Improved outcomes, interoperability remain goal for Da Vinci Project

A healthcare stakeholder initiative meant to address the needs of value-based care continues to make progress, according to Steve Lazarus, president of Boundary Information Group, a health IT consultancy.

The Da Vinci Project’s goal is to focus on patient outcomes by ensuring that physicians and other providers have access to the right clinical data at the right time as well as insurance benefits—all to enable effective care coordination.

Da Vinci stakeholders are leaders and health IT specialists working to accelerate the adoption of HL7’s FHIR and make it the standard to support value-based care across communities, which will promote interoperability.

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Members have established a governance model to ensure equal representation and transparency, according to HL7.

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About 15 organizations are participating in the Da Vinci Project, Lazarus notes, as well as about five vendors, a half-dozen health plans, clinicians and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMS has created pilot tests working with HL7 and FHIR to improve transaction processes as several HIPAA transactions have been poorly used or there is not enough specificity to make a transaction machine readable.

For example, work is being done to improve the discharge summary, which mostly has remained a paper or faxed transaction and could take days or weeks to get sent to the recipient. And, there are at least five different formal use cases in various stages of readiness.

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