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Monday, October 3, 2011

Announcing a New S&I Initiative: esMD Call for Participation

It’s the start of another month, it must be time to start of another S&I Framework project…
As many already know, this one has already been going on for a while.  It’s not clear why it is an S&I project now, but wasn’t previously.

Current S&I Framework Members,

ONC is pleased to announce the launch of a new S&I Framework Initiative – Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD). 

You are invited to attend the esMD KickOff Meeting and subsequent discussions at the S&I Face to Face on Oct 18-19.
 The esMD initiative will require inputs from several other S&I Initiatives, such as Provider Directories and TOC/CDA, so we encourage and request your participation and input to this important initiative.  For those of you who have not yet registered for the F2F Meeting, you can do so on this link:

Note: Registration for the Face to Face meeting has been extended through Oct 7th.  The Hyatt has also extended their discounted hotel room rates through Oct 7th. 

The Kick-off call for the esMD Initiative will occur October 18, 2011 at 9:30am EDT.  Please stay tuned for additional agenda details for the esMD sessions on Oct 18-19th, or monitor the esMD wikispace for updates:  On this page, you can also sign up as a Committed Member or Other Interested Party for the esMD Initiative.

Please note the attached esMD DRAFT charter. Below is a summary of the Initiative and expected Use Cases.

esMD Initiative:
The Electronic Submission of Medical Documentation (esMD) pilot intends to give providers a new mechanism for submitting medical documentation to Medicare Review Contractors. The S&I Framework esMD Initiative will focus on Interoperability and Nationwide Standards needed to support esMD requirements. The objective for the initiative is to setup workgroups to develop the use cases listed below:

Use Case 1: Define technical issues and relevant standards associated with author level digital signatures and develop a list of recommended Standards and associated Reference Implementation Guide(s)

Use Case 2: Define Standards for Structured Data submission capability using esMD

Use Case 3: Define standards for electronic communication with Providers to request for Medical Documentation (Structured Outbound)

Based on current discussions among members of the HIT Standards Committee and feedback from members of the community, the following core outcomes have been identified for the esMD Initiative:
  • Identify gaps in CDA Structured Document to support Progress Notes and Orders, and other documents as required for Medicare Review and similar activities
  • Leverage work of Provider Directories, Certificate Interoperability, Transitions of Care, and Data Segmentation Initiatives as they apply to esMD
  • Define technical issues and relevant standards associated with Author Level Digital Signatures
  • Identify and address business process and infrastructure issues associated with Author Level Digital Signatures
  • Identify and forward policy issues, if any, to appropriate policy bodies
  • Develop a list of recommended Standards, potentially including new work by SDOs, to be incorporated in a Reference Implementation for esMD
Thank you,
Melanie Combs-Dyer, esMD Initiative Coordinator;
Mohammad ‘Sam’ Elias, esMD Project Manager;
and the S&I Framework Support Team


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