HIMSS17 Interoperability and HIE Symposium to outline implementation challenges and opportunities
The need for semantic interoperability and exchange of data, information and knowledge across the health system is well known, especially in light of continued adoption of value-based payment models, new health IT apps and standards.
In that context, the HIMSS17 “Interoperability and HIE Symposium: Interoperability and Health Information Exchange – Making It Work,” slated for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, will outline the opportunities and challenges seen in the new policies, certification programs, apps and coordination required to realize a learning health system.
The day-long pre-conference symposium will evaluate approaches to solve interoperability challenges, explain how standards, certifications and their implementation address barriers to data exchange, outline practical approaches to HIEs, and assess how HHS policies supporting value-based purchasing rely upon interoperability and HIEs.
Symposium sessions include:
The interoperability roadmap in practice
This session provides an update on progress made by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap.
Speakers: Josh Mandel, MD, Health ecosystem lead, Verily
Steven Posnack, director of standards and technology, ONC
Chris Muir, division director of HIT infrastructure and innovation, ONC
Time: 8:15AM - 9:15AM EST
Interoperability testing and certification
This session will address the tactics that EHR vendors, HIEs and healthcare organizations use a number of tactics to improve certification of health-IT products for Meaningful Use and MACRA.
Speakers: Elliott Shane President, Center for Healthcare Information Research and Policy
John Donnelly, President, Interpro Solutions
Time: 9:30AM - 10:30AM EST
Driving superior outcomes through consumer-facing interoperability and data exchange
This session will describe trends in connecting patients and caregivers with digital tools, including a look at challenges and opportunities to activate patients via consumer-facing health technologies.
Speaker: Lygeia Ricciardi, president, Clear Voice Consulting
Steven Lane, MD, clinical informatics physician director, Sutter Health
Michael Kirwan, vice president of Personal Connected Health Alliance and Continua
Time: 10:45AM - 11:45AM EST
Optionality vs. constraints panel, emerging standards and best practices
This point-counterpoint session will delve into the central question of where the government is imposing standards that are too rigid or inhibiting interoperability by making regulations too loose.
Speakers: Michael McCoy, MD, CEO, Physician Technology Services
Mark Roche, MD, CEO, Avanti Health
Arien Malec, vice president of data platform, RelayHealth
Time: 12:45PM - 1:45PM EST
Emerging services among health information exchange networks: toward sustainability
HIE executives will share advice about offering new services to providers and ACOs expand and HIE activities in communities in a sustainable fashion.
Speakers: Brandon Neiswender, COO, Center for Healthcare Information Research and Policy
Charles Scaglione, executive director, Bronx Regional Health Information Organization
John Kansky, CEO, Indiana Health Information Exchange
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST
Driving interoperable data exchange: Understanding HHS policies and the expansion of exchange services
Health and Human Services officials will outline the departments plans for value-based purchasing and the ways that technology and HIE can be harnessed to enable such policies.
Speaker: Thomas Novak, Medicaid interoperability lead, CMS
Time: 3:15PM - 04:15PM EST
The HIMSS17 Symposium, “Interoperability and Health Information Exchange – Making It Work” is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 in Room W331A.
HIMSS17 runs from Feb. 19-23, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center.
This article is part of our ongoing coverage of HIMSS17. Visit Destination HIMSS17 for previews, reporting live from the show floor and after the conference.