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Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC)
Dick Thompson, Executive Director and CEO of Quality Health Network and Board Chair of SHIEC, joins us to discuss the history of SHIEC, its current initiatives and challenges that the organization has overcome. He emphasizes the importance of learning from the collective experiences of HIEs in driving nationwide health data sharing.

Meet an Expert

A Career in Health IT Leading to a Task Force Exploring CRM Technology for Healthcare

by Sean Kennedy, MS, PMP, MPH, Director of Solution Architecture for Healthcare and Life Sciences and Chair of the HIMSS Exploring Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Technology for Healthcare Task Force.

My 22-year career spans both public and private sectors, having served in the Army, a State agency, hospitals and product companies. However, from my first position in the Army through my current position at Salesforce, health IT has been a consistent focus. Read more

Everything Interoperability

Blog: Kicking off the 21st Century Cures Act
ONC recently convened several major interoperability efforts in discussions that intend to connect the health IT ecosystem. The 21st Century Cures Act requires a trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions.
Assess the alignment of trust frameworks and share your feedback

Virtual Event: Expand Your Knowledge of C-CDA and Realize the Storytelling Power of these Documents.
Monday, August 7, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
When should each C-CDA clinical document type be leveraged? On this Health Story Project Roundtable, panelists will show how new CDA rendering options are revealing the storytelling value of C-CDA documents and increasing their relevance and pertinence in clinical settings. Realize the value of health stories.

Opinion: Why Government Interoperability Mandates Hurt Patients and Providers
Many Americans have never heard the term “interoperability,” but the U.S. government has been pushing it as a healthcare reform goal for a while.
Why might a national patient identifier be the answer?

Blog: A Framework for Measuring Digital Health Interoperability
Working in concert with the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange (I&HIE) Committee, the HIMSS Standards Advisory Task Force, which is comprised of specialized multi-stakeholder industry experts, reviewed and commented on the ONC’s Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework.
Close the loop between standards development, adoption, use, and improvement.

HIE Highway

Listen: STEPS to Value Podcast: The Value of Strengthening the Clinical Narrative
In this episode we explore the state of health information exchange and the impact that Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture, or C-CDA, has on the ability to more effectively connect clinicians with their patient’s clinical narratives.
How can C-CDA strengthen the clinical narrative?

Research: Patient Matching Data Matching and Demographic Data
The United States has moved rapidly to increase the adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) over the past decade. These new systems promised improved safety and lowered cost through information sharing. One key challenge to achieve this goal is better patient data matching.
What does the data say?

News: California Patient Data Sharing Guidance Aids Mental Health Care
Recently announced authoritative but non-binding patient data sharing guidance could potentially aid behavioral healthcare providers in safely sharing substance use disorder and mental health patient records.
How can the state help providers securely share information?

Analysis: Solving the HIE Sustainability Challenge: 3 Strategies for Survival
As health information exchange proliferates, a longitudinal view of an individual’s medical record sets the foundation for informed clinical decision-making, healthier populations and improved patient experiences.
How are HIEs becoming sustainable?

HIMSS Exchange

Blog: Testing Immunization-Ready IT Solutions
Remember your first immunizations? Neither do I. Nevertheless, having received them, I am one of roughly three billion lives saved globally ever year - a number that speaks volumes about the universal recognition of immunizations as a vital preventative health measure.
Explore the HIMSS Immunization Integration Program.

Event: Gear Up for IHE NA Connectathon
The IHE NA Connectathon will continue to build on its reputation as the premier testing venue for standards-based interoperability in 2018. Join 500+ health IT engineers on-site in Cleveland, Ohio as they collaborate to test, re-test, and de-bug vendor implementations of IHE Profiles and other world-class standards. IHE’s rigorous testing process allows competing vendors to identify system code errors, improve test specifications and product capabilities in minutes and advance patient care. Learn how your organization and patriciate by registering for our complimentary webinar on August 23, 2017.
System Registration Opens September 6.

Awards: Call for Nominations for HIMSS Awards Now Open!
Lots of talented people work in health IT but few take the time to nominate someone. Make someone’s day by nominating them today! HIMSS is now accepting nominations for awards that celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the transformation of health through IT.
Nominate a Health IT Star Today.

Cybersecurity Blog: Protecting Your Stakeholder’s Privacy with Information Sharing
Information sharing is useful for all types of incidents and threats. Whether there is a threat of something actually occurring or an incident has actually occurred, both threats and incidents have indicators to help determine what has occurred (in the case of an incident) or what may occur (in the case of a threat).
Why does information sharing matter?

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August 7
Health Story Project Roundtable

August 16
HIMSS 2017 Cybersecurity Survey Results: Have We Made Progress?

August 18
Nominations for HIMSS North America Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Due

September 27
HIMSS Joint Interoperability & HIE, Nursing Informatics and Connected Health Community Roundtable

October 2-6
National Health IT Week

November 15
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Learning Health Systems (ELSI-LHS) Symposium

Health Story project. The storytelling power of C-CDA. August 7 2017 12pm - 1pm ET

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