Interoperability: The Key to Data Sharing | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS

Nov 17, 2016 5:30pm - 8:00pm EST

Join the National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS for their upcoming event titled, “Interoperability: The Key to Data Sharing.” The Federal Health IT is accelerating efforts and investments in interoperable technologies to capture, exchange, and meaningfully use date from financial, administrative and clinical systems. Healthcare participants and organizations will need to use limited budgets in deciding whether to purchase new or use existing technology to create interoperable health-IT ecosystem. 

Key guidelines in making aforementioned investment decisions are:

  • Invest in a shared, pervasive and scalable IT infrastructure
  • Leverage technology to eliminate duplication and administrative inefficiencies
  • Make technology a shared-risk and reward to collaborate
  • Move information, not people
  • Customize care to patients and caregivers needs – think Patient Experience
  • Value technologies impact on efficiencies, effectiveness, productivity and lifespan

During this educational session, we will explore important questions that governments and the health care community mitigate together, including:

  • Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is novel Standard for Trial Use (STU), previously named Draft Standard for Trail Use (DSTU), by Health Level Seven (HL7), an ANSI-accredited standards development organization (SDO) HL7 uses STU to provide proof of concept and refine and enhance a novel technology approach before its widespread use. What is the impact of HL7 FHIR on Federal Health IT programs and what government agencies will be most affected? How can FHIR be used to achieve Syntactic and Semantic Interoperability?
  • What is the significant difference between research based data sharing in biomedical and academic environments with the clinical patient facing world? How is ONC addressing semantic interoperability within the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) to improve data sharing and how will this effort affect DHA and VHA?
  • Patient referrals are an integral revenue generator for every commercially viable hospital, clinic and caregiver. Yet most facilities require the patient to hand-deliver referrals and do not adequately track the originating provider of a referral. This leads to many issues including reduced coordination of care, reduced quality of care outcomes, loss of revenue, and a poor patient experience. How is the VA improving efficiency of referrals in its VA Medical facilities and outpatient clinics? How does the VHA use data sharing and interoperability to improve patient outcome and overall patient experience?
  • With all of the challenges that health information exchanges (HIEs) have encountered the top three issues in the commercial world across the US according to the eHealth Initiative Surveys: (1) Governance, (2) Financial Sustainability and (3) HIPAA (receiving appropriate permission for collaboration and sharing of PHI). With that being said what are the top three challenges for HIE to be achieved from your perspectives between VHA and DHA? What is DHA doing to improve the administrative and financial systems they have invested to actually work in effectively and efficiently with the major MHS Genesis Initiative?


  • Gen. Jill Faris, U.S. Army's Assistant Surgeon General for Mobilization, Readiness and National Guard Affairs (Confirmed)
  • Gail Kalbfleisch, Director, Federal Health Architecture at US Department of Health and Human Services (Invited)
  • CAPT Hung Trinh, Director of Innovation and Engagement, DoD/VA Interagency Program Office (Confirmed)
  • Lauren Thompson, PhD, Director, Defense Healthcare Management Systems, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Training, and Logistics, DOD/VA Interagency Program Office (IPO) Confirmed)
  • Charles Gabriel, Director, Defense Health Agency (DHA) (Confirmed)
  • Col. John Scott, Informatics Policy Director, Health Affairs, Department of Defense (Invited)


  • Dr. Wendell Ocasio, Managing Director, Chief Medical Officer, Accenture Federal Services
  • (Co-moderator) Matt Manning, Civilian Health Account Executive, ScienceLogic, Inc.

This chapter program is approved for up to 1.5 continuing education (CE) hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) and the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS). Free parking at the Key Bridge Marriott is available to all attendees. Present your parking ticket for validation at the HIMSS-NCA registration desk.

Event Contact Information

Mark Kasuda