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CHIME Awards Innovation Prize for Interoperability, FHIR Work

By Sara Heath

For his efforts in linking patient-generated data to EHRs, Shafiq Rab, MD, of the Hackensack University Medical Center has been awarded the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Innovator of the Year Award. Rab received this award at the CHIME 15 Fall CIO Forum in Orlando, Florida.

CHIME presents Innovator of the Year Award for interoperability

According to a statement emailed to journalists, Rab and Hackensack UMC received this award for being one of the first hospitals in the nation to connect patient-generated data from fitness apps and other mHealth applications directly to EHRs, allowing providers to see a fuller picture of patient health histories. Furthermore, Rab and his team developed a better image-sharing system at the hospital, allowing high-quality images to be shared more quickly and efficiently amongst providers.

The provider is also receiving this award for the work done on the Argonaut Project, an initiative focused around speeding up the implementation of HL7’s standards framework, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources. Hackensack UMC partnered with Infor for this project, developing open and vendor-neutral standards to contribute to FHIR.

"I am humbled and honored by this honor," Rab said in a press release. "It is a great recognition of the accomplishments of my team at Hackensack University Medical Center, as well as our partnership with outside partners and vendors."

CHIME executives reiterated that Rab and his team are being honored for their work in increasing interoperability, a current and important goal of the healthcare industry.

"Achieving interoperability is one of the industry's biggest challenges and priorities," said CHIME President and CEO Russell Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO. "Through Shafiq's efforts, we are seeing how greater connectivity between providers and patients can create more efficient and effective care delivery."

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