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HIMSS17 Conference & Exhibition: Join thousands of the brightest minds in health and IT at HIMSS17. Registration is open! Save up to $400 now. Conference & Exhibition | February 19-23 | Orlando.

Economics Driving Innovation in HIE and Taking Advantage of Opportunities at HIMSS

by Gary Ozanich, PhD; Director of the Health Informatics Graduate Program and Associate Director for Research, Northern Kentucky University; Senior Consultant for HealthTech Solutions and Co-chair of the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community.

In my opinion, the challenges facing exchange are more economic than technical. Sure, there are issues with standard specificity and issues with vendors, but I think that the economics of stakeholder viability in a Fee-for-Value world will force solutions very quickly... Read More.


November 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable: Improving the Quality of CDA Documents with Testing and Tooling
November 7, 2016 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
Didi Davis, from the Sequoia Project, and Nagesh "Dragon" Bashyam, contracting to the ONC, will introduce the community to new tooling being used to improve the quality of the digital content available within several types and versions of CDA Documents, and will provide details on the different aspects of quality that these tools can assess. Register now!

Blog: Three Takeaways on Future Efforts for Interoperability
by Katie Crenshaw, Manager of Informatics, HIMSS North America
On Oct. 5. the CommonWell Health Alliance convened its Fall Summit and Annual Meeting outside of Boston. The event brought together members from across the health IT vendor industry, some seasoned to these meetings and many new to the CommonWell experience... For a CommonWell rookie like me, the efforts outlined are exciting representations of the progress the health IT community is advancing. Read more...

Fact Sheet: How to Improve Electronic Health Record Usability and Patient Safety
To identify the root causes of-and potential solutions to-usability problems, The Pew Charitable Trusts, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, convened 70 experts representing makers of EHR systems, hospitals, clinicians, patient safety advocates, and the federal government at a July 28, 2015 workshop. This fact sheet incorporates findings from the meeting and recent publications, and outlines a comprehensive approach to address EHR usability...

KLAS: Interoperability progressing but still challenging between disparate EHRs
The research firm found that no vendor community excels at exchanging records with other vendors and while providers see value in participating in CommonWell and Carequality only a small subset are actively sharing data today.

HIE Highway

Share Your HIE Organization’s Story: Participate in a HIMSS HIE Case Study
The HIMSS FY17 HIE Case Studies Task Force is looking for representatives from Health Information Exchange Organizations interested in being interviewed for HIE-focused Case Studies this fiscal year. This is an opportunity to showcase your HIE Organization’s successes and lessons learned with the greater Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Community. To volunteer to be interviewed for an HIE Case Study, please complete the short survey by Sunday, November 6.

ONC Chief Sees Carequality Patient Data Exchange in Action
Carequality announced live exchange in August, with 3,000 clinics and 200 hospitals live and ready for exchange. Today, the effort has grown to more than 150,000 clinicians across 11,000 clinics and 500 hospitals live and able to share health data records, regardless of the technology network

HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable - The Challenges of Care Coordination Involving Behavioral Health Data: A Panel Discussion
Nov 15, 2016 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET
Sharing behavioral health data across the care continuum is an essential piece to patient-centered care and there is an increasing urgency to support and meet the needs of this population. This free Roundtable webinar addresses the varied challenges clinicians, health systems and HIEs face in sharing behavioral health data across the healthcare eco-system, as well as the approaches used to successfully exchange the data... Register Now!

9 Crucial Steps for Achieving and Capitalizing on Data Exchange
Interoperability in healthcare will play a crucial role in improving delivery and achieving the benefits of healthcare reform, as well as enabling healthcare information technology to achieve a return on the billions of dollars that’s been invested by the federal government and providers. An interoperability discussion paper, written by a select group of HIT experts for the National Academy of Medicine, also will serve as a roadmap for the next administration, identifying future directions for healthcare IT policy.


In MACRA Final Rule, Health IT’s Role Looms Large
With the release of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) final rule, healthcare leaders quickly turned to look at the regulation’s many provisions that directly relate to the use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology and more broadly, health information technology.

A Path Toward an Interoperable Health Record
The HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange (I&HIE) Committee convened a specialized Work Group that consisted of industry thought leaders, vendor representatives and subject matter experts to review the Draft 2017 ISA and formulate comments to the ONC before the Final 2017 ISA is issued in December 2016. The HIMSS Interoperability Standards Advisory Work Group met over eight weeks to consider the three interoperability areas, and prepare feedback with detailed comments to ONC that culminated in a response submitted on Oct. 23.

HHS Announces a Call to Action to Create a 21st Century Public Health Infrastructure
On October 19, Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, HHS assistant secretary for health, unveiled Public Health 3.0, a new model for building healthier communities across America. Public Health 3.0 recognizes that America has made great strides in recent years to expand access to medical care and preventive services, but that these successes have not guaranteed health equity for all.

Highlights: Supporting the Reliability and Safety of Certified Health IT through an ONC Direct Review Process
On Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the ONC Health IT Certification Program: Enhanced Oversight and Accountability Final Rule. This is a key part of the ONC’s commitment to accelerate the interoperable flow of electronic health information by supporting the reliable and safe use of certified health information technology (health IT).

HIMSS Exchange

Blog: Live from #CleMedHack
By Christel Anderson, Senior Director of Interoperability Initiatives, HIMSS
Over 200 individuals - students, clinicians, developers, designers, investors and programmers - convened for more than 36 hours on Oct. 22-23 at the HIMSS Innovation Center for the second annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon. Hackathon teams identified challenges, proposed solutions and worked on technological solutions that are poised to transform healthcare. Read more...

HIMSS launches Cybersecurity Hub
To help the healthcare industry better manage mounting cybersecurity threats, the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society introduced its Cybersecurity Hub on October 25. The hub’s debut coincided with the Cleveland Clinic’s annual Medical Innovation Summit at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

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!

Webinar: HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase - Get Started
Thursday, November 10, 2016 | 1:00 pm ET
Now is the time to register for the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase! We will be starting planning calls in November so join us at our upcoming webinar to kick off the redesigned HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase occurring February 20-22, 2017. We are happy to welcome you to the Interoperability Showcase. Get the facts on how to participate and how to make the most of your sponsorship! Meet the technical team and hit the ground running during our first planning call of the season. The Showcase has expanded to include all interoperability stakeholders and to demonstrate the entire health ecosystem, with no technical barriers to health IT solutions providers to participate. Register now!

Volunteer at the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase
We're looking for volunteers to support the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase. In exchange for your time, you'll receive a complimentary exhibitor badge to HIMSS17. Click here for more information and to apply.

Blog: Moonshot Live from #MIS2016
By Christel Anderson, Senior Director of Interoperability Initiatives, HIMSS
I had the privilege to attend the opening keynote of the 2016 Medical Innovation Summit and hear Vice President Joe Biden speak about the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. The ultimate goal, as listed on the Moonshot’s website: to make a decade’s worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in five years.

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MACRA and the Quality Payment Program: A HIMSS Webinar Series

November 7th
HIMSS Health Story Project Roundtable

November 10th
HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase Webinar- Get Started

November 15th
HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable

November 18th
ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications) of Learning Health Systems Symposium

November 30th
The Healthcare Cybersecurity Pulse - Part 1: What's Happening and What's Next?

December 11th-14th
Connected Health Conference

December 14th
The Healthcare Cybersecurity Pulse - Part 2: Tools and Resources You Can Use!

January 18th
HIMSS Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable

January 23rd-27th
IHE North America Connectathon

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2017 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition

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