mHealthWatch learned Tuesday morning that Cerner, a global name in healthcare technology, has unveiled a production version of HL7’s FHIR standard that is being tested in the Cerner Millennium electronic health record (EHR).
“This next-generation standards framework enables health care organizations to utilize Cerner’s open platform, which is designed to enable third-party innovators to advance care delivery and improve interoperability capabilities with other FHIR-compliant EHR systems,” said Dr. David McCallie, senior vice president of medical informatics at Cerner. “This integrated approach will provide clinicians access to ‘pluggable apps’ directly within their workflows that are designed to expand and transform the way care is delivered.”
Here’s how it works. According to details shared, Cerner clients will test SMART on FHIR apps within Cerner Millennium. Mosaic Life Care has already begun to test a clinical decision support system that helps clinicians recognize and diagnose visually presenting conditions, VisualDX, in its ambulatory clinics, emergency departments and throughout the hospital.
“The development of SMART on FHIR apps within Cerner Millennium is comparable to smartphones replacing pagers,” notes Brennan Lehman, CIO at Mosaic Life Care. “For years, we’ve struggled with complex interfaces, faxing and scanning to piece together the patient story. From the patient’s perspective, care isn’t limited to the four walls of the hospital. FHIR enabled apps seamlessly integrated with Cerner Millennium create the platform to solve the puzzle.”
VisualDX is demonstrating its app in the Solutions Gallery at Cerner’s Health Conference (CHC), which runs through Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.