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Mostashari Announces Plans to Step Down
On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, Secretary of the Health & Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius sent an e–mail to HHS staff announcing that National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD, decided to leave government service in the fall. Click the headline to read more and see HIMSS statement regarding Dr. Mostashari’s departure in the Interoperability Interchange section of this e-Newsletter.

I heart HITRegister for the 12th Annual HIMSS Policy Summit
There is still time to register for the September 18-19 HIMSS Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. You can add your voice to the help shape future health IT policy by sharing stories with policy makers of your health IT journey and the many ways that information technology brings value to healthcare. As part of the summit you will be able to meet directly with your Member of Congress and their staff to talk about HIMSS’ top priority “Asks”.

A Year-Round Destination—HIMSS Innovation Center
HIMSS President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber recently highlighted the HIMSS Innovation Center as “a year-round destination” for audiences from healthcare providers that want to better understand how sharing of patient health information functions to vendors that want to introduce a new product.” The audience learned more about the Innovation Center and its prominence at the Global Center for Health Innovation. Click on the headline above to to learn more.

Hospital HIE Use Up 41 Percent, ONC Says
By HealthLeaders Media
Health information exchanges between hospitals and other providers jumped 41 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to federal government research published in Health Affairs. The study, led by National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Farzad Mostashari, MD, examined national surveys and found that six in 10 hospitals routinely swapped electronic health information with providers and hospitals beyond their walls in 2012. "EHR adoption and HIE participation were associated with significantly greater hospital exchange activity, but exchanges with providers outside the organization and exchanges of clinical care summaries and medication lists remained limited," the study said. Click the link above to read the full article.

All Aboard the Omnibus: A Look at HIPAA’S Latest Update
By Gerry Blass and Susan Miller, JD
The Omnibus Final Rule was effective on March 26, 2013, and the compliance date is September 23, 2013. Covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) of all sizes will have only the 180 days beyond the effective date of the final rule to come into compliance with most of the final rule’s provisions, including the modifications to the Breach Notification Rule and the changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Some of the BA Agreements may have time beyond the 180 days. Click on the headline above to read this full article and click here to download some other key HIPAA and ACA compliance deadlines.


IHE NA Connectathon—Registration Opens Sept. 23
Join us for the largest health IT interoperability testing event in North America! The IHE NA Connectathon 2014 being held January 27-31, 2014 at The Hyatt Regency Chicago provides an unparalleled opportunity for interoperability testing and problem resolution. Prepare for registration, which will be open starting September 23 through October 18, 2013, by visiting IHE USA’s website for more details on Connectathon Classic activities. Join the NA Connectathon listserv to stay connected with the latest Connectathon news and updates.

Interoperability Challenges? Submit a Proposal to IHE
Demand for interoperable systems is gaining national attention. Is your organization pressured to find an effective solution? Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) International has been developing interoperable based standards, called IHE Profiles, for the HIT industry since 1998. Today, IHE is looking for your organization to speak up. Submit your challenges to IHE and become a part of the solution. IHE International’s call for new work items closes September 29, 2013. All work items will be vetted, and the final selected work items will be moved into IHE International’s 2013-2014 publication cycle. Click on the headline to learn how your organization can become involved with IHE.

IHE International Planning & Technical Meetings Schedule
IHE International is proud to announce its 2013-2014 Development Cycle dates for the IHE Technical Framework. The IHE International Planning Profile Kickoff Meeting will be held on Oct. 9-10, at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. Visit the Domain Meetings wiki page for a list of other meeting dates for the 2013-2014 Publication Cycle. To join us on-site in October to help develop the IHE integration profiles, submit your application to become a member of IHE International. To learn more about the IHE International Technical Framework development process click on the headline.

New Co-Chair IHE PCD Domain Technical Committee
Jeff McGeath, vice president of patient care device integration at Iatric Systems, has been appointed co-chair of the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) Patient Care Device (PCD) Domain Technical Committee. Click on the headline to read more about McGeath and the PCD Domain.

IHE Frameworks Published
Keith Boone our friendly neighborhood Standards Geek, announced August 29 on his blog page that the IHE Cardiology Technical Frameworks and Technical Framework Supplements had been published. The documents are available on the IHE International website and public comments are being solicited. Click on the headline above to go to Keith’s blog page to learn more.

Fridsma to Give Keynote at Connectathon Conference
We are excited to announce that Dr. Doug Fridsma will provide the opening keynote for the North American Connectathon Conference 2014 on January 29, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. As the Chief Science Officer and Director of the Office of Science and Technology in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and author of Meaningful Use, Dr. Fridsma provides expertise and insights into the many ways that technology is enabling interoperability.


Will ONC Shakeup Affect mHealth Ruling from FDA?
By Jennifer Bresnick, EHR Intelligence
mHealth advocates are worried that Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s sudden departure from the ONC might interfere with pending regulations expected this fall from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ONC is in the middle of a study viewed as critical to the future of the nation’s health IT infrastructure, including the role of the FDA and other bodies in the role of regulating medical devices and mHealth applications. Click the link above to read more.

FDASIA Workgroup Draft Recommendations
The Food and Drug Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee held a meeting on August 1, 2013, to review, refine and discuss DRAFT recommendations to be sent to the full Health IT Policy Committee regarding the regulation of health IT applications. Click the link above to read more and click here to download the PowerPoint presentation from this meeting.

FDA Issues List of Standards for Medical Devices and HIT Interoperability
On August 2, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a list of recognized standards for medical device and health information technology interoperability. The listed standards, known as “FDA recognized consensus standards,” are used in premarket submissions of medical devices and technologies to the FDA. Click the link above to learn more about medical devices and interoperability discussions at the FDA.

Health IT Policy Committee Hears FDASIA, Meaningful Use Recommendations
The Health IT Policy Committee held its August meeting on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. The lengthy agenda was led by Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s announcement that he will be leaving the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) this fall. He reiterated the limited but critical role government must play in the health IT space, and expressed his sentiment that we are moving in the right direction with a good measure of success. Click the link above to learn more about what occurred during the meeting.


CMS and ONC Release Strategic Plan for HIE
On August 7, 2013, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released their Strategy and Principles to Accelerate HIE. The plan outlines comments received from the RFI, recent actions to enhance HIE, and a statement of intent going forward. For more information click the link above.

10 HIEs Sign On to Direct Messaging for Disasters
The health information exchanges in 10 states spanning the South, East, and Midwest, entered into an agreement to use the federally developed DIRECT clinical messaging protocol to help their members transmit and receive patient medical records in the event of a disaster. Physicians in the participating states will be able to use a secure, HIPAA-compliant e-mail system called DIRECT that allows physicians, hospitals and other health professionals in one state to send e-mail with attachments to physicians, hospitals and health professionals in any of the other states participating in the program. The ability to electronically exchange medical records of disaster victims has long been a goal of health IT dating back to at least 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, and most recently with Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the tornado strikes in Oklahoma this spring. Click the link above to read more.

San Diego Beacon Does HIE as a Utility
Chock full of IT talent, the San Diego Beacon community is well positioned for a sustainable future. As its health information exchange gains momentum, it's starting to see "how the water flows through the pipes." Click on the headline to read the full story.


Seeking Volunteers for Interoperability & Standards (I&S) Work Groups
Are you interested in contributing your knowledge and expertise to advance interoperability and standards leading to health information exchange? Join one of the many HIMSS Interoperability & Standards (I&S) work groups and participate in dynamic discussions that lead to developing useful content and tools for the industry. Click on the headline to learn more about the available volunteer opportunities this year and e-mail Mary-Ellen Devitt Johnson to join a work group.

Volunteer for HIE Work Groups and Task Forces
The HIE Work Groups and Task Forces are kicking off activities for FY14 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). and seeking volunteers for five HIE volunteer groups. Click the headline to learn more about each of these volunteer opportunities or contact Julie Moffitt at

The Value of HIT and Meaningful Use Task Force
Help practices look beyond EHR implementation to the realization of the potential benefits of health IT. This work group will create and collect a library of success stories that show the full value that small medical practices and eligible providers can realize by using health information technologies. This task force meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1 pm ET. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke at the e-mail link above.

Take Part in the 2013 HIMSS Compensation Survey
The survey, conducted biennially by HIMSS, provides overall statistics for trends in the industry, while offering demographic information by facility budget, organization type, geographic region, gender, length of service and professional level. HIMSS members have exclusive access to an on-line salary calculator. This calculator provides powerful benchmarking information; simply enter characteristics (such as job title, gender or geographic region) into the calculator for an average salary for other individuals who hold similar positions. The HIMSS Compensation Survey is the definitive resource for health IT professionals to compare compensation packages. Individuals who are not HIMSS members may also access a summary of the data, or join HIMSS to make full use of the tool. Please participate in the 2013 survey by clicking on the headline above.

For more information about this study, contact Maggy Tieché, Manager, Research, HIMSS Analytics, at

Your Opportunity to Purchase 3rd Edition of HIMSS Dictionary at a 20% Discount
From today through September 30, HIMSS Books is offering a 20 percent discount on all print books, eBooks and reports. This is your chance to obtain the hard copy and/or the eBook version(s) of the new HIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information, Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations, 3rd Edition. You can also choose from dozens of other titles on the hottest health IT topics, including mobile health, clinical & business intelligence, privacy, security, and more. Click the link above to learn more about the September discounts, and how to join the new HIMSS Books Subscription Program.

Interoperability Interchange*

VIEWPOINT: Statement on Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s Plans to Step Down as National Coordinator for Health IT
By Carla M. Smith, Executive Vice President, HIMSS
We all learned [recently] that Dr. Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health IT, will step down from public service in the fall. HIMSS has been privileged to work with Dr. Mostashari as he passionately led the government’s collaborations with the healthcare community, ensuring that health IT is truly the foundation of healthcare transformation. Click the link above to read the rest of the statement.

PODCAST: Why Do We Need to Use Standardized Terminology in Health IT?
In Episode #3 of the Interoperability & Standards Podcast Series, Joyce Sensmeier, HIMSS Vice President, Informatics, welcomes Harold Solbrig from the Mayo Clinic, who is currently working on the Common Terminology Services 2 (CTS2) specification. Health information specialists need the tools to focus on delivering terminology through a common delivery system,” to the software vendors and institutions in a consistent, high quality and verifiable fashion. (approximately 15 minutes long).

VIDEO: How does HL7 work?
HL7 or "Health Level Seven" is the standard language for the electronic interchange of clinical, financial, and administrative information between health care oriented computer systems. In other words, HL7 acts as the standard for interoperability of health information technology. But how does it work? Click on the headline or this link to watch a short animated video prepared by iNTERFACEWARE™.

BLOG: Interoperability for Dummies Now Available for Download
By Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN
Interoperability (or the lack of) has recently become a high profile topic, drawing substantial national media attention. One roadblock is that healthcare stakeholders are used to working in silos, with information tailored primarily to individual requirements, or those of their organization. Today’s healthcare environment requires information exchange across the continuum of care to ensure patient safety and improve health outcomes. Click the link above headline to read Joyce’s full Blog.

*The views expressed in the above Interoperability Interchange opinion section are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of HIMSS.

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National Health IT Week Activities

Don’t Miss the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase at National Health IT Week
On Tuesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 18, the Interoperability Showcase™ will feature HIMSS Innovation Center Collaborators including initiatives out of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Learn how products and services integrate to ensure success in major initiatives such as IHE, Healtheway, and Meaningful Use, and get a sneak peak at HIMSS Innovation Center activities! Click on the headline above learn more about the Interoperability Showcase and hear what people are saying about the Showcase.

HIMSS Members Encouraged to Recognize National Health IT Week with Local Events
Now in its eighth year, National Health Information Technology Week, September 16-20, 2013, is a nationwide collaborative forum showcasing the essential role of health IT in transforming healthcare in America. This year’s theme is, “Recognizing the Value of Health Information Technology.” We encourage HIMSS members interested in the public policy issues of health IT to participate in National Health IT Week and HIMSS Policy Summit in Washington, September 18-19, 2013, but there are many ways to contribute at the local level as well. Click the link above for information on how to celebrate National Health IT Week in your community.

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase to be Featured at Capitol Hill Health IT Showcase
As in recent years the HIMSS Foundation’s Institute for e-Health Policy will be hosting its annual Health Information Technology Showcase on Tuesday, September 17 during National Health IT Week. This year’s event will include two days of health IT demonstrations to show several hundred Members of Congress and their staff, federal agency staff, and the public the impact of technology on healthcare and progress on interoperability. A major focal point of this event on Capitol Hill will be the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. Click on the headline to read the full article.

Health IT 101-Basic Training during National Health IT Week
There is no better way to become grounded in this very timely and complex area of healthcare than to attend Health IT 101 Basic Training. This training will take place on Wednesday, September 18, from 1:00-3:30 pm, in the Capitol Room of the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, NW. This informative learning opportunity is a collaboration of HIMSS and the eHealth Initiative (eHI). Health IT 101 – Basic Training is free and open to the public. Contact Leslie Irvine or Arnol Simmons to register. Click on the headline above to read the full article. Click here to see a selected list of National Health IT Week activities in Washington, DC.

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Upcoming Events & Deadlines

September 12-13
eHealth Interoperability Conference – Sydney Harbour Marriott

September 16-20
National Health IT Week – Washington, DC

Sept. 17-18
iHT2 Health IT Summit in New York City

Sept. 18
National Health IT Week Press Conference – Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, CD

Sept. 18
Healthcare Pioneers Conference in Chicago

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

September 23
IHE NA Connectathon 2014 – Registration Opens

Sept. 23-24
Privacy and Security Forum–Protecting Data Assets and Managing Risk

September 23-27
OMG Technical Meeting – New Brunswick, NJ

September 29
IHE Call for Work Item Proposals – Submission Deadline

October 15
HIMSS Innovation Center OpeningGlobal Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, OH

Oct. 21-24
Inaugural Digital Healthcare Week – Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Oct. 30-31
Health Data Exchange Summit – Washington, DC

Nov. 12-13
IHE International Technical Profile Evaluation Meeting– Oak Brook, IL

Nov. 12-14
HIMSS CIO Summit– Madrid, Spain

November 21-22
Fifth Annual Medical Device Connectivity Conference & Exhibition – Herndon, VA

December 8-11
mHealth Summit – Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

January 27-31, 2014
IHE NA Connectathon 2014 – Chicago, IL

Feb. 10-14
IHE Domain Volume One Meeting

Feb. 23-27
HIMSS Interoperability Showcase – Orlando, FL at HIMSS14

Feb. 23-27
IHE Face to Face Meeting at HIMSS14


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Information Xchange features extended coverage of all aspects pertaining to interoperability and standards leading to health information exchange. Published on the first Thursday of the month, this newsletter provides the latest industry news, case studies and expert interviews. Information Xchange is a complimentary resource for HIMSS members, organizations, government agencies and anyone involved and interested in today's interoperability, standards and information exchange activities.

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