Category Archives: Interoperability

Astronaut releases drag and drop patient registration, to lead industry effort

Astronaut which develops a Veterans Affairs (VA) VistA Electronic Health Record (EHR) distribution writes:

Astronaut has released Astronaut-CPRS with vCardDAV demographics support. The new client allows drag and drop patient demographic registration as well as vCardDAV export of patient demographic information. Patients can send their information from a smartphone or email for quick and easy registration. Astronaut will lead an effort to make this interoperability industry-wide across, scheduling, billing, ordering portals and more. Complete article here: Newsletter registration here.

A Modest Interoperability Challenge


That’s it. Just demographics. Copy and Paste.

Changed 10/27/2014: I’ll make it even easier use the vCard standard. You don’t even need to transmit them even though that would be okay. Mandate that every application generate an XML page with name, DOB, gender, address, phone that can be copied and pasted and interpreted correctly into every other medical application. Just works, nearly every time.

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IBM ‘brings electronic medical records one step closer’

An IBM press release reports a software donation to the Open Healthcare Framework which is an electronic medical record interoperability platform. However, the announcement is non-specific about what was actually open-sourced: ‘…The software, contributed to the Eclipse Foundation’s Open Healthcare Framework (OHF) project, provides a mechanism to connect isolated “islands” of information that today reside throughout the healthcare system to any Health Information Exchange (HIE). Software developers will also be able to build applications that can aggregate and sift through this information to improve healthcare delivery and research while protecting individual privacy…’ SynSeer was mentioned as one of the participants.