| May 24, 2020

Innovaccer and Innovative FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform

Nqaba Matshazi

Nqaba has been working as an investigative journalist for the last 10 years. He has written for various media outlets across the world. Nqaba has been working as an investigative journalist for the last 10 years. He has written for various media outlets across the world.

Innovaccer’s new FHIR-enabled data activation platform is designed to address new CMS and ONC rules to utilize interoperability, as well as the patient-access needs of the 21st Century, Cures Act. The new rules promote HL7’s FHIR. (FHIR is short for HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources.)

Health IT company Innovaccer created its FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform in response to the 21st Century Cures Act. It’s designed to assist healthcare organizations to reach the goal of interoperability, achieving enhanced access to healthcare data.

What Innovaccer’s Platform Does

Innovaccer’s new platform provides a unique set of capabilities, from an optimized FHIR data lake, scalable FHIR APIs, an API gateway, a cloud infrastructure, and hundreds of analytical tools, like HEDIS scores, as well as many other features. The platform supports a huge network of FHIR connections, enabling an integrated healthcare platform.

Innovaccer’s goal of interoperability is backed by many years of healthcare experience. The new platform goes well beyond a simple data exchange. Supporting critical FHIR API resources, the FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform enables efficient implementation, solving multiple data exchange problems of payers and providers. With more than 200 connections to IT vendors and more than 65 pre-built connections to electronic health records, Innovaccer’s data platform guarantees real-time integration without any additional requirements for engineering.

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Best of all, the platform complies with the latest version, FHIR v4.0.1, and more than 800 analytical enrichments to clinical and claims data and more than 400 search parameters. The amount of data the platform provides lets it serve as a foundation upon which a healthcare organization can design and build custom applications.

The innovative platform includes enterprise-grade data exchange security by enabling secure connections through OAuth 2.0 as well as Smart on FHIR authorization protocol. Furthermore, the platform supports real-time, interactive developer and sandbox environments with de-identified data to quickly build FHIR applications. The open framework of the platform also enables plug-and-play integration with other services and components with very little or no coding required.

The Bigger Trend

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued rules to implement the patient access and interoperability provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act. The rules advocate FHIR as the foundation to support healthcare data exchange.

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The 21st Century Cures Act was enacted in December 2016 by the United States Congress. The act authorized $6.3 billion mostly to the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the act is to streamline the process of approving new drugs and medical devices to bring new medical treatments to consumers faster.

The fact is, more and more healthcare records are being digitized. As patients transverse the healthcare system, their electronic health records must be made available and made understandable. The data must also be uniformly structured and standardized. Innovaccer’s platform ties together the portability of patient health records with the regulatory requirements.

A Message From Innovaccer’s CEO

“During the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more crucially important now than ever that patients have access to their healthcare data whenever they need it and in a way, they can best utilize it. The recent regulatory changes from the ONC and CMS makes this claim indisputable. It also focuses on the importance of working together in healthcare for the best experience possible,” observed Abhinav Shashank, CEO of Innovaccer.

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“Innovaccer thinks that healthcare should be connected better by sharing data that support patient-centered care. With the goal of truly collaborative and interoperable healthcare, we’ve launched healthcare’s first FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform. This empowers healthcare providers to come together in this unprecedented time and care as one for their patients.”


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