Healthcare Standards

The 3rd Annual ONC Interoperability Forum

By Keith Boone – A dozen years ago, there were 200 people deeply involved in Interoperability programs in the US. I recently attended the third annual Interoperability Forum hosted by ONC, and I can safely say that there are at least 1000 people deeply involved in Interoperability programs.


Add, Replace or Change

By Keith Boone – Most of the interoperability problems we have today can be readily solved. All we have to do is replace the systems we already have in place with newer better technology. Does that sound like a familiar strategy?




The Longitudinal Identity of a CCD

By Keith Boone – This question comes up from time to time. For a given patient, how is there a unique identifier which uniquely identifies the CCD for the patient as it evolves over time. The answer is no, but to understand that, we need to talk a little bit about identifiers in CDA and how they were intended to be used.




Hackers on FHIR

By Keith Boone – One recent concern about FHIR that has crossed several different list servers recently is that of making patient health data more readily hackable. In one scenario, the concern goes: If we make patient data more accessible via FHIR, that will also make it more likely to be hacked. Another scenario goes: