20+ healthcare companies create the Da Vinci Project to advance data sharing

Twenty-plus healthcare companies have joined together to form the Da Vinci Project, a private sector initiative focused on leveraging HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources to improve data sharing.

The project's participants will work together to define a common set of interoperability standards that can be implemented nationally. The project identified two initial test use cases that it will focus on — one is centered on 30-day medication reconciliation and the other on requesting and receiving health plan coverage requirements at the point of care.

The project's participants include Epic, Allscripts, Cerner, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Cognosante, Humana and Optum. They have established a governance model that is built on both steering and operating committees.

The Da Vinci Project operates independently but collaborates with HL7 work groups to gather feedback on FHIR standards.

"Da Vinci is a collective initiative of concerned, diverse market leaders that include payers, providers, HL7 and EHR vendors that understand how critical it is to put forward and employ standards that promote data exchange in real time," said Dr.Shafiq Rab CIO of Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center. "These efforts will enable data to be available at the right time to the right person every time securely."

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