Earlier this month members of the IHMI team participated in a Health Level Seven (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Connect-a-thon. The team engaged in on-going development and testing of FHIR-based solutions related to data exchange interoperability for social determinants of health (SDOH) and vital signs data. While working with experts in health IT and informatics over the course of two days, teams tested use cases and implementation guides that will contribute to health data standards development. Connect-a-thons are generally in person events, but teams participated virtually, allowing the event to be the most attended to date.
The SDOH track tested Gravity Project’s Food Insecurity Screening implementation guide, a community-sourced standard informed by input from hundreds of clinicians, public health workers, HIT vendors and government representatives. AMA is a formal supporter of Gravity Project and Corey Smith and Monique van Berkum on the IHMI team led development of the food insecurity standard, which will be ready for use this year.
IHMI also led testing of standards for capturing vital signs including evidence-based models for exchange and analysis of self-measured blood pressure rooted in AMA’s work to identify untreated hypertension. IHMI collaborated with Logica Health to successfully exchange clinically valid SMBP readings between a patient’s home BP device and an EHR, with key participation from Intermountain Healthcare who will deploy the standard in existing remote monitoring programs.
Participation in connect-a-thons allow initiatives like IHMI to exemplify the AMA’s dedication to engaging and operating an innovation ecosystem, while convening stakeholders across health care, and working to improve the quality of data needed to understand and close gaps in health equity. HL7 FHIR connect-a-thons are an opportunity to drive AMA priorities in health IT and extend the voice of the physician to the development of data standards that form the foundation of the digital tools clinicians rely on. For more information, please visit the IHMI AMAToday page.