C-CDAs — What are they good for?

David Kreda, SMART Translation Advisor
Joshua Mandel, SMART Lead Architect

Some readers of our JAMIA paper “Are Meaningful Use Stage 2 certified EHRs ready for Interoperability?” have wondered if we were insinuating that C-CDAs are all but useless because of their heterogeneity and other defects.

We did not say that.
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Advisory Committee Kickoff a Success

The SMART Advisory Committee had a high-energy kickoff meeting on May 15. Below are some scenes from the day, which featured presentations by Joshua Mandel and Clayton Christensen as well as demonstrations of apps to be deployed in the near future.
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Forbes Adds to Advisory Committee News Coverage

Today Forbes published Who’s Who Of Health Care Join Forces For SMART Technology, the latest in recent news coverage of the SMART Advisory Committee launch.


Other pieces include:
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Aneesh Chopra’s New Book Points to Launch of SMART Project

Aneesh Chopra, America’s first Chief Technology Officer and member of the SMART Platforms Advisory Committee, has published a new book called Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government. The SMART Project’s kickoff ITdotHealth meeting in 2009 is among the formative events he describes in Chapter 4, “Opening the Playbook.” Here he is seen with Ken Mandl at the Harvard Book Store, where he discussed the book on May 21. A video of the talk is provided by WGBH.


The Power of Shared Data

SMART, i2b2, and other open-source technologies made possible by the federal $48B investment in health IT will soon be used as the foundation of SCILHS: the Scalable Collaborative Infrastructure for a Learning Health System. Read the full report from the Harvard Medical School news office.

Based at Harvard Medical School and operating out of 10 health care sites from Massachusetts to Texas, SCILHS will be one of 29 networks in the national Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet). Pictured below are members of the network who made it through the snow to attend the official kickoff meeting held January 22–23 in Washington, D.C.

PCORnet Kickoff Attendees

A Quick Payoff for SMART-Enabling an EHR System

Over the summer, a European EHR vendor took quick advantage of SMART-enabling its EHR system, adding in the SMART API to enable it to offer both the SMART Pediatric Growth Chart and SMART Blood Pressure Centiles apps. Marand, provider of the Think!Med Clinical™ EHR system, adopted SMART, incorporating it into their openEHR-based system along with these initial apps, which were promptly made available for users at the 200-bed Children’s Hospital of Ljubljana University Medical Centre in Slovenia.
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Kohane Commentary on Grande et al Findings

JAMA Int Med: Secondary Use of Health Information: Are We Asking the Right Question?A report on “Public Preferences About Secondary Uses of Electronic Health Information” has just been published by a group of researchers led by Dr. David Grande at UPenn’s medical school. The publishing journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, also invited SMART Co-Director Zak Kohane to comment. His remarks appear in Secondary Use of Health Information: Are We Asking the Right Question? and may be read in their entirety by enlarging the image on the right. (A subscription is required to access the articles’ full texts.)

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SMART Medication Adherence App in i-JMR

Just published in interactive Journal of Medical Research: “Scalable Decision Support at the Point of Care: A Substitutable Electronic Health Record App for Monitoring Medication Adherence”

Democratizing Data: Two New SMART iOS Apps

The Harvard Medical School (HMS) news office reports on DB EMR and Genomics Advisor, soon to be released on iTunes.

SMART’s Ramoni on Panel at Fjord Kitchen NYC (Video)

While collaborating with Fjord on our award-winning growth chart app, SMART Executive Director Rachel Ramoni spoke at a Fjord Kitchen Event, which they host to “dish out inspiration” on digital technology from creative minds across industries. Looking back on the experience, Rachel said, Continue reading “SMART’s Ramoni on Panel at Fjord Kitchen NYC (Video)”