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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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Advancing informatics: Experiencing AMIA for the first time

November 27th, 2017 / By Jacee Robison, RN, MS

This November I attended the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Conference for the first time. After graduating this past May with a Masters in Nursing Informatics from the University of […]

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Report from the FHIR Connectathon at the HL7: September 2017 Working Group Meeting

October 27th, 2017 / By Senthil Nachimuthu, MD, PhD

About a year ago, I wrote a blog about the convergence of two HL7 standards: Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). I attended the HL7 […]

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Misery on the front lines of healthcare delivery

October 26th, 2016 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

Health professionals should not have to choose between doing what’s right for their patients and doing well. Health care in the U.S. is undergoing significant changes in the way we […]

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Assessing interoperability for MACRA: Our response to the Health & Human Services RFI

July 15th, 2016 / By Amy Sheide

Congress has declared a national objective to achieve widespread exchange of electronic health information nationwide by December 31, 2018. By this July, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services […]

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Nursing interoperability is within our grasp!

February 15th, 2016 / By Susan Matney, PhD, RN

In July of 2014, I wrote a blog asking if nursing interoperability was within our reach. I wrote that there were gaps in the standard terminologies and the data elements […]

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Connected care is more than IT interfaces or interoperability

January 20th, 2016 / By Kristine Daynes

Connected care is a popular concept in the healthcare IT world. Commonly, it is used in conversations about interoperability, mobile applications, patient portals, wearable devices, and telehealth. These technologies will […]

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Our response to the 2016 ONC Interoperability Standards Advisory

December 11th, 2015 / By Amy Sheide

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) recently published the draft version of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (2016 Advisory). The 2016 Advisory is the ONC’s “identification, assessment and determination […]

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Happy LOINCing with HDD Access!

September 9th, 2015 / By Senthil Nachimuthu, MD, PhD

The July release of HDD Access, the open public version of the 3M Healthcare Data Dictionary, included LOINC® (version 2.50), the standard terminology for lab and clinical observations. We thank […]

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LOINC Facilitates Exchange of MY Data!

July 10th, 2015 / By Susan Matney, PhD, RN

A few months ago I wrote a personal blog detailing the lack of interoperability for my data after a knee replacement. The most important observations that are measured after knee […]

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Our Response to the ONC 2015 Standards Advisory

May 1st, 2015 / By Amy Sheide

Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory which was “meant to provide the industry with a single, public list of the […]

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We Are All “Patients” – The Reason Interoperability REALLY Matters

March 11th, 2015 / By Susan Matney, PhD, RN

Last month, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released A Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. A recent blog written by Amy Sheide describes the contents of the document, but I […]

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Interoperability Matters: The ONC Interoperability Roadmap and Standards Advisory

February 11th, 2015 / By Amy Sheide

Healthcare reform has been a hot topic over the past few days and health information technology (HIT) is at the hub. Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) […]