As the healthcare industry continues to strive for broader interoperability, the importance of data integration projects for delivering connectedness in the form of data exchange and sharing is instrumental. The goal of interoperability is to coordinate the cooperative use of data across the care continuum to tell a patient’s full health history. This seamless access to data supports improved care delivery, better outcomes, and more satisfied patients.

With the 21st Century Cures Act adding enforceable rules to guide interoperability with fines to prevent information blocking, integration is as important as ever.

At Harmony Healthcare IT, we get data – both literally and figuratively.

That means that we not only extract data, but migrate, consolidate, and retain it as well so that it may be enabled. These integration services are made possible through interoperability standards in the healthcare industry.

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Harmony Healthcare IT is an award-winning data management firm with a proven ability to extract, migrate and archive data with 100% integrity.

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Common Health Data Standards

USCDI        HL7        FHIR        C-CDA        XML        Direct

Standardization

Standards provide a common language for information to be ingested and made sense of regardless of its source system.  Harmony Healthcare IT’s team of data experts have been utilizing standards to manage discrete, narrative and unstructured data for decades. Some examples:

  • terminology (e.g., CPT®, ICD-10, LOINC®, SNOMED-CT, RxNorm)
  • content (e.g., HL7, C-CDA)
  • transport (e.g., FHIR®, DICOM)
  • identifiers (e.g., EMPI, MRN, NPI)
  • privacy and security (e.g., HIPAA, HITRUST®)

With standards in place to guide the “what” and “how” of data movement, a variety of healthcare integration use cases may be addressed.  The benefits of these use cases are shared among clinicians, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, researchers, payers, suppliers and patients.

Beneficiaries of Integration Data Standards

  • Clinicians
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories
  • Pharmacies
  • Researchers
  • Payers
  • Suppliers
  • Patients

Integration Use Cases for HealthData Archiver®

Harmony Healthcare IT is the maker of HealthData Archiver®, which offers HIPAA-compliant storage of protected health information (PHI) as well as employee or business data from legacy software. With data from multiple data sources or domains consolidated to a single archive, some of these and other use cases become readily available:

eMPI

Link historical patient records to the enterprise master patient index (eMPI). This greatly reduces manual or fuzzy logic patient matching, thereby increasing accuracy and successfully setting patient information up for future interoperability or integration projects.

Patient Merge

After creating master record with historical person identification from multiple big data sources that were consolidated into HealthData Archiver®, use criteria to match the historical person ID to the go-forward EHR, using a form of HL7 to merge and unmerge records as necessary.

21st Century Cures Act — Consumer Record Access

The finalized rules of the 21st Century Cures Act require more extensive patient access to their electronic medical records without charge by their healthcare provider in the format that they choose. When considering how to include historical records as a part of the release of information, consider a FHIR API.

Single Sign-On

Seamlessly authenticate, in patient-context, from most major EMR brands (e.g., Epic, Cerner®, Allscripts®, athenahealth®, NextGen®) to HealthData Archiver®. Oauth/OpenID, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML 2.0) and other standards are supported.

Third-Party Auditing

Ensure that archived data within HealthData Archiver® is monitored for unusual activity and compliance through an integrated third-party monitoring platform like FairWarning®, P2Sentinel™, and Splunk®. Capture audit activity from login to logout and rest assured that the privacy and security of protected health information is covered.

Reporting/Analytics

Pre-define required reports as a part of the data storage planning process. Connect an ODBC/JDBC reporting, analytics, or business intelligence tool of choice (e.g., Crystal Reports®, Qlik®, Tableau®, Microsoft Power BI, SAP®), to make data dictionary and schema available to technical resources who then self-serve on-demand.

Data Export/Sharing

Export legacy data from HealthData Archiver® and share it to population health management applications, data warehouses, APIs, dashboard/visualization tools, HIEs, research teams, and more.

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

Further enabling interoperability in healthcare are application programming interfaces (APIs). APIs clearly define the calls, requests, formats, and conventions that enable software applications to build on the functionality of each other. Our developers at Harmony Healthcare IT work collaboratively with APIs of leading health IT vendors to ensure the secure exchange or accessibility to data within the healthcare ecosystem.

Privacy and Security with HIPAA & HITRUST

The exchange of health data must be secure. HIPAA privacy and security requirements are in place to safeguard how data is transmitted, received, or maintained. An added layer of security comes in the form of frameworks such as HITRUST. There is a difference between HIPAA and HITRUST. HIPAA is a federal act that sets compliance standards while HITRUST is an organization that has established a common security framework (CSF) to help companies reach HIPAA standards and beyond. Harmony Healthcare IT maintains HIPAA-compliance and HITRUST-certification to ensure that health data is protected at rest and in transit.

Achieving a timely and seamless flow of health information requires a long-term data management strategy that includes integration.

An active archive like HealthData Archiver® can help your organization deliver on interoperability goals. The data experts at Harmony Healthcare IT have worked with 500+ unique software brands to achieve the goals of complex data migration, archival or integration projects.

We ensure technical standards, policies and protocols are followed to securely store legacy data in an accessible archive while supporting the exchange of health information.

As your team continues to adapt to Cures Act regulations, safely guide the data within your care wherever it needs to go with a team of experienced clinical data experts. Ensure the data from your inventory of legacy applications is consolidated, secured, accessible and usable. This is the foundation for system integration and the backbone of what is needed to realize sustainable interoperability in healthcare technology.

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