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What is Health Intersections?

March 27th, 2014|0 Comments

Health Intersections is a healthcare interoperability consulting company founded by Grahame Grieve.

Grahame is a recognized expert in the healthcare standards industry and is currently one of the leaders of the FHIR standard development (he’s a […]

What is HL7 v3?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Note: refer to the article What is HL7?, prior to continuing with this article.

The HL7 Version 3 Product Suite and Framework (abbreviated “HL7 v3″) is the “latest and greatest” HL7 standards foundation for clinical information exchange.

At the […]

What is MDHT?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Model Driven Health Tools (MDHT) is, in the words of its website: “a wide-ranging open source effort to promote interoperability in healthcare infrastructure. It promotes shared artifacts between related healthcare standards and standards development organizations, […]

What is HL7?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (HL7) is a not-for-profit, ANSI-accredited standards developing organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information […]

What is QRDA?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

QRDA is a CDA implementation guide, just like C-CDA and many others (a list of CDA implementation guides can be viewed on the HL7 product page for the CDA standard).

QRDA stands for Quality Reporting Document Architecture. It […]

What is Direct Messaging?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Direct Messaging is a secure e-mail protocol that was established for the transmission of healthcare information, as per Meaningful Use objectives, and is called out as a requirement in MU2.

It is an outgrowth of The Direct […]

What is SITE and the SITE C-CDA Validator?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

The S&I Framework sponsors the SITE web site.

As per the wording on the site, “… SITE is a centralized set of tools to assist developers of Health Information Technology in their efforts to implement the standards required […]

What is the S&I Framework?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

The Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework within ONC, was formed to orchestrate input from the public and private sectors to create harmonized health information technology specifications for use throughout the United States.

In the words of […]

What is Blue Button Plus?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Blue Button Plus (which also goes by the acronym ABBI) is one of the S&I Framework initiatives sponsored by the US Government ONC division.

Blue Button was first offered by the US Department of Veteran Affairs […]

What is ONC?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is a staff division of the Office of the Secretary, within the US Government Department of Health and Human Services.

ONC was formed in 2004, and became very significant as […]

HL7 Resources

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

HL7 provides a wealth of resources to help learn and use HL7 v3, CDA, and C-CDA. Some HL7 resources require HL7 membership, and others don’t.

Here are some links to relevant pages within the HL7 web site, […]

What is the S&I Framework C-CDA Companion Guide?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

The S&I Framework, in the context of its Transitions of Care initiative, produced the Companion Guide to Consolidated CDA for MU2 – which provides the “rules of the road” for how C-CDA documents are to be used in the […]

What is FHIR? (Jan 2015 update)

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR, pronounced “fire”), is an emerging standard from HL7 that defines a RESTful web services for accessing similar information (although potentially even broader in scope) to that found in a CDA […]

What is The CDA Book?

February 6th, 2014|0 Comments

The CDA Book is a textbook written by Keith Boone and published by Springer. It is an educational companion to the official CDA specifications.

Keith is one of the leaders of the healthcare IT standards community […]