Laura Davey McCaughey on March 12, 2015

Collaboration and Data: Bringing “Frenemy” Stakeholders Together

How would you feel if you received a reply email from the former Chief Technology Officer of the United States in four minutes? Aneesh Chopra published a provocative March 5, 2015, blog post, “Transforming Healthcare Delivery Through More Open Data.” In response to my request to be able to repost on our blog, Aneesh said, “I’m for open data—of course you can post!” (Yes, I framed his email…)

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Dozens of healthcare leaders from public and private organizations converged at the John F. Kennedy School of Government to strategize how the better use of data could help achieve the Triple Aim. Think of data as the infrastructure, “fuel” for new technology-enabled products and services. By day’s end, many agreed to work to make data more open and use it to keep people healthy by enabling population health management organizations to use the data to coordinate care and proactively keep people well. Importantly, roundtable participants made the opening up of electronic health records  data among the top priorities for collaboration. While interoperability is still nascent, there are many signs of progress. Below we highlight a few: 
  • Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR). Under the leadership of standards body HL7, many HIT vendors, hospitals, and health delivery organizations have convened to develop a common specification called Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource or FHIR to enable the expanded sharing of electronic health records. 
  • Project Argonaut. The Advisory Board Company’s David Kates, Managing Director, Crimson Product Management, is participating in this open, industry-led “code sprint” to support a first-generation FHIR-based application programming interface (API). Many healthcare continuum participants have committed to be part of this, including Geisinger Health System.
  • Clinical Information Exchange Software and FHIR Technology. Independence Blue Cross and NaviNet will conduct a pilot to exchange patient information between Independence’s data warehouse and hospital electronic medical record systems using NaviNet Open’s clinical information exchange software and FHIR technology, with the goal of developing efficient clinical data exchange methodologies for coordinating care, delivering care gaps, conducting outcomes research, and building predictive algorithms for personalized care.

Learn more about Independence Blue Cross’s exciting initiatives when we host Daniel J. Hilferty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Independence Blue Cross, at the our annual Tech Town Hall: Live from Phoenix on April 22, 2015. If you are a health plan executive, keep an eye on your inbox for a personal invitation for the live link citing the time, or request one here by leaving us a comment.

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