Advancements in the Technical Standards Needed to Achieve Interoperability Webinar

This HIMSS Interoperabilty & HIE Community on-demand webinar covers the new standards adoption efforts being supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and provides insight as to how you can participate in the efforts to advance the adoption and implementation of these standards.

FHIR at Scale Task Force
An initiative convened by the ONC known as the FHIR at Scale Taskforce (FAST) brings together a highly representative group of motivated healthcare industry stakeholders and health information technology experts to identify scalability barriers and propose solutions to accelerate the industry-wide adoption of the FHIR standard at scale. This presentation provides an overview and update on these standards development initiatives that are working to identify solutions to more rapidly achieve interoperability in the health ecosystem. 

ONC and Integrating the Health Enterprise USA Cooperative Agreement
To reach milestones identified in the Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and in support of the Cures Act, the ONC announced the Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) USA Cooperative Agreement Notice of Funding Opportunity. IHE USA has since partnered with the ONC to identify and update IHE Profiles that support the use of FHIR, champion real-world testing and adoption by health IT developers, HL7 Developer Days, and other related activities. This partnership is also encouraging IHE USA and the broader standards community to provide continuous feedback based on lessons gleaned through profiling and real-world testing. 

Learning Objectives
After this webinar, attendees should be able to:

  • Summarize the FAST structure to tackle FHIR scalability challenges
  • Describe the purpose of the ONC and IHE Cooperative Agreement and the renovation of IHE Profiles that support the use of FHIR
  • Recognize the ways you can take part in the work initiated and supported by the ONC to progress new standards adoption and implementation


Patrick Murta, Solutions Architecture Fellow, Humana; Chief Architect, ONC FAST Initiative 

Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Senior Advisor, Informatics, HIMSS

Amit Trivedi, Director, Informatics & Health IT Standards, HIMSS

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