IHE International releases mHealth profile for comment

Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) International has announced that the Mobile Access to Health Documents (MHD) profile has been released for public comment by any interested parties.

The MHD implementation guide is designed to simplify access to health documents for patients and healthcare providers using mobile devices. Documents can be delivered to a mobile device using a health information exchange (HIE), an electronic health record (EHR), a personal health record, and/or a patient portal.

It describes a simplified application programming interface (API) supporting access to health documents. The API is based upon Web-accessible resources using representational state transfer (RESTful) approaches to query for metadata on health documents.

The guide is designed for patient kiosks used in hospital registration departments, patient or provider apps enabling access to or submission of medical history data, personal health record apps publishing information to an EHR or HIE, and electronic measurement devices accessing patient medical histories from an EHR or HIE.

The MHD implementation guide may be accessed here. Comments may be submitted here between now and 4 July 2012.

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