IHE NA Connectathon Conference | January 29, 2014
The Connectathon Conference is a one day, educational and networking event built upon the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon: health IT's largest standards-based interoperability testing event that is accelerating adoption in North America and globally. The IHE North American Connectathon Conference 2014 is sponsored by IHE USA in collaboration with IHE Canada.
IHE North American Connectathon Conference registration is open! This year’s educational sessions provide practical guidance so attendees may realize the full value of health IT beyond Meaningful Use, EHRs and HIEs. Attendees may purchase tickets online in advance and on-site at check-in. View fees and payment terms.
Beyond Meaningful Use and HIE: Achieving Interoperability
With an increase in the number of medical practices, hospitals and other healthcare organizations implementing Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and achieving Meaningful Use criteria, organizations are now seeking to move beyond these initiatives and focus on optimizing additional functionality in the use of data exchange and interoperable systems.
In addition, patients are seeking a fully developed medical record with complete information and history from all provider sources they receive care from. EHRs and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) provide the foundation for attaining and sustaining interoperability.
The IHE North American Connectathon Conference 2014 will provide attendees with success stories and best practice examples of agencies and organizations achieving information exchange and improving health outcomes through better coordinated patient care, while realizing the value of Health IT.
Strategy and Principles to Accelerate HIE and Interoperability
Interoperability Made Easy
Anita Samarth, Cofounder & President, Clinovations
Connecting Across the Continuum of Care
The Value of Universal Interoperability
Illustrations of Community HIEs and Interoperability
Liora Alschuler, Chief Executive Officer, Lantana Consulting Group
IHE North American Connectathon: An Introduction & Tour
Michael Nusbaum, President, M.H. Nusbaum & Associates Ltd
|Networking Reception||All attendees are invited to join us for a Networking Cocktail Reception immediately following the educational programming|
Conference Ticket Fee
- $195 USD per person
- Conference tickets include all educational sessions, Connectathon tour, continental breakfast, luncheon, and networking reception
- A credit card payment is required to purchase Connectathon Conference tickets
- No additional forms of payment are accepted online
- Conference tickets are transferable
Dr. Doug Fridsma will outline the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) interoperability strategy, highlighting the work being done to develop and harmonize standards, specifications and policies that support interoperable health information exchange including the collaborative initiatives underway with IHE USA. In his role as Chief Science Officer & Director for the ONC Office of Science and Technology, Dr. Fridsma oversees several efforts to help streamline health information exchange and interoperability. One of those initiatives, the Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework, seeks to support national health efforts to improve the quality of care, population health and reducing healthcare costs through widespread adoption of healthcare IT, including electronic health records (EHRs), Meaningful Use, standards, health information exchange (HIE) and interoperability and medical device integration.
- Discuss ONC’s interoperability strategy, progress and vision
- Explain the work of the Standards & Interoperability Framework
- Describe current efforts in collaboration with IHE USA and how the IHE Profiles are providing support to ONC programs
- Identify challenges and lessons learned with patient data matching, as well as progress on a consistent nationwide strategy
- Highlight ONC’s work in the international standards community
In the book Interoperability For Dummies©, IHE Edition, the author, Anita Samarth, describes how electronic health records, health information exchange, and interoperability will forever change the way we give and receive healthcare. This session will provide the background, vision, and framework necessary for implementing and achieving coordinated patient healthcare.
- Define key concepts and terminology used as it relates to Interoperability
- Explain the vision and practical applications for coordinated patient care
- Discuss current challenges with accessing health information when and where it is needed
- Identify 10 benefits that can be achieved with interoperability of health IT systems and medical devices
- Describe the purpose of IHE Profiles and recent success stories
Session information coming Soon!
The vision to achieve universal interoperability has proven to be one of the most challenging Health IT initiatives to date. While many health care organizations are still striving to adopt Health IT technology and capture electronic patient data, HIEs are challenged with integrating these disparate systems, matching patient data, and providing useful information at point of care to achieve interoperability intended to improve quality of care and patient safety. There are many national and international initiatives underway to resolve these significant challenges, such as IHE, Healtheway’s eHealth Exchange (formerly known as the NwHIN) and the EHR/HIE Interoperability Workgroup (IWG). These organizations are identifying methods to achieve interoperability through providing a common framework to implement standards such as HL7 and DICOM.
- Describe each of the organizations strategies used to provide seamless interoperable healthcare across disparate systems
- Identify real-life examples of interoperability in action and proven methods shown to improve patient care and safety and demonstrate value
- Discuss the costs involved with widespread interoperability and how savings will be achieved long-term
- Summarize collaborative efforts and synergies among these 3 organizations
Today, most electronic patient records and health information exchanges operate on a small percentage of the available information. In contrast, the HIMSS Health Story Project is dedicated to a comprehensive electronic patient health record that can be shared to improve care through collaboration and analysis. With its start in 2008, The HIMSS Health Story Project is an alliance of healthcare vendors, providers and associations that pooled resources in a rapid-development initiative supporting the full electronic document life cycle from electronic information capture to document management, encoding, processing and analytics.
- Discuss the evolution and past contributions of the Health Story Project and corresponding partnerships.
- Describe how the Health Story Project will raise awareness and improve information exchange and interoperability for the purposes of coordinated patient care, payer-provider integration and population health
- Explain the role and impact the HIMSS Health Story Project will play in various areas, such as dictation, document management, coding, analytics and electronic health records
- Describe how MyHealth Access Network became a leader in community clinical data management and health information exchange, including implementation of the IHE XDS profile to exchange Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs)
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.
- 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
- Discuss ways that you can become more involved in IHE and the Connectathon
following the IHE NA Connectathon Conference, please join IHE USA as we
host an evening of networking through a lively gathering
with great food and spirits: 4:30p - 6:00p CT.
The networking reception is included in the price of your Conference Registration.