Some SHARP ideas for health IT

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Some SHARP ideas for health IT

By Mike Miliard,
Managing Editor


Several leaders of the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects Program (SHARP) showed
HIMSS11 attendees how they are


in the words of Charles Friedman, P
h
D, chief science officer
of
the ONC


“moving the needle forward” on breakthrough healthcare technology.


SHARP focuses on research aimed at removing the barriers to more widespread health IT
adoption. Its five initiatives


concentrating on security, cognitive support, application a
nd
platform architectures, secondary use of
EH
R data and interoperability


are working in concert
to arrive at a “high
-
performing, continuously
-
learning” healthcare system, according to the
Department of Health and Human Services.


Among the projects desc
ribed at Monday’s forum, which sought to increase vendor engagement
with those federal records efforts, is a first
-
of
-
kind health IT “app store” that is designed to drive
down costs, support standards evolution, accommodate different clinician workflows, i
ncrease
market competition and quicken the pace of innovation.


Kenneth Mandl, MD, of Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, envisioned a
future where electronic medical records emulate the iPhone platform


one in which different
and subst
itutable apps could be widely distributed across disparate EMRs.


The common application programing interface (API), he said, would enable movement of data
across

large hospital installs or home
-
grown systems, physician practices or open
-
source EMRs.


That

substitutable platform would allow for “changes and innovation in health IT that are not
supported by current model
,
” said Mandl. To help spur innovation along these lines, he touted
the SMArt Health App $5,000 Challenge, which kicks off in March and, onc
e the winner is
chosen, should see the app store open by next April.


Christopher Chute, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, whose work focuses on secondary use of data, spoke
about the promising health applications of natural language processing technology. Chute
rem
inded the crowd of the Jeopardy!
v
ictory last week
o
f IBM’s Watson supercomputer.


Watson is built around unstructured information management architecture, he said, and the
Mayo Clinic was the alpha user of the UIMA framework in 2003. The clinic, he added,

was able
to convince IBM to make UIMA open
-
source.


“My point,” said Chute, “is that, yes, we are an academic group, and, yes, we’re focused on fairly
abstract issues
.

However, we’re doing it in a way that we think will be commercially scalable and
usable
. We’re using commercial
-
grade platforms. And if Watson didn’t convince you that this
can be fast and efficient and effective, that I don’t know what would.”