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A Career in Healthcare and Personal Motivation for Furthering Interoperability

by Joseph Wagner, MPH, FHIMSS, Vice President of TELUS Health and Chair of the HIMSS FY17 Interoperability & HIE Committee

My work experience in the healthcare field goes all the way back to high school, when I worked in the cafeteria tray line at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. After college... Read More


David C. Kibbe, MD, MBA, President and CEO of DirectTrust joins us to discuss DirectTrust's milestones, progress, and the challenges that face interoperable health information exchange. He emphasizes the importance of simplicity, security, collaboration, and the need for interoperability to be seen as advantageous from a business perspective.

Everything Interoperability

2017 Spring Quarterly Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable
Wednesday, April 19 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET
Join us for our Spring Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable. Christina Galanis, President and CEO, Healthlink NY will join us to discuss a recent study published in SSRN, which shows Accessing Patient Records in the Health Information Exchange (HIE) Improves Quality and Operational Efficiency. Learn more about this study and register now!

May 2017 Health Story Project Roundtable: Health Stories Co-Produced: Emerging ISA Use Cases Position Patients as Collaborators
Monday, May 1 2017 | 12:00 PM ET
The ONC's Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) raises awareness of standards and implementation specifications that stakeholders across the healthcare industry can use to address interoperability needs. ONC is using the ISA to guide innovation that empowers patients within the health information technology (HIT) ecosystem. In this Roundtable, speakers introduce the role Use Cases play within the ISA to influence the development of standards and regulations and review new use cases including patient-generated health data within the health record. Register Now!

Blockchain's Tremendous Potential in Healthcare Highlighted at HIMSS17: Key Things To Know
So what exactly is blockchain technology, where did it come from, and how exactly will it change what we are doing in health IT?  At its simplest, blockchains are a new data structure that create trusted, distributed digital ledgers for assets and other data... Read More

Slow FHIR: Will a Much-Hyped Standard Turbo-Charge Interoperability - Or Maybe Not Quite?
Industry leaders see a landscape filled with complexity, when it comes to FHIR's potential for facilitating rapid progress towards healthcare IT interoperability.

FHIR Holds Big Promise for Interoperability, But Will Need to Coexist with other Standards for the Foreseeable Future
Russell Leftwich, MD, senior clinical advisor of interoperability at InterSystems and member of the HL7 board of directors, says IT professionals need to have a strategy for integrating the spec with existing standards into a hybrid model.

Why Making the Case for Interoperability Standards is Needed
As hospitals plug into more networks with partnerships, mergers and new consumer health devices, interoperability is needed more than ever.

HIE Highway

Blog: HIE and No, It's Not Health Information Exchange
by Michael Marchant, Systems Integration Manager,UC Davis Medical Center
"This industry often refers to an "Ecosystem" surrounding interoperability efforts, but no formal definition has existed to date... Over the past few months, subject matter experts from the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Committee have spent significant time working to help boil down the entirety of the Health Interoperability Ecosystem into just a few sentences." Read More.

Chilmark: HIE Models Have Reached Their Limits
Research firm said that the transition to value-based care is driving a need for diverse data flows and APIs to more effectively supply and consume data. 

Patients, Providers say Portals Increase Engagement
Healthcare providers are doing a much better job of allowing patients access to their medical data, but there's still room for improvement: That's the conclusion of a recent survey by CDW Healthcare of 200 chronic patients and 200 physicians and physicians assistants at U.S. healthcare organizations.

Why Blockchain Offers a Fresh Approach to Interoperability
"It's no exaggeration to say that our EHR systems' lack of interoperability is the single strongest barrier to nationwide population health management..." Read More.

Health Information Exchanges Report Information Blocking
A new study finds information blocking is commonplace among EHR vendors, causing persistent problems for health information exchanges.

HIMSS Exchange

April HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable
Join us on April 11th from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET for our April LTPAC Roundtable titled The Challenges of Care Coordination Involving Behavioral Health Data - Part 2: A Panel Discussion. In a continuation of our behavioral health discussions, our panelists address the varied challenges clinicians, health systems and HIEs entities face in exchanging, accessing and using behavioral health data across the health interoperability eco-system. Register today!

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase - HIMSS17 Accomplishments!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET
The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS17 was a major success and we would like to share our accomplishments with you. The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase has evolved to represent an ecosystem where a variety of standards enables individuals to securely access, contribute, and analyze their own health data. Learn more about what happened at HIMSS17 including visitor statistics and photos while getting a sneak peek at our plans for HIMSS18. #EmpowerHIT Register Here!

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.

HIMSS Healthcare and Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Reports - Volume 9 now available
The monthly HIMSS Heathcare and Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Reports provide valuable information on threats, vulnerabilities, mitigation information, reports, and resources. Volume 9 highlights include: wiper malware, medical IoT malware, malspam botnets, future predictions, zero day code injection and persistence techniques.

Blog: #EmpowerHIT: From Connectathon to HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™
"After 25+ years living in the US, I thought I was done with culture shocks. After 18 years spent in health IT and enterprise imaging, the culture I've known has been largely competition is fierce, and we place competing vendors in conveniently labeled buckets: enemies, frenemies, loose partnerships and tight partnerships..." Read More.

HIMSS Finds Growing Interest in Interoperability Education among Healthcare Leaders
HIMSS saw a spike in healthcare leaders’ interest in interoperability education at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, according to attendance data from the event. Compared to HIMSS16, attendance more than doubled at the redesigned HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™, a 34,000-square-foot exhibition displaying, in real-time, the exchange and use of data through interoperability profiles and standards with live products currently in the marketplace. The showcase featured interoperability use cases related to surgery and recovery, diabetes management, connected care, childbirth and federal health architecture initiatives, among others. Read more here.

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April 11-12
HL7® FHIR® Summit | Chicago, IL

April 11
LTPAC Roundtable - Care Coordination and Behavioral Health Services

April 11
HIMSS Interoperability Showcase- HIMSS17 Accomplishments!

April 19
Spring 2017 Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable

May 1
May 2017 Health Story Project Roundtable

June 12-13
Precision Medicine Summit

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