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Fall 2016 Quarterly Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable
Wednesday, September 28 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
Joining us will be: Kathy Frye, PMP, Senior IT Consultant, HealthTech Solutions on the topic of HIE Funding Opportunities available through State Medicaid Agencies and Brian Ahier, Director of Standards and Government Affairs, Medicity speaking about Interoperability on FHIR®: Open APIs Improving Care and Lowering Health Care Costs. Register now!

ONC seeks feedback on 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory draft
ONC announced this week that it is accepting public comments on the draft until Monday, October 24, at 5 p.m…. Several “substantial changes” were made between the final 2016 ISA and the 2017 draft, including: The beginning of a move from a stand-alone ISA document to a Web-based resource with greater interactive potential… Read more.

Regenstrief taps FHIR to make electronic health records more complete and accessible
In pilot testing a new way to compile healthcare information electronically, researchers at the Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics are using HL7's FHIR. Titus Schleyer, a Regenstrief Institute investigator, and Clem McDonald, professor of biomedical informatics at Indiana University School of Medicine, are leading the project. Read more.

Pondering the DeSalvo Era at ONC—And the Healthcare IT Policy Challenges That Lie Ahead: An Analysis
The announcement on Thursday, August 11 that Karen DeSalvo, M.D. was stepping down from her position as National Coordinator for Health IT, while not particularly surprising, was nonetheless both noteworthy and worth pondering. A vast array of challenges faces Dr. Washington as this changing of the ONC guard takes place at a critical moment in U.S. healthcare.

The 2016 ACC/ASE/ASNC/HRS/SCAI Health Policy Statement on Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE)
Available online: “IHE is an initiative undertaken by healthcare professionals and industry to facilitate and strengthen the sharing of clinical data among health information technology (IT) systems. Systems developed in accordance with IHE communicate with one another more readily and completely, are easier to implement, and enable care providers to use information more effectively.” Read More.

HIE Highway

Generating Better Care Insights with an Enriched Data and Technology Toolbox
HIMSS Blog: Health information technology has had a good run for the past decade. This story now becomes even more intriguing as health IT taps into new data to develop new patient care insights, enriching the toolbox for delivering better care. Read more.

PULSE Grant Funding Opportunity Now Available
The California Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Authority is seeking proposals for contractors to participate in the Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE) Project. The PULSE project will provide interconnectivity and exchange tools to enable health information exchange during disaster situations. Questions on the Request for Offers (RFO) are due September 2 and RFO responses are due September 22.

CommonWell Health Alliance to open access to patient data
Eight EHR and patient portal developers in the CommonWell Health Alliance will enable patients at their provider clients to access their health data, allowing them to self-enroll in the network, link their health records at different care providers and view their data across the network.

Health information exchange associated with improved emergency department care through faster accessing of patient information from outside organizations
A new article from the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association assesses the benefits of health information exchange on emergency department care. The study concludes the “relationship between HIE and improved care processes and reduced utilization in the ED is mediated by faster accessing of information from outside organizations.”

Patient-Generated Health Data: A Strategic Ingredient to Reducing Readmissions
HIMSS Blog: When healthcare providers are able to access real-time, real-world and actionable data, they can monitor patients more closely and provide early intervention that not only improves the quality of care—but may prevent a readmission in the process. Read more.

STEPS to Value Podcast: Episode #21: The Value of "People" vs. "Patients": Understanding Long-Term, Post-Acute Care (LTPAC)
As the health care industry continues to respond to an aging population with more long-term health care needs, how does it ensure that it best supports patients as they transition between ambulatory, acute, and long-term, post-acute care settings? As more and more people receive care in the home, at skilled nursing, rehab and assisted living facilities, how do health care providers ensure that they are working as a team to care for the person, not just the patient?

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Attend the IHE North American Connectathon 2017 Registration Kickoff Webinar
September 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM CT
Hundreds of vendor companies test their products’ interoperability with competitors each year at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2017. Interested participants can attend a complimentary webinar focused on the requirements for IHE NA Connectathon testing, the registration process, and key deadlines for participation. Register here.

Call for C-CDA Presentations!
The HIMSS Health Story Project is collecting real-life Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation stories that demonstrate direct impact on your organization and patient care from the viewpoint of implementation teams, clinicians and the staff’s unique experiences.  Share your story today!

IHE NA Connectathon System Registration Opens September 12, 2016
IHE Profiles are the foundation of interoperability in the US. Don’t miss your opportunity to test the strength of your health IT solutions with closest competitors in a challenging, non-competitive environment at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon January 23 - 27, 2017. Accomplish months of development in minutes. Solve problems and debug systems. All while building quality into your products and meeting industry standards for interoperability. IHE NA Connectathon system registration is open September 12 - October 7, 2016. Learn how you can participate by downloading our live IHE NA Connectathon and HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM Introductory Webinar or visit our website for more information.

National Health IT (NHIT) Week - Share your Story Today!
National Health IT Week 2016 (September 26-30th) is an independent, Partner-driven awareness week focusing on expanding the value that health information technology (HIT) can bring to U.S. healthcare.  Events and activities are held around the country to bring recognition to this important cause. Share your Story Today!

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