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Smile CDR Receives U.S. Health Interoperability Standards Certification for Patient Clinical Data

Certification verifies Smile CDR's core FHIR® API support for CMS patients/members accessing their clinical data via marketplace of FHIR-based smartphone and web apps

TORONTO - August 24, 2022 - (

Smile CDR Inc., a leading health data and integration company, received its third certification showing compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule (CMS-9115-F). As part of Drummond Group's Payer and Patient Access Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR®) Certification Program, powered by Touchstone, the company received the Patient Clinical Data badge which certifies the company's FHIR implementations for the CMS payer community and market and availability of a patient's clinical data via the Patient Access Application Programming Interface (API). 

"Smile CDR FHIR services and capabilities are fundamental to our products and our future. We strongly support and adhere to HL7® standards, as well as the CMS Payer and Patient Access API requirements, and we continue to demonstrate our commitment with certifications such as the Drummond badges," said Duncan Weatherston, Chief Executive Officer, Smile CDR. "The Patient Clinical Data Certification establishes that Smile CDR compliantly meets the rigorous CMS requirements and further demonstrates our commitment to liberating health information and advancing interoperability standards, to improve healthcare quality and efficiency."

Under the CMS Final Rule, U.S. government health plans are required to have a patient access API to provide patients with user-friendly access to their records anytime they need it. Drummond specializes in working with healthcare information technology developers to test and certify their software for use by healthcare providers in regulatory programs, allowing them to achieve certifications via a badge system. The badges are grouped by CMS requirements and implementation guides. Smile CDR was the first to receive Drummond's Patient Access API Certification for Drug Formulary API support in June 2021 and then achieved the Provider Directory API in November 2021. The Drummond certification is the only independent testing and certification program certifying interoperability and compliance with CMS Final Rule standards.

"As a leader in health data interoperability and exchange, we are pleased that Smile CDR continues to recognize the importance of independent testing and certification of their FHIR technology solutions, and their dedication to excellence in proving compliance to these important standards," says Ryan Patano, Drummond president.

Smile CDR has successfully implemented and maintained a secure, standards-based API, allowing patients to easily access their clinical data through its third-party application. This allows Smile CDR to carry out its mission of offering better decision-making and #BetterGlobalHealth outcomes. 

About Drummond Group LLC

Drummond Group LLC ( offers comprehensive compliance, security, risk management, surveillance, and education services to healthcare, financial and other regulated industries. As an Authorized Certification Body (ACB) and an Accredited Test Lab (ATL) within the Office of the National Coordinator Health IT Certification Program, Drummond specializes in working with health IT developers to test and/or certify their software for use by healthcare providers in regulatory programs. We bring thought leadership, expertise, practical tools, and partnership to the compliance and assessment processes for our clients to feel secure about the ways in which they share their organizations' sensitive and private data. Connect with us on LinkedIn and Twitter.   

1 The Drummond Payer and Patient Access FHIR® Certification program is a private, voluntary program and is not approved, endorsed, or authorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or the Department of Health and Human Services

2 HL7® and FHIR® are the registered trademarks of Health Level Seven International and their use of these trademarks does not constitute an endorsement by HL7.

About Smile CDR Inc.

Smile CDR Inc. is a health information technology company focused on delivering better global health through open standards. Our enterprise-grade, open framework data fabric and integration platform fuels healthcare's digital transformation and accelerates value creation across all patient journeys at scale. Powered by our HL7 FHIR standard-based clinical data repository (#SmileInside), our platform enables collaboration and allows organizations to ingest, transform, store, enrich, analyze, aggregate, and meaningfully share the health information to power digital transformation. We prepare healthcare providers, payers, researchers, and life sciences organizations for a connected future beyond legacy systems, adding new value through intelligent use of information and ultimately delivering better patient outcomes. For more information visit:


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Case Study: Creating an Ambulatory and Physician Office Market Development Strategy

HSG Advisors, the Kentucky Hospital Association, and King’s Daughters Health to Present Educational Session at the SHSMD Connections Conference
HSG Advisors, KHA & King's Daughters Health to Present at SHSMD Connections Conference

HSG Advisors, Kentucky Hospital Association & King's Daughters Health to present \"Creating an Ambulatory and Physician Office Market Development Strategy\" at the 2022 SHSMD Connections Conference.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - August 23, 2022 - (

HSG Advisors, a national healthcare consulting firm, will present an educational session with the Kentucky Hospital Association and King's Daughters Health at the 2022 SHSMD Connections Conference on Monday, September 12. The program will offer insights on "Creating an Ambulatory and Physician Office Market Development Strategy" from three points of view: health system leadership, state hospital association leadership, and third-party healthcare consultancy. 

With outpatient revenue on track to overtake inpatient revenues in the next few years, healthcare organizations must start preparing for this shift on an organizational level. This will require a fully developed strategy on how to measure and manage care provided in the ambulatory environment. The presenters, DJ Sullivan, Managing Director at HSG Advisors; Melanie Landrum, Vice President Data and Health Information Services at the Kentucky Hospital Association; and Katie Arnett, Vice President Chief Patient Experience Officer at King's Daughters Health, will dive into the core tenets of strategy development and their specific impact on the ambulatory market.

"Hospitals and health systems need to beware of 'analysis paralysis' as they identify key performance indicators to measure the success of their outpatient strategy development and execution," said Sullivan. "This factor, along with the ability for organizations to embrace strategic partnerships and facilitate collaboration, will significantly impact a healthcare organization's success in the ambulatory market."

During the presentation, attendees will discover how outpatient measurement and management have been developed across an entire state and at the individual facility level. They will review innovative data insights and analytics that health systems are using to support their ambulatory strategy development. Finally, attendees will learn about specific examples and tactics, including provider placement, patient access, and service capability development, to use in their own ambulatory market strategy.

For more information on the program or to register for the live or virtual SHSMD Connections Conference, visit the SHSMD website at For more information on creating a market development strategy for your health care organization, visit

HSG Advisors is a national healthcare consulting firm headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The practice empowers leaders to build differentiated health system strategies and high-performing employed physician networks by pairing data intelligence with experienced advice. The firm's comprehensive approach to leveraging market facts to inform healthcare strategies allows leaders to understand opportunities and deliver the right care to their communities. For more information about HSG, visit www.HSGAdvisors.comLinkedIn, email [email protected], or call (502) 814-1180.

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NCQA Appoints Dr. Bryan O. Buckley as Director, Health Equity Initiatives

Multi-dimensional health care professional, educator, and researcher will lead NCQA's ongoing efforts to make quality health care accessible and equitable

WASHINGTON - August 23, 2022 - (

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced it has appointed Bryan O. Buckley, DrPH, MPH as Director, Health Equity Initiatives. In this role, Dr. Buckley will lead the development and growth of NCQA's efforts to make health care more equitable and access for people across the country. 

Dr. Buckley is a health equity-focused and systems-oriented leader in health delivery system redesign, performance improvement, and change management. He brings fresh perspective in how NCQA conducts translation, research, analysis, evaluation, and assessment for measurement, promotion of standards, and quality improvement programs. His work at NCQA will be critical for several initiatives, including integrating diversity, inclusion, and equity in NCQA programs and evolving the organization's collaborations, contracts, grants, and research strategies with a focus on accelerating health equity. Dr. Buckley will also play a key role in developing partnerships with funding and research organizations, care delivery systems, managed care industry, communities, and other organizations to translate research knowledge and real-world evidence to inform development of products or programs.

"Equity underscores everything we do at NCQA, and we're taking a leading role in improving health care quality and equity by helping health care organizations remove obstacles, overcome disparities, and ensure everyone has access to care that truly improves patient outcomes," said NCQA Assistant Vice President, Research and Analysis Sarah Shih. "We are proud to have Dr. Buckley join us in these efforts. He has a proven record of empowering organizations to achieve equitable health care for their communities. His insight will be invaluable to NCQA as we accelerate our ongoing efforts to overcome inequities in the health care system and create positive change."

In addition to his role at NCQA, Dr. Buckley is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. Prior to joining NCQA, he was a Research Fellow with Medstar Health's Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS), where he led and supported health care delivery research, education, and consulting related to community health, patient safety, and quality. Dr. Buckley also served as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives in the Executive Office of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Before his doctoral studies, he worked at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, where he was responsible for the co-design and leadership of state-wide patient safety and quality improvement efforts.

Dr. Buckley is a Board Member of the American Public Health Association, American Heart Association Greater Washington Region, Food & Friends, and Founding Executive Board Member of the DrPH Coalition. In addition, he serves on the Advisory Board for the Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University MPH programs. He holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Masters of Public Health from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. 

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA Accredits and Certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also Recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA's Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA's website ( contains information to help consumers, employers and others make informed health care choices. NCQA can also be found at Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at and on LinkedIn at

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