ACC’s Informatics & Health Information Technology (IHIT) Task Force in Action

On July 13, at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD., experts assembled to discuss the lack of interoperability in healthcare. Health Level Seven (HL7) and the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) convened the Clinical Information Interoperability Council (CIIC) meeting to create a plan for achieving full interoperability for healthcare data. The goal of the meeting was to define the problem and then set short and long term strategies that will make data sharing a reality. Read More >>>

Interoperability
will enhance the ability for clinical decision support, decrease costs and provide accurate computable data setting the foundation of a learning health system. Also, it will make electronic health records further usable which enables the reuse of information and decreases the burden of inputting duplicative information. This enables more accurate metrics and solutions to feed back into the clinical workflow.

The counsel
engages clinical, business and technology stakeholders to solve these problems. The starting point is defining the term “value,” then unify data elements and models across the healthcare spectrum. The emphasis will be on connecting clinical, technical and business worlds, while focusing on the patient’s journey throughout the system/process wherever healthcare is consumed. Understanding data and using it both upstream and downstream is key. CIIC wants to create ubiquitous sharing of standardized data across the breadth of medicine in support of patient care, research and learning, public health, clinical trials, data from devices, post market surveillance, registries both quality and disease specific, billing and health administration. CIIC wants to support health related data and health information sharing wherever it is wanted and/or needed to help people live the healthiest lives possible.

Attendees
included several medical/clinical societies, academics, industry representatives, governmental representatives and organizations working on health information technology improvements. Members James E. Tcheng MD, FACC, H. Vernon Anderson MD, FACC and William Weintraub MD, MACC along with staff represented the American College of Cardiology. Over a hundred medical societies were invited to provide clinical insight into the approach, set priorities and collaborate. Others represented were American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Surgeons.

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