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Symposium spotlights HIE strategies

Every year, said Pam Matthews, senior director, regional affairs at HIMSS, planners for the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition try to plan the event’s symposia around the conference’s themes and learning objectives, while also highlighting the state in which the conference takes place.

One of this year’s themes, Matthews said, is connecting attendees with real world results. The HIE Symposium on March 3 aims to do just that. Running from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the symposium will focus on key issues impacting HIE today. “We identified those key topics that we know are instrumental in the progression, in the advancement of health information exchange organizations, and that will continue to have significant play,” Matthews said.

Bruce Greenstein, the secretary of Louisiana’s health and hospitals department, will kick things off with the opening keynote address. He’ll speak on the HIE marketplace, the national HIE strategy and how states are setting up and sustaining Health Information Exchanges (HIX)s.

The rest of the day will consist of a variety of education sessions.

The first session, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., will look at patient engagement in relation to HIE, including an assessment of real world examples and lessons learned from patient engagement efforts.

The second session, from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., will focus on how large independent delivery networks exchange information.

The third session, from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., will discuss the HIE landscape, with particular emphasis on opportunities and challenges and privately-run HIEs versus public/private partnerships.

The fourth session, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., will take a look at how states, in their health insurance exchanges (HIXes) efforts, are leveraging HIE infrastructure and how HIXs can help with HIE sustainability.

In the closing keynote address, Jessica Kahn, technical director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will present CMS’ perspective on HIE.

More information can be found here.

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