Mandel on RDF Panel at SemTechBiz

Josh Mandel (second from right) spoke on a panel this week at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference, held June 2-5 in San Francisco’s Union Square. His group was there to discuss RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language, following a workshop earlier in the week that had prepared what came to be called the “Yosemite Manifesto” on the topic.

Like the other four speakers on the panel, Josh is in the business of addressing what the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stated in its 2010 report on health IT:

The best way to manage and store data for advanced data-analytical techniques is to break data down into the smallest individual pieces that make sense to exchange or aggregate.

RDF—the Resource Description Framework—plays a key role in the SMART API. Details are provided in our developer documentation.

For more on the panel session, see the write-up on, who presented the conference along with parent company WebMediaBrands, Inc.

SMART Reverberations from Health:Refactored

Reflecting on his recent experience at the first-of-its-kind Health:Refactored conference, SMART lead architect Josh Mandel (left) said:

Health:Refactored convened a vibrant mix of doers in Health technology, with a clear focus on designing, building, and iterating on better health tools.  It was an exciting chance to meet and scheme with the broader developer community about SMART, BlueButton+, and the burgeoning marketplace of health APIs. A key theme for me: the critical importance of breaking down silo walls so patients (consumers!) and clinicians can—to echo Zak Kohane’s TEDMED mantramake their data count for them.

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Webinar Video with Transcript: Getting SMART about C-CDA

Enjoy this interactive transcript of Josh Mandel’s popular webinar about SMART’s open-source tools, synchronized to the video recording. Now you can:

  • Follow along in the text as the video plays
  • Click any word in the transcript to jump to its location in the video
  • Search for a specific keyword and then jump to each occurrence of that word
  • View the transcript in “scan view,” similar to a word cloud
  • Print the transcript
  • Download the transcript

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Free Webinar: SMART C-CDA Tools for MU2

Getting SMART about C-CDA: 
Faster Meaningful Use with Clinical Benefits

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
12:00–1:00 p.m. EDT


Join the SMART Platforms team at noon EDT on April 2 for a roll-up-your-sleeves webinar to kick-start/speed-up your Consolidated CDA implementation for MU2. These tools will help you:

  • Generate high-quality C-CDA data exports that are easier to consume
  • Ensure your C-CDA imports flow smoothly on data from other vendors
  • Test your implementation and support end-users with clinical apps

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Value of SMART Discussed in Video from HIMSS13

In this video interview recorded yesterday at the 2013 HIMSS annual conference, Doug Fridsma, Director of the ONC’s Office of Standards and Interoperability, tells MedCity News how SMART fits into the ONC’s accountable care strategy.


Late-Breaking AMIA 2012 Session on Interoperability

Follow the AMIA 2012 Twitter feed in their chat room – no account necessary. Or use hashtag #AMIA2012.

SMART Lead Architect Josh Mandel and Evaluator Ross Koppel will speak in the following late-breaking session.

LB05: Interoperability: Why is it Taking so Darn Long?
Tuesday, November 6 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Room: Continental A

Gil Kuperman, New York Presbyterian Hospital; Harry Solomon, GE Healthcare; Ross Koppel, University of Pennsylvania; Charles Jaffe, HL7, Joshua Mandel, Children’s Hospital Boston, Douglas B. Fridsma, Office of the National Coordinator for HIT

Questions abound around why it’s taking so long to achieve practical interoperability in the US health system? Patients and their advocates wonder why can’t the records of care at one institution easily be merged with the records of care somewhere else? Or why can’t health information interoperate on the Internet the way that so many other types of industries do? Those in the industry debate the level of difficulty around technical problems and standards.

AMIA 2012 SPC Chair Bill Hersh, MD, asked recently “is it something inherent in the nature of clinical data, such as concern for privacy or the economic aspects of healthcare that lead to organizations not wanting to share data?”

This panel will examine the potential for interoperability to improve care, the role of standards organizations in advancing interoperability and what is needed beyond standards per se to support interoperability-based use cases. Whoever or whatever is at fault, the problem is that in the eyes of many, including AMIA members, interoperability is not happening fast enough. In other words “why is it taking so darn long?”

SMART on the Agenda at AMIA 2012

The AMIA 2012 Annual Symposium begins today in Chicago, where it is currently “Informatics Week” as declared by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

SMART will be highlighted in Scientific Sessions S27 & S33 on Monday and S94 & S99 on Wednesday, as well as in Poster Session 2 on Tuesday.

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Mandl at OSEHRA 1st Annual Summit

Yesterday, SMART’s Ken Mandl sat on a panel discussing “Open Source Best Practice and Business Models.” He was joined by US CTO Todd Park, FDA CIO Eric Perakslis, and Netspective CEO Shahid Shah. The session was moderated by BIDMC CIO John Halamka.

The panel was part of OSEHRA’s 1st Annual Open Source EHR Summit and Workshop, taking place October 17-18. OSEHRA, the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent, “supports an open, collaborative community of users, developers, and companies engaged in advancing electronic health record software and health information technology.”

Source: Dan Housman

SMART at Medicine 2.0 Boston Tomorrow

Medicine 2.0, the World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web 2.0 in Health, Medicine and Biomedical Research, has landed in Boston for its 5th annual conference! The agenda will feature two SMART-related presentations:

Both presentations are part of the session on Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality monitoring to be held in the large auditorium tomorrow (Saturday, 9/15) at 2:00-2:45 p.m. (see page 13 of the final program).

The conference is sold out, but you can still register for the Webcast.

Semantic Web for Health Care and Life Sciences Summer School August 27-30

Next Monday-Wednesday, August 27-30, the W3C will host a “Summer School” at the MIT CSAIL Stata Center for those interested in learning about the Semantic Web as applied to Health Care and Life Sciences.

Visit the wiki of the event, also known as the HCLS Hackathon, or download the flyer (PDF).

Also be sure to register.