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Premier Develops SMART on FHIR Clinical Surveillance App

March 1, 2016
by David Raths
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Features added to PremierConnect performance improvement platform

The Argonaut Project was established to use FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), HL7’s latest interoperability standard, to enable expanded information sharing across health IT systems. At the HIMSS16 meeting in Las Vegas this week, Premier Inc. is introducing an interoperable clinical surveillance app that was developed through the Argonaut Project.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier leveraged the SMART (Substitutable Medical Apps, Reusable Technologies) on FHIR platform, which is being advanced through the Argonaut Project, to collaborate with other innovators on the creation of apps that seamlessly run across IT systems. Premier has developed a prototype app that is powered by clinical surveillance and knowledge capabilities in its PremierConnect performance improvement platform. The prototype can interact within any electronic health record system (EHR) to offer providers clinical decision support, the firm said.

“Premier advocates for, develops and works with other innovators on interoperable solutions to achieve open data access across health IT systems to support the industry’s value-based care transition,” said Keith J. Figlioli, senior vice president of healthcare informatics at Premier, in a prepared statement. Figlioli also serves as a member of the SMART Advisory Committee and is a former member of the ONC Health IT Standards Committee.

Following several recent acquisitions, Premier will also be featuring new capabilities in PremierConnect, which integrates, monitors and manages clinical, financial and operational information across health systems. New features include the integration of cloud-based clinical registry and regulatory capabilities from its CECity acquisition into the platform’s quality and population health apps. PremierConnect’s healthcare-focused ERP capabilities have also been enhanced to include budgeting analytics from Premier’s Healthcare Insights acquisition as well as to offer advanced analytics and decision support services for workforce management.