Data Commons Adopts MedBiquitous Technology Standard

New information-sharing company will utilize Healthcare Professional Profile as a key component of its IT infrastructure

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Data Commons, LLC, a new information-sharing company that enables faster and more efficient processing of data about health professionals from multiple organizations through a single data-hub, has announced that it will utilize the Healthcare Professional Profile by MedBiquitous as a core component of its technology infrastructure.

The Healthcare Professional Profile— ANSI/MEDBIQ PP.10.1-2008—is a key standard that provides a unifying language for credentials data originating from multiple sources.

Data Commons, which provides information about the professional characteristics of physicians, will use the MedBiquitous standard to ensure faster and more accurate updating of information offered through its new system.

The organizations participating as joint partners in Data Commons include the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics, the Association of American Medical Colleges®, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and the National Board of Medical Examiners®.  In the new Data Commons system, each organization retains the security, integrity, and custodianship of its contributed data, which it then makes available to a "commons" or shared space via a single data hub—where it is accessible by data users.

Data Commons information ranges from basic demographics to educational background, training, credentialing, and practice specialty.

Data Commons, which is expected to be operational during the fall of 2013, will save significant time and expense for researchers, policy makers, analysts, and others who seek data about physicians and other health professionals—while facilitating new ways of combining and analyzing data-sets. 

"The transferability of data across platforms is essential for the success of Data Commons, and in constructing our system it became very clear that the MedBiquitous Healthcare Professional Profile would significantly improve our capabilities in this regard," said Data Commons Board Chair James Stockman, M.D.

"Data about medical learners' credentials are scattered across a variety of systems," said Peter Greene, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Executive Director of MedBiquitous. "MedBiquitous standards are key for bringing that data back together and allowing the learner and the larger system to use it effectively. We applaud Data Commons and its potential to be transformative in medical education by increasing data liquidity in ways that help both learners and educators."

Founded by Johns Hopkins Medicine and leading professional medical societies, MedBiquitous is a not-for-profit, international group that develops technology standards for the health professions that advance lifelong learning, continuous improvement, and better patient outcomes. MedBiquitous is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop information technology standards supporting the health professions.

The Healthcare Professional Profile provides a unifying language for credentials data ranging from a health professional's name, identifiers, address, education, and training to certification, licensure, and more. The standard enables faster and more accurate updating of credentials data and is already in use at American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Surgery, the American Osteopathic Association, CECity, the Federation of State Medical Boards, and Medscape.

For more information on MedBiquitous, visit www.medbiq.org.

For more information on Data Commons, please visit www.MyDataCommons.org.

About Data Commons, LLC

Data Commons, LLC, is a joint venture of leading organizations in medical education, licensure and certification that streamlines access to data about health professionals. Utilizing a common data hub, the partner organizations make it possible for researchers, analysts, and other data users to acquire information from multiple databases in a single transaction and at lowered cost. Founded in 2012, Data Commons, LLC, partners include the American Board of Family Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, Association of American Medical Colleges®, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Federation of State Medical Boards, and National Board of Medical Examiners®. For more information, visit www.MyDataCommons.org.

About MedBiquitous

Founded by Johns Hopkins Medicine and leading professional medical societies, the MedBiquitous Consortium is creating a technology blueprint for the health professions. Based on XML and Web services standards, this blueprint will seamlessly support the health care learner in ways that will improve patient care and simplify the administrative work associated with education and quality improvement. MedBiquitous also provides a neutral forum for educators and industry alike to exchange ideas about innovative uses of Web technologies for health professions education and quality improvement. It is the mission of MedBiquitous to develop and promote technology standards for the health professions that advance lifelong learning, continuous improvement, and better patient outcomes. For more information on MedBiquitous, visit www.medbiq.org.

Media Contact: Valerie Smothers, MedBiquitous, 410-735-6142, vsmothers@jhmi.edu

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