Posts by Liora Alschuler

Electronic Attachments Tell a Comprehensive Health Story

  Anticipated HHS regulations are expected to provide standards for electronic documents used as attachments to support reimbursement-related transactions. On February 5, I was joined by Mary Lynn Bushman, Sr. EDI Analyst at National Government Services, Inc., in presenting a HIMSS Health Story Project webinar on the attachment standards: their usage, the business case for…

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Comments on Standards for Claims Attachments

Co-author: Kanwarpreet Sethi Lantana Consulting Group commented on the testimony provided on February 16, 2016, to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Subcommittee on Standards, Hearing on HIPAA and ACA Administrative Simplification — Phase IV Operating Rules and Attachment Standard (Part 2).We agree with the many comments urging a low bar for initial…

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We go greenLantana

greenLantana is the name of our collective effort to measure, evaluate, and improve the corporate, social, and environmental impacts of our Lantana way of doing business. As the name suggests, our initiative emphasizes environmental responsibility and includes support for “corporate social responsibility”[1] and the “triple bottom line”.[2]

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HL7 and FHIR: The New Standard for Health Exchange Interoperability

Liora Alschuler and Rick Geimer (remote presenter) presented at the Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) Summit on October 1, 2015 in Burlington, VT. They provided a brief history of HL7 standards, an overview of FHIR, how CDA and FHIR can work together and the path forward. The VITL Summit was a two day event packed with five tracks…

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Development, implementation, and initial evaluation of a foundational open interoperability standard for oncology treatment planning and summarization, JAMIA January 2015

Authors: Jeremy L. Warner, Suzanne E. Maddux, Kevin S. Hughes, John C. Krauss, Peter Paul Yu, Lawrence N. Shulman, Deborah K. Mayer, Mike Hogarth , Mark Shafarman , Allison Stover Fiscalini, Laura Esserman, Liora Alschuler , George Augustine Koromia, Zabrina Gonzaga, Edward P. Ambinder The objective of this article was to develop and evaluate a foundational oncology-specific standard for…

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CDA Experts on FHIR

At Lantana, we are all pretty comfortable working with CDA. I think we are also pretty open to understanding its limitations. The current CDA, Release 2, was developed ten years ago. It was designed to meet a range of requirements from simple, transformed-from-dictation documents to fully coded, semantically interoperable reports. A key design consideration, a requirement for passing ballot within HL7 at that time, was full compatibility with Version 3 messaging and an explicit tie-in to the Reference Information Model (RIM).

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Brag Blog: HAIMS Nails it for Veterans

The great thing about a career in health IT is that we have so many problems to solve. The drag is that it occasionally feels as if we operate on a treadmill of ever-receding achievement. In this space, I want to recognize a solid achievement in health IT in which Lantana played a part. It…

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Lantana Annual Retreat: Full Speed Forward

Lantana’s company retreat started out with a review of the company vision statement, pared down to the following: “We want to see health information available across the spectrum of care, supporting safe, effective, affordable healthcare that improves well-being, public health, quality of care, and research.”

From there, we spent a day and a half reviewing our goals, strategy, and tactics to realize this vision. We found, to our satisfaction, that our long-time company motto[i], “have fun, make money, improve the industry” works just fine to articulate our goals.

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Health Story at HIMSS 2014 Showcase

Liora Alschuler gave a talk on the Health Story Project at the HIMSS 2014 Interoperability Showcase. The talk was titled “Interoperability For Everyone” and described the Project background, purpose and the Health Story Showcase demonstration. Liora announced the official launch of The Health Story Roundtable & the election of a new Leadership Council. For information…

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Setting the Standard: EHR Quality Reporting Rises in Prominence Due to Meaningful Use

In this article, published in the January 2014 Journal of AHIMA, thought leaders from Lantana Consulting Group and HHS’s Centers for Medicaid & Medicare (CMS) discuss the industry mandate to measure the quality of care provided to patients. The ability to measure healthcare relies upon standard data and data formats for electronic health records (EHRs) under the…

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2013 WEDI Report

Lantana President & CEO, Liora Alschuler contributed to the 2013 WEDI Report as a Work Group Co Chair. The objective is to provide a roadmap for industry action by focusing attention on identifying business model attributes in the following four areas: Enabling patient engagement through improved access to pertinent dataEvaluating alternative payment models and requisite…

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Lantana at HIMSS13: Hello, New Orleans

Eight of us will be in the Crescent City for the better part of a great week. We’re looking forward to meeting with colleagues, clients, prospective clients, old friends and people who share our passion for HIT interoperability, music and good food. Here’s what’s up…

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Our Perspective on Updating Consolidated CDA

Several proposals have come forward to augment HL7 Consolidated CDA with additional templates. The Structured Documents Work Group has taken the position that new templates supporting long term care will be added in an addendum rather than integrated into a new release of the spec. I think this position needs to be reconsidered both as a general course and for the specific material. Here’s why.

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At Your Service!

We are taking advantage of our upcoming meeting with 25,000 of our closest associates — we will show greenCDA technology in the Health Story portion of the HIMSS12 Interoperability Showcase, Hall G, #11000.

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greenData BIG Data

Lantana Group published this white paper for HIMSS12, highlighting how the Lantana Trifolia Toolkit uses the greenCDA methodology to open up the flow of Big Data within the enterprise and onto our health information networks. The Trifolia Toolkit was used in the HIMSS12 Health Story Showcase demonstration to enrich source data provided through dictated and a semi-structured notes and created…

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How green is greenCDA?

The answer is, “potentially, pretty darn green.” I was invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Global Healthcare Conference where the topic is the greening of healthcare – reducing the environmental impact of care delivery in the US and around the world…

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Academy V: Around the Corner and Out on the West Coast

Hard to believe that we are already going into our fifth edition of the CDA Academy, the premier place to learn, absorb, ponder and explore everything related to the core specification behind Meaningful Use of electronic health records and all types of clinical information exchange.

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