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Nursing Electronic Health Record Applications, Devices and Apps Communicating Patient Data Electronically using HL7 standards & IHE profiles

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HL7 Nurses Work Group joint with HL7 PCWG EHRWG, CICWG and Association NI2016, IMIA-NI, HIMSS & IHE . Nursing applications using interoperability standards connectathon and showcase during the 13th international Nursing Informatics Conference 2016, Geneva, Switzerland.

Project Overview

This project will develop and test during various connectathons a showcase of interoperable nursing applications, deploying various interoperability standards from HL7 and IHE. The showcase will deploy both new resources and existing resources with, if needed, suggestions of modification that come out of connectathons.

These resources will be defined using the available interoperability resources, tooling and in accordance with documented quality guidelines.

The project will deploy a set of HL7 and other resources, including but not limited to:

  • HL7 v3 Care Record Message with Basic Patient and Provider Data (in particular CMETs Person, Patient, Provider, Professional, all universal) and specified Nursing Content.
  • HL7 v3 CDA examples, in particular from the German test sites, for nursing content.
  • Domain Analysis Models for Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Care Plan, Concern and Medical Devices, where implementable.
  • HL7 v3 Assessment Scale DSTU for Braden Scale and Pain scale.
  • Detailed Clinical Models length, weight (published), vitals signs, such as heart rate, and Braden Scale and Pain Scale.
  • HL7 v3 Care Plan R-MIM (if this can be converted into v3 message content.
  • If implementable: FHIR resource for Care Plan and other to be determined resources that fit nursing care.
  • The selection of the specific and feasible set of the above potential sources is part of the project.

Project Need

Nursing care internationally is lagging behind other health professionals and medical specialty domains when it comes to the level of IT use, dedicated applications, and involvement in development and deployment. Although there have been many connectathons and showcases in the past, all addressed other clinical areas than nursing care. On the other hand, the number of patients requiring nursing care after treatment, or due to demographic developments, is growing. Hence, it is timely to demonstrate that nurses, standards developers, organisations and vendors are indeed able to support nursing care.

Project Success Criteria

  • A minimum of three applications participating in the showcase, one sender and two receivers.
  • Use of a minimum of three HL7 interoperability standard specifications (as specified above.
  • Use of a minimum of one IHE profile, e.g. the a Patient Care Coordination profile.
  • The involvement of a minimum of five organisations that have an interest in the showcase.
  • Work jointly during 3 HL7 WGMs during 2015 to prepare
  • Work jointly during 2 IHE connectathons during 2015 and 2016
  • A running showcase in June 2016 in Geneva.

Project Objectives

  • Project scope approved by nursing working group in HL7 and leaders of external organisations. Begin to eEngage vendors and sponsors. Target Date: November 21, 2014.
  • Use case descriptions borrowed from existing standards work and glued together in both clinical use case, deploying devices, continuity of care use case illustrating data exchange cross organisational borders, aggregation use case for quality reporting, blue button like forwarding data to personal health record, and deployment in personal mobile devices (smartphone app). Engage additional vendors. Target Date: 31 January 2015, directly after the HL7 WGM.
  • Inventory of available HL7, IHE and external interoperability standards and profiles that fit the use case. Gap analysis and define missing pieces. Final selection of the data elements to be exchanged from the initial listing in this PSS. Engage additional vendors. Target Date: Per the HL7 May 2015 WGM
  • First Connectathon session @ HL7. Develop artifacts to cover the missing pieces. Engage additional vendors. Target Date: Sept 2015 WGM.
  • Second connectathon session @ HL7. Find solutions for issues arising. Engage additional vendors. Target Date: January 2016 WGM.
  • Third connectathon at IHE and final rehearsal @ HL7. Target Date: May 2016 WGM.
  • Showcase at the 13th International Congress in Nursing Informatics Geneva, Switzerland. Target Date: June 25 to 29 2016.

Project Leadership

William Goossen, PhD (IMIA-NI)
Patricia Van Dyke, HL7 EHR workgroup & Nurse Group
Patrick Weber,(NI2016)

Project core team

William Goossen, PhD, (IMIA-NI)
Patrick Weber,(NI2016)
Patricia Van Dyke, HL7 EHR workgroup & Nurse Group
Laura Heermann Langford,(HL7 Patient Care, IHE)
Professor Nicholas Hardiker, (ICN)
Emma Jones, (Allscripts)
Sandy Vance, (Senior Director, Interoperability Initiatives HIMSS)
Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, (CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN Vice President, Informatics HIMSS North America)
Anneke Goossen, MS
  • To be completed.

Project support team

  • HL7 nurses group
  • IMIA NI standardization group
  • IHE PCC group
  • ICN
  • Volunteers
  • Vendors
  • To be completed.

Meeting Information

Project Documents

Reference Material

Project Status

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