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Blog articles written by the 3M HDD team on terminologies, healthcare interoperability, medical informatics and other topics that may be of interest.

What’s new in TEFCA 2

More than a year after the first draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) was published, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT) is back with a second draft.
As a member of the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics, I get the opportunity to participate in and shape the curriculum and career development opportunities for graduate students in the field of biomedical informatics.
To promote industry connections and an emphasis on curricular relevance, the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics holds industry-sponsored mini-conferences every April and October, called the IAB (Industry Advisory Board) Talks.

Happy 25th to LOINC!

LOINC’s 25th Anniversary was celebrated on February 16, 2019 with a social media blitz of timeline, photo archive and many well wishes from around the world on Twitter and the LOINC Forum.
The year 2019 marks the 250th anniversary since the Scottish physician and professor, William Cullen, published the book “Synopsis Nosologiae Methodicae”. He, and other pioneers in the field of nosology, made it easier for physicians to classify diseases and diagnose patients’ ailments as well as promote early tracking of health outcomes.
Terminologies - critical but often deferred in FHIR application development
The Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes—widely known as LOINC—is a standard terminology created to enable a common understanding of laboratory and clinical observations, such as lab tests and results, vital signs and other clinical measurements and procedures.
The September 2018 Health Level 7 (HL7) international working group meeting was held in Baltimore, Maryland and was packed full of user tutorials and learning sessions.
Recently, my family took me to an Emergency Room when I suddenly lost my sense of touch on the left side of my face.

Miles to go on interoperability

I recently had cause to wonder about the progress we’re making on the path to interoperability through “the woods” of healthcare information exchange (HIE).