ONC certifies first open API for Stage 3 meaningful use interoperability requirements
The Office of the National Coordinator has awarded its first Stage 3 meaningful use certification for interoperability requirements using the FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) standard to Carefluence, for its open application programming interface platform, the company announced on July 12.
Carefluence OpenAPI is a plug-and-play software platform compliant with the FHIR standard, which provides insights on datasets to support health information exchange across disparate EHR systems. As a result, any EHR vendor will be able to license Carefluence OpenAPI and offer it to customers, with the knowledge it’s compliant with meaningful use.
“The Carefluence OpenAPI is a living example of a complete FHIR implementation to interconnect any healthcare system, doctor patient or medical device,” Carefluence CTO Aditya Ayyagari said in a statement. “It normalizes all incoming requests and data as appropriate FHIR resources, bringing simplicity and flexibility to the Carefluence platform.”
CMS regulations for open API implementation state the ONC is required to measure the success of each healthcare system in achieving widespread interoperability and every provider with a certified EHR must provide and open API.
Drummond Group, which is authorized by ONC to determine compliance of software to meet interoperability requirements of meaningful use, determined Carefluence OpenAPI platform is able to be deployed along with existing EHRs and can provide open access to EHRS.
“ONC-ACB certification marks a significant moment for Carefluence in furthering the cause of interoperability in healthcare, while taking a progressive step in the direction towards better patient care through enabling technology for data sharing,” Carefluence COO Lloyd Williams added.
Carefluence adopted the FHIR standard in 2014, and its integration software can map with existing data exchange protocols, like HL7, with its secure access management tool using OAuth 20, an authorization framework that allows applications limited access to patient data through user accounts.
The company's Health IT module is 2015-Edition compliant and is certified in accordance with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s certification criteria, which doesn’t reflect an endorsement by the HHS.