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Jefferson Pledges to Work with VA for Information Exchange


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Thomas Jefferson University Health has signed on to work with the Veterans Administration (VA) to improve the efficiency of exchanging healthcare information electronically.

In a keynote speech in March at a conference that attracted more than 45,000 professionals from the health information and technology communities, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin asked healthcare providers to sign a pledge to work with VA to accelerate the mapping of health data to industry standards. The program includes using Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), the standard for exchanging healthcare information electronically.

Shulkin amplified his announcement of VA’s Open Application Programming Interface (API) Pledge, which commits that VA will provide API access to developers for veteran-designated mobile and web-based apps, clinician-designated applications for those who serve them, and Choice Act partners responsible for coordinating their care via “bulk” access.

As part of this commitment, VA also intends to make the “common clinical data set” available, but will work on an initial roster of additional FHIR resources, including scheduling, questionnaire, clinical notes, and patient encounters.