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

Purpose

This committee focuses on the advancement of semantic interoperability and standards-based health information and technology systems that lead to meaningful health information exchange. As the health information exchange landscape continues to evolve, interoperability is a key driver towards achieving secure, lower cost and higher quality patient care when and where it is needed.

By leveraging the Interoperability & Standards and Health Information Exchange content areas, this committee will support HIMSS activities on the national, state and local levels, as well as HIMSS advocacy efforts around legislative, regulatory and industry-related issues.

Goals

  • Provide industry leadership in key health information exchange and interoperability topic areas.
  • Promote education and awareness of central activities surrounding health information exchange, interoperability and standards.
  • Facilitate the growth of HIMSS membership and volunteer involvement within the Interoperability & Standards and Health Information Exchange content areas.
  • Cultivate collaboration opportunities to foster integration of functionality across the continuum of care.
  • Support HIMSS Chapter activities by leveraging health information exchange, interoperability and standards content and activities.

Purpose

HIMSS HIE Non-Profit Partners enjoy an exclusive membership and a unique role within the I&HIE Community. Exclusive Interoperability & HIE Non-profit Partner Roundtable calls facilitate connections with other industry leaders focused on innovating, collaborating and advancing health information exchange across the nation, and 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 jbird@himss.org

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."

Co-Chairs

Evelyn Gallego
CEO & Founder
EMI Advisors LLC

Joe Wagner, MPA, FHIMSS
Vice President, Transformation Services
TELUS Health

Purpose

Volunteers on this HIMSS Task Force focus on educational resources surrounding the use of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) technology in healthcare. This group explores how the use of CRM technology can accommodate the growing imperative providers have to communicate with their patients through multiple modalities (e.g. voice, video, text, apps) and to manage these relationships with tools that allow them to marry clinical data with engagement and other person-generated data. 

Chair

Sean Kennedy, MS, PMP, MPH
Director, Solution Architecture, Healthcare & Life Sciences
Salesforce

Purpose

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.

Purpose

The volunteers in this HIMSS Work Group will develop resources for topics identified by the Interoperability & HIE Committee and Community that need further exploration and clarity to educate the health information and technology community. Based on the needs assessed, this group convenes as necessary.

Purpose

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.

Co-Chairs

Lisa Nelson, MS, MBA
Independent Consultant
Life Over Time Solutions

Laura Bryan
MS, CHDS, AHDI-F
Vice President
MedEDocs
 

Purpose

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.

 

Chair

David Houlding, MSc, CISSP, CIPP
Principal Healthcare Program Manager, Microsoft
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Co-chair

Heather Flannery
Health Circle Global Lead, ConsenSys
Co-founder, Blockchain in Healthcare Global, IEEE ISTO
LinkedIn | Twitter

 

 

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Committee Members

Mishka Glaser

Mishka Glaser
Specialist Leader
Deloitte Consulting

Chair

 
Jorge Ferrer, MD, MBA

Jorge A. Ferrer, MD, MBA, LSA, FAMIA
Health Informatician
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 
Elizabeth Hartley-Sommers RN-BSN, MS

Elizabeth Hartley-Sommers RN-BSN, MS
Enterprise Data Acquisition Manager
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

 
Leslie Kelly-Hall

Leslie Kelly-Hall
Sr. Vice President of Policy
Healthwise, Inc.

 
Brian Levy, MD

Brian Levy, MD
President and CMO
Peak Informatics

 
Chrissa McFarlane

Chrissa McFarlane
Founder
Patientory

 
Laurie McGraw

Laurie McGraw
Senior Vice President – Health Solutions
American Medical Association

 
Katrina Miller, MD

Katrina Miller, MD
Medical Director of Informatics
LA Care

 
Gerard Muro, MD, MI

Gerard Muro, MD, MI
Medical Doctor & CMIO

 
Herman Oosterwijk

Herman Oosterwijk
President
Otech

 
Cardelia Reid, MBA, MSN, RN

Cardelia Reid, MBA, MSN, RN
Regional Director
Kammco Health Solutions/Healtheparadigm

 
Teresa Rivera

Teresa Rivera
CEO
Utah Health Information Network

 
Richard Swafford, Ph.D.

Richard Swafford, Ph.D.
Director, Clinical Consulting
Orion Health

 
Allison Viola

Allison Viola
Director, Health IT Policy
Kaiser Permanente