AEGIS Becomes Health Level Seven (HL7) Benefactor


AEGIS joins 22 other distinguished organizations as the latest HL7 Benefactor. As an HL7 Benefactor, AEGIS supports HL7’s important efforts toward streamlined development, implementation and adoption of industry-critical standards, specifications and products.

“AEGIS is pleased to be an HL7 Benefactor,” stated Mario Hyland, Senior Vice President & Founder at AEGIS. Mr. Hyland explains,

“AEGIS continues to advocate that standards, conformance to those standards, and thorough testing to ensure conformance are all required to achieve true, seamless information exchange. Our organization and partners are focused on advancing health information sharing best practices for government and industry.”

Charles Jaffe, MD, CEO of HL7 comments,

“Health Level Seven International is pleased to welcome AEGIS as a Benefactor Member. AEGIS continues to demonstrate a commitment to improve our standards development process. Through the AEGIS testing platform, our members can enhance the quality of their health IT systems.  The AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL) is a unique test platform and more effectively enables our conformance testing objectives. In turn, this helps to achieve our far-reaching goal of enhancing patient safety.”

As part of our ongoing efforts to advance the implementation of interoperability standards, HL7 and AEGIS partnered earlier this year on the pilot of the Conformance Testing Program. The HL7 Conformance Testing Program helps healthcare IT developers speed time to market by providing a cost-effective platform for ongoing, iterative testing of conformance and interoperability with HL7 standards. In addition – these collected test results provide a feedback loop to HL7 by giving them actionable data to evaluate those aspects of the standards with which conformance proves most difficult for the vendors to achieve.

AEGIS is a proud sponsor of the 28th Annual HL7 International Plenary & Working Group Meeting held in Chicago, IL from September 14th – 19th, 2014. We have been actively participating in the HL7 Work Group Meetings (WGMs) covering a full range of HL7-specific topics such as Version 2.x Implementation, Version 3, and the Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®), Fast Healthcare Interoperability Standards (FHIR®), Meaningful Use in the US, Electronic Health Records, and Vocabulary Terminology among others. AEGIS has been testing its WildFHIR reference implementation (RI), developed and published test cases that have now been deployed within the Developers Integration Lab (DIL).

AEGIS looks forward to participating in our seventh IHE Connectathon coming up in January 2015 in Cleveland to highlight the advancements made in HL7 testing, particularly with FHIR® and our WildFHIR RI. We hope to see you there!

 


About Barry Dickman

Mr. Dickman is an accomplished Executive Consultant with 25+ years as an accomplished industry thought leader with experience in Health Information Technology, Program & Project Management Support, Standards & Interoperability, Enterprise Architecture, Business Development, Strategic/Business Planning, Client Relationship Building, Acquisition Management, Software Development and Requirements Management. He is a hands-on cross-functional leader who energizes and managed the successful delivery of consulting services and information technology solutions to the Federal and commercial markets. Mr. Dickman is responsible for tactical implementation and quality assurance of solutions and services. He supports various activities and communities of interest with senior-level consulting services with the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health & Human Services (HHS) on health information technology initiatives, including the electronic health record and health information exchange. He helps to ensure that projects & staff adhere to a process improvement approaches embodying the AEGIS CMMI-appraised process methodology ultimately providing clients with the essential elements of effective processes that improve their performance. As an effective communicator and leader, Mr. Dickman consistently demonstrates his ability to institute and carry out initiatives that drive positive change, improve efficiency and increased profitability. He brings extensive experience, functional knowledge and management skills to all consulting assignments. Prior to joining AEGIS, Mr. Dickman held senior level positions helping to create business solutions that help meet the healthcare industry's top challenges. Mr. Dickman has authored numerous papers, articles, newsletters and blogs. He graduated from the University of Maryland holds a Masters in Health Services Administration Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Dickman currently serves at the President of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter.

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