ONC and the Department of Health and Human Services announce the Provider User-Experience Challenge
The Provider User-Experience (UX) Challenge incents the development of applications that use open, standardized APIs to enable innovative ways for providers to interact with patient health data. This challenge will focus on demonstrating how data made accessible to apps through APIs can positively impact providers’ experience with EHRs by making clinical workflows more intuitive, specific to clinical specialty, and actionable.
The lack of interoperability between electronic health record (EHR) systems remains a significant barrier to the modernization of health IT. Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), developed by HL7, is a standard designed to increase the liquidity of granular patient data. The FHIR API allows data to move between vendor systems both within and across different providers, not to mention through third-party applications for direct use by both clinicians and consumers. Among several opportunities now enabled by this interoperability standard are the new channels being opened up for improving a provider’s user experience when interacting with EHRs and the “consumability” of interrelated health data.
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