Blog Post

The Commons Project Participates in FHIR Connectathon

Jul 25, 2023

This July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Health Level Seven (HL7) International brought stakeholders together for a virtual three-day HL7® FHIR® Connectathon. As expected, the Connectathon brought together great numbers of application developers, implementers, and health IT professionals to promote interoperability of health data standards.

TCP is proud to have worked with the CARIN Alliance to co-lead a track focused on digital insurance cards. The purpose of this track was to test and gain real implementation experience with the insurance card specification in preparation for shepherding it through the HL7® FHIR® standard development process this fall.

Participants tested the full life cycle of the digital insurance card, including production by an insurer, handling the card in mobile health applications, and receiving the card by an electronic health record vendor. TCP was also happy to show an early demo of CommonHealth retrieving and sharing digital insurance cards.

The inclusion of this track by CMS, as well as their team's participation in the testing session, is a greatly appreciated signal of just how far this work has come.

Attending Connectathon marks yet another exciting step toward our goal of creating open-source, digital platforms that empower people to control their health data. TCP is dedicated to promoting the advancement of FHIR standards, and contributing to the development of interoperability for a better, more equitable health system worldwide.