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With decades of experience, MHDC brings a deep understanding of purposeful collaboration, data and technology innovation, operations and workflows, industry trends, government policy, and leading practices to advance your business objectives.

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To help our clients with their health data initiatives, MHDC staff combine knowledge, skills, and experience in the following:
  • Health technology standards, workflows, and regulations
  • Data specification, data mapping, and data governance
  • Project evaluation, implementation, and improvement
  • State and regional healthcare ecosystems
  • Practical problem-solving
  • Customized training, documentation, analysis, and reports
  • Project management, convening for the collective benefit, and relationship building

What we can do

  • Educate staff and partners in data and data standards
  • Educate staff and partners in the collection and governance of health equity data
  • Access the data essential to exchange, generally or for specific use cases
  • Evaluation of existing data specifications for completeness, compliance, and usability
  • Clarify/tighten the definitions from existing implementation guides, or IGs, to develop compliant versions with more specificity and semantic consistency
  • Conduct technology, data, process, and culture assessments and action plans
  • Develop communication strategies, including conveying technology concepts to the non-technical audience
  • Digitize prior authorization rules in FHIR-conformant formats
  • Turn quality measures into FHIR-conformant measures or mapping the data needed for measures into FHIR resources
  • Digitize SDOH or other questionnaires into FHIR-conformant formats
  • Explore/report on the requirements and impact of specific laws, regulations, or other mandates that affect health data, health IT, and healthcare more generally
  • Conduct impact evaluations of how and why federal regulations affect affect specific health data and health IT projects  
  • Evaluate the feasibility of using FHIR in new projects
  • Evaluate the maturity of ongoing health data/health IT projects
  • Explore the effectiveness of healthcare projects and how to improve them
  • Evaluate the payer, provider, and patient impact of particular data projects
  • Assist in incorporating patient experience data and patient access to data in projects from the start
  • Implement health equity by design in projects and programs
  • Conduct test design and test planning for specific projects
  • Identify and detail unforeseen edge cases in project design
  • Explore how to digitize analog projects or modernize programs using older technology
  • Launch pilot projects based on specific implementation guides, or IGs
  • Enable collaboration of Massachusetts payers/providers in innovative and valued interoperability prototypes/pilots/starter projects
  • Develop clinical oversight boards for specific clinically driven, evidence-based interoperability projects
  • Apply expertise on the Massachusetts marketplace, local demographics, and how things operate here to projects
  • Understand local payers, providers, vendors, associations, health non-profits, and their leadership
  • Understand and explain the federal health data and health IT regulatory landscape and the impact of non-HHS regulations on health data and health IT

Recent Projects

Assisting a major health plan, in collaboration with its provider networks, to implement common data standards for collecting and sharing race and ethnicity data. 

Advancing Automation - In collaboration with the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI), facilitating a multi-stakeholder initiative to automate open, standards-based prior authorization for all of Massachusetts within three years.

Testing Automation – Along with a major health plan, a specialty hospital, and a technology services provider, implementing a scalable prototype of the DaVinci use case for Coverage Requirements Discovery (CRD), the first phase of prior authorization automation.

Convened payers and providers to design and implement a common data specification for quality measures.

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