Healthcare Integration Roundup – May 6, 2011

This week’s roundup covers enterprise data modeling, a possible slowdown in the Meaningful Use timeline, a new HIE software release, and interoperability.

Enterprise Data Modeling: 7 Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make via
This article isn’t healthcare-specific, but there are several good pointers for architects working in IDNs and HIEs — any healthcare integration initiative, as a matter of fact. Key takeaway: a data model has to reflect business needs and be transparent. Easier said than done.

Federal Health IT Panel Mulls Slowing Meaningful Use Timeline
via @iHealthBeat
Is this really a huge surprise? Read the article to see who would be impacted and how.

Alembic Debuts CONNECT-based HIE Software via
The software is now called Aurion 4.0. It’s an open-source platform for NHIN standard services and content specifications. Find details on the Aurion Project site and the Aurion project wiki for developers and users.

Interoperability Still Key to Effective Electronic Medical Records via IT Business Edge
An interview with Rick Kneipper from Anthelio Healthcare. Rick says, “all of a sudden everyone is saying, “We need interoperability.” Of course the question is when?” It’s all about the timing.

Can interoperability help connect the dots? by Healthcare IT News via @motorcycle_guy
“With more than 300 EMR vendors currently operating in the healthcare space and large variations in how HL7 is implemented, there’s still a lot more work ahead before integration approaches a turnkey solution.” We couldn’t agree more. There are probably as many ways to implement HL7 as there are vendors (and hospitals and HIEs and ACOs).