HITSP: Becky Kush raised money and interest to launch a clinical research use case that HITSP, a US government sponsored standards panel, would turn into an Interoperability Specification. This I.S. specifies how EHRs can interact with research systems to exchange data. Poor Landen has been working on this document since spring, as technical writer for HITSP’s Clinical Research Tiger Team. It’s nearly done, and will be released for public comment towards the end of the year.
CCHIT: This group, also US based, certifies EHRs for various functionalities, with Clinical Research the latest. It will define the functions that an EHR must be able to perform to be certified as a clinical research supporter. The first set of criteria will be released for public comment this fall. Poor Landen is the Strategic Lead of CCHIT’s clinical research workgroup.
And alas, that’s not all. In the course of the HITSP work, a gap appeared in the underlying standards. The gap deals with the way electronic case report forms are pre-populated by an EHR, and defined a need to ‘redact’ any data not specified by the protocol from the standard document offered up by the EHR. Poor Landen had to propose a new integration profile to IHE to fill the gap, and the due date was – you guessed it – this week. But with help from Davera Gabriel of UC Davis and Gary Walker of Quintiles, all is well, and the detailed proposal has been submitted on time.