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  1. Eric Stott
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    Can you go into more detail of what was/was not discussed @ the “There is More to Life in Healthcare Integration than Technical Compliance” session?

  2. Steve
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    Sure. Following is a bit more detail from the session called “There is More to Life in Healthcare Integration Than Technical Compliance”.

    Elizabeth’s presentation dealt exclusively with a high level perspective on healthcare standards compliance and most of her content was very general in nature. She included brief introductions to HL7 and HIPPA and talked about the benefits of using a publish/subscribe BizTalk integration tier. When discussing BizTalk she alluded to how the BizTalk hub-and-spoke architecture is a superior integration approach compared to the “spaghetti code” point-to-point messaging solutions that are still common.

    Talking about compliance, Elizabeth stated that one of the compliance myths is that compliance with a certain standard is a one-time event (i.e. once the interface is complete, the job is done). The subject of compliance naturally led to her core message which was to focus on business process management and how returns on investment opportunities exist with standards compliance.

    She mentioned that healthcare IT spending is expected to reach $39.5 billion by 2008 and possibly as high as $50 billion by 2010.

    One of her slides highlighted the integration/workflow associated with the NPI (National Provider Identity). The use of a national provider identity for health care providers was mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a result of HIPPA. She talked about the challenge of getting the providers to comply with NPI. In order to ensure compliance with the NPI, the HHS department “refused” to allow the providers to supply their old identities along with their NPI number on messages. Their argument was that if old identities are still allowed on the messages, then compliance would either never happen or would happen too slowly.

    There’s really not much else to add. For someone with an exposure to healthcare integration, the session probably didn’t add much value. For someone new to healthcare integration, the session probably served as a good introduction.

  3. Andrei Kossoroukov
    Andrei Kossoroukov at | | Reply

    Hi Steve,

    This weekend I finished reading your blog about the conference… Well, was a couple of weeks behind…

    Great report. A lot of interesting things.

    Thank you,
    Andrei

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