Monday, June 2, 2008

HITSP keeps on rolling

Chair of HITSP, Dr. John Halamka, announced that he will be presenting 4 new harmonized interoperability specifications to Health Human Services Secretary Leavitt and the American Health Information Community (AHIC) at the June 3 AHIC meeting. These specifications focus on Medication Management.

These specifications and definitions include:
Medication Dispensing Status provides a medication prescriber the dispensing status of an ordered prescription (dispensed, partially dispensed, not dispensed).

Medication Orders defines the transactions between prescribers (who write prescriptions) and dispensers (who fill prescriptions)

Medication Formulary and Benefits Information performs two tasks: 1) performs eligibility check for a specific patient's pharmacy benefits and 2) obtains the medication formulary and benefit information.

Patient Generic Health Plan Eligibility Verification provides the status of a health plan covering the individual, along with details regarding patient liability for deductible, co-pay and co-insurance amounts for a defined base set of generic benefits or services. The base set of benefits includes coverage status and patient liability for medical, chiropractic, dental, hospital inpatient, hospital outpatient, emergency, professional physician office visit, pharmacy and vision services that are included in the patient's generic health plan benefit.
Dr. Halamka announced he will also be presenting a technical note on Document Reliable Interchange to support a secure communication of a clinical document over a network.

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