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Politico Coverage of the July 13, 2017 CIIC Meeting (Politico Morning eHealth Newsletter, July 14, 2017)
STANDARDIZING STANDARDS: About 100 health IT nerds from government, medical groups and academia gathered at NIH on Thursday to begin organizing an umbrella group to coordinate work on standardized health data definitions, a major part of technical interoperability.
The meeting was convened by HL7 and the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium to create a plan for defining common data elements that can be shared across health care, from the clinic to research. “The idea is to take existing efforts to use standard things and common tools and put the work in a library where everyone can see it and use it,” said Stan Huff, chief medical informatics officer at Intermountain Healthcare. “We’re not trying to create a huge new organization. We want to be able to say, ‘here’s a formal way to describe the data tools you’re using. You can find out if someone else has already done the work you’re starting, or if you’ve done something, you can save everyone else the work.’”
“This is arguably the most difficult thing in informatics,” said ONC chief Don Rucker, who spoke to the group. “The EHR systems were sold to Congress as, “These things are electronic, they’ll talk to each other. I mean there are wires, right? Or it’s wireless? Aren’t those things supposed to talk to each other?”