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EMI Advisors LLC partners with Integrating the Health Enterprise on ONC/IHE USA Cooperative Agreement

EMI Advisors LLC has partnered with the Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) USA on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and IHE USA Cooperative Agreement. ONC and IHE USA are collaborating to accelerate the creation of new and updated IHE profiles to support the use of the HL7® FHIR® (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard.

IHE Profiles provide a common language for purchasers and vendors to define the integration needs of health care sites and the integration capabilities of healthcare IT products. They provide health care professionals seeking to acquire or upgrade systems a convenient, reliable tool that reduces the complexity, cost and anxiety of implementing interoperable systems by providing a way to specify a level of compliance to standards sufficient to achieve truly efficient interoperability.

EMI Advisors, LLC (EMI) will take part in this agreement by providing program management and policy assistance in developing profiles that utilize FHIR and that are being deployed and implemented across a variety of national and international based data interoperability initiatives.

“ONC and IHE are instrumental in bringing together key stakeholders, including clinical providers, payers, and data interoperability standards experts, to guide the business and clinical requirements for the standards development and adoption process. Through this Cooperative Agreement, both organizations will help to unify stakeholder efforts for real-world standards testing and implementation,” said Evelyn Gallego, CEO of EMI. “EMI is proud to help advance this partnership between ONC and IHE.”

Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, President of IHE USA sees the collaboration between ONC, IHE USA, EMI Advisors and other key project partners as an important illustration of the work on the ground being done to move the nation and globe towards achieving health IT policy goals. “The Office of the National Coordinator notes that the consistent implementation of established standards within health IT systems is necessary to achieve interoperability among healthcare providers. This collaboration will quickly broaden IHE’s offering of profiles to include the consistent implementation of popular health standards for more effective, secure and interoperable exchange of health data.”