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The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange
Developed by the 2014-2015 HIMSS HIE and I&S Committees, this white paper 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 while reducing or eliminating the waste of resources by all stakeholders. Also read the press release and a blog, written by co-author Russell Leftwich, MD.

HIMSS15 Registration is Open
April 12-16, 2015 | Chicago, IL
Take advantage of early bird registration, book your hotel in advance and get ready for the annual HIE Symposium and Interoperability Breakfast Panel!

Interoperability in Real Life
John Halamka, MD, MS (aka "geekdoctor"), wrote about his recent experiences helping his 83-year old father-in-law navigate the healthcare system. Read his June and September blog posts for some real-life evidence that the industry is moving in the right direction.

Save 20% on HIMSS 'Industry Essentials' Book Collection
Through Oct. 31, save 20% on the 'Industry Essentials' collection, four titles selected by the editors of HIMSS Books as the must-have texts for any professional in the health IT industry. The collection includes the classic HIMSS Dictionary, as well as books on medical informatics, change management and patient engagement.

HIMSS Response to ONC’s Draft Interoperability Vision
On September 30 2014, HIMSS submitted comments to the ONC on their interoperability vision paper, Connecting Health and Care for the Nation: A 10-Year Vision to Achieve an Interoperable Health IT Infrastructure, addressing the categories identified in the five ONC Building Blocks for an interoperable health IT infrastructure.

IHE Connectathon Registration Closes Oct. 3
Don’t let your organization miss out on the largest interoperability testing event in North America! With over 500 participants testing more than 200 products, no other testing event allows you to reduce your development costs and time to market like the Connectathon. Questions? Email Sarah Willis-Garcia.

IHE International’s Patient Care Coordination (PCC) Call for Proposals ends Oct. 10
The PCC Domain is soliciting work item proposals for the 2015 Publication Cycle (Oct. 2014-Aug. 2015). Interested parties are invited to submit a brief proposal for new IHE profiles and/or white papers to be considered for development. Watch the online webinar to learn more about submitting a proposal and the proposal process or contact us directly at

HIE Highway
Join us for the Fall 2014 HIE Community Roundtable
HIE Community members are invited to learn about the HIMSS Continuity of Care Model and hear from the Kansas Health Information Network on successfully achieving Meaningful Use Stage 2. Not a member? Visit the HIE Community page and click on "Join the Community Today!"

HIMSS Exchange
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. Contact Julie Moffitt to learn more about this volunteer opportunity.

Volunteer for Physician Community ‘New to Informatics’ Workgroup
Seeking volunteers to lead young and new to informatics physicians by constructing educational webinars, developing community resources and tools, and providing guidance in this evolving field. Contact Lauren Kaderabek to get connected today.

Interoperability Interchange*
A Health Care Success Story
McAllen, TX, was the most expensive place for health care in the United States back in June 2009. Learn how the Affordable Care Act helped them turn things around, reducing costs and improving patient health.

Where's the plan for interoperability?
It is a simple question: “Why doesn’t electronic health information flow after the nation spent $26 billion on electronic health records?" Suggesting a 10-year timeframe or arguing that there is progress if you look hard enough just doesn’t answer it.

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

Big data. Healthcare Analytics Forum. from Theory to Action - Put Your Data to Work. Register Now.
November 20 - 21, 2014.  Westin Waterfront, Boston.

Solutions Central
UPCOMING WEBINAR: The Business of Getting to HIE – A Public Health HIE Toolkit
Join Seth Foldy, MD, MPH, Principal at, Nov. 5, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. EST for a webinar to learn about the tools, resources and guidance now available in the HIMSS/NACCHO HIE Toolkit for Public Health.
Registration information will be available soon! Questions? Contact Matthew DeLeon or Sarah Chughtai.

Complementary Webinar: "A Strategy for Capturing Nontraditional Determinants of Health in the EHR"
To expand the EHR to encompass nontraditional health history, providers must identify, capture and prioritize nontraditional health determinants. Join us Oct. 15, 2014, at 8 p.m. EST to learn about successful strategies for optimal patient care.

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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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Information Xchange Team
Joyce E. Sensmeier, MS, RN, BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics,
Mari Greenberger, MPPA, Director, Informatics,
Julie Moffitt, Program Manager, Informatics,
Bailey Grattelo, Editor, Information Xchange,
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