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Workgroup creates FHIR-based clinical practice guideline for COVID-19

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A national workgroup on Tuesday unveiled a new evidence-based clinical care guideline to help emergency physicians determine when to admit or discharge COVID-19 patients and provide the appropriate level of care.

The project leaders include the American College of Emergency Physicians, the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition Digital Guidelines Working Group, Apervita and EvidenceCare, among others.

The workgroup’s COVID-19 Severity Classification Tool uses HL7’s Computable Practice Guidelines on Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR).

“A global pandemic requires clinicians and informaticists working together to quickly determine what the evidence says and push guidance to the front lines quickly as that evidence emerges,” said Dr. Christopher Tignanelli, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in a statement.

“We have the data, we have the technology, we have the clinical expertise,” Tignanelli continued. WHY IT MATTERS Clinical practice guidelines present current medical evidence in flow charts advising clinicians on current best practices for conditions.Although guidelines often take years to create, stakeholders say effort on the project began in earnest in early April, when the Digital Guidelines Working Group was formed in the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition consortium.”Clear and concise steps to triage COVID-19 patients enable emergency physicians to provide […]

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