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A private-sector collaboration of more than 20 healthcare organizations is testing how to leverage Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) to improve data sharing in value-based care (VBC) scenarios.
Unveiled Wednesday by Health Level Seven International (HL7), developer of the FHIR draft standard for exchanging electronic health records (EHRs), the Da Vinci Project initially will focus on two use cases: 30-day medication reconciliation and coverage requirements discovery.
“Medication reconciliation programs can reduce the incidence of adverse drug events after discharge,” HL7 said. “The objective is to create a simple workflow that enables care providers to indicate a 30-day medication reconciliation was done for a specific patient on a specific date.”
Coverage discovery, the organization said, enables care providers to request and receive information on health plan coverage requirements at the point of service.
Among the strategic aims of the Da Vinci Project are to minimize development and deployment of “one-off solutions” and to produce implementation guides and reference software implementations for the data exchange and workflows necessary to support providers and payers entering and managing VBC relationships.
“Stakeholders clearly understand the criticality of working together to define a common set of standards that can be implemented on a national basis,” HL7 said in a statement.
The Da Vinci Project was founded by the following health plans, care providers and vendor organizations: Allscripts, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Blue Cross of Idaho, Cambia Health Solutions, Cerner, Cognosante, Edifecs, Epic, Health Care Service Corporation, HL7, HealthLX, Humana, Independence Blue Cross, Optum, Rush University Medical Center, Surescripts, UnitedHealthcare, and Zeomega.
"Value-based care promotes better patient results at lower costs, and it relies on timely data sharing between doctors and health plans," said Sagran Moodley, UnitedHealthcare senior vice president of Clinical Data Services and Technology. "The associated data-sharing capabilities support physicians in a number of ways, including enabling them to see patients' benefits in real time, improving medical record exchange and reporting, informing clinical decisions at the point of care, and helping them reduce administrative burden."