AMIA is on FHIR!


Last week marked the first time AEGIS participated in the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Symposium in Washington, DC. AMIA members, students, practitioners, informatics researchers, industry partners, and others interested in the rapidly emerging field of informatics participated in the three day event filled with a plethora of panels and presentations. We were intrigued by AMIA’s view and implementation of standards-based testing that enables members of the global health informatics community to learn about the importance of health information interoperability, the contribution of health informatics standards, the contributions of key standards development organizations, and the challenges of developing good standards that work well together.AMIA logo

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Karen DeSalvo, MD stated that, “Groups like AMIA should step in and lead on interoperability.” ONC adopted a recommendation from its JASON task force in its recent draft of its 10-year roadmap toward interoperability. It recommends that Stage 3 of meaningful use include public APIs. The first such API likely would be Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), a standard being developed by Health Level Seven International. At the Symposium, developers and backers of public application programming interfaces (APIs) discussed how the standard could speed interoperability with add-on apps to enterprise EHRs, and help make those bulky systems more nimble.

HL7 and AEGIS have partnered to offer the HL7 Conformance Testing Program which 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. AEGIS has developed our WildFHIR® reference implementation (RI) for use with the AEGIS DIL in testing HL7’s FHIR® standard. Check out the links and follow us on Twitter (@AEGIS.net) for more details….


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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