Our very own CEO of iNTERFACEWARE, Eliot Muir sat down to talk with HIT Exchange Media at HIMSS 11 to discuss the importance and role of interfacing data systems in HIE with a particular emphasis on CDA.
One of the things we are really kind of excited to look at is seeing the emergence of the CDA as a new business challenge that businesses are facing. I think the first stage of the meaningful use provision has got people generating CDA documents. Now generating a document, there is a fair bit of work in doing it but the real work is going to be when people start having to try to consume CDA documents from other vendors. I think we will get back into the same classic problem that interfaces usually reflect the structure of the databases that they feed from and so there’s going to be the same issues with CDA. So you might have a system that has heavy smoker, light smoker, non-smoker and another system says 5 packs a day, non-smoker, 10 packs and over 50. Invariably data is not stored in compatible formats in databases and that’s always reflected in interfaces. So, it’s going to be interesting in looking to see how as the meaningful use provisions go forward, vendors start having to try to interchange the CDA standard. We are ready to help with that if people are facing that challenge.
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