- To improve the quality of care and reduce costs through the use of interoperability
technologies throughout the global healthcare community.
- To utilize the OMG technology adoption process to standardize
interfaces for healthcare objects
- To communicate the requirements of the healthcare industry to the
- To assist and advise the OMG liaisons regarding the
relationship with healthcare standards organizations and consortia.
Within the health industry, there is no shortage of standards work
or of potential technical solutions that are able to add value to
this complex and persistently “disconnected” vertical market sector.
What has been lacking, however, is a cohesive view and integrative
set of complementary functions designed to work with existing
systems to effectively bridge across incumbent systems and solutions
in support of connected-health and care continuity.
The suite of OMG healthcare standards were developed in concert with
Health Level Seven (HL7), and provide a superstructure allowing for
peaceful co-existence of yesterday’s integration strategies while
aligning with current industry best-practices, drawing from other
vertical market solutions and proven technical approaches. Based upon
model-driven architecture, this suite of standards comfortably supports
concurrent use of many different interface protocols into a cohesive
platform, providing a foundation to extend current systems beyond
institutional boundaries using an open, standards-based infrastructure.
The net result provides several benefits to adopters of these standards:
- Ability to extend current EHR solutions to effectively address
gaps between institutions.
- Establish and promote consistency within an institution across
multiple applications (such as shared Clinical Decision Support or
- Provides an underpinning platform to allow for adoption of new
capabilities or innovation, provided by enabling a shared services
- Extends HL7 FHIR® to support more complex workflow and
transaction management functionality.
- Allows for an integrative approach bringing together existing
and emerging data sharing protocols.
- Provides the basis for a service-enabled e-health
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||Mr. Kenneth S. Rubin
Mr. Kenneth S. Rubin Interoperability Architect
University of Utah - Department of Biomedical Informatics
Mobile: +1 301 613 3104
||Mr. Robert Lario
Work in Progress:
- Coordination of Care Service (CCS ) – The cornerstone to
effective care coordination is the establishment of a
patient-centric care plan, providing access to each member of that
patient’s care team, and visibility across that team. The
Coordination of Care Service defines and industry-standard interface
for interacting with that care plan and care team, from care plan
reconciliation to care team communications to managing patient
preferences and permissions.
- Ordering Service – In support of ordering portability,
this service allows for order creation, management, and fulfilment
spanning electronic health record (EHR) systems. It also includes
order catalog management, providing access and maintenance of the
set of orderable items.
- [Health] Services Directory (ServD) – Part “Provider
Directory” and part “Yellow Pages” TM, this standard provides the
ability to discover health and ancillary service providers based
upon their organizational affiliation, location, and other details,
and provides ability to contact and ultimately supports the secure
transfer of health data to designated, trusted network end-points.
- Clinical Decision Support Service (CDSS™) – Allows for
access to industry best-practices and institutional or licensed
knowledge to conduct patient-specific assessment and provide
recommendations to clinicians on best-practice or suggested
protocols. This standard facilitates the implementation,
maintenance, and consistency of clinical practice across clinical
- [Common] Terminology Services (CTS2™) – Underpinning the
ability to effectively interchange medical information lies the
support for medical coding systems and vocabularies. CTS2 allows for
applications to become semantically-aware, looking up the meaning of
coded values, traversing inherent relationships to draw inferences,
and supporting translation between different vocabularies or
languages. Designed to work with both medical terminologies such as
ICD10/11, SNOMED, LOINC, RxNORM, and others.
- Archetype Modeling Language™ (AML™) – Underpinning
“semantic interoperability” (allowing for information to flow while
retaining its context and meaning) is a body of medical knowledge
and the ability to express that in models that enumerate information
fields, their interrelationship among one another, bindings to
clinical vocabularies/terminology, and data structure. For example,
the expression of “vital signs” or a “blood pressure” could
conceivably contain different data elements depending upon the
organization and their mandatory fields, instrumentation, reference
ranges, preferred terminologies, and so on. AML provides a language
to express this knowledge, based upon a specialized profile of UML,
allowing for the use of off-the-shelf tooling to conduct this very
nuanced and specific health modeling.