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CCHIT and FOSS Meeting at HIMSS

Posted on April 8, 2009 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Source: http://twitpic.com/2xe18

Source: http://twitpic.com/2xe18

The meeting between CCHIT and FOSS at HIMSS was really interesting. I have a lot more to post about it, but I thought I’d start with a quick picture (see above thanks to Twitpic) and my real time thoughts on the presentation that I posted to my Twitter account.

Listening to the CCHIT webinar, it really seems like CCHIT has overworked their EHR certification.

Facts about CCHIT by Mark Leavitt. This should be interesting.

Mission of CCHIT “Accelerate adoption of HIT” not “Accelerate adoption of proprietary HIT” -Mark Leavitt Uh huh

I’d like to know which self developed open source EHR is CCHIT certified.

CCHIT Session: Licensing costs of the datasets are a challenge for open source EHR. Problem since CCHIT requires them.

Town halls,reports, online discussion as the means of CCHIT communication. There missing so many ways to get feedback from people

Even though it’s a certified EHR system, can’t guarantee a successful implementation -Mark Leavitt

CCHIT’s goal is to help small practices that don’t have time to research EHR. Where’s the data that CCHIT actually is achieving this goal?

@dschach Agreed. That’s why CCHIT shouldn’t make claims/goals to improve adoption/success since certification doesn’t help and may hinder

Fred Trotter’s list of reasons CCHIT and FOSS don’t match is great. Definitely doing a post with some of the ideas. [Definitely a future post on this blog]

It’s obvious that there are a lot more issues with CCHIT that need discussion than just open source

CCHIT has plans to measure the success of certified EHR in implementation. Will expose numbers to users, but not require a success rate for certification

“CCHIT wants to think about certifying versions. It’s backwards for FOSS EHR. So they have to think about it.” It took 3 years to think about this?

@oneofthefreds I wouldn’t call it nonsense. Mark sounds sincere, but just uninformed.

CCHIT should really use uStream for these town hall meetings rather than the GoToWebinar. Much better user experience

CCHIT and FOSS meeting’s gone way over, but I’m glad they did. Plus, we only covered a small share of CCHIT discussion

“We think CCHIT certification being the certified EHR is likely, but we don’t know.” -Mark Leavitt

Summary of CCHIT and FOSS Meeting: Lots of unanswered questions about CCHIT. FOSS just complicates it even more

I also think that tonymaro (Twitter username) offered some good insights on the event:

tonymaro: The more he[Mark Leavitt] talks the more it beomes available that CCHIT isn’t evil regarding OSS, they just don’t get it!

tonymaro: I’m afraid the obvious disappointment by the OSS community has simply caused CCHIT to turn defensive

As a side note, the first CCHIT meeting at HIMSS was a big disappointment. It was described as a CCHIT roadmap and ended up being a Laika project demo and roadmap (kind of). I’m not trying to discredit Laika since I don’t know too much about their work. I’m just saying that the expectation of CCHIT roadmap wasn’t met for me.

The CCHIT and FOSS meeting was a little scattered, but a good start to the conversation. I look forward to seeing how the discussion continues. Much more to come on what was talked about at this meeting.

Simplification of Health Information Exchanges and EHR

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

A lot of talk has been done lately on the importance of interoperability of EHR software. Many people point to health information exchanges when talking about this EHR interoperability. I must admit that almost all of the interoperability and health information exchange discussions I’ve seen recently leave me lost. Maybe I’m just not that smart, but I also think it’s possible that people are trying to bite off more than they can chew.

I’d like to see a simplified method for exchanging health information. Let’s break it down into bite size increments where we can actually have achievable goals and solvable problems. For example, let’s start with something like prescriptions, allergies or labs. Let’s get those right and then add on top of those functioning standards.

I previously posted the comparison of the Transcontinental Railroad to EHR interoperability. The reason it was so successful with the railroad was because they only had to standardize the gauge of the railroad. We should apply that same type of simplicity to exchanging patient information and we’ll see better results.

ARRA versus HITECH Rant

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John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

I’m sad to say I’m back again with another rant on terminology. You may remember my previous EMR versus EHR rant. Yes, I’m sorry to say that once again we have two terms which in practice mean the same thing.

Take a look at the following 2 terms:
HITECH – Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health
ARRA – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Since the HITECH Act was passed, everyone I interacted with called the $18 billion in EHR stimulus money the HITECH Act. Now, it seems like most of the people at HIMSS are calling it the ARRA. In the end, they both mean the same thing. Just sad that we still can’t standardize the most trivial of things. I’ll continue to use HITECH act since it sounds better than ARRA (how do you even say that?). Although, I’ll be certain to add in a few ARRA so Google sends me some ARRA traffic as well.

Since I’m ranting for a moment. Turns out I also screwed up CCHIT. No, I didn’t screw up the certification. Someone else did that. I always called it C-C-H-I-T (basically spelled out), but it seems like the more common pronunciation is C-Chit. Luckily I mostly read and write about it as opposed to saying it since I try to avoid 4 letter words with “hit” in them. It’s funny how two people reading the same thing can change how it’s said.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program of EHR, EMR, HIT, HIPAA, HIE, RHIO, HL7, CCR, PHR, HITECH, ARRA, CCHIT, ONC, HHS, and of course the women love when we talk about PMS. Not to mention I still have quite a bit to write about HIMSS. Oh brother.