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Interoperability in Healthcare: standards to exchange information

healthcare Interoperability
To achieve the smoothest possible exchange of information, it is essential to adopt standards for the different health systems to share. For this reason, several organizations seeking to unify interoperability criteria have arisen, such as HL7 International, HIMSS o NEMA.

    In messaging for example, they have developed standards that define the format and structure of data elements to facilitate communication between different clinical systems. Among these are:
  • HL7 V2.X, HL7 V3 to exchange demographic, clinical and administrative data.
  • DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) that defines the way to communicate diagnostic images and information associated with these.
  • ASC-X12, which has been designed to exchange procedures, patient eligibility and benefit payments.
  • IEEE 1073, which determines the messages to exchange data with biomedical instrumentation equipment.
    • With regard to health terminology or data standards that add the semantic component, vocabularies and codes have been developed to label clinical concepts such as diseases, problem lists, diagnoses, drugs, techniques and procedures, analytical determinations and laboratories, among others. Some of these are:
  • ICD-10 or the International Classification of Diseases, that defines a catalog of diagnoses and procedures for statistical purposes, billing, costs and paperwork.
  • LOINC that is more oriented to laboratory tests, metrics and clinical observations.
  • SNOMED CT, which is a large ontology of biomedical concepts with descriptions, relationships and grammar to build clinical expressions.
  • Novartis’ Sandoz goes digital from back office to ‘not just apps,’ therapeutics

    how-digital-is-reshaping-the-pharma-arenaPharma’s digital revolution is well underway, and Sandoz is placing some big bets that tech can transform the company—and everything it does.

      The Novartis generics business is taking on digital and data technologies from discovery and development all the way to commercialization, believing the approach can open up healthcare access and improve patient outcomes.

    Leading the digital transformation push in North America is Carol Lynch, president of Sandoz U.S. and head of North America, and Mike Fraser, VP of strategy, innovation and analytics.

    The two talked to FiercePharma recently about Sandoz and Novartis’ strategy, programs and mission in digital technology.

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