Marc Probst, CIO of Intermountain Healthcare, spoke at the CHIME Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday. He offered his take on interoperability: "It does all come down to these fundamental standards," he said. "If we want to be able to move data from one system to another, you know, technically that isn't all that hard … the hard part is actually doing it."
National Coordinator for Health IT Karen DeSalvo, MD, tweeted this picture of her with Republican Texas Rep. Michael Burgess, MD, who also spoke at National Health IT Week. One of the messages DeSalvo emphasized was that patient engagement is integral to the healthcare system, and more should be done to ensure its success. Digitization of the healthcare experience "can democratize and empower in a way that we may have never been able to do before, because of the pure hierarchical nature of paper," she said.
Jocelyn Samuels, the new director of HHS' Office for Civil Rights, reiterated the division's commitment to enforcing and ensuring HIPAA compliance. "We want to do our best to encourage voluntary compliance," she said. "That said, when faced with noncompliance, we will take enforcement action."
Bill Bria, MD, chief medical information officer of the HCI Group, offered the perspective of physician stakeholders in a Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday. Bria is also the president of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems. "It's past time that the American public is brought into this informatics revolution," said Bria, who noted that if he could ask Congress for anything it would be that creativity be incentivized by the federal government, with a reinvestment in new approaches to care delivery.
Erica Galvez, interoperability portfolio manager at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, spoke at the Capitol Hill briefing Tuesday reiterating ONC's commitment to interoperablity. It's currently our "highest priority," she said.
Russ Branzell, chief executive officer of CHIME, kicked off the CHIME/ONC Capitol Hill Briefing on Tuesday.
Journalist Don Fluckinger dons his Regina Holliday Walking Gallery jacket.