Friday, August 15, 2008

Public Feedback on AHIC Use Cases Solicited

Today I recieved an e-mail sent by John Loonsk regarding new AHIC use cases, and extensions to existing use cases, summarized below:

Between March of 2006 and March of 2008, the American Health Information
Community (AHIC) published 13 use cases. In April of 2008, the AHIC began
the process of identifying 2009 priorities to serve as focus areas for standards
harmonization and other national HIT agenda activities. During the June
2008 and July 2008 AHIC meetings, there was approval for development of 1 new
“Use Case” and 13 “Extensions/Gaps”. The 14 documents approved by AHIC for
development include:

  • General Laboratory Orders
  • Order Sets
  • Clinical Encounter Notes
  • Medication Gaps
  • Common Device Connectivity
  • Scheduling
  • Consumer Preferences
  • Common Data Transport
  • Newborn Screening*
  • Medical Home: Co-Morbidity & Registries
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Long Term Care – Assessment
  • Consumer AE Reporting
  • Prior-Authorization in Support of Treatment, Payment, & Operations

    (* - Denotes that this document will be a Use Case)

In the upcoming week, the first 5 Extension/Gap documents will be
made available for public feedback. There will be 1 round of public
feedback lasting 4 weeks. ONC intends to send out an email announcing the
availability of the documents. These documents should be posted to the HHS
website no later then Friday, August 22nd, 2008. Please continue to check
the use case website for updates:

I'll post again when these use cases and extensions become available. Many organizations, including ANSI/HITSP and EHRVA will be organizing feedback on this work, and I expect professional societies such as ACP, HIMSS and others will be doing so as well. I urge you all to comment on these use cases and extensions, and to participate in the feedback process to AHIC.

Please post comments to this post if your organization will be providing feedback to AHIC, and you would like members to participate.


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