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Interoperability Leading to Information Exchange
April 2013 Vol. 2, No. 4 SUBSCRIBE | MEMBERSHIP

InboxHIMSS 2013 Annual Report of U.S. Hospital IT Market
HIMSS recently published the latest edition of its long-running and best-selling Annual Report of the U.S. Hospital IT market. Get valuable new insights into the world of health IT and the latest analysis on the penetration of IT applications in various sectors (e.g., bed size, hospital type, and census regions). Information gathered from more than 4,200 American hospitals on about 100 applications and technologies is provided. This edition evaluates the financial and clinical application environments in U.S. hospitals, and provides real-world examples of the benefits and the value propositions of EMRs. Newly included in the report is a status of key laboratory applications, including anatomical pathology and microbiology. Click the link above to order the softcover edition of the report, as well as the PDF site license. Click here to order the eBook.

GHIT Conference Call for Proposals-Closes April 15
HIMSS invites presenter proposals for the 2013 Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition being held at the Renaissance Washington, DC from June 11-12, 2013. The submission period will close April 15th. This year’s event will feature two tracks of programing: Delivering Better Care at a Lower Cost and Engaging with Consumers as a Care Partner. Potential track topics include health insurance exchanges/health insurance markets, ACOs, clinical and business analytics, fraud and compliance, system interoperability, mobile health, patient safety, and consumer engagement. Share your expertise through case studies, lessons learned, and best practice examples. Proposals should be free of commercial bias and should have no more than two presenters. All proposals will be reviewed by an advisory committee.  For further information, please contact Kerry Amato.

HIMSS13 Online Continues On-Demand Access Until June 7
HIMSS13 Online, the virtual extension to the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, wrapped up the live portion of the event yesterday. HIMSS13 Online provides access to select portions of both live and on-demand events for only $39. This is an amazing deal that you can’t miss! Participants can gain valuable information and engage with peers as they seek out practical solutions to healthcare’s most demanding challenges. On-demand access to select portions of HIMSS13 Online will be available until June 7. Please click on the link above to learn more.

HIMSS14 Set for Orlando
The 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition is set for Feb. 23-27, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. If you are considering attending the Orlando event, you might want to book early and take advantage of great rates on hotel rooms. Housing is open to attendees at this time with only a credit card guarantee (and your credit card will not be charged until two weeks prior to HIMSS14). Exhibitor bookings will commence this summer. For more information, please click the link above.


HIMSS TO Co-host California HIE Stakeholder Summit
HIMSS is pleased to co-host the fifth annual California HIE Stakeholder Summit, Transforming Healthcare, May 8 and 9 at the Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Conference Center, Sacramento. The 2013 Summit is a “must-go” event for people involved in health information exchange (HIE) efforts around California. National and state experts will address what it takes to move HIE to the next level. The focus will be on moving from building the foundation for health information exchange to realizing HIE’s potential as an essential element in improving care quality, patient outcomes, and population health. Discussion sessions are designed to encourage audience members to share their experiences and provide feedback. Pre-summit sessions will address data sharing participant agreements and health information organization development. Speakers include California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana S. Dooley; National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) President Peggy O’Kane; California HIE Deputy Secretary Pam Lane; HIMSS Informatics Senior Director   Pam Matthews; Institute for Population Health Director Dr. Kenneth Kizer; California Department of Health Care Services Chief Medical Information Officer Linette Scott; and many more. Click the link above to learn more.

New York HIE Gets Direct Messaging
By Anthony Brino, Associate Editor, Healthcare Payer News and Government Health IT
Clinician-to-clinician Direct messaging is now available across New York as part of the Statewide Health Information Network of New York, or SHIN-NY. Albany Medical Center, one of the busiest trauma centers in Upstate New York, will be the state’s first provider using the Direct service, which integrates into providers’ electronic health record systems. Vendor certification for Direct messaging will begin this spring through the Interoperability Workgroup led by the New York eHealth Collaborative, which oversees SHIN-NY. For Albany Medical Center, the Direct service is being powered by the Healthcare Information Xchange of New York (HIXNY), which serves as greater Albany and northern New York’s regional HIE. National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, said in a media release that the SHIN-NY Direct service is “a critical component for eligible providers to achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use in New York while enabling a simple point-to-point exchange of patient health data.” Click the link above to learn more.

Minnesota Beacon a True Partner to Patients
Embracing that slogan, the Southeast Minnesota Beacon Community took a conversational approach to developing a slate of community activities in its region, rather than an authoritarian attitude. SE MN Beacon did not impose an action plan on the patients and stakeholders within its boundaries. Instead, they used “meaningful conversation” to emphasize a patient-centric orientation, according to Christopher Chute, MD, professor of medical informatics at Mayo Clinic and the principal investigator at SE MN Beacon. SE MN Beacon includes 5 health systems, 11 counties and public health departments, as well as 47 school districts. All providers in the region are partnering and participating in the Beacon. Click the link above to learn more.

Central Illinois HIE Plans for Other Side of Tipping Point
By Mary Mosquera, Senior Editor, Healthcare Finance News
Unlike many health information exchanges, the Central Illinois Health Information Exchange (CIHIE) is teetering at the tipping point for connecting and sharing data among a large number of providers in its region. Due to its effective grassroots approach to community engagement, CIHIE no longer has to go out and sell its benefits, reported Joy Duling, executive director of CIHIE, at Monday’s session, “HIE: a Grassroots Approach”, at the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition. Click the link above to learn more.

Caradigm platform to integrate Orion Health HIE capabilities
By Mike Miliard, Managing Editor, Healthcare IT News
Caradigm, the joint health IT venture formed by Microsoft and GE Healthcare, announced on March 27, 2013 that it will integrate health information exchange technology from Orion Health into its analytics platform.

Policy Pulse

Grassley, Hatch Ask, How Does Sequester Affect Exchanges?
On March 27th, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, inquiring how the "Sequester" (the $1.2 trillion to be cut from federal budgets over ten years, beginning on March 1, 2013) would affect setup of the nation's health insurance exchanges. According to the senators' letter, to date, HHS has awarded more than $1 billion to 33 states for health insurance exchange planning and establishment. Click the link above to read the full letter.

National Health IT Week is September 16-20, 2013
This year National Health IT Week will be September 16-20, 2013 and we hope health IT organizations across the country will join in this important effort by conducting their own local events and activities to demonstrate to patients, the provider community, local elected officials, and the media the progress they are making to improve healthcare delivery through the adoption of health information technology.   Click the link above to learn how your organization can become a partner, and to access the National Health IT Week Toolkit, which includes ideas you can implement to demonstrate the importance of health IT and the accomplishments you are making to improve patient care.

Save the Date for HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit
As part of National Health IT Week (September 16-20, 2013), HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit will be held September 18-19, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  The Policy Summit is HIMSS' annual Capitol Hill "fly-in" which includes expert speakers, discussions on the most important current health IT public policy issues, and visits with your Members of Congress or their senior staff to present HIMSS' top three Congressional Asks for the year.  Member involvement in the Policy Summit is crucial in shaping the message that we carry to Capitol Hill.  Click the link above to learn more.

Showcase Connection

Interoperability Showcase at GHIT on June 11
The 9th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition Interoperability Showcase takes place in Washington DC on June 11th, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel. Clinicians, technicians and key decision makers will come together and experience first-hand technologies in a HIMSS Showcase Use Case Tour that show interoperable clinical solutions.  Attendee will be able to participate in a live, interactive, standards based, health information exchange and “become the patient” learning how their information travels across communities of care.

IHE Announces First Worldwide Summit—April 16-18
By Celina Roth, HIMSS IHE Liaison
Join IHE for the first global gathering of leaders from IHE's twenty-five national deployment committees!IHE International World Summit will take place at the Haliç Congress Center in the legendary city of Istanbul, Turkey. Learn more about interoperability in Health IT and the role IHE plays within the industry. IHE is offering (3) group tracks to target specific interests of managers, developers, and key decision makers:

  • Track 1: Panel track—Representatives of IHE Development Committee’s, government and national/regional projects. IHE specialists and consultants
  • Track 2: Management track—CEO’s and CIO’s of hospitals and hospital providers
  • Track 3: Development track—CIO’s, Lead developers and testing groups planning to create or test IHE software in the future

While at the Summit, take the opportunity to tour the IHE Europe Connectathon. The Connectathon provides an opportunity for vendors to interact and test the interoperability and connectivity of their developed Health IT systems. Register and see the full conference agenda on IHE’s website.

North American Connectathon 2013 Results
Consolidated CDA test results are now available! View full test results at the link above. For more information regarding C-CDA testing specifications and document types, visit the IHE USA Consolidated CDA webpage.

IHE Profile Database
IHE profile testing results are now available in the searchable IHE Connectathon Results Database. Review your NA Connectathon 2013 entry online. Click the link above to learn more.

CCD Exchange between Different Care Settings & Vendors – New IHE USA White Paper!
By Sarah Willis, HIMSS IHE-USA Liaison
The healthcare industry has been working for decades to align data and clinical content to improve coordinated care. The HITECH Act and Meaningful Use Stage 2 require the use of Continuity of Care Document (CDD) and set the foundation for standards-based clinical content. This white paper Establishing Communities of Health Through Live Exchange of Patient Summaries, presented by IHE USA in collaboration with Greenway Medical Technologies and Epic examines one project in which live CCD exchanges occur between a hospital and group practice using separate EHR systems from different EHR developers. Click the link above to learn more.

Video: Mostashari Comments on HIMSS13 Interoperability Showcase
Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, shares his thoughts on the HIMSS13 Interoperability Showcase. Click the link above to view the video.

Volunteer Exchange

HIMSS Interoperability Maturity Model Work Group Seeks Members
The Interoperability Maturity Model Work Group (IMM WG) has been recently established by the Interoperability & Standards (I&S) Committee. This work group will examine applicable maturity models and develop an Interoperability Maturity Model to accelerate the health IT industry’s interoperability goals and promote the adoption of electronic medical records. Participation is open to all active HIMSS members and the work group will meet monthly via teleconference. If you are interested in volunteering for the Interoperability Maturity Model (IMM) Work Group, please e-mail the I&S Committee liaison, Mary-Ellen Devitt Johnson.

Participants Needed for New I&S Committee Work Groups
The new Interoperability & Standards (I&S) Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on a variety of work groups including: HIMSS Interoperability Policy Section (HIPS) Work Group; Enterprise Architecture (EA) Work Group; I&S Section on mHealth Work Group; I&S Toolkit & Web Resource (Toolkit) Work Group (TBD); Health IT Standards (Standards) Work Group (TBD); and the Technical Information Exchange (Tech-IE) Work Group (TBD). If you would like to volunteer to serve on any of the I&S Committee Work Groups please contact Mary-Ellen Devitt Johnson at the e-mail link above.


The Woodstock of Interoperability
by John Paganini, MBA, CPHIMS, CIIP, HIMSS Interoperability Showcase Committee and Board Member of Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS (NOHIMSS)

The opening act of the Interoperability Showcase started with a short presentation by a talented speaker who shared information in a fun and engaging approach which included a HIMSS memory stick giveaway.  In order to qualify, an attendee has to answer the question “what do the letters IHE stand for”?

Not surprisingly yet interestingly, many attendees guessed that letters “I” stood for Interoperability, “H” for Healthcare (which was correct) and “E” stood for Exchange. The answer was soon revealed as attendees found out that IHE stood for “Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise."

This validated that we must continue to get the message out about the fantastic work that IHE is doing to further interoperability and exchange of healthcare information. And attending the Interoperability Showcase was one of the best ways to learn about IHE.  

Interoperability Is the Paradigm Shift in Healthcare
By Adam Bazer, HIMSS Staff

Within our nation’s hospitals and doctors’ offices, marathons are being run.  Not along a peaceful or invigorating path, but between exam room 1 and 2, off to 4 and then over to 3.   Short shuffle steps around a colleague, as you both hurry off to the next patient.  From this patient’s perspective, I imagine, like all long distance runners, there is a certain amount of isolation to that daily grind of 26 miles 2 steps at a time. Click the link above to read more.

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Upcoming Events & Deadlines

April 9, 2013
HITECH Final Omnibus Rule Bootcamp Webinar and Roundtable Discussion Series

April 13-16, 2013
The Healthcare CIO Bootcamp

April 15, 2013
Proposals Due for GHIT

April 15-19, 2013
IHE-Europe Connectathon 2013
Istanbul, Turkey

April 16, 2013
HITECH Final Omnibus Rule Bootcamp Webinar and Roundtable Discussion Series

April 16-18, 2013
IHE International World Summit

April 30-May 1, 2013
Ministry of Health & HIMSS Middle East Conference and Exhibition
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

May 8-9, 2013
California HIE Stakeholder Summit

May 13-15, 2013
eHealth Week
Dublin, Ireland

June 4-5, 2013
Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum

June 7, 2013
HIMSS13 Online Access Ends

June 11, 2013
Interoperability Showcase at GHI

June 11-12, 2013
Government Health IT (GHIT) Conference & Exhibition

June 17-18, 2013
ICD-10 Leadership Forum

February 23-27, 2014
Orlando, Florida


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