AEGIS has been mentioned again for the second time in the Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework newsletter for our active participation in the HL7 Work Group Meeting and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Standards (FHIR®) Connectathon. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) launched the S&I Framework in January 2011. The S&I Framework works with a set of motivated organizations and individuals who share the mission and goals of care delivery transformation through improved interoperability. This is an Open Government initiative. As a recognized global community leader in innovation of Health IT interoperability, testing, analytics, and informatics – AEGIS continues to educate and make major contributions to industry on the efficiencies of “testing early and often” while providing a new model for Continuous Interoperability and Conformance Testing. The S&I Framework is a collaborative community of participants from the public and private sectors who are focused on providing the tools, services and guidance to facilitate the functional exchange of health information. The S&I Framework uses a set of integrated functions, processes, and tools that enable execution of specific value-creating initiatives. Each S&I Initiative tackles a critical interoperability challenge through a rigorous process that typically includes:
- Development of clinically-oriented user stories and robust use cases
- Harmonization of interoperability specifications and implementation guidance
- Provision of real-world experience and implementer support through new initiatives, workgroups and pilot projects
- Mechanisms for feedback and testing of implementations, often in conjunction with ONC partners such as NIST
We’re glad to be recognized in the ONC newsletter and looking forward to continuing the dialog around interoperability assurance through effective testing.