IHE NA Connectathon Leadership Conference 2016

Equip yourself with the knowledge, resources and tools to achieve sustainable interoperable health IT

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | Global Center for Health Innovation & HIMSS Innovation Center
Technical Level: Novice

Explore success stories and best practices from organizations achieving healthcare information exchange and improving health outcomes through better patient care at this one-day educational and networking event intended for health IT executives and management in a clinical settings, consultants, government and federal health employees.

View the full agenda, including session descriptions, learning objectives as well as the Networking & Award Reception and register by January 25!

The IHE NA Connectathon Week offers three educational sessions, networking opportunities, and an exclusive tour of IHE NA Connectathon test floor.  Learn more about all the events happening on-site.

Session Agenda

Speakers will be announced in December 2015.

Opening Keynote
Interoperability: The Foundational Element of Better Health for Everyone in America
8:15 - 9:15 AM EST
Learning Objectives
Improving the health of a nation’s citizens requires health IT that is data driven, interoperable, and provides person-centered quality care.  To do so, we must ensure that an interoperable health IT ecosystem makes the right electronic health information available to the right people at the right time. Sharing information more broadly to providers, consumers, and others to support better decisions while maintaining privacy, is one way of achieving better care, smarter spending and a healthier nation.
  • Articulate the intent of a shared, nationwide interoperability roadmap that connects health and care for the nation;
  • Identify our progress to date for making standardized electronic health information securely available to those who need it;
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities that must be addressed so that better health for everyone can be achieved.
Session 2
The Impact of Non-Interoperable Healthcare:  The Reality of Patient Safety Hazards
9:15 - 10:00 AM EST

Learning Objectives
While healthcare practitioners pledge to “cause no harm”, hazards caused by medical technology malfunctions and non-interoperable technologies can lead to accidents and patient harm.  Issues like a lack of EHR data integrity, insufficient cybersecurity protections, and lack of integration between medical devices and EHRs are just some of the issues involving medical technology that can compromise patient safety and care.
  • Identify the breadth and scope of medical technology malfunctions;
  • Examine actual case studies involving non-interoperable technology which caused harm;
  • Discuss strategies that health IT executives can take immediately to avoid patient safety issues.
Session 3
The Impact of Interoperability / HIE to a Health System’s Strategic Roadmap: Lessons from the OpenHIE Project
10:15 - 11:00 AM EST
Learning Objectives
Organized as a community of communities, the non-profit OpenHIE initiative has organized various projects involved in standardizing health information into a common, scalable approach that has immediate pragmatic value for a whole host of real world health use cases. Concerned less about theoretical interoperability and more concerned with applied interoperability in real health care settings, OpenHIE has realized that different environments have real and specific needs related to supporting efficient health provision.
  • Receive an overview of the goals objectives of the OpenHIE initiative;
  • Examine the strategic impact to an organization’s health IT roadmap as related to interoperability and health information exchange;
  • Identify lessons learned for organizations developing strategic roadmaps for deploying interoperable systems.
Session 4
The Role of Interoperability/HIE in Supporting Population Health Management
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Learning Objectives
As Maryland's state designated health information exchange, CRISP (Chesapeake Regional Information System for Patients) has developed care coordination tools and services that build upon its existing data delivery and reporting services.  Through its ICN (Integrated Care Network), CRISP is focusing on connecting providers in multiple settings with information to improve health outcomes and reduce costs by providing tools, data, and services to support care coordination.
  • Identify the goals and objectives of the Integrated Care Network for improving the health of the population in the State of Maryland;
  • Discuss the use of interoperable systems in interoperability and health information exchange to manage population health;
  • Examine the opportunities and challenges encountered when connecting providers in multiple settings.
Session 5
Radiology Image Sharing: Security Practices that Protect ePHI
1:00 - 1:45 PM EST
Learning Objectives
Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires gathering audit information from picture archiving and communications systems (PACS) regarding evidence trails of human interactions. Until recently with the introduction of the IHE profile to handle radiology image sharing capabilities, most PACS users have had limited access to auditing information since access required resources to handle manual inspection of audit logs, and access to proprietary databases was not always available.
  • Identify the importance of ensuring security practices exist for ePHI;
  • Discuss the specifics of the IHE ATNA profile that enables protection of ePHI;
  • Examine the challenges and opportunities for organizations considering implementation of the IHE ATNA profile.
Session 6
Positively Affecting Patient Care with Interoperable Systems: Lessons from the Bedside
1:45 - 2:30 PM EST
Learning Objectives
Based on the organization's mission to provide clinically excellent medical care at affordable rates in an environment that's as close to a patient's home as possible, Intermountain Healthcare has introduced interoperable systems at the bedside which positively affect patient care.
  • Discuss the value proposition for the implementation of interoperable systems at Intermountain Healthcare;
  • Identify the various interoperable technologies in place at the bedside;
  • Articulate the challenges and opportunities encountered when implementing technologies that communicate with one another.
Closing Keynote
Tying it All Together: Interoperable Systems Across the State of Texas and Beyond
2:45 - 3:30 PM EST
Learning Objectives
Created by the Texas Legislature in 2007, Texas Health Services Authorities (THSA) is a public private partnership that promotes and coordinates HIE and health information technology (HIT) throughout the State of Texas.  By doing so, THSA ensures that the right information is available to the right health care providers at the right times, thereby promoting patient safety.
  • Receive a high level summary of the initiatives of the Texas Health Services Authority
  • Identify the types of systems integrated throughout the State of Texas;
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities for tackling an initiative that provides interoperable system access at the point of care.
Session 8
An Introduction to the IHE North American Connectathon
3:30 - 4:00 PM EST
Learn how IHE International’s Annual Publication Cycle and the IHE North American Connectathon sponsored by IHE USA promote implementation of IHE Profiles and health IT interoperability in the U.S.
Session 9
Education in Practice: Experience the IHE NA Connectathon
4:00 - 5:00 PM EST


Discover how interoperability is made on the IHE NA Connectathon testing floor as 500 of the industry’s top talent bake interoperability into their systems.































































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Networking & Award Reception

Immediately following the Education in Practice session, please join your fellow attendees at the HIMSS Innovation Center for a networking and awards reception. IHE USA and HIMSS will honor the health IT vendors that are moving the industry forward by certifying their products to ensure the secure and reliable exchange of health information. Vendors that have successfully completed their certification testing under the ConCert by HIMSSTM and IHE USA certification programs will be honored at this awards reception.

Admission to this event is complementary for all Leadership Conference attendees.