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Chair:  Laura Rappleye

Scribe: Craig Newman 





AbdulMalik Shakir Shakir Consulting/Hi3 Solutions
Alaina Gregory CDC/NCHS
Alean Kirnak SW Partners
Alean Kirnak Software Partners LLC
Austin Kreisler Leidos
catherine staes university of utah
Chrissy Miner CDC
Cindy Bush CDC/NCHS
Craig Newman Altarum
Daniel Rutz Epic
Danny Wise Allscripts
Dave deRoode Lantana Consulting Group
Devann Kirkpatrick TN Dept of Health
Genny Luensman CDC/NIOSH
Hetty Khan CDC/NCHS
Jim Jellison Public Health Informatics Institute
Joginder Madra Madra Consulting Inc.
John Stamm Epic
John Stamm Epic
Jose Horta CDC
Jose Horta CDC - FHIR SME
Justine Maxwell TN DOH
Kathy Walsh LabCorp
Ken Chen Arkansas Department of Health
Laura Conn CDC
Laura Rappleye Altarum
Lori Fourquet ehealthsign
Mead Walker MWC
Melanie Epstein-Corbin CDPH
Mike Yaskanin Altarum
Richard Hornaday Allscripts
Sarah Gaunt Lantana Consutling Group
Wendy Scharber CDC
Will Rosenfeld IBM

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eCR Now Implementation Update (Laura Conn)

  • PHWG eCR Status update 5 29 2020.pptx
  • COVID19 is reportable in all jurisdictions
  • eCR Now has had a dramatic effect:
    • Over 400,000 case reports have been triggered from over 2000 facilities in 17 healthcare organizations in 30 jurisdictions
    • Reporting at this sites is now faster and more complete
  • There is still a good queue of organizations to do the rapid onboarding
MethodologyConnectathon Public Health Track Report-Out (John Loonsk)
  • eCR Now HL7 Connectathon Report Out - PHWG v2.pdf
  • The May virtual connectathon included the eCR Now FHIR app
  • The app handles some of the EHR challenges with th eCDA eCR
    • outputs eICR 1.1
    • ingests trigger updates via eRSD
    • handles the reportability response (RR)
  • Initial software releases on May 1st and 8th
  • The connectathon included working sessions for testing and error/defect logging
  • 5 successful app implementations
  • Cerner presented their work in a production ready EHR instance (after having had the app after about 3 days)
  • Next steps
    • production release by May 31st including DSTU and R4 support
    • Direct and XDR transport
    • RR sorting clinically relevant documents to the patient chart
    • Trigger code management
  • The team is getting EHR and health system commitments to implement
  • John will be speaking to EHRA next week
  • Utah expects the eCR will save significant time for Public Health both in terms of FTE work and the speed of reporting
MethodologyCancer reporting IG update (Wendy Blumenthal)
  • The project team is close to finishing the updates to the Cancer reporting IG based on the previous 2 sets of errata
    • They are ready to publish from Trifolia along with the supporting documentation
    • We will work to publish the updated document as a dot release
    • A dot release doesn't restart the STU clock (it will still expire in March 2021)
  • Other non-errata updates are pending and will be worked on once the errata version is published
    • The original PSS is still active
    • These are more significant changes and likely warrant a re-ballot
      • Diagnosis section will get some modelling changes to better represent the data content
      • A few new data elements
      • Possibly some value set updates
      • Some header updates
    • This will come back to the WG for a formal decision on a dot release versus reballoting
  • The current IG is based on C-CDA on R2.0
    • If the next release goes to ballot, should it be upgraded to R2.1?
    • Danny indicated that as general rule of thumb, going with R2.1 would be preferred
    • There may be impacts on regulatory requirements
    • The question could be posted to Zulip on the CDA stream for additional input
MethodologyRevisit VRDR US Core decision (Rick Geimer, Sarah Gaunt)
  • Sarah spoke with Brett about not using US Core profiles as the basis of an IG
    • The WG doesn't have to approve it, but the project team needs to provide the rationale to either US Realm or the CGP WG
Management Next agenda
 Adjourned at 5:00 PM Eastern

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