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FHIR and openEHR: a discussion paper

This paper by INTEROPen, looks to open minds, challenge thinking and discuss ways in which standards can be put to best use to deliver interoperability across health and social care. Outlining the differing approaches and goals of each standard, it suggests that both FHIR & openEHR have a valid and complementary place in the challenges faced in … Continue reading FHIR and openEHR: a discussion paper

Public consultation on draft Global Strategy on Digital Health

The World Health Organization has today opened a public consultation on the first draft of the Global Strategy on Digital Health. The Strategy aims to identify areas where WHO, its partners and stakeholders should most usefully focus their efforts. The draft document has identified four strategic objectives and a proposed framework for action. They request … Continue reading Public consultation on draft Global Strategy on Digital Health

Argonaut Australia and HL7 Australia

GEHCO was present at this HL7 Australia event last week, hosted by Telstra Health. The Argonaut project is an international project where vendors and HL7 FHIR standards are developed to meet specific EMR use cases and needs. Australia is the first National Affiliate of HL7 International to establish a national approach to Argonaut and may … Continue reading Argonaut Australia and HL7 Australia

Unleashing the power of global health data

This informative article outlines two key ways to harness the power of health data in order to tackle exist healthcare problems and improve healthcare delivery. The first point refers to a lack of standardisation across ehealth technologies. While technology exists to capture data they still operate in silos, have different frameworks and standards, and store information in varying … Continue reading Unleashing the power of global health data

Training Tools – the secret to coding accuracy

The impact of accurate coding today goes beyond reimbursement with accuracy leading to organisations using this data to assess outcomes, provide company profiling and other valuable business development insights. “Accurate coding has become more important to healthcare organizations and more critical to their bottom lines than ever before”, states  Scot Nemchik, Vice President of Coding Education and … Continue reading Training Tools – the secret to coding accuracy

OpenEHR for policymakers

This is an informative article that focuses on the aspects of openEHR that are relevant to policymakers, but may also be relevant to many people in other roles in healthcare. This article makes suggestions including introducing a standard computing platform so there is “… common lingo for developing applications and expertise can be shared and … Continue reading OpenEHR for policymakers

Interoperability at the centre of NHS IT

With his initial technology strategy, secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock has made it clear that interoperability needs to be at the heart of NHS IT. Outdated and obstructive digital systems will become a thing of the past with a set of mandatory standards the order of the day, to ensure … Continue reading Interoperability at the centre of NHS IT

NHS launches digital vision for mandatory open standards

The UK Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has launched his technology vision in ‘The Future of Healthcare’. The vision outlines plans to introduce minimum technical standards that current and future IT systems and digital services in the NHS will have to meet. Having these open standards in place means systems will be able … Continue reading NHS launches digital vision for mandatory open standards

Health IT safe practices for closing the loop

This informative report from the ECRI Institute highlights ways that information technology (IT) can reduce and eliminate medication mix-ups and errors from diagnostic testing. The report highlights three safe practice recommendations for closing the loop on test tracking and medication changes: Develop and apply IT solutions to communicate the right information (including data needed for interpretation) to the … Continue reading Health IT safe practices for closing the loop

The role of data in helping to improve health outcomes

A new report released by CSIRO highlights the role of technology and data in helping to improve the health of the Australian population. The ‘Future of Health Report’ states: “Barriers to an integrated health services model include multiple and complex funding arrangements, siloed data streams, ever-evolving regulatory requirements, and dated infrastructure,” said CSIRO director of health … Continue reading The role of data in helping to improve health outcomes