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IHE IT Infrastructure Work Items Selected

The IHE IT Infrastructure Committee has selected its work items for the next annual cycle. This year, a significant increase in total work made it through the process. To accommodate the extra work, some load balancing will be done and a staggered approach will be applied. Here’s a quick summary of the approved work items.

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HL7 ADT Q&A with Dave Shaver

Is there a national standard to what the baseline structure for what an ADT (A28, A31) message should include? Are there national specifications/schematics that say what the HL7 baseline skeleton message should look like/contain?

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Collaboration and Federation: IHE Creating Direct Project Provider Directory

We’re seeing a move from talking about the sustainability and interfacing challenges of HIE organizations to a new discussion focused on a one-to-one exchange of patient data between referring caregivers. One key element missing from the Direct Project story is a directory of providers’ Direct email addresses. How can a Direct message be sent if neither the sender nor the receiver knows the Direct email address? IHE USA has been hard at work on this project via the HPD Provider Directory Task Group.

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5 Questions With Tim Dawson, Chief Architect at Vital Images

Radiology has always had the most innovative technology in healthcare, with CT scanners that can capture a 3D image of a patient’s heart between heart beats, but the field is often wrongly stereotyped as sitting on the sidelines when it comes to the interoperability revolution. Tim Dawson introduces us to DICOM-RS, a standard akin to HL7 FHIR that will very likely have a big role in the future of health IT interoperability

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Patient Safety: Correcting Both Our Culture and System Failures

A culture that advocates transparency, honesty, flat hierarchy, and teamwork, hospitals are still not safe without a system that is designed correctly. Contrarily, no amount of protocols, checklists, training, or functional systems will counteract people who inherently make mistakes. It is the combination of culture and properly designed system processes that can catch causes of patient harm.

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