Solor Awarded FedHealthIT Innovation Award Second Year in a Row

On June 11, 2019, Dr. Keith Campbell, Director of Informatics Architecture of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), attended the 2019 FedHealthIT Innovation Awards and Networking Event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to accept the innovation award on behalf of Solor, the Department of Veterans Affairs and Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) project for health care interoperability. This is the second year in a row that the Solor project has been selected for this prestigious award. This annual award event was attended by over 300 senior Federal Health IT executives from industry and government who share their vision for a better healthcare system for all.

Various members of the Solor team attended the FedHealthIT 2019 Award Ceremony to accept the Innovation Award on June 11, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. (From left to right: Brian Book, Andrew Sills, Dr. Keith Campbell, Raja Cholan, Andy Chen Wang, Ryan Bradley)

What is Solor?

Solor is a health care interoperability solution that can translate and integrate many, varied terminologies used in Electronic Healthcare Records (EHRs) into a unified language understood by all. Through Solor, users can easily create and share customized clinical content that is highly reliable for safer and reliable care.

Current health care systems depend upon a mapping process, which, due to its costly, error-prone, and manual practices, does not produce highly dependable data exchanges. Solor’s open source platform enables developers to collaborate and convert any user-supplied terminologies into a single, shareable model. This dramatic simplification represents a paradigm shift in how developers consume terminology, and thereby fulfills the true promise of health IT through highly reliable, accurate, and efficient decision support that enables safer care for all patients.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Campbell was given a unique opportunity to summarize the project’s vision in five-words, to which he responded: “High-reliability interoperability eliminates error-prone mapping.”

Special Thank You Message from Dr. Campbell

As a second time recipient of the FedHealthIT Innovation Award, Dr. Campbell shared the following thank you message with his Twitter and LinkedIn followers:

“Thank you for recognizing Solor’s efforts to make semantic interoperability simpler, safer, and more effective, with a 2019 FedHealth IT Innovation Award. Solor is a VA initiated effort that lives within the Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC). I’d like to thank the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), HSPC, Book Zurman, Deloitte, and many others who have contributed to Solor’s development and impact.

“As part of VHA’s clinical informatics and data management office (CIDMO), Solor is working to enable high-reliability semantic interoperability. We seek to reduce the reliance on error-prone terminology mapping techniques – a step towards becoming a High Reliability Organization and achieving Zero Harm for veterans. Solor would not be possible without ongoing CIDMO support, as championed by Dr. Steve Brown and Dr. Jonathon Nebeker.

“Since last year, Solor has partnered with other federal agency projects such as the Food and Drug Administration’s Systemic Harmonization and Interoperability Enhancement for Laboratory Data (SHIELD) and LOINC to in vitro diagnostics (LIVD) efforts—as well as private sector companies—to advance highly reliable, accurate, and efficient health data curation and exchange. We have been working diligently to move from innovation to impact, and we thank FedHealthIT for helping raise awareness of our efforts.

“I am excited for what’s to come and look forward to connecting with many of you in this room who are also working on making health care better and safer for all.”

What is the FedHealthIT Innovation Award?

This event recognizes and honors the Federal Health innovation, technology and consulting community to celebrate programs nominated and selected by their peers for driving innovation and results across the Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Military Health, and the Department of Health and Human Services.