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Interoperability Institute’s virtual testing environment can help with Cures Act compliance

The Interoperability Institute has launched a simulated healthcare testing environment called Interoperability Land, which aims to help various players in the healthcare space move towards the adoption of the new rules for data sharing and modernization of patient data exchange.

The environment gives organizations the ability to explore various ways to implement interoperability standards – and it well-timed given the upcoming interoperability rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT.

The platform, which uses simulated data, is designed to help organizations understand how different applications will work with their product or solution. Interoperability Institute likens the testing ground to the virtual simulators used to train surgeons and pilots – helping healthcare organizations test their approaches without the risk of exposing protected health information.

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By using Interoperability Land, healthcare players can develop and test different versions of the standards such as DSTU3, STU3, R4 FHIR or SMART on FHIR applications through a variety of application programming interfaces and API sandboxes, said officials from Interoperability Institute, a subsidiary of the Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services.

The available test environments and data packs contain synthetic patients and personas and encompasses admission, discharge and transfer notifications and continuity of care documents, as well as quality reporting document architecture, such as HL7 standards.

Other capabilities include the ability to host collaborative events to promote learning and standards-based technology adoption, and the platform overall could help reduce the cost of creating and managing a developer API sandbox.

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