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NEW! 2014 Interoperability Best Practices – Davies Case Studies
View the case study profiles of five Davies Award winners and their best practices around interoperability and clinical outcomes.

NEW! The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange
A comprehensive look at the past, current and future factors influencing the adoption of HIE and the development of a culture of interoperability, this business case demonstrates the commonalities between the healthcare industry and other industries that have transformed through the development of interoperable networks, and includes recommendations to facilitate and accelerate this process.

Clinical Informatics Insights: “Evolution of the Informatics Professional”
Read the August issue of Clinical Informatics Insights as informaticists discuss how the field has shifted over the past five years – from designing EHR workflows and the surrounding processes, to training users, and now increasingly to analytics.

Premier Comments on Improving Utility of Healthcare Data
Following up on their June announcement committing support for APIs in healthcare, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Premier has drafted a letter to members of the Senate Committee on Finance regarding strategies to enhance the availability and utility of healthcare data.

ACOs Face Barriers to Implementing Health IT
While most accountable care organizations (ACOs) stated health IT has had a generally positive impact on their overall performance, a new study reveals they still face significant barriers, including cost and interoperability, in implementing health IT universally.

IHE Connectathon Registration is Now Open
Take the lead to advance your products and resolve problems in real-time by testing interoperability against other vendors at the IHE North American Connectathon, Jan. 26-30, 2015. You'll join over 100 participating vendors and 600+ engineers and IT architects at the Cleveland Convention Center and HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
"I'm ready to sign up for the Connectathon now. Game on." Begin the four-step Connectathon registration process here. Questions? Email Sarah Willis-Garcia.

HIMSS15 Interoperability Showcase Call for Volunteers
HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, in collaboration with IHE, will feature interoperability initiatives from Healthcare Stakeholders, public policy decision makers and the industry. HIMSS15 in Chicago, IL will be the best yet and we need your help! Apply today.

HIE Highway
NEW HIE Blog! Health Information Exchange in Tornado Alley
By Deepika Patel, Client Support Engineer with Corepoint Health and HIE Toolkit Task Force Member.

HIMSS Exchange
Seeking Volunteers for the HIE Toolkit Task Force
The HIE Toolkit Task Force develops impactful tools and resources for the HIMSS HIE, Ambulatory HIE, Enterprise HIE and Public Health & HIE Toolkits. Focusing on topics like business models, sustainability, technical architecture strategies and policies, volunteers develop timely and important information to support all healthcare and health IT professionals to successfully engage with HIE. Please contact Julie Moffitt to learn more about this volunteer opportunity!

Seeking Chapter HIE Liaisons!
HIMSS Chapter HIE Liaisons are essential to healthcare IT professional and their communities, helping to build relationships and information to support the development of HIE in their regions. Chapter HIE Liaisons attend exclusive monthly HIE roundtable calls with our HIE non-profit partners, develop a network of health IT leaders locally and nationally and much more! Please contact Julie Moffitt to learn more about this volunteer opportunity!

Seeking Volunteers for Enterprise Imaging Initiative
HIMSS and the Society for Imaging in Informatics (SIIM) have joined forces to establish a joint Workgroup that provides a platform for sharing enterprise imaging strategies and creates awareness that images are an essential part of the EHR. We are seeking volunteers to serve on the Workgroup who will help us identify industry needs, provide education, support standards development and develop practice resources for today’s changing environment to expand the imaging domain across the healthcare empire. Volunteer time commitment is 2-4 hours each month with meetings held virtually. An activity at HIMSS15 is also being planned. Please contact Lauren Kaderabek to get connected today!

Interoperability Interchange*
NEW I&S Podcast! Episode 6: Standards Maturity
Hans Buitendijk, a leader in the effort to develop appropriate standards and guidance across the healthcare industry, speaks with HIMSS Vice President for Informatics Joyce Sensmeier on the topic of standards maturity in healthcare IT.

Physician Community Blog
Dr. Philip Bernard, Director of Physician IT Services at the University of Kentucky, shares his challenges with EHR implementation in Part 1 (of 2) on Efficient Interactions.

Explore insights from Dr. Vitaly Herasevich, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and HIMSS 2013-2014 Physician Committee member, on the usability of EHRs.

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

If Louisiana Rural HIX could improve population health after Katrina by deploying a telemedicine solution…what could telemedicine do for your region?

Solutions Central
ONC Solicits Insight Toward Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap
ONC’s Interoperability Vision Paper, “Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure," announced the plan to develop a shared, nationwide interoperability roadmap. Initial comments on the planned roadmap are due by Friday, Sept. 12.

5 Priorities for Chief Data Officers
IBM says 25% of Fortune 500 firms now employ CDOs, yet many don’t know how to structure the role. Research reveals five imperatives that apply to the healthcare industry.

Protecting Data Assets and Managing Risks. September 8-9, 2014 The Westin Boston Waterfront Boston, MA

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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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Joyce E. Sensmeier, MS, RN, BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics,
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