HL7® and IHE Renew Partnership to Advance Interoperability

HL7® and IHE, citing a long history of successful collaboration, announced that they have renewed their cooperation agreement to advance the goal of interoperability of health information. The joint statement of understanding provides for improved communication and coordination of schedules and projects to help expedite the development and adoption of the HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard.

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IHE USA Submits Comments to ONC in response to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)

On June 3, 2016, IHE USA submitted written comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA); Request for Information (RFI) Regarding Assessing Interoperability for MACRA. IHE's comments addressed MACRA’s questions focused on (1) the specific populations and data elements to measure and (2) how to use current data sources and metrics to address MACRA requirements.

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HIMSS Opens Call for Proposals for HIMSS17 Annual Conference

HIMSS requests proposals annually to be considered for the next HIMSS Annual Conference. Each year, HIMSS’s Annual Conference offers over 200 general education sessions that are selected from a peer-reviewed process. To ensure that our program’s content is timely, relevant, and optimally targeting our attendees’ needs, the Annual Conference Education Committee selects from the submissions received during the Call for Proposals and may supplement programming by inviting speakers to fill any gaps identified.

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IHE International Sets World Summit

IHE International is proud to offer an opportunity to participate in a unique global event connecting health IT stakeholders. The IHE World Summit 2016 will bring together key thought leaders on standards, interoperability, information exchange and electronic health records from around the world. The Summit will include keynote presentations by Mariann Yeager, CEO of the Sequoia Project and Gerald Cultot, of DG Connect and the European Commission; panel sessions on hot topics in eHealth; and social networking events. The Summit will take place June 7-8 at the Beurs van Berlage convention center in the heart of Amsterdam. It is organized in association with eHealth Week 2016, which participants are strongly encouraged to attend. eHealth Week will feature an IHE Interoperability Showcase demonstrating live how IHE supports the emerging world of patient-centered care. Register today!

IHE USA Submits Comments to ONC's 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory

On March 16, 2016, IHE USA submitted written comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in response to the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). IHE's comments focused on (1) the Value Sets included in the ISA to advance the achievement of nationwide interoperability; (2) the six new informative characteristics included for best available standards, implementation specifications and the addition of a section for security patterns; (3) IHE USA comments ONC for separating out the Interoperability Needs where LOINC represents the question vs. where SNOWMED-CT represents the answer, where applicable.

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Interoperability is Advanced through Collaboration during IHE Connectathon Week

The spirit of collaboration to improve patient care through high quality, interoperable health information technology (IT) was in the air in Cleveland, Ohio when the IHE North American Connectathon Week 2016 kicked off on January 25 at the co-located facilities of the Cleveland Convention Center, the Global Center for Health Innovation, and the HIMSS Innovation Center. Over 142 organizations and 600 health IT professionals attended the events during this important week. 

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It Was the Place to Be… In Case You Missed It

Winter weather can be unpredictable. But typically the Midwest is snowy and cold in January. This year, however, the East Coast took the hit, landing several feet of snow in less than 24 hours. This didn't stop the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon Week 2016, as 530 registered system engineers braved the cold, and some making extraordinary efforts, to get to Cleveland. IHE USA President, Joyce Sensmeier, recaps the exciting week of testing, education, and training for those of you who may have missed out.

Sharing Patient Health Data for Better Outcomes

Quality and effective patient care includes the use of health information technology, that is, a system in which patients and their clinicians can easily and securely access health information -- anytime and anywhere. The IHE North American Connectathon Week, unites more than 1,000 health IT professionals and leading organizations as collaborators to advance health IT interoperability in North America. In fact, the testing portion of the week is the world’s largest testing event for the secure, interoperable exchange of patient health information.

In the January 12 edition of Crain’s Cleveland eNewsletter takes an in-depth look at the upcoming IHE NA Connectathon 2016, where two speakers share their insights on interoperability and their innovative work with IHE USA and IHE International.

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#EmpowerHIT at IHE North American Connectathon Week 2016

From January 25 - 29, more than 500 software engineers will come together at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and the HIMSS Innovation Center, at the Global Center for Health Innovation, for the inaugural IHE North American Connectathon Week. This is the first year for the week-long event of testing, training, education, certification awards and networking events, an exciting expansion that follows 15 years of a more singular focus on vendor product testing. Discover upcoming IHE NA Connectathon Week activities and register today.

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