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FEBRUARY 6, 2014
Strategic Interoperability: The Clinical and Business Imperative for Healthcare Organizations
HIMSS Analytics conducted a survey in August 2013 to assess the progress of hospitals' and health systems' interoperability initiatives – the drivers for their efforts, benefits they are seeking, challenges they face and new opportunities interoperability provides. Click on the link above to download the results of this interoperability study.

Interoperability Among 7 Trends Healthcare Experts Anticipate in 2014
HIMSS asked key speakers from the HIMSS14 Views from the Top Education Sessions about upcoming trends in 2014. Presenters interviewed included a New York Times best-selling author, a number of chief information officers (CIOs), and the chief physician of Disney Parks. Who better to ask for insight on trends in store for 2014 but these leaders and innovators?

Dr. Keith Salzman Named 2013 Physician IT Leader
Keith Salzman, MD, MPH, FACHE, FAAFP, ABPM-CIBC, COL(R), who is currently serving his second year as chair of the HIMSS Interoperability & Standards Committee, was named the recipient of the 2013 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award. Along with other leaders in health information technology (HIT), Dr. Salzman will be honored at the HIMSS14 Awards Banquet being held on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Reserve your ticket now for this black-tie optional affair!

HIMSS14 Connection
The Interoperability Showcase™: Re-Imagined for HIMSS14
Conference attendees will not want to miss the Enhanced HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™, a 60,000 square-foot must-see exhibit that delivers the most engaging interactive clinical-use case demonstrations yet. Located in Hall F of the Exhibit Hall, this year’s Showcase has expanded and merged with the Meaningful Use Experience. This combined enterprise demonstrates the vital role that collaborative technology plays in the realization of connected health and patient empowerment.

It's Not Too Late! Demo on the Showcase Floor at HIMSS14
Very limited space is still available for health IT solution providers to demo their solutions at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase taking place at HIMSS14.

Kick off HIMSS14 with the HIE or Interoperability Symposium
The following two HIMSS Pre-Conference Symposia on Sunday, Feb. 23, allow attendees to dive deep into health information exchange and interoperability. These sessions are going to be a fantastic way to network and immerse deep into content that can’t be covered in an hour-long session. If you want to learn more, or you have a new colleague who needs a crash course in interoperability leading to health information exchange enroll in one these pre-conference events:

Delivering on the Promise of HIE: Realizing Value through Innovation!
Walt Disney World Chief Physician Michael Hankins, MD, MPH, will deliver the HIE Symposium opening keynote on the complexities of managing the healthcare of thousands of employees spread all over the world. The closing keynote will feature Jessica Kahn, MPH, and Hunt Blair discussing ways that new and changing public policies are driving innovation in health information exchange. Visit the HIMSS14 site to register!

The Interoperability Explosion: Where We Are and Where We're Headed
Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, Chief Science Officer and Director of the Office of Science and Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT will be the Interoperability Symposium keynote with Joyce Sensmeier, Vice President of Informatics at HIMSS. They'll discuss technological progress and encouraging moves toward cooperation that are making interoperability a reality, thanks in large part to the efforts of ONC, HIMSS and IHE USA. Visit the HIMSS14 site to register!

Community Networking Events You Don’t Want to Miss at HIMSS14
Not able to attend the pre-conference symposia on Interoperability or HIE? See below for other opportunities to network with colleagues working on standards and interoperability leading to health information exchange. The events are listed by date and time:
HL7 FHIR is On Fire
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 7:30–9:30 a.m. at HIMSS14, the Interoperability & Standards Committee is hosting a networking breakfast and panel. This event is being sponsored by Health Level Seven (HL7), and the panel title is, FHIR® The Future of Interoperability. HL7 CEO, Charles Jaffe, MD, PhD will moderate a panel of interoperability and standards experts including Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at ONC; Grahame Grieve, FHIR Workgroup Chair; John D. Halamka, MD, MS, CIO of Beth Israel; David McCallie, Jr., MD, CMO of Cerner; and Wes Rishel, Gartner Distinguished Scholar. Registration is required to attend this event, so please RSVP no later than Wednesday, Feb. 19. Below are links to general information on FHIR to get prepared for this "hot topic" panel at HIMSS14:

Policy Pipeline
ONC Plays Major Role at HIMSS14
As we close in on the final weeks before the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition, it's time to prepare your on-site agenda. This year HIMSS14 offers an extremely robust public policy agenda with presentations ranging from the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, to the Department of Defense, and everything in between.

ATA Seeks Comment on Telehealth Standards Guidelines
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) is asking for public comment on an updated draft document intended "to establish practice guidelines for telemedicine to advance the science, to assure uniform quality of service to patients, and to promote reasonable and informed patient and provider expectations." The deadline for submitting comments on the ATA guidelines is Feb. 8. Interested respondents can use the ATA’s online submission form after reviewing the document.

OMB Receives ONC's Voluntary 2015 EHR Certification Criteria
On Jan. 17, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received the Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record (EHR) Certification Criteria; Interoperability Updates and Regulatory Improvements Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).

'Next chapter' of ONC's work to focus on population health management, DeSalvo says
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo has wasted no time sharing her thoughts on the direction of ONC's work under her tenure. At the January Health IT Policy Committee meeting, DeSalvo, one day after taking office, said she believes ONC's next phase will focus on harnessing health IT for, among other things, population health.

HIMSS Exchange
Apply for HIMSS FY14-15 Committees
From Monday, Jan. 6 through March 6, HIMSS will be collecting applications for FY14-15 Committees (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). Apply Now!

HIMSS Seeks Innovator in Residence for Patient Data Matching Strategy
HIMSS is currently recruiting an Innovator in Residence to develop a vision, strategy and implementation plan for the near-term deployment of consistent patient data matching in health that builds on the body of work from HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and healthcare community partners. The person hired for this two-year opportunity will be a HIMSS employee who will work onsite in the office of the HHS Chief Technology Officer, to foster further collaboration with stakeholders across the healthcare community and in collaboration with ONC.

Access 2013 HIMSS Compensation Survey
Results of the 2013 HIMSS Compensation Survey are in. Some of the findings aren’t too surprising. In general, men earn more than women, company heads have the highest salaries and almost every respondent receives some type of benefit from their employer. The surprising points are found when you compare bonuses, raises and salaries among positions, regions or businesses. All HIMSS members have access to an exclusive salary calculator in which they can compare salaries for key healthcare IT positions, by region, gender, years of experience and other variables.

HIMSS Books Launches Select Titles for Amazon’s Kindle
Information Xchange readers can quickly and easily access new and best-selling titles on the most relevant and challenging areas of health IT, including health information exchange, medical informatics, health IT terminology and the CPHIMS Review Guide.
Interoperability Interchange*
FLASHBACK-HIMSS13: On the Value of Health IT: Demonstrating Interoperability
I’ve attended nine HIMSS Annual Conferences in the last nine years. And every year, I’ve spent a significant amount of time in the Interoperability Showcase. The Interoperability Showcase is where I get to demonstrate the interoperability specifications that I’ve worked on in organizations like Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), Health Level Seven (HL7), ONC’ Standards & Interoperability Framework, and ANSI/HITSP in Healthcare IT products to potential customers, partners and government officials.

RADIO: State of the Health IT Union
Brian Ahier appeared on the Fed Tech Talk radio program on Federal News Radio which aired on WFED 1500 AM in Washington, DC on January 28, 2014. Discussion with host John Gilroy discussing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Annual Meeting, the historic singing of an MOU between the United States and Great Britain on sharing health IT tools, health information exchange, EHR adoption, the Direct Project, mobile health, and the current state of health IT in the nation. Recording available via SoundCloud.

DISCUSSION: What Will Interoperability Success Look Like in 2014?
Living in an increasingly digital society, the expectation “what I want, when I want it” doesn’t necessarily have to be an exception when we talk about healthcare anymore. Thus, the efforts of streamlining the healthcare value chain vitally lies.

OPINION: The Road to Interoperability for Health IT
The rush to implement electronic health record strategies has fueled a proliferation of solutions. But systems, like people, need to work together seamlessly to deliver their maximum value. Easier said than done. So why hasn't the promise of interoperability with all the various systems—electronic health records, monitors, labs, finance, etc.—been realized?

PODCAST: Engaging Patients in their Healthcare
Joseph C. Kvedar, MD talks about his experience engaging patients in their healthcare through innovative technologies. Dr. Kvedar outlines how patients can improve their health and remain engaged in their long-term wellbeing by utilizing technology tools like Karen the “virtual coach.” Click on the headline above to listen to this 20 minute podcast. Download here or scroll down the HIMSS Innovation that Sticks Podcast list and go to Episode #6.

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

HIE Highway
Indiana HIE stresses value in ED alert pilot program
The Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), one of the nation's largest, provides health plans and Medicare-chartered accountable care organizations with alerts within 24 hours when a member visits the emergency room or is admitted to the hospital. In a pilot test of near real-time collection of admission, discharge and transfer (ADT) messages, a managed health plan was able to reduce non-urgent emergency department visits, replacing them with lower cost primary care visits – saving money while providing more coordinated care.

Strategic Interoperability. Improve clinical outcomes. Enable data exchange. Provide cost-effective care. Go Now.

Solutions Central
Continua Design Guidelines adopted by ITU e-health interoperability
In December 2013 an important milestone for global e-health standardization was achieved with final approval of a new standard that will better enable interoperability between e-health devices. The standard - Recommendation ITU-T H.810 - contains Continua Health Alliance's Design Guidelines providing "Interoperability design guidelines for personal health systems."

Best Practices for Achieving HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7
Just 160 hospitals in the United States have achieved stage 7 on HIMSS Analytics' EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM). In a piece at Becker's Hospital Review, some of those hospitals offer best practices for those still working on it.

The 5th Annual H.I.T.Men&Women Awards Reception. Honoring The Year's Top Nine Healthcare IT Executives. Monday February 24, 2014. 6:30-8:30 PM At HIMSS14. RSVP Now To This Can't Miss Event.

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Feb. 6
Health Care Innovation Day 2014 (HCI/DC2014)

Feb. 10-14

IHE International Domain Volume One Meeting

Feb. 12
The HIMSS14 Online Attendee: Getting the Most Out of Your Experience
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Feb. 23
Pre-conference Symposia at HIMSS14
-The Interoperability Explosion: Where We Are and Where We're Headed
-Delivering on the Promise of HIE: Realizing Value through Innovation

Feb. 23
HIE Networking Reception at HIMSS14

Feb. 23-27

Feb. 23 - May 24
HIMSS14 Online

Feb. 24-26
HIMSS Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS14

Feb. 24
I&S VIP Showcase Tour & Afternoon Break at HIMSS14

Feb. 25
IHE USA Interoperability Breakfast Panel at HIMSS14

Feb. 26
I&S Committee Networking Breakfast and Panel at HIMSS14

Mar. 5
HIMSS14 Recap Moderated Chat

Mar. 11-13
HL7 Implementation Workshop: Meaningful Use Standards & FHIR

Mar. 25-26
IHE USA Infusion Interoperability Workshop

Mar. 31 - Apr. 4

Apr. 7-11
IHE Europe Connectathon 2014

Apr. 17
Standards & Interoperability - The Key to Data Exchange

May 4-9
HL7 Working Group Meeting

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Information Xchange
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