Connectathon 2020 Conference

The Connectathon Conference: Real World Interoperability for the Greater Good

Date: January 22, 2020 9:00am – 6:00pm January 22, 2020 9:00am – 6:00pm

Real World Interoperability for the Greater Good.

Join us as we take note of past progress, current initiatives, and the path that lies ahead. IHE’s work drives real world, standards-based, interoperability and accelerates digital healthcare transformation in the US and across the globe. Connectathon conference sessions will focus on IHE’s work driving standards based interoperability projects that deliver impact in North America and across the world.


Session & Presentation Slides



Welcome to the North American Connectathon

Amit Trivedi, HIMSS


Opening Keynote

Joyce Sensmeier, IHE USA President


Presentation: Global Perspectives - The Value of IHE

HE International Ambassadors from around the globe will give participants a glimpse of  how IHE profiles are advancing interoperability in key national and regional health initiatives.

Chris Carr, IHE International Secretariat

  • Thierry Dart, ASN: French Initiatives
  • Alexander Berler and Lapo Bertini: IHE Europe
  • Derek Ritz: IHE Canada and OpenHIE



Presentation: Accelerating Standards Development, Adoption, and Cooperation: IHE USA Cooperative Agreement with ONC

Members of the IHE USA Project Team and ONC will discuss this exciting new Cooperative Agreement between IHE USA and ONC that is focused on accelerating the development and adoption of IHE profiles that support HL7 FHIR.

  • Dan Chaput, ONC
  • John Moehrke, ByLight Professional IT Services
  • Didi Davis, Sequoia Project
  • Adam Bazer, HIMSS


Lunch / Networking



Panel: Bridging the Personal Enterprise Digital Health Divide

IHE is about integrating the healthcare enterprise, however, as the industry evolves, and interoperability helps us break walls and overcome barriers - the point of care has rapidly evolved to happen wherever it is needed. Health and health care starts with the patient. Hear firsthand how the voice of the patient must be incorporated into health system design.

Moderator: John Sharp, HIMSS

  • Keith Boone, AI
  • Simona Carini, Open mHealth
  • Gora Datta, HL7 Mobile WG
  • Dave DeBronkart, Health Data Rights Activist


Panel: Enabling a Global Learning Health System

Hear about how leaders are leveraging FHIR, IHE specifications, and building partnerships to enable a global learning health system.

Moderator: Derek Ritz, IHE International

  • Bryn Rhodes, HL7 FHIR Foundation
  • Ted Scott, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Shelagh Maloney, Canada Health Infoway


Closing Remarks – Digital Health: The Road Ahead

The Personal Connected Health Alliance is one of IHE International's newest members, and is bringing with them an emphasis on personal health and the patient's perspective. The afternoon keynote will set the stage for IHE's forward looking activities for the next few years to come.

Rob Havasy, PCHAlliance


Connectathon Tour

Emely Lemus, IHE USA


Networking Reception

IHE is a community, and the Connectathon is more than a testing event. Join IHE USA staff and Connectathon Conference participants in a networking happy hour. Talk shop, share best practices, and build new partnerships within an ecosystem of likeminded professionals striving to advance real world interoperability for the greater good.