CDISC and HIMSS Collaborate on Standards-based Health IT Solution, Linking Patient Care with Clinical Research

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The Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) and HIMSS extend their existing and long-standing relationship and, in collaboration with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) USA, work together to foster the adoption of standards to enable the interoperability of health IT systems.

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I look forward to collaborating with CDISC to apply new strategies that support the transition to a continuously learning health system, one in which EHR data and standards-based information exchange supports a variety of needs

Recognizing the importance of and need for effective reuse of data in electronic health records (EHRs) for research purposes, the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) and HIMSS extend their existing and long-standing relationship and, in collaboration with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) USA, work together to foster the adoption of standards to enable the interoperability of health IT systems.

CDISC currently partners with IHE on standards development through the Quality, Research and Public Health domain, and demonstrates interoperability capabilities at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™. Now through a Memorandum of Understanding, HIMSS and CDISC will launch additional activities focused on improving workflow, so clinicians can conduct prospective medical research using EHRs, and thus, fully realize the important link between clinical research and patient care, paving the way for a learning health system.

Advancing efforts to solve the challenge of accessing and reusing data in EHRs and using it for research purposes within a single workflow, CDISC has collaborated with IHE to develop nine IHE integration profiles for clinical research through the CDISC Healthcare Link Initiative. Organizations that use these standards can eliminate the need for cumbersome research-related verification steps and redundant data entry, improving data quality and trustworthiness.

As outlined in the MOU, HIMSS will encourage the use of CDISC standards and EHR data for clinical research, and CDISC will support HIMSS strategic initiatives for advancing interoperability standards to achieve health IT integration. The two organizations will develop and disseminate information and standards documentation on the role of IHE profiles and CDISC standards in advancing clinical research.

“I look forward to collaborating with CDISC to apply new strategies that support the transition to a continuously learning health system, one in which EHR data and standards-based information exchange supports a variety of needs, such as safety reporting, clinical research and improved health outcomes,” said Joyce Sensmeier, RN, VP Informatics, HIMSS.

"Our partnership with HIMSS is pivotal toward realizing the founding vision of CDISC to improve healthcare by connecting the worlds of patient care and research. This will increase the opportunity for clinicians and patients to participate in clinical research, thus expanding access to the most cutting edge treatments," stated Bron Kisler, CDISC VP, Strategic Alliances.

For more information about the Healthcare Link Initiative and the available CDISC-inspired IHE profiles, resources are available via the Healthcare Link area on the CDISC website and the IHE USA website. Upcoming events that will provide more information on this collaboration include the Healthcare Link Education Course at the CDISC International Interchange, 11 November 2014, and the IHE Connectathon, 26-30 January 2015, at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

About CDISC
CDISC is a 501(c)(3) global non-profit charitable organization, with over 350 supporting member organizations from across the clinical research and healthcare arenas. Through the efforts of volunteers around the globe, CDISC catalyzes productive collaboration to develop industry-wide data standards enabling the harmonization of clinical data and streamlining research processes from protocol through analysis and reporting, including the use of electronic health records to facilitate the collection of high quality research data. The CDISC standards and innovations can significantly decrease the time and cost of medical research and improve quality, thus contributing to the faster development of safer and more effective medical products and a learning healthcare system. The CDISC Vision is to inform patient care and safety through higher quality medical research.

About HIMSS
HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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