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.
Healthcare Standards include HL7, X12, DICOM, plus more.
Question from Greg Meyer, distinguished engineer at Cerner:
Optionality vs Extensibility: What effect is the large selection of standards and technology in the health IT domain having on interoperability? Do we need to eliminate optionality and focus more on extensibility?
Did healthcare IT chose the wrong path by not choosing CCR? It certainly seems so at this point. But one must also step back and ask where the industry should be three to five years from now. Do we want Diagnostic Imaging Reports to be commonly exchanged as electronic documents? How about Consultation Notes?
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?
Two new IHE Technical Framework supplements and a handbook are still out for public comment. The ITI Technical Committee encourages and welcomes your input to these important health IT standards.
Even though the interfaces that handle both types of documents live side by side, keeping some of the high-level differences in mind when designing them can prevent lots of frustration.
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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