Interoperability goes to Washington

November 29, 2018 By Corey Spears

I am excited to be joining my fellow interoperability and healthcare industry colleagues at this week’s National Coordinator For Health Information Technology (ONC) meeting in Washington, DC.

The two-day conference promises to be filled with a lot of valuable information, keynote addresses and dynamic idea exchanges. While there, I plan to take in a number of sessions centered around the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard.

One of those sessions is Bridging the Payer-Provider Data Divide: The P2 FHIR Taskforce & HL7 DaVinci Project. This is a convening of healthcare payers, IT, and other healthcare organizations, all talking about improvements to FHIR, and how to reduce variability in implementation. The goal is to collaboratively work on ways to close the provider data divide so we all operate more efficiently.

And although it sounds a little dry, the other topic I am keenly interested in is the FDA Pre-certification program. It’s all part of the FDA Digital Health Innovation Action Plan, which is what they are calling a “reimagination” of the FDA’s approach to patient access to digital products, from fitness trackers to software that supports clinical decisions. With the digital revolution upon us, it makes sense that they would be looking at some kind of official certification and parameters.

The precertification program is in the pilot stage. It’s an initial step the FDA is proposing that software products from pre-certified companies continue to meet the same safety and effectiveness standard that the agency expects for products that have followed the traditional path to market.

I look forward to reporting back and sharing what I learn, not only from these two sessions, but from the entire conference.

Corey Spears, Director, Healthcare Interoperability Standards

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