Now We Can Validate Your FHIR Data
August 16, 2023 · Andy Reynolds
NCQA now validates FHIR output files as part of our Data Aggregator Validation program.
- We announced in early August we’ve expanded our Data Aggregator service to validate FHIR files–an enhancement that conforms with key industry standards.
- FHIR files can be exchanged across the health care ecosystem by Health Information Exchange (HIE) organizations, health IT vendors, and anyone else aggregating clinical data.
Why It Matters
- Validating FHIR output aligns with CMS’s efforts to promote the adoption of FHIR for data sharing.
- Our new FHIR output option aligns with data exchange requirements from NCQA HEDIS CORE, CARIN v1.1.0, and US Core v3.1.1 standards.
The Big Picture
- We’ve discussed that FHIR is a standard for exchanging health data electronically.
- More health care organizations are using FHIR, because it offers:
- Increased interoperability: FHIR makes it easier for different health care systems to share data–a big boost to care coordination.
- Lower costs: FHIR can help reduce the cost of exchanging health data, because it’s more efficient than other options.
- Better care: FHIR can help to improve patient care by making it easier for providers to access data. This can lead to better decision-making and more timely interventions.
Cozeva is Early
- Cozeva, a unified data-driven platform for population health and performance management, is one of the first organizations seeking the NCQA seal for its FHIR data exchange.
- Cozeva leaders appeared on our podcast to talk about how they view opportunities to standardize data.
Go Deeper on Data Aggregator Validation
- Data Aggregator Validation confers the NCQA seal on a data stream, applying standards to the ingestion, management, and output of clinical data.
- We assess two categories of standards:
- Process, System and Data standards.
- Output Data Integrity standards.
- After successfully completing the 18-week program, organizations earn one of two designations:
- Validated Data Stream: Organizations that fulfill all program requirements, including facilitating primary source verification (PSV), earn the Validated Data Stream designation.
- Certified Data Partner: Organizations responsible for one or more program standards but may lack legal access to the primary source for PSV can earn the Certified Data Partner designation.
Your Next Move
- Watch our our August 15 webinar about health information exchange, the impact of FHIR on quality measurement and the evolution of Data Aggregator Validation.