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Utilizing Standard Data Transactions and Public-Private Partnerships to Support Healthy Weight Within the Community

Authors:

Sean P. Mikles ,

Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington
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Jennifer L. Wiltz,

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Lori Fourquet,

e-HealthSign
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Ian Painter,

University of Washington - Seattle Campus
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William Bill Lober

University of Washington - Seattle Campus
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Abstract

Context: Obesity is a significant health issue in the United States that both clinical and public health systems struggle to address. Electronic health record data could help support multi-sectoral interventions to address obesity. Standards have been identified and created to support the electronic exchange of weight-related data across many stakeholder groups.

Case Description: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiated a public-private partnership including government, industry, and academic technology partners to develop workflow scenarios and supporting systems to exchange weight-related data through standard transactions. This partnership tested the transmission of data using this newly-defined Healthy Weight (HW) profile at multiple health data interoperability demonstration events.

Findings: Five transaction types were tested by 12 partners who demonstrated how the standards and related systems support end-to-end workflows around managing weight-related issues in the community. The standard transactions were successfully tested at two Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Connectathon events through 86 validated tests encompassing 38 multi-partner transactions.

Discussion: We have successfully demonstrated the transactions defined in the HW profile with a public-private partnership. These tested IT products and HW standards could be used to support a continuum of care around health related issues encompassing both health care and public health functions.

Conclusion: The use of the HW profile, including a set of transactions and identified standards to implement those transactions, in IT products is a helpful first step in leveraging health information technology to address weight-related issues in the United States. Future work is needed to expand the use of these standards and to assess their use in real world settings.
How to Cite: Mikles SP, L. Wiltz J, Fourquet L, Painter I, Lober WB. Utilizing Standard Data Transactions and Public-Private Partnerships to Support Healthy Weight Within the Community. eGEMs (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes). 2017;5(1):21. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/egems.242
Published on 06 Dec 2017.
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