Interoperability & Standards Committee
The Interoperability & Standards (I&S) Committee was formed in July 2012 in order to further advance the HIMSS strategic topic of semantic interoperability and standardization leading to successful exchange and re-use of health information. This I&S Committee consists of key health IT volunteers and multi-disciplinary experts in the fields of interoperability and standards. The Committee is charged with providing domain expertise, public policy leadership and guidance for HIMSS activities, initiatives and collaborations in the area of interoperability and standards leading to health information exchange. See the Gap Analysis and rationale for creating the I&S Committee in 2012.
Information exchange based on standards that support semantic interoperability will advance clinical decision support, evidence-based medicine, business intelligence, analytics and other capabilities.
The mission of the HIMSS Interoperability & Standards (I&S) Committee is to promote the development, implementation and dissemination of semantically interoperable, standards-based health IT systems. The seamless, effective and secure information exchange practices enabled by such standards-based systems will improve health outcomes and enhance efficient reuse of information.
- Publish thought leadership pieces
- Participate in speaking engagements
- Contribute content to the HIMSS public comment platform
- Influence public policy
- Develop resources and tools with associated Task Forces and Work Groups
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FY15 Interoperability & Standards (I&S) Committee
Susan Demorsky, CPHIMS, RHIA
Russell Leftwich, MD
Lori Taft, CPHIMS
Kress Van Voorhis
FY14 Objectives for the I&S Content Area
The Interoperability & Standards (I&S) content area is directed by the HIMSS I&S Committee which is charged with providing domain expertise, leadership and guidance for HIMSS activities, initiatives and collaborations in the area of interoperability and standards leading to health information exchange. Additional content area work is facilitated through task forces and work groups which allow all members of the Society an opportunity to contribute to HIMSS interoperability and standards activities. Please send us an email if you would like to volunteer for one of these groups below:
Interoperability & Standards Practices Task Force
Tom Jones, MD
CEO, Tolven Health
- Document Davies and Stage 7 sites demonstrating improved clinical outcomes through best interoperability practices in collaboration with the Quality Cost and Patient Safety content area. Publish on HIMSS website resulting in 1,000 unique page views and/or downloads.
- Leverage the FY13 Standards Work Group Principles for Standards in Healthcare IT Coordination to evaluate standards for adherence to HIMSS Interoperability & Standards (I&S) best practices.
Interoperability Maturity Model Task Force
Soloman Appavu , MS, CHPS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
President, Center for Healthcare Automation, Ltd.
Develop and validate a HIMSS interoperability maturity model and corresponding roadmap leveraging the EMRAM model resulting in five documented examples of where the model is used.
HIE/Interoperability Business Case Work Group in collaboration with HIE Committee
Co-Chairs: Chairs of the HIE Committee (Gary Ozanich, PhD) and I&S Committee (Keith Salzman, MD, MPH)
Develop, publish and widely disseminate a thought leadership business case for interoperability/HIE.
mHIMSS - I&S Collaborative Work Group in collaboration with mHIMSS
|Jeff Brandt||Chuck Parker|
|CTO & Mad Mobile Scientist||Executive Director|
|ComSi & pH mHealth||Continua Health Alliance|
Expand the mHIMSS Roadmap (version 2) to incorporate the challenges, issues, and opportunities of the intersection of mobile and health information exchange as well as utilization standards and interoperable frameworks [to include app development challenges]. Success measured by 1,000 unique visits.
Information Xchange eNewsletter Work Group
The HIMSS Information Xchange is a monthly e-newsletter features extended coverage of all aspects, issues and topics pertaining to interoperability and standards leading to information exchange.
I&S Public Comment Workgroup
This workgroup is open to all HIMSS members who have an interest in participating in HIMSS public comment periods and other industry-related activities focused around I&S content. A diverse cross-disciplinary group of volunteers representing the HIMSS I&S content area is key in supporting the HIMSS objective of being a leading industry resource in HIT and I&S. Volunteers in this workgroup will work with the HIMSS I&S content area to solicit and provide feedback on legislation and regulations impacting the area of interoperability and standards.
If you would like to volunteer to serve on a task force or work group, please contact the HIMSS staff liaison.
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