Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Committee

HIMSS Interoperability Call to Action & Interoperability Initiatives Environmental Scan

HIMSS asserts that we must achieve secure, appropriate, and ubiquitous data access and electronic exchange of health information, and provides guiding principles to inform health policy and spur our nation’s health sector to action.

The Call to Action was championed by HIMSS's Interoperability & HIE Committee and informed by their work to create the Interoperability Initiatives Environmental Scan.

Access the Full Interoperability Initiatives Environmental Scan

Read the entire Call to Action here


This committee focuses on the advancement of standards-based interoperability and emerging health information technologies that lead to impactful health information exchange. As the healthcare landscape evolves, interoperability is a key driver towards achieving secure and accessible information, as well as realizing lower cost and higher quality care.

By leveraging the Interoperability & Health Information Exchange and Blockchain in Healthcare content areas, this Committee supports HIMSS thought leadership activities on global and national levels, as well as contributes to HIMSS advocacy and policy efforts around relevant subject matter.


  • Provide and inform HIMSS thought leadership around standards-based interoperability, health information exchange and blockchain-related topic areas.
  • Develop and promote education and awareness campaigns around relevant industry efforts and best practices anchored in health information exchange, standards-based interoperability and blockchain technology.
  • Support and facilitate the growth of HIMSS volunteer and Chapter engagement within the areas of standards-based interoperability, health information exchange and blockchain-related content.
  • Cultivate collaboration opportunities across HIMSS and with other organizations to foster the integration of necessary functionality across the continuum of care to achieve impactful health information exchange.


HIMSS HIE Non-Profit Partners enjoy an exclusive membership and a unique role within the I&HIE Community. Membership is FREE for one individual (with discounted membership for 5 additional members of your organization). Learn more about the HIE Non-Profit Partner Membership here or contact Jessica Bird, Manager, Strategic Relations, at

Each quarter there will be a 90 minute I&HIE Community Roundtable open to all HIMSS members that choose to be a part of the HIMSS Community.

To officially join the I&HIE Community login to your Member Profile, Select “Participation”, select “My Involvement”, select "Edit Participation" and finally click the check box next to "Interoperability & HIE Community."


Mishka Glaser
Specialist Leader
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Leslie Kelly Hall
Consulting Executive


The Technical Guidance for Interoperability (TGI) Work Group’ will facilitate communication and collaboration on interoperability and standards-based technology within HIMSS and with other federal, state, local and business organizations to present a coordinated voice on how to achieve the industry’s interoperability vision. This Work Group will share technical perspectives and provide guidance on behalf of HIMSS to drive policy and regulation recommendations related to interoperability, standards and health information exchange.


The Health Story Project works to advance current technology and standards around document exchange to best capture and share a person’s complete health story via virtual Roundtables that demonstrate how standards can help further the patient’s story and benefit stakeholders from across the healthcare system.

Learn more about the Health Story Project here.


Lisa Nelson, MS, MBA
Principal Informaticist

Laura Bryan
Vice President


Volunteers on this HIMSS Task Force will explore and educate the healthcare community on the practical applications of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies within the healthcare setting. Members of this group are tasked with (1) highlighting real-word examples of the technology’s use, (2) creating resources to better understand the technology and considerations for implementation and (3) sharing subject matter expertise on the various use cases to which the technology can be applied.



David Houlding, MSc, CISSP, CIPP
Principal Healthcare Program Manager, Microsoft
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Heather Flannery
Health Circle Global Lead, ConsenSys
Co-founder, Blockchain in Healthcare Global, IEEE ISTO
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