IHE NA Connectathon Conference | January 28, 2015

Registration Now Open!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 7:30AM – 6:30PM ET | $195 per person
The Global Center for Health Innovation and HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio

The Connectathon Conference is a one day, educational and networking event built upon the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2015: health IT's largest standards-based interoperability testing event that is accelerating adoption in North America and globally.

The Path Forward to Standards-Based, Sustainable Interoperability

While EHR usage has increased significantly, the interoperability necessary to achieve continuity of care, population health, patient management, and clinical quality improvement is not yet realized. Interoperable HIT has made strides in many areas like ePrescribing, but widespread progress remains slow.

The IHE North American Connectathon Conference 2015 will explore these challenges, with special focus on the emerging ONC Interoperability Roadmap and advancing health information exchange. Thought leaders that are advancing local, regional and national interoperability efforts will explore what they have learned, best practices, and offer guidance on how to leverage innovative technologies and programs that can take interoperable health IT and workflow to the next level, further realizing the value of health IT.

Educational Sessions

Welcome Welcome
Joyce Sensmeier. IHE USA
Lynn Zucker, IHE Canada
8:15 - 8:30AM ET


The Path Forward and How Do We Get There?
C. Martin Harris, Cleveland Clinic
8:30 - 9:15AM ET

Session 2

The Path to Interoperability through Testing and Certification
Joyce Sensmeier, IHE USA
Anuj Desai, New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)
9:15 - 10:00AM ET

Session 3

Connecting Across the Continuum of Care
Jim Younkin, Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE)
Mariann Yeager, eHealth Exchange
John Kansky, Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE)
Angela Lianos, eHealth Ontario

10:30 - 11:45AM ET

Session 4

IHE’s Role in Mission Critical Interoperability Standards Projects
Johanna Goderre, Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs
1:00 - 2:15PM ET


The Emerging US Interoperability Roadmap and Call to Action 2:15 - 3:15PM ET

Overview & Tour

Overview of the IHE NA Connectathon 2015
Michael Glickman, Computer Network Architects Inc.
Michael Nusbaum, M.H. Nusbaum & Associates, Ltd.
3:30 - 4:45PM ET
Cocktail Hour and Networking Reception located in the HIMSS Innovation Center immediately following the tour. 4:45 - 6:30PM ET

Session Descriptions

Keynote: The Path Forward and How Do We Get There?

C. Martin Harris, MD, CIO, Cleveland Clinic will address the path forward in achieving interoperability. This session will describe emerging technologies, their potential and their limits. Looking out 10 years he will describe the current state, envision the future landscape and the importance of IHE and innovation in achieving interoperable HIT. This session will also include the important role of standards in embracing that vision as technologies evolve.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand emerging technologies and innovation and their role in advancing interoperability
  • Discuss the key roadblocks that threaten the future of information exchange
  • Discuss the role of IHE and other standards in embracing the future desired state

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Session 2: The Path to Interoperability through Testing and Certification

Leaders in HIT interoperability testing and certification will share best practices to effectively and efficiently test and certify HIT interoperability products and integrated solutions. Testing and certification are key components on the road to interoperable, plug and play HIT solutions. Discover why constrained standards are necessary for realizing interoperability, and why certification is a worthwhile investment. Learn from other industries and understand the level of rigor it takes for testing and certification to be “good enough” to achieve healthcare provider confidence in the usability and patient safety of HIT interoperability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify core principles and best practices in interoperable HIT testing and certification
  • Examine the role of standards based testing and certification in interoperability deployment
  • Understand the business value of HIT interoperability and testing and certification
  • Take away lessons learned from other industries

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Session 3: Connecting Across the Continuum of Care

Leaders of integrated health delivery systems, information exchange initiatives, and organizations will discuss their progress to date – where they have been, where they are now, and where they are headed.  Learn from real life experiences of what went right and what went wrong, and most importantly what was learned that you should understand. Discover the key levers in encouraging deployment of interoperable HIT including Meaningful Use, other programs and market forces. Lastly, gain insights on setting realistic expectations, including the level of resources required in people, process and technology to bring about and sustain true end state HIT interoperability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn strategies each organization used to enable seamless interoperable healthcare across disparate systems
  • Study real-life examples of interoperability in action and the proven methods shown to improve patient care and safety and demonstrate value
  • Examine the costs involved with widespread interoperability and how savings will be achieved long-term

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Session 4: IHE’s Role in Mission Critical Interoperability Standards Projects

IHE is bridging interoperability standards gaps with integration profiles that constrain existing standards. Explore current projects focused on connecting medical devices to EHRs, getting EHR data to public health agencies, and implementing essential building blocks. Uncover the value of IHE as well as challenges that have been encountered and how these are being overcome. Benefit from guidance on how to initiate and conduct an interoperability standards project, and the ways in which IHE can support such work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the role that IHE plays in mission critical national interoperability projects
  • Learn how obstacles can be overcome to achieve success.
  • Consider the tools and methodologies that IHE offers to make advance interoperability.

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Endnote: The Emerging US Interoperability Roadmap and Call to Action

This session will address the evolution ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap starting from the founding vision, continuing through comment review and hearings, and the steps needed to Roadmap finalization and approval. This vision goes beyond Meaningful Use to take HIT interoperability to a new level. Better understand its origins, key principles, building blocks and timeline. Learn the challenges the US faces in successfully executing the roadmap, and what you can do to address those challenges as HIT ecosystem stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the Interoperability Roadmap, and how it ties into Meaningful Use
  • Understand the Roadmap’s key principles, building blocks and timeline
  • Identify how you can play a role in guiding and implementing the roadmap
  • Uncover how near term Roadmap goals are set and progress measured

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Overview & Tour: Overview of the IHE NA Connectathon & Tours of the IHE NA Connectathon Testing Floor

Focused on promoting and supporting the implementation of standards-based interoperability, the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon brings together developers of health IT systems and standards experts to take part in the largest interoperability testing event in the industry. At the IHE NA Connectathon, developers and experts test the interoperability of their systems and their conformance to IHE Profiles, standards-based specifications for meeting real-world healthcare needs, and other interoperable solutions. The Result: a collaborative atmosphere where barriers are identified and resolved rapidly, promoting efficiency and innovation. Explore the Connectathon testing floor and interact with 500+ of the industries finest developers during a guided tour at the end of this educational session.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the benefits of testing at IHE’s premier interoperability testing event:  the Connectathon and its impact on the adoption of standards-based health IT systems
  • Participate in a guided tour of the Connectathon floor, with expert commentary, to gain an understanding of the tools.
  • Explore ways that you can become more involved in IHE and the Connectathon

Networking Reception

Cocktail Hour and Networking Reception in the HIMSS Innovation Center immediately following the tour.

The networking reception is included in the price of your Conference Registration.

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