Open Source Gamechangers: OSEHRA's 2018 Summit

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Energy and passion abound at OSEHRA's 2018 Open Source Summit! Sharing a common goal, presenters and attendees embraced this year's theme in every day of their work: The Open Road for Government Innovation.

Over the course of the three-day summit, open source health IT modernization for public and private sectors is being highlighted, and many discussions spotlight the growing number of initiatives across federal and state agencies as well as collaboration on global state-of-the-art solutions.


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Book Zurman Inc Celebrates 20 year anniversary

Founded on March 3, 1996, Book Zurman, Inc. (BZI) is proud to celebrate its 20th year anniversary and continues to provide a leadership role in Health IT, Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Interoperability and Terminology standards development.

Through active participation in the development of standards for interoperability, the BZI Team works with Standards Development Organizations (SDO) like Health Level Seven International (HL7) and supporting organizations such as the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) and other federal agencies to build the framework that enables the healthcare industry to share information and eventually provide computable data. 

BZI remains a privately held company with strong leadership, highly skilled employees, and consultants who are recognized industry leaders in healthcare and Health IT.  Our continued success has been realized through uncompromising dedication to meeting and exceeding customer expectations and the unequaled dedication, skill and professionalism of our employees.  The company is headquartered in Seminole, FL, and maintains consultants in key states across the U.S.

At BZI, we are prepared to address customer needs and challenges across the entire interoperability spectrum. Our knowledge, expertise and flexible teamwork approach insures excellence in tackling even the toughest of technical problems.  At the heart of our approach to excellence is the Book Zurman Agile Service Interoperability Suite (BASIS©) Framework, which enables our expert resources to focus quickly and present rapidly deployable solutions in the finest tradition of the Agile framework. Our clients know: When the challenge requires, not only the leading edge industry standard tools, but deep industry expertise in the problem to be solved, BASIS© is the answer.

How do we do it?  The BASIS© Framework is a combination of advanced, comprehensive system development and program & project management strategies, skillfully employed using our teams’ varied knowledge and expertise.  BASIS© draws from and builds upon key elements of the IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP), PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), Agile (Scrum, XP, CD) iterative development frameworks and DevOps methodologies.

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6 Clinical Impacts of Model Driven Health Tools

MDHT LogoInteroperability of health records is certainly the buzz these days.  Although there are a number of consortiums, including EHR vendors and provider organizations, diligently trying to solve this problem, there are few implemented models that achieve the goal pragmatically.   And although there are barriers to interoperability that include security, network, and policy issues, the fundamental challenge is having an adequate reference implementation model for all healthcare organizations to follow.  At least on the technical level there is some hope.  A tool invented by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and jointly developed by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and IBM called Model Driven Health Tools (MDHT) represent that hope.  It is apparent that not all organizations adhere to standards in the same way.  There are several versions or interpretations of HL7, CCD, CCDA, and other standards, which does not portend interoperability in reality.  What MDHT provides is a model driven approach to standard mapping for clinically useful applications and orchestration of data.  What that means is that interpretations of standards like FHIR can be modeled in a uniform way so that the output is essentially a template that all developers can utilize.  This reduces the variability of the interpretation and provides a more efficient tooling for subsequent applications that can consume and generate standards based data.  Thus, MDHT provides an effective and uniform tool to ensure that current applications can be modified to adhere to known and accepted standards, as well as provide smarter tooling for new applications that are incorporated into the larger health IT ecosystems.  

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Book Zurman, Inc. Announces Launch of New Website

We are thrilled to announce our new website! We have spent the past few months transforming our website presence and we couldn’t be more excited about the changes. Our goal was to present an accurate and detailed representation of our expertise in program, project and IT architecture management services in the Healthcare Information Technology sphere. It was important for us to be able to share information about our projects and collaborations. Most recently, we have participated in numerous large-scale projects reforming and re-imagining interoperability and development standards.

As a team, we are dedicated to delivering excellence. We partner with our clients to develop solutions that stand the test of time and we believe our website reflects this mission. As you look through our new site, we’d love to hear your feedback. The presentation of our business is a constantly evolving process and we want to hear from our most valued and trusted clients and partners. Enjoy your tour through the site, and we look forward to connecting soon!


Brian Book and the Book Zurman, Inc. team.”

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