HIMSS and the AMA Introduce Podcast Series on Patient Engagement and Health Information Exchange

To help provider and provider organizations achieve Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, HIMSS and the American Medical Association (AMA) introduce a collaborative,  three-episode series of discussions through the HIMSS HIE inPractice Podcasts

Captions: Dan Paoletti, chief executive officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership (OHIP) and Dr. Joe Heyman, former chair of the AMA Board of Trustees and former president of the Massachusetts Medical Society

The podcasts, featuring Dr. Joe Heyman, founder, former president and current CMIO of the Whittier IPA, which owns and operates the Wellport Health Information Exchange, and Dan Paoletti, chief executive officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership, which manages the CliniSync Health Information Exchange, discuss how physicians engage with health information exchange (HIE)  and how HIE can facilitate achievement of Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.

“Even though only one or two [Meaningful Use Stage 2 measures] require an HIE, if you look carefully at them, probably 95 percent of them will be facilitated by having an HIE,” said Heyman.

The “HIE inPractice” podcast series, has been produced in collaboration between HIMSS and the AMA to provide short audio interviews and conversations on topics of interest to healthcare professionals, health IT leaders and anyone wanting to learn more about health information exchange.

“If a practice or a provider can find a good partnership with a health information exchange, they (HIEs) can be incredibly valuable in helping that practice” said Paoletti.  “Not only with Meaningful Use, but other things that are coming down the healthcare highway, such as payment reform – whether that comes in the form of patient-centered medical homes or accountable care organizations, an HIE can really be a trusted partner.”


  • Episode #5: Physician Engagement with HIE The importance of physician engagement with health information exchange is addressed. Specific attention is given to the benefits for both physicians and their practices; challenges to overcome, including recommendations for physicians without access to an HIE organization; and requirements for participation. 
  • Episode #7: Information Exchange and Stage 2 Meaningful Use (Part I) - The first half of the conversation addresses requirements for HIE participation, Meaningful Use requirements, public health departments and clinical decision support. 
  • Episode #8: Information Exchange and Stage 2 Meaningful Use (Part II) - The second half of the conversation addresses medication reconciliation, registries, health information service providers (HISPs) and the business case for hospitals and commercial labs to engage with HIE.

Visit The HIMSS website to download the podcasts.


HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.



HIMSS and AMA Podcast Series
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