IHE NA Connectathon Leadership Conference

The NA Connectathon Leadership Conference explored success stories and best practices from organizations achieving healthcare information exchange and improving health outcomes through better patient care. Download all the session presentations complimentary.

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Opening Keynote
Interoperability: The Foundational Element of Better Health for Everyone in America
Michael J. McCoy, MD FACOG, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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
Ensuring Patient Safety in Your Connected Hospital
Erin Sparnon, MEng, ECRI Institute Headquarters
9:15 - 10:00 AM EST

Learning Objectives
As the number of successful medical device integration projects grows, ECRI Institute is tracking both the benefits and risks to patient safety that can arise when medical devices and information systems are connected to one another. In many cases, patient safety relies on careful coordination of various overlapping issues. Medical device integration can promote safer care by making the right information available at the right time, and facilities can maximize the safety of their integrated systems by incorporating lessons learned by early adopters.
  • Identify patient safety risks that have been mitigated through interoperability and integration
  • Examine case studies of patient safety issues related to device integration
  • 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
Shaun Grannis, MD, MS, FAAFP, FACMI, Regenstrief Institute
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
Positively Affecting Patient Care with Interoperable Systems: Lessons from the Bedside
Sid Thornton, PhD, Intermountain Healthcare

11:00 AM - 12:00 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
Session 5
Promoting the Best Care for our Patients: Rapidly Advancing Imaging Interoperability Capabilities
David Mendelson, MD, FACR, the Mount Sinai Medical Center
1:00 - 1:45 PM EST
Learning Objectives
Although interoperability has been recognized as perhaps the biggest gap in what the health information technology domain has to offer patients, The Sequoia Project and RSNA, together, are positioned to close the gap.  This partnership aims to promote the best interest and care of patients by ensuring that the world of imaging is ready to rapidly advance standards-based solutions for imaging interoperability. While these standards are employed elsewhere in the world and present a solution that can evolve as new technologies arise, the work of the Sequoia Project will enable radiological imaging sharing and thus close the interoperability gap while subsequently providing the best for both patients and providers.
  • Describe the current challenges and opportunities with radiological imaging sharing
  • Identify the importance of a partnership between the Sequoia Project and RSNA to close the imaging interoperability gap
  • Discuss next steps that providers can anticipate based on the evolution of existing standards
Session 6
The Role of Interoperability/HIE in Supporting Population Health Management
Ross D. Martin, MD, MHA, CRISP

1:45 - 2:30 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
Closing Keynote
Tying it All Together: Interoperable Systems Across the State of Texas and Beyond
Eric Heflin, Texas Health Services Authority
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
Elliot B. Sloane, PhD, FHIMSS, Co-Chair, IHE International  
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.































































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