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Hope for Patient-Driven Interoperability and Innovation

by Laura Young, Director of Industry Relations and Solution Consulting at Orion Health and Co-chair of the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community

This year marks my tenth year in Healthcare IT. Previously, I was a technologist in the government and non-profit sectors. My first introduction into Health IT was working for an obstetrics EHR company. I had never heard of "HL7" prior to that...Read more.


February 2017 Health Story Project Roundtable | C-CDA Documents: Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange
Monday, February 6 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
While C-CDA (Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture) is regularly used in data exchange across the health IT community, the various types of C-CDA documents available for exchange are not well understood. This Roundtable will describe the 12 document types defined in C-CDA, highlight the similarities and differences of the sections within those documents, and show how C-CDA document and section templates can be leveraged as building blocks for more meaningful data exchange. Register Now!

The Wait is Over: How We Can Achieve Widespread Interoperability Now
Interoperability is not in and of itself a hard technical problem to solve. Other industries, notably financial and logistics, have interconnected systems that work. So why have we struggled so much with achieving interoperability in healthcare?

Dr. Vindell Washington on Health IT: Where Should We Go From Here?
Dr. B. Vindell Washington has lived through a wave of healthcare change as a national leader in health IT. Federal healthcare programs such as Meaningful Use have encouraged a fast-paced adoption of health IT among care providers nationwide.

ONC Releases 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory
The Office of the National Coordinator for IT on Dec. 20 released its Interoperability Standards Advisory for 2017, collecting essential standards and implementation specifications for technology developers and clinicians to know. Whether they're required by specific federal programs or simply useful to furthering the spread of interoperability, these specs are all meant to enable easier sharing of clinical data, says ONC.

Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act Into Law: Funding Precision Medicine, Cancer Moonshot, EHR Improvements
"The law has provisions that will improve HHS ability to promote interoperability, combat data blocking and foster transparency in the marketplace," said National Coordinator for Health IT Vindell Washington, MD, at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference in National Harbor, Maryland on December 13.

HIE Highway

Winter 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable
Wednesday, January 18 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET
Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD from the University of Michigan will present A National Perspective on Interoperability Progress and Challenges, and Brian Behlendorf from Hyperledger will present on The Potential for Blockchain Technology in HIT. Register Now!

What’s in YOUR Luggage? Reflections on the HIE Journey
"Even though great strides have been made with electronic health records, health information exchange (HIE) across state lines is far from seamless or common... There are many reasons health records are not shared broadly, but it's hard to fathom why the disconnect remains acceptable when, at the push of a button, my phone can tell me almost everything I want to know about my day and the world..."

National Governors Association Releases Healthcare Interoperability Roadmap
In announcing the roadmap, the NGA argued that while the U.S. "has experienced significant advancements in medical diagnostics and treatments for complex health problems in recent years," healthcare still lags far behind other sectors of the economy in data sharing.

Connectivity and Collaboration to Advance Interoperability Agreement
CommonWell Health Alliance and Carequality announced an agreement to increase health IT connectivity nationwide. The agreement provides additional health data sharing options to a broad range of stakeholders across healthcare, and has three aspects...

Did Your 'Check Engine' Light Come On?
The massive volume of health care data that is generated from the healthcare ecosystem requires sophisticated information technologies for storage, aggregation, and analyses. Additionally, the complexities of data generated from unconnected, disparate systems, sometimes from different parts of the globe, present challenges.

Providers' Inability to Share Data Hurts Patient Satisfaction
Consumers are able to gather personal information in a variety of different subject areas, but the inability to do so with their medical information represents a growing source of frustration. A recent survey by Surescripts underscores the dissatisfaction that consumers feel because there's no central source to get their records, or to share them easily.

Interoperability & HIE at HIMSS17

HIMSS17 Interoperability and HIE Symposium | Making It Work
Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 8:00am - 4:30pm | Orlando, FL
Continued adoption of value-based payment models, an expanding number of health IT applications implemented across care settings, evolution of available technical standards, and attention from federal policymakers all underscore and align with the need for semantic interoperability and exchange of data, information, and knowledge across the health system. This symposium provides an integrated understanding of the opportunities and challenges affecting diverse stakeholders stemming from confluence of new policies, evolving standards and certification programs, applications, and coordination required to realize a Learning Health System (LHS) that is patient-centered and improves population health. Register now!

HIMSS17 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Reception
February 19 | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM ET | Interoperability Showcase, Tangerine Ballroom, Orange County Convention Center
Join the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community for a networking reception to meet other like-minded health IT and medical professionals and learn about the I&HIE Community's opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, problem solving and education through this central convening point for Interoperability and HIE. Register now!

HIMSS17 Interoperability & Standards Breakfast Panel | Tearing down Interoperability Barriers: Real Life Impact on Business, Technology, & People
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 07:30AM - 09:30AM ET | HIMSS Interoperability Showcase Theater™
Interoperability in healthcare can be a vexing concept. Are we talking about how information is exchanged or are we really speaking about how stakeholders and systems across the health ecosystem interact to create a complete picture of an individual's health? This panel will tear down these perceived walls and give attendees real world examples of interoperability in action from a technological and an organizational perspective, as well as explore the 'real life' impact on provider workflow and the individual. Register now - space is limited!

HIMSS Exchange

HIMSS’s Most Influential Women in Health IT Are Most Impressive
Each Awardee collaborates and innovates within her area of health IT-related expertise. Each understands, and has acted upon, the power of harnessing the best of IT across many different components of health and healthcare including nursing, pharmacy, medicine, government, public policy, industry and business management.

Experience the IHE North American Connectathon Education and Networking Opportunities
The IHE North American (NA) Connectathon is a powerful industry event that unites 550+ health IT professionals and industry's leading organizations to partner to advance health IT interoperability in North America. Check out the networking and educational sessions taking place all week.

Make the Most of Health IT
By Joyce Sensmeier, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS North America
Ever since the Institute of Medicine report To Err is Human was published in 1999, there's been an increasing focus on the issues, challenges, and opportunities of managing the healthcare environment to keep patients safe...

Learn Best Practices for Patient Safety – Part Two of Webinar Series
This webinar will explore how thought-leading healthcare providers are establishing a proactive, methodical approach to health IT process improvement that includes assessing patient safety risks, the importance of information governance, utilizing multi-disciplinary integrating quality, safety, and IT departments in addressing potential risks, vendor selection and involvement, change management, and the monitoring of system effectiveness.  Part one of the webinar series reviewed how to support patient safety initiatives, processes, and technologies.

HIMSS Member Engagement Webinar | Optimize Your Membership
January 9 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM ET
Interested in becoming more involved with HIMSS? Want to get the most out of your member benefits but unsure how? Join the HIMSS Member Engagement Webinar! Register now.

TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
Powered by HIMSS, the TIGER VLE is an online education portal for academic professionals, students, adult learners, and clinical educators. The VLE is a personalized learning experience reflective of core international competencies designed to expand skills and knowledge on important health IT subjects:

  • Easily integrate health IT modules and resources into your curriculum
  • Effortlessly locate viable content through the highlighted work of open-source collaborators
  • Unlimited access is purchased through a one-year $40 subscription that includes downloadable resources/materials, the Webinar series & Archive

Until January 31, receive 20% off subscriptions with discount code TIGERVLENY20. Subscribe today!

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January 9th
HIMSS Member Engagement Webinar

January 10th
Improving Patient Safety - Part 2

January 10th
HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable - Care Coordination and Transitions of Care

January 18th
HIMSS Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable

January 23rd-27th
IHE North American Connectathon

January 24th
The Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) Ecosystem: Connectivity Between Pharmacists, Providers and Health Plans

February 6th
HIMSS Health Story Project Roundtable

February 8th
Special February 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable

February 14th
Integrated Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) Solutions: Electronic Health Records, Pharmacy Dispensing System Vendors and Web Portal Options

February 19th-23rd
2017 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition

March 28th
Best Practices for Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) Implementation and Adoption: Eliminating Barriers to Workflow Integration for Pharmacists and Providers

HIMSS17: HIMSS17 Preconference symposia. February 19, 2017 Orlando, FL. Arrive one day early. Continue with a competitive advantage. Get the details >>

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