Filling the Gaps in Health IT Capabilities

By Ken Ostrowski, director of Marketing, Qvera; part of the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ initiative

The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, part of the Public Health Informatics Conference, demonstrates interoperability – the ability for different technology systems to communicate – in real-time with actual products in the marketplace. The following guest post shares the impact seamless data exchange can have on patients, providers and caregivers.

New rules aimed at propelling a shift toward value-based, patient-centered care focus on good things, such as the doctor-patient relationship, active patient participation in health outcomes and reduction of administrative burdens. But for providers, new rules also mean increased efforts to keep up and comply.

For healthcare technology developers, these rules present opportunities to fill gaps in IT capabilities. And there is good news, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) most recent rule, the requirement that electronic health records (EHRs) support open application programming interfaces (APIs), will allow developers to create better solutions, giving providers more direct and immediate access to relevant clinical data.

Connecting for Better Health

Interoperability and data exchange can and must play a role in achieving better outcomes for all patients.

New technologies are creating flexible, secure networks for providers and patients, fostering unprecedented levels of communication and cooperation among care teams.

Flexible Solutions for Clinics of All Sizes

As we create policies and initiatives that focus on driving down the cost of healthcare by building primary care relationships and reducing emergency room use, we must ensure that solutions are available to smaller clinics to exchange data just as powerfully as large clinics and hospitals.

Simplifying Complex Data Exchange

Qvera Interface Engine (QIE) supports all Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise and HL7 standards including HL7 FHIR®, and has the ability not only to speak the many languages different software programs use, but also to filter and selectively deliver relevant data. This allows QIE to leverage many different kinds of data from various sources in worthwhile ways – from city and national databases at the population level, to specific individual metrics pulled from wearable health monitors.

Solutions for Complex Interoperability Issues

Secure Patient Referral
Data security and interoperability must be inseparable. At the ONC Interoperability Forum, organizations participated in a secure, coordinated-care workflow in order to demonstrate how clinics can use closed-loop referral within their EHR workflow.

Leveraging Public Health Data to Confront Chicago’s Lead Exposure Crisis
QIE recently assisted health clinics in Chicago as they developed a pilot initiative to mitigate childhood lead exposure. QIE delivers complex information from city databases directly to the point of care, allowing clinicians and public health officials to identify and remove sources of exposure before lead poisoning occurs. This solution won the 2018 Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth State and Local Health Innovation Prize.

Adding Value to Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Value-Based Primary Care
Primary care clinics participating in CMS’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative complete a variety of reporting requirements for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement. QIE helps ease the burden on clinics that report data to CPC+ from various sources, including different EHRs, imaging systems and data exchanges.

Straightforward Immunization Data Exchange
QIE supports data integration between any clinical software and immunization registries in all 50 states. Qvera was one of the first five health IT vendors to receive HIMSS Immunization Integration Program recognition.

Improving What Matters Most
Health technologies that take advantage of open APIs are revolutionizing healthcare. While every new tool comes with a learning curve, flexible IT solutions such as QIE, designed with patients and clinicians in mind, make providing care simpler and more enjoyable, while also helping clinics address specific problems their patient populations face.

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