HLN Learnings  Newsletter
HLN has released a product  Roadmap   for its award winning Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE). The Roadmap describes modifications that have already been scheduled for inclusion in new releases of ICE in the near future, in addition to ongoing changes that may be required to maintain compliance with Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations. Addition of new vaccine schedules, changes to core business logic, and additional functionality are all included on the Roadmap. As additional modifications are scheduled they will be published on the Roadmap as well. HLN hopes this information will help clinical organizations seeking to use ICE in their practices and software vendors seeking to incorporate ICE into their products to plan for new feature availability.
Two new reports have been released on interoperability in September 2017 with potential impact on public health, one commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and one by the National Quality Forum (NQF). Read HLN's comments on these two reports and their potential impact and relevance for public health.
HLN's ICE Open Source Immunization Forecaster Receives 2017 NVPO Upshot Award - See Press Release for more information.
In August Noam Arzt and Mike Berry attended the ONC 2017 Technical Interoperability Forum , a meeting convened under the  21 st  Century Cures Act  passed by Congress in late 2016. Several hundred attended a series of panel presentations and discussions over one and a half days covering a variety of topics related to interoperability, including discussion of the business case for interoperability, semantics, national networks, and application programming interfaces (APIs). Read a summary of the themes discussed at this meeting and HLN's observations on its importance.
In September 2017 GAO released a new report,  Public Health Information Technology: HHS Has Made Little Progress toward Implementing Enhanced Situational Awareness Network Capabilities . In particular, GAO pointed out lapses in completing Congressionally-mandated requirements for this area including the definition of minimal data elements required and collaboration with state, local, and tribal public health officials on the development of standards and procedures to ensure proper data collection. In addition, the GAO chided HHS for not following its own information technology project management methodology in the planning and execution of this project.