordance with the 21st Century Cures Act, The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology has released the draft version of the Trusted Exchange Framework and […]

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A dedication to data interoperability

July 6, 2018 / By Chris Gordon

I recently attended the June 2018 Laboratory LOINC Conference in Indianapolis to get the latest LOINC updates. I have attended many previous meetings, but this time was special. My colleague […]

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Implementing a FHIR terminology server

May 4, 2018 / By John Ho

The Health Level 7 (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard specifies how healthcare data can be exchanged, with the goal of improving interoperability.  We have been implementing FHIR compliant […]