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University of Michigan Learning Health System

Joshua Rubin, JD, MBA, MPP, MPH is the Program Officer for Learning Health System Initiatives at the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Learning Health Sciences (among other roles). He joins us to discuss the LHS, emphasizing the need for all stakeholders to work collaboratively and embrace rapidly changing technologies in order to achieve the goal of interoperable health information exchange for all. Read More...

Meet an Expert

Meet the Editor of The HIMSS Health IT Dictionary, Fourth Edition (Part 2): From Nursing to Interoperability and HIE

By Christine Hudak, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS; Professor and Director of the Health Informatics program at Kent State University, School of Library & Information Science; Contributing Interdisciplinary Faculty Member in the School of Digital Sciences.

I found my way to my current position in a somewhat unexpected manner as I began my career in nursing. However, I have found that I tend to gravitate to those problems in Health Informatics that require some elbow grease to solve, and interoperability is certainly one of them. Read More.

Everything Interoperability

C-CDA Rendering Tool: A Demonstration of New Features
The Health Story Project invites you to watch this two-part video series with Intelsoft's Bryn Lewis, PhD, the winner of the 2016 HL7/ONC C-CDA Rendering Tool Challenge, who created a tool to address physician needs for displaying C-CDA documents in a user-friendly format. Learn how this tool can address needs for other stakeholders leveraging C-CDA, download the open source tool, and share thoughts on how to continue to improve the usability of Intelsoft's C-CDA Viewer.

The Health Interoperability Ecosystem Definition
The health interoperability ecosystem comprises individuals, systems and processes that want to share, exchange and access all forms of health information, including discrete, narrative and multimedia... Read More.

C-CDA Documents Provide the Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange
C-CDA Documents are a promising vehicle for interoperability, though misconceptions are common. Read Health Story Project member Nick Mahurin’s blog post on these documents, which can be leveraged for more meaningful data exchange. Many know and utilize the Continuity of Care Document (CCD), but Nick points to other document types that can better serve specific use cases for exchange. These various document templates are discussed in depth in a recent Health Story Project Roundtable. If you couldn’t attend, listen to the recording here!

Tokyo Olympics Presents an Opportunity to Advance Interoperability
Olympic Healthcare Interoperability Initiative (OHI) is an effort to bring the most advanced health-record sharing standards to the medical services that will be provided at the Tokyo 2020 games and the Olympics that follow.

How Social Determinants Can Help Improve Pop Health Approaches
Vendors in the population heath arena have massive amounts of data that many providers aren't taking advantage of, Kapoor says. Providers are too busy trying to maximize revenue while being pressed to cut rates, to also massage and analyze population health data. Kapoor sees a new way to assist burdened providers-- have their vendors bring the data to them.

HIE Highway

Video: John Kansky Explains Approach of HIE in Indiana
John Kansky, President and CEO of Indiana Health Information Exchange, talks about the value of different approaches to HIE and their importance in the market at HIMSS17 in Orlando.

HHS Announces the Move Health Data Forward Phase 2 Challenge Winners
Winning submissions will now move on to the challenge's last phase to develop applications that will allow individuals to share their personal health information safely and securely with their health care providers, family members or other caregivers.

Special February 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable - Recording now available!
Carequality & The Health Data Sharing Tipping Point: Providers shared their experiences implementing the nationwide Carequality interoperability framework in a panel discussion. By leveraging existing investments, healthcare leaders tripled the number of care sites enabled to share information across the entire healthcare continuum in just the first 90 days. They shared best practices in implementing the leading interoperability framework, and insights for the future of health data sharing among and between providers, payers, and patients.

Blog: The Potential for Blockchain Technology in Health IT
by Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger
Blockchain technology first rose to prominence as the data and networking architecture underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. We believe the decentralized ledger and smart contract features will have the most significant impact on society... Read more.

Blockchain's Potential Use Cases for Healthcare: Hype or Reality?
At HIMSS17 on Wednesday, IEEE Computer Society and the Personal Connected Health Alliance hosted a day-long event focused on the potentially transformative promise of an intriguing innovation: Blockchain.

Organizations Joint Initiatives Supports Open HIE
The Personal Connected Health Alliance and Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise are launching several joint initiatives in 2017 that will focus on improving the ways health IT systems share information.

HIMSS Exchange

HIMSS Writes Letter to Trump Administration
Before President Trump's inauguration, HIMSS authored a letter to then President-Elect Trump urging the new Administration to consider and prioritize the role that health IT can play in enabling reforms in our healthcare system and the value that the health IT community can provide.

2017 LTPAC Health IT Summit - Abstracts may be submitted through March 3!
The Long-Term and Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) Health IT Summit convenes leaders, policy makers, providers, vendors and professionals in health IT, interoperability, and patient-centered care. All LTPAC professionals, researchers, educators, and LTPAC partnering organizations are encouraged to submit an abstract to present at the 13th Annual LTPAC Health IT Summit, June 25-27, 2017 in Baltimore, MD. Don't miss an opportunity to be a part of this exciting summit, submit your abstract today!

2017 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey Results
Since 2004, HIMSS has surveyed the nursing informatics community to gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the informatics nurse professional. Get acquainted with the 2017 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey findings and understand the importance of this growing specialty

Your Voice is Needed on an Innovative eHealth Workforce Development Survey
In partnership with TIGER and the HIMSS Foundation, the EU*US eHealth Work Project is surveying to identify global health IT/eHealth workforce development needs, trends and gaps. We need your feedback to create the big picture, and to enable a highly skilled workforce regionally, across borders and on a global scale. The survey will capture information about your health IT skillset; available curriculum and/or workplace training programs and skills assessment tools; educational needs, trends and future state mapping.

  • Enable new eHealth workforce members to advance in their workplace
  • Help incumbent professionals sustain success in their roles
  • Share your personal insights to shape health IT and informatics, enabling a skilled workforce

We will use the published results to measure, inform, educate and benchmark against. Thank you for your willingness to participate and share expert opinion on global healthcare workforce development. If you share your email address at the end of the survey, you will receive project updates and automatically be entered to win one of three (3) $100 gift cards or a donation to your charity of choice.

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Annual Call for Committee Volunteers - Closing

March 14th
Informatics Competencies: ROAR with TIGER and Nutrition Competencies

March 28th
Meet the Most Influential Women in Health IT

March 28th
Best Practices for Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) Implementation and Adoption: Eliminating Barriers to Workflow Integration for Pharmacists and Providers

April 19th
Spring 2017 Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable

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