ROCKVILLE, MD — The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and Health Level Seven® International (HL7) announced a two-year partnership to jointly collaborate and focus efforts to extend comprehensive standards for interoperability in the healthcare community.
AMIA is the leading professional organization for informatics professionals with more than 5,000 members advancing healthcare through informatics. AMIA’s core purposes are to advance the science and profession of informatics, promote the education of informatics, and assure that health information technology is used most effectively to promote health and health care.
The mission of HL7 is to provide standards for interoperability that improve care delivery, optimize workflow, reduce ambiguity, and enhance knowledge transfer among all stakeholders. HL7 is shaping the future of healthcare by making their standards and implementation guides freely available.
“AMIA and HL7 have a long history of collaborating together,” said AMIA Board Chair and President Gretchen Purcell Jackson, MD, PhD, FACS, FACMI, FAMIA, Vice President and Scientific Medical Officer, Intuitive Surgical and Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics, and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “As an organization of members who created and implemented technologies for the electronic health record, our partnership with HL7 is essential in moving forward with advancing health and healthcare with standards for interoperability.”
“As a longtime member of AMIA, I see collaboration as essential to advancing interoperability across the stakeholders,” said HL7 CEO Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD. “HL7 and FHIR® have become global resources and working alongside AMIA will bring us closer to our mutual goals of ensuring healthcare and health information technology are efficient and effective.”
AMIA and HL7 have had significant collaborations over the past several years, most notably with the FHIR® Application Competition held the last four years at the AMIA Annual Symposium. This sponsored competition gives the opportunity for participants to showcase their app at a session during the largest informatics meeting worldwide. The FHIR® App Competition includes approximately 10 applications presented in a competitive setting with a panel of judges and voting by the audience. Cash prizes are given to the top three applications.
The 2021 AMIA/HL7 FHIR® App Competition Winners Include:
- First Place: Ken Kawamoto; Disease Manager
- Second Place: Subha Airan-Javia; Bringing FHIR to the Bedside: An EHR Connected Mobile Application to Bring Real-Time Clinical Data Coupled with a User-First Team Collaboration Platform to the Point of Care
- Third Place: Ajay Dharod; Involving Patients Using FHIR
The AMIA 2022 Annual Symposium, November 5 – 9, in Washington, D.C., will host the next sponsored AMIA/HL7 FHIR® App Competition. Rachel Richesson, PhD, MPH, FACMI, is the AMIA Board liaison for HL7, and Viet Nguyen, MD, is the lead managing the Applications Competition. The contest submission site is open through August 2.
AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,500 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics. Visit amia.org.
About Health Level Seven International (HL7)
Health Level Seven® International (HL7) is an ANSI-accredited, not-for-profit standards developing organization with the mission of empowering global health interoperability. With affiliates in over 30 countries, HL7’s global membership envisions a world in which everyone can securely access and use the right data when and where they need it. Widely implemented by vendor and healthcare systems, and required by governing bodies around the world, HL7 standards deliver solutions for health information technology, including HL7® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®), Version 2 (V2) and Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®). For more information, visit HL7.org.