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Learn How Social Determinants of Health Can Revolutionize Healthcare: HIMSS Joint Interoperability & HIE, Nursing Informatics and Connected Health Community Roundtable
Wednesday, September 27 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET
Join us for Jane Sarasohn-Kahn from THINK-Health presenting on Social Health IT: How Digital Tech Can Boost the Social Determinants of Health and Deb Bass and Kevin Borcher from NeHII presenting on The Success Story of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Nebraska.
How is Nebraska combating the opioid crisis?

Everything Interoperability

Perspective: Funding For Local Public Health: A Renewed Path for Critical Infrastructure
For the first time in generations, life expectancy has plateaued and is declining. Much of this rising mortality is attributable increasingly to determinants of health not readily addressed by the health care system. 
How can social determinants of health impact cost and outcomes?

News: NQF Issues New Quality Measurement Reports for Telehealth and Interoperability
NQF identified four broad categories of interoperability: the quality and volume of health data exchange, health data usability, patient care applications, and the impact on patient safety, costs savings and care coordination.
How might these frameworks impact federal policy?

Press Release: CHIME and DirectTrust Announce Collaboration
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and DirectTrust are collaborating to promote the universal deployment of the DirectTrust framework and HIE network...
What are the goals of this collaboration?

Opinion: Why Healthcare Must Make the Shift to Interoperability 2.0
Healthcare providers are searching for ways to improve value-based care metrics to improve their processes. An essential component is a local or regional health information exchange organization.
What makes HIEs indispensable in a quality payment model?

News: HIMSS Comments on ONC Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement
Read feedback provided by HIMSS to Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the 21st Century Cures Act Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement public comment.
HIMSS recommends validating and utilizing existing trust networks.

Blog: Applying SOAP to Reveal the Storytelling Power of CDA
Health Story Project member Laura Bryan discusses the importance of storytelling in increasing the value of clinical information included in Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) clinical documents.
How can SOAP be used to tell a patient's story?

HIE Highway

Interview: SHIEC's New CEO Discusses Vision and Finding HIEs' Next Level of Value
As SHIEC CEO, Kelly Hoover Thompson will lead the 54-member organization. She is charged with working collaboratively with the SHIEC board of directors to ensure success of SHIEC and its members.
Learn about her experience and direction.
Opinion: How Blockchain Could Help Boost Healthcare Security
Blockchain technology has the potential to provide a positive influence on securing transactions associated with electronic medical records.
How can blockchain be used to help reduce fraud in healthcare?
Analysis: Healthcare's Growing Focus on Behavioral Health Data Exchange
While the benefits of exchanging patient medication histories, visit summaries, and medical condition information are widely known, providers are only recently becoming more interested in incorporating behavioral health data into primary care.
Learn how HIE is closing the behavioral health gap.
News: Health IT Vendors, Trade Groups Demand HHS Eradicate Information Blocking
Information blocking puts patient lives at risk. While the 21st Century Cures Act mandates the government take steps to end info-blocking, organizations are looking for more clarity.
Learn about the letter sent to the head of the ONC and HHS Inspector General.
News: Using Direct Messaging, HL7® FHIR® Together to Improve Data Sharing
In a new white paper, the two organizations make a case for how HL7® FHIR® and Direct communities and technical specifications for each standard can relate to each other to create new value.
How can DirectTrust and HL7® FHIR® work in conjunction?
Perspective: What's Next for Health Information Exchanges?
With many community-based HIEs establishing sustainable business models, here's a look at how the next generation of exchanges are starting to take shape.
Is the HIE business model sustainable?

HIMSS Exchange

Newsletter: Keep up with the Interoperability Showcase!
Join the Interoperability Showcase monthly newsletter and receive updates on participation, demonstrations and volunteer opportunities! Be the first to know when updates are posted and stay in the know to plan your HIMSS Annual Conference experience.
Stay up to date!
Resource: Introducing the Re-Imagined HIMSS Value Suite Site
In a recent blog post, Rod Piechowski, senior director, health information systems, HIMSS North America, introduced the newly designed HIMSS Health IT Value Suite website. HIMSS redesigned the Health IT Value Suite so it can better act as a resource to help identify how well organizations drive value out of its digital health technologies and associated processes. The new Health IT Value Suite brings all of HIMSS's value-focused resources together:

  • Value Score
  • Guides to Value, and
  • Davies Award of Excellence.

In digital health, everything contributes to value.

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September 6 - October 6
IHE NA Connectathon System Registration is Open

September 9-15
HL7 31st Annual Plenary & Work Group Meeting

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

October 2-3
Pop Health Forum

October 2-6
National Health IT Week

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

HIMSS18: Where IT connects for health. Poster Presentations. Call for proposals are now open. Apply until October 23.

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