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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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]

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Health Level 7 Policy Conference – Winter 2014

The HL7 Policy Conference was held on December 4-5, 2014. The meeting focused on how policy can accelerate interoperability and foster innovation. Liora Alschuler gave a presentation on standards maturity, the alignment of standards and policy and how analytics can drive positive change.

Read More

Webinar – CDA on FHIR: The Road Ahead

Lantana hosted a CDA on FHIR: The Road Ahead webinar on September 9, 2014. We provided an overview of each standard and the efforts to migrate or recreate CDA on a FHIR platform. Rick Geimer and Liora Alschuler discussed progress, challenges, and implementation strategies, taking questions at the end of the session from among the attendees.

Read More

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).

Read More

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

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…

Read More

The Health Story Project for Interoperability

At the 2014 IHE NA Connectathon in Chicago, Liora Alschuler presented “The Health Story Project for Interoperability.” Liora discussed the evolution and past contributions of the Health Story Project and corresponding partnerships, and how Health Story will raise awareness and improve information exchange and interoperability for coordinated patient care, payer-provider integration, and population health.

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More