Intro to Interoperability, FHIR-API-TEFCA, Plain & Simple
What you'll learn
- The problem with our current Healthcare IT interoperablity standards.
- Why FHIR will have a dramatic impact on integrating out disparate Healthcare IT systems
- A simple explanation of FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources)
- The promise of FHIR
- There are no course requirements or prerequisites. This course in a foundation course.
Note: This course was recently updated (Dec 2022)
WHY IS THIS COURSE IMPORTANT?
The ability for Healthcare IT systems to communicate with one another in a meaningful way (interoperability) has been an issue for decades in healthcare. Initially, standards were designed to connect large Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems, most of which were designed to address the insurance and billing needs of patients and hospitals. These EMR systems have had limited success for providing patients and clinicians the integrated view of healthcare information they need to make accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions.
Until now... The birth of search engine technology, distributed web based systems and the diffusion of mobile healthcare devices into our everyday lives has made it possible for a much more mature, complete integration of not just our patient records but everything related to our healthcare needs. Ideally we, as patients and clinicians who treat us, would like to ask a healthcare question and have the various healthcare electronic systems "serve up" all the data and information related to that clinical question and eventually, through Artificial Intelligence (AI) suggest some diagnoses and treatments.
This is the promise of the new FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) Standard.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THIS COURSE?
In this course, you will learn:
The Issue with our current method of connecting Healthcare IT systems
The MPI (Master Patient Index) Issue
The document based approach of current EMR systems
What we really want and need
The enabling technologies (Web, Search , Mobile devices)
What is an API (Application Programming Interface)?
FHIR and API
How FHIR can make everything better.
This course includes:
Quiz to test your retention
Significant number of resources to do a deeper dive into his topic.
WHO IS THE IDEAL STUDENT FOR THIS COURSE?
You will learn a lot from this course if you are
Thinking about choosing healthcare as a career
Looking to advance your career in healthcare
Looking to expand your knowledge of healthcare to better perform your current job and better understand how it fits into the ecosystem of patient care and better serve those in need
Curious about everything and want to learn more about healthcare just for the sake of expanding your knowledge base.
WHAT IS YOUR TEACHING STYLE?
My teaching style is a very pragmatic one. I assume you know nothing about this topic and start with the foundation and build from there. Some of these concepts could be challenging, so I sprinkle in as many examples as I can, both non healthcare and healthcare, to assure full understanding of the topic. This is why I have appended "Plain and Simple" to all my courses.
WHY ARE YOU QUALIFIED TO TEACH THIS COURSE?
I spent 35 years in the designing and launching of medical imaging products and services. My career evolved from leading engineering teams, to becoming VP Marketing and then to president of a Healthcare IT firm. It is also based on 15 years of university teaching.
Who this course is for:
- Those currently in a healthcare position, wanting to learn more about Information Systems and the role they play in healthcare.
- Those considering a career change and wanting to learn more about Healthcare Information systems.
- Those entering the healthcare industry and considering a career in Healthcare Information Systems
- The eternally curious
Tom Giordano is a 28 year veteran of Philips Healthcare. He retired in 2005 as Vice President of Marketing, where he was responsible for 240 marketing professionals and several billion dollars in product. Through his career, Tom held a wide variety of positions of increasing responsibility at Philips, starting in engineering, progressing to product management, then marketing management and finally senior level business leadership. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Award from Philips for forming a new entrepreneurial business unit that tripled sales in 18 months. Tom played a key role as a course developer and instructor in the management development and executive training efforts with the Philips High Potential Development Center.
Following his retirement from Philips, Tom joined the adjunct faculty of the graduate business schools of the University of New Haven in Connecticut and the University of Washington in Seattle. He currently holds a positiion as "Executive in Residence" at the University of New Haven and continues to teach there with exceptionally high student reviews.
In 2009, while teaching at UW and UNH, he became President of Sectra Healthcare North America for 2 years to lead a very successful turnaround effort.
Tom built a very successful internship program between Philips and the University of Washington and served as a mentor there for 15 years. He also served as a mentor in the University of Washington mentor program and was featured in the book "Mentoring Moments" by Susan Canfield.
Tom serves as chairman of the Patient Advisory Council of Saint Vincent's Hospital in Bridgeport, CT
Tom holds executive coaching certifications with both Lore International and Tilt 360. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a MS degree in Engineering from the University of Florida.