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Nine Key Organizations Chosen to Lead Healtheway
Healtheway, the non-profit, public-private partnership that operationally supports the eHealth Exchange (formerly known as the Nationwide Health Information Network Exchange) recently announced its nine founding organizations. The organizations are influential representatives from across the healthcare spectrum. They will supplement the involvement of the federal government that has coalesced around the eHealth Exchange. Click the link above to learn more about the founding organizations and their upcoming activities to benefit the partnership.

HIMSS Innovation Center Celebrates Opening of Cleveland Convention Center
The HIMSS Innovation Center, as the anchor tenant in the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio, joined the celebration marking the opening of the new HIMSS Cleveland Convention Center. The convention center opened on Friday, June 14, with a ribbon cutting-ceremony, followed by a Community Open House on Saturday, June 15. Click the link above to learn more and click here to watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony on YouTube.

NOHIMSS Summer Conference at the Global Center for Health Innovation*
This was the first conference to be held at the not yet officially open Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland. This amazing building is the newest star in the ever-evolving Cleveland skyline. The Global Center is directly connected to the recently opened Cleveland Convention Center. When the Global Center for Health Innovation opens on October 15th 2013, it will be the premier healthcare showcase in the world and feature both local and international organizations. The fourth floor will host the HIMSS Innovation Center which is designed to foster year-round collaborative testing and demonstration of state-of-the-art interoperable systems leading to improved quality and efficiency of care for patients and communities. Click the link above to read the full article.

*Contributed by John Paganini, MBA, CPHIMS, CIIP, HIMSS Interoperability Showcase Committee, IHE Radiology Planning Committee, HIMSS Interoperability & Standards Committee, and Board Member of the Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS (NOHIMSS)

IHE Junction

North American CAT14 - SAVE THE DATE!
Save January 27 – 31, 2014 for the largest interoperability testing event in North America. The IHE NA Connectathon 2014 will converge in at The Hyatt Regency Chicago. Registration opens September 23, 2013. Prepare for registration by visiting IHE USA’s website for details and to get important dates and deadlines. Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity for interoperability testing and problem resolution!

IHE International FREE Technical Webinars
In preparation for the North American Connectathon from January, 27-31, 2014 in Chicago, Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) International is presenting a series of domain webinars. The series will help your organization learn about IHE, get engaged in IHE development and testing activities and leverage IHE solutions to develop and implement interoperable health information technology (HIT) systems. Click the link above to review the schedule and register for sessions or contact secretary@ihe.net for more information. These educational events are available to you FREE! Register Online!

Interoperability for Dummies eBook Now Available
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) USA announces the release of their very first eBook, provided to you at no charge. Learn how you can leverage IHE profiles to achieve health information exchange, enhance your business, and improve quality care for patients. Click the link above to get your copy.

Interoperability Showcase & IHE NA Connectathon: Introductory Webinar
Did you miss the live event? No problem! The recording and slide deck for this presentation is available on IHE USA’s website. This webinar is designed to educate new and returning participants on the exciting opportunities provided by the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase and its partner event the IHE NA Connectathon. Click the headline to access the webinar.


Mass eHealth Institute to Award $2.35M in HIE Grants
By Bernie Monegain, Contributing Editor, Healthcare IT News
The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative will give 32 collaborative projects up to $75,000 each in HIway Implementation Grants to help 80 healthcare organizations across the Commonwealth connect to the HIway, Massachusetts' statewide health information exchange (HIE). Click the headline above to download the full report.

NASCIO and HIMSS Release Survey on State CIO Views of Health IT Initiatives
State CIOs continue to serve as a vital link in health IT transformation, according to a new survey, "The Health IT Landscape in the States: Through the Lens of the State CIO," recently released by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and HIMSS. The publication is available for download on the HIMSS web site in the HIMSS HIE Toolkit. Click the headline to read more.

Immunization Interface Implementation Funding Available in California
By Noam Artz
California Health eQuality (CHeQ) announces a new funding opportunity to facilitate connections from Health Information Organizations (HIOs) and provider organizations to the California Immunization Registry’s new Immunization Messaging Portal (CAIR IMP). CHeQ’s funding program is targeted to HIOs and/or provider organizations that require funds for interface development to connect to the Immunization Messaging Portal (IMP). Funding is not available to connect an HIO or other organizations to EHRs or other submitting provider systems. Please see the CHeQ website for more information and/or click on the headline above to download an application to apply for this award program.

Policy Pipeline

Mostashari: No More ICD-10 Extensions
by Diana Manos, Senior Editor, Healthcare IT News
Farzad Mostashari, MD, the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT, asserted there would be no extension of the deadline for switching from the ICD-9 medical coding system to ICD-10. The deadline for conversion will remain Oct. 1, 2014, Mostashari said in a keynote delivered at the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum in National Harbor, Maryland on June 17, 2013. Click on the headline above to read the full article.

ONC’s Annual Report to Congress on Health IT Adoption
In June, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) submitted this 82-page report to Congress as a requirement under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act The report provides: (1) updates on the adoption of health IT; (2) efforts of CMS and ONC to facilitate nationwide adoption and exchange of electronic health information; and, (3) identification and discussion of barriers to the adoption and exchange of electronic clinical data and how ONC’s programs are addressing those barriers. Click the headline above to link to the PDF full report or read the HIMSS factsheet summary of the ONC report.

Senate Hearing: EHRs Still Falling Short
by Erin McCann, Associate Editor, Healthcare IT News
David Lansky, president and CEO of Pacific Business Group on Health—which represents large healthcare purchasers including GE, Wal–Mart and Boeing—told the committee: "The nation does not yet have the information infrastructure needed to support a viable healthcare marketplace." Lansky called on the federal government to go beyond the EHR incentive programs and now work toward developing a framework on care coordination and long-term care outcome measurements. When asked by Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to help identify where improvements can be made to deliver better outcomes, Lansky responded by emphasizing the power of incentives. "Our view is that if the market rewards (providers) for better results because we measure and expose outcomes they will be brilliant in finding the best ways to achieve those results," Lansky asserted. Click on the headline above to read the full article.

Fridsma: Build Standards for the Future
by Anthony Brino, Healthcare IT News
The Office of Standards and Technology has focused on fostering innovation with the recognition that there’s “going to be some heterogeneity,” Fridsma said. “Health information exchange is not one-size-fits-all.”
Charged with supporting the harmonization of interoperability, Fridsma sees the ONC’s standards work as gathering, enabling, curating and supporting. “Our job is not to determine what the solution is, but to define what success should look like.” Click the headline to read the full article.

HIMSS Exchange

HIMSS Announces New Board Chair and Members
On July 1, Scott MacLean, CHCIO, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Deputy CIO and Director of IS Operations at Partners HealthCare in Boston, Mass., assumed his one-year term as Chair of the HIMSS Board of Directors, replacing Willa Fields, DNSc, RN, FHIMSS, Professor, School of Nursing, San Diego State University. Carol Steltenkamp, MD, MBA, FHIMSS, CMIO at University of Kentucky Healthcare, became Vice Chair of the board, replacing Scott Holbrook, MS, LFHIMSS, Principal at Mountain Summit Advisors. To learn more about the new Chair-Elect and Vice Chair-Elect, as well as the new Board members and Nominating Committee Members, click the link above.

Announcing the HIMSS FY14 HIE & I&S Committees

FY14 I&S Committee

FY14 I&S Committee

Keith Salzman, Chair

Gary Ozanich, Chair

Hans Buitendijk

Chris Clark

Steve Elkins

Karen Clark

Christina Friederichs

John Kansky

Helen Hill

Katherine Koch

Michael Koriwchak

Robert Levy

Russell Leftwich

David Miller

Andrew Litt

Dan Paoletti

Beth McKeon

Joanna Pardee-Walkingstick

Eric McLaughlin

Erik Pupo

John Paganini

Charlie Rogers

Donna Wrigley

William Young

As we kick-off the second year of the Interoperability & Standards (I&S) Committee there will be many new opportunities for members of the Society to get involved. Look for calls for volunteers in the August Issue of Information Xchange and upcoming issues of the HIMSS Weekly Insider or just let us know by e-mail if you are interested in serving on a work group in FY14.

HIMSS Board and Nominating Committee Positions Available
Nominations are now being accepted for the positions on the HIMSS Board of Directors and for the Nominating Committee. Nominees must be regular or life HIMSS members or the senior executive representative of an Organizational Member who has achieved Senior* or Fellow status. Nominations must be received by August 1, 2013. Please e-mail all nominations to Tara Little, or if you would prefer mail your nomination to Tara at the address below:
Tara Little
33 W. Monroe, Suite 1700
Chicago, IL 60603

*To obtain further information on the advancement process and/or access the application please go to http://www.himss.org/ASP/advancement.asp on the HIMSS website.

Call for Pre-Conference Proposals for HIMSS14
HIMSS is accepting abstracts for pre-conference programming for the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Program topics include career services, clinical and business intelligence, consumer engagement, data warehousing, HIE, ICD-10, Meaningful Use, mobile health, privacy and security, and more. Applications are due no later than July 22nd. For more information, click the link above. For questions, contact Gail Rice.

JHIM Seeks Abstracts on Patient Engagement
The Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM), the quarterly, digital publication of HIMSS, has opened the call for abstracts for its Winter 2014 issue on patient engagement. JHIM is actively seeking case studies, literature reviews and analysis on how health information technology can be used to facilitate better patient care, improve communication between patient and provider, and empower patients to become advocates for their own health. If interested, send a 250-word abstract summarizing the scope of the proposed article. Please include a working headline and contact information for all potential authors. The deadline is July 15. Send all abstracts to Matt Schlossberg, Manager, HIMSS Publications, at the e-mail link in the headline above.

Interoperability Interchange

OPINION: It’s Time for a National Patient Identifier
By Derek Ritz, P.Eng., CPHIMS-CA
The heart of eHealth’s value proposition is continuity of evidence-based care; over time and across different sites. Supporting continuity of care requires us to be able to correctly identify our patients. Happily, this is relatively easily done... unless, of course, we don’t use a unique patient identifier. To put it bluntly — the almost allergic reaction to a national patient identifier puts at risk the entirety of America’s eHealth initiative. Click the link above to learn more.

INTERVIEW: Health IT Interoperability: How Far Along Are We?
This Becker’s Hospital Review article includes an interview with Pam Matthews, RN, FHIMSS, HIMSS Senior Director of Informatics, who references the recently adopted HIMSS definition of ‘interoperability,’ which is featured in the just-published third edition of the HIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations, available in softcover and eBook editions from HIMSS Publications. In the article, Matthews explores how far the healthcare industry has come with interoperability, and the challenges that remain. Click the headline to read the full article.

PODCAST: HIE inPractice Episode 3
This 25 minute discussion is on the collaboration between the Care Connectivity Consortium and Healtheway eHealth Exchange. It provides an in-depth look at the benefits and challenges of implementing comprehensive health information exchange on a large scale. Panelists Reg Smith (Mayo) and Dr. John Mattison (Kaiser Permanente) share the collaboration’s key milestones so far and plans for the future, as well as providing expert insights into the process of achieving interoperability and data sharing on a national scale. Download a transcript of this discussion entitled, “Synergies between the Care Connectivity Consortium and Healtheway eHealth Exchange

VIDEO: Health IT Interoperability, HIE, and mHealth — #HITsm Chat Highlights
This video/social media discussion explores several topics in health IT, including “How far off is a solution to the problem of healthIT interoperability?”; “Is patient consent being overshadowed by sustainability as the most significant obstacle to HIE?”; “What is the role of telehealth and mHealth in healthcare reform and patient engagement?”; “Are competing deadlines (e.g., Stage 2 Meaningful Use vs. ICD-10) going to be responsible for undermining healthcare reform?”; “Who or what will be most influential in determining the next phase in the evolution of healthIT?” Click the link above to explore each of these topics in depth.

BLOG: Personal Health Information Exchange: The Only Real Answer to Interoperability
By Sean Nolan
I was part of a different conversation that just screamed to me again why the pHIE just has to happen, and fast. The context was about how to make EHR data *within an institution* available to other tools—for analytics, quality measurement, outreach programs, and so on. Universally, startups with great technology were complaining that it was inordinately difficult—like, business–killing difficult—to get access to the EHR data they need to create value. They were begging poor Todd Park to “fix this”—and because he’s Todd he said he would, and I believe he will, do what he can to try to find a solution. My opinion though: unless that solution is a pHIE, he’s doomed to fail. There is simply no way to meaningfully force EHR vendors that do not want to open up to do so. Click the headline to read the full opinion column.

Developers Connection

Standards Implementation and Testing Platform
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently added the Standards Implementation and Testing Platform to other tools to assist vendors and providers in conforming to Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (CDA). Consolidated CDA is the Health IT standard for how to best structure summary care records in reusable templates. Under the Health and Human Services (HHS) Meaningful Use Stage 2 Certification EHR Systems must be capable of using the Consolidated CDA for summaries of care. Click the headline to read the full article.

Specification for Provider Directories Launched in California
California has led the development of provider directories within the National Association for Health Exchange (NATE, formerly the Western States Consortium). NATE demonstrated at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase in March, launched the specification pilot of the Directory & Trust Services (D&TS) interfaces in April, and transitioned from pilot to production in May. Click the headline above to read more and to download the interface specification.

What Do I Need to Know?
By Keith Boone
Boone offers his thoughts on how to become an expert in health IT, especially involving standards & interoperability. He looks at answering the question, what you would need to know to get started in this field, and gives some tips based on his experience. Click the headline above to read the complete article.

EHR Association Offers Developer Code of Conduct
By Bernie Monegain, Editor, Healthcare IT News
Calling it a landmark move, the HIMSS EHR Association, a collaboration of more than 40 EHR companies, released an EHR Developer Code of Conduct. The code is a reflection of the industry's commitment to collaborate as trusted partners with all stakeholders, says Mickey McGlynn, chair of the organization. Click the link in the headline above to learn more.

Interoperability in Action, IHE Virtual Event | Now Available On-Demand
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Upcoming Events & Deadlines

July 15
JHIM Abstracts Due

July 22
HIMSS14 Pre-Conference Proposals Deadline

July 31-August 2
HIMSS AsiaPac13: Greater China eHealth Forum

Aug. 1
Board and Nominating Committee Positions Deadline

Sept. 16-20
National Health IT Week – Washington, DC

Sept. 18-19
HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit – Washington, DC

Sept. 23
IHE NA Connectathon 2014 Registration Opens

Sept. 23-27
OMG Technical Meeting – New Brunswick, NJ

Sept. 24-26
IEEE-SIIT 2003 – Sophia-Antipolis, France

Jan. 27-31, 2014
IHE NA Connectathon 2014

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