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The Informonster Podcast

Welcome to the Informonster Podcast, a podcast about the Healthcare IT industry hosted by Charlie Harp, CEO of Clinical Architecture. This podcast fosters an educational and professional discussion about healthcare information technology, including events in the industry, interviews with thought leaders, and much more!

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In this episode Charlie Harp talks with Lori Moore, Public Health Analyst and Stuart Myerburg, Informatics Team Lead with the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) group, as they discuss what it’s like managing data around vaccines, the challenges they faced and opportunities they discovered while going through the COVID-19 crisis.

Previous Episodes

Episode 24: Standardizing Health Data with OMOP's Common Data Model

Episode 24: Standardizing Health Data with OMOP’s Common Data Model

On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie provides a high-level primer on Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP). He also discusses terminologies and adding data into an OMOP data repository.
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Episode 23: Discussing Gender Harmony

Episode 23: Discussing Gender Harmony

On this episode of the Informonster podcast, Charlie Harp is joined by Janet Campbell, Software Developer and Vice President of Patient Engagement at Epic, Chris Grasso, Chief Information Officer at Fenway Health and Carol Macumber, Executive Vice President at Clinical Architecture to discuss the HL7 Gender Harmony Project.
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Episode 22: Talking Interoperability and Trust with Lyniate

Episode 22: Talking Interoperability and Trust with Lyniate

On this Episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp talks with Drew Ivan, Chief Strategy Officer at Lyniate, about cross-organization interoperability, patient interoperability from consumer devices, why we interoperate, and how all of it affects our relationship with trust.
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Episode 21: Lab Data Interoperability

Episode 21: Lab Data Interoperability

On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie is on the road talking about the relationship between clinical lab data and interoperability. He talks about LOINC, as well as the use of lab data in AI and machine learning, and some of the challenges faced in these applications.
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Episode 20: Working Towards Price Transparency in Healthcare

Episode 20: Working Towards Price Transparency in Healthcare

On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp talks about the purpose of the CMS Hospital Price Transparency Initiative, how price transparency would be implemented in our current system, as well as the difficulties we would have to face in order to achieve it.
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Episode 19: mCODE, CodeX and Accelerating Healthcare Innovation – Part 2

Episode 19: mCODE, CodeX and Accelerating Healthcare Innovation – Part 2

This two-part episode of the Informonster Podcast features Steve Bratt and Carmela Couderc from MITRE, along with Charlie Harp, Carol Macumber, and Shaun Shakib. The group discusses why a community-based approach, while foreign, is so beneficial to the industry, busting the myth that organizations can contribute to the standard without exposing their own secrets. They also talk about the future of mCode.
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Episode 18: mCODE, CodeX and Accelerating Healthcare Innovation – Part 1

Episode 18: mCODE, CodeX and Accelerating Healthcare Innovation – Part 1

This two-part episode of the Informonster Podcast features Steve Bratt and Carmela Couderc from MITRE, along with Charlie Harp, Carol Macumber (EVP – Client Services at Clinical Architecture), and Shaun Shakib (Chief Informatics Officer at Clinical Architecture). Steve, Health Technology Principle at MITRE, is the Program manager of the Common Oncology Data Elements Extensions (CodeX) HL7 FHIR Accelerator. Carmela, is a Clinical Informaticist at MITRE, working across CodeX use cases. Steve and Carmela take a deep dive into the history and accomplishments of the growing CodeX community that is working together to leverage standardized collection and exchange of oncology data
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Episode 17: Reimagining Public Health Surveillance and Reporting with Dr. Donald Rucker

Episode 17: Reimagining Public Health Surveillance and Reporting with Dr. Donald Rucker

Does Healthcare leverage public health data effectively? On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Dr. Don Rucker, former National Coordinator for the ONC, joins Charlie Harp to discuss how Health Information Exchanges are in a unique position to re-imagine and pioneer broad-based public health approaches to data.
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Episode 16: Living On The Fringes with Semantic Ambiguity

Episode 16: Living On The Fringes with Semantic Ambiguity

On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp discusses the importance of attaching accurate details to terms in a system in order to provide a window into the thought process of the scribe. He discusses treating term definitions as personal notes and how doing so keeps the system from having the same term defined in 73 different ways. He also explains how having this infrastructure in place could mitigate the effects of Clinical Emergencies like COVID-19.
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Episode 15: CommonWell Health Alliance and the Mission to Bring People and Data Together

Episode 15: CommonWell Health Alliance and the Mission to Bring People and Data Together

On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp meets with CommonWell Health Alliance Executive Director, Paul Wilder, and Director of Product, Liz Buckle, to discuss the organization’s mission to provide universal access to data at the point of care for the right clinician and the right patient. While the goal is simple, getting there is incredibly complex. Charlie explains why Clinical Architecture decided to join this alliance, and both Paul and Liz talk about how they’ve been able to connect and share data through their growing nationwide network with the help of their members and initiatives like the CommonWell
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Episode 14: The Impact of Logica and How the Healthcare IT Industry Can Come Together – Part 2

Episode 14: The Impact of Logica and How the Healthcare IT Industry Can Come Together – Part 2

Charlie Harp is joined by Logica’s Chair of the Board, Stan Huff, Chair of the Nursing LOINC Subcommittee, Susan Matney, along with Clinical Architecture’s very own Chief Informatics Officer Shaun Shakib and EVP of Client Services Carol Macumber to discuss the history and impact of Logica on the Healthcare IT Industry. In this second part of the Informonster Podcast’s first two-part series, they discuss the importance of information modeling’s interaction with terminology, how a standard by itself can only be effective if we all agree to follow it, treating decision support like a medical device, how Logica is changing, and
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Episode 13: The Impact of Logica and How the Healthcare IT Industry Can Come Together – Part 1

Episode 13: The Impact of Logica and How the Healthcare IT Industry Can Come Together – Part 1

Charlie Harp is joined by Logica’s Chair of the Board, Stan Huff, Chair of the Nursing LOINC Subcommittee, Susan Matney, along with Clinical Architecture’s very own Chief Informatics Officer Shaun Shakib and EVP of Client Services Carol Macumber to discuss the history and impact of Logica on the Healthcare IT Industry. In this first part of The Informonster Podcast’s first two-part series, they discuss Logica’s growth and accomplishments, and how, even with COVID-19, Logica gets the medical community to leave their “silos” and buy in while remaining nimble and responsive.
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Episode 12: Healthcare Terminology Standardization and Normalization

Episode 12: Healthcare Terminology Standardization and Normalization

In this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp talks about the notions of standardization and normalization, what they mean in the context of healthcare terminologies, and their relative pros and cons.
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Episode 11: A FHIRside Chat

Episode 11: A FHIRside Chat

On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp discusses FHIR, from its design, history and implementations to its unique quirks and possible future uses, with Clinical Architecture’s own FHIR Services Product Manager, Carol Graham, and EVP of Client Services, Carol Macumber.
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Episode 10: The Architecture of Intolerance: Discussing How Healthcare IT Documents Substance Intolerances and Allergies

Episode 10: The Architecture of Intolerance: Discussing How Healthcare IT Documents Substance Intolerances and Allergies

In this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp talks about the origins and importance of allergies and tolerances in Healthcare IT, as well as what makes them unique from other terms within the system. He then discusses how different systems handle allergies and intolerance as well as the issues that come up with them and how he thinks they could be solved.
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Episode 9: The COVID-19 Interoperability Alliance

Episode 9: The COVID-19 Interoperability Alliance

On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp is joined by Randy Woodward, Carol Macumber and Victor Lee, MD, to talk about the COVID 19 Interoperability Alliance, an initiative designed to provide value sets and resources to identify, understand and monitor COVID-19 information patterns. They discuss why the Alliance was formed, the problems the industry is currently facing and how the Alliance can help combat the pandemic.
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Episode 8: What is the USCDI?

Episode 8: What is the USCDI?

Episode 8: What is the USCDI?In this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp talks about the United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI), how the 21st Century Cures Act brought it into being, an overview of the data classes and elements, and some considerations that could impact its success.
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Episode 7: A History and Analysis of ICD-10

Episode 7: A History and Analysis of ICD-10

On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp discusses the history of ICD-10. He talks about how it was created and evolved with the healthcare industry, and what he thinks the next iteration could do to improve for the industry going forward.
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Episode 6: Three Takeaways from the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Importance of Managing Data Quality

Episode 6: Three Takeaways from the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Importance of Managing Data Quality

On this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp talks about how healthcare evolves from the edges, three core types of patient data, and the three takeaways from the COVID-19 Pandemic that can help us be more prepared for the future.
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Episode 5: Charlie Harp Discusses Terminology, from its Origins to Why it Matters in Healthcare IT

Episode 5: Charlie Harp Discusses Terminology, from its Origins to Why it Matters in Healthcare IT

In this episode of the Informonster Podcast, Charlie Harp tackles the concept of terminologies in healthcare, the many places you find them and their relevance to the enterprise, our industry, and you.
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