HIMSS19 Presentations

IHE USA’s provides ongoing education at industry conferences and on live webinars. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates on presentations. Learn from today’s industry leaders by downloading the presentations from past speakers addressing the importance of health IT interoperability. Speakers include:

View the speakers, presentation descriptions and learning objectives below and download the presentations to share with your colleagues.

IHE and HL7: Working Together 

Joyce Sensmeier MS, RN-BC, FHIMSS, FAAN, Senior Advisor of Informatics, HIMSS, President, IHE USA 

This presentation explores the relationship between HL7 international and IHE International. It describes the role HL7 plays in the developmeent of standards and specifications, as well as the role IHE plays teting those standards and specifications as they are implemented in health information and technology products. Download the presentation.

HL7 & IHE: Paving a Better Plan to Interoperability

Joyce Sensmeier, President, IHE USA
Wayne Kubrick, Chief Technology Officer, HL7

HL7 and IHE have both made significant strides toward advancing interoperability, and have recognized that closer collaboration, leveraging the relative strengths of each organization, can be instrumental in making more rapid and definitive progress.  This session will describe how the two organizations are working together globally to leverage their collective strengths for enabling interoperability, sharing systems, processes and experiences, to move the needle significantly toward improved interoperability relevant to the high-impact health challenge of cancer staging.  This session will review the opportunities, objectives, work completed to date by this collaboration, share upcoming plans, and engage attendees in an interactive dialogue of how we can learn from and help each other to make interoperability a more tangible, near-term reality. Download the presentation

IHE’s Plug-a-thon Dispels New Health Technology Hype vs Value

John Donnelly, President, IntePro Solutions Inc

Learn about the recent results and industry value realized at the IHE USA sponsored Plug-a-thon event held in January 2018. Discover viable interoperability solutions for new technologies hitting healthcare including smartphone apps, Internet of Things, Blockchain and device connectivity using the new HL7 FHIR™ standard. Plus, learn from organizations that are implementing these new technologies in their care community. Download the presentation

Introduction to the IHE NA Connectathon

Elliot B. Sloane, PHD, Emeritus Co-Chair, IHE International

IHE Connectathons are a cross-vendor, live, supervised and structured testing event where industry leaders test implementations of IHE Profiles to advance health IT interoperability. All tests are evaluated on interoperability and conformance to IHE Profiles found in IHE’s Technical Frameworks. The test floor is overseen by IHE’s technical project managers providing a safe, neutral test environment and an unparalleled opportunity for industry collaboration and problem resolution. Download the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how IHE International’s Annual Quality Cycle, and the
    IHE North American Connectathon sponsored by IHE USA,
    promote implementation of IHE Profiles and health IT
    interoperability in the U.S.
  • 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.

Think Locally, Connect Nationally

Didi Davis, Director of Testing, the Sequoia Project

The Sequoia Project's role is to a trusted, independent convener of industry and government. They work to address the challenges of secure, interoperable nationwide health information exchange. Download the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Why image sharing matters.
  • Learn benefits of Validation to Patients and Providers
  • Understand Nationwide Data Sharing Network

SHIEC Patient-Centered Data HomeTM

Doug Dietzman, Executive Director, Great Lakes Health Connect
Jason Buckner, SVP Informatics, The Health Collaborative

Patient-Centered Data HomeTM is a standards-based, cost-effective, scalable data exchange that links existing HIE systems together and provides comprehensive real-time patient information. PCDH also looks to resolve identity across HIE's and preserves local governance and protects local stakeholders. Download the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recieve a high-level summary of the what PCDH
  • Understand the different levels of PCDH governance
  • See examples of current implementations of PCDH around the globe

Interoperability: The Foundation to Better Health for Everyone in America

Michael J. McCoy, MD FACOG, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Former)

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. Download the presentation

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

Ensuring Patient Safety in Your Connected Hospital

Erin Sparnon, MEng, ECRI Institute Headquarters

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. Download the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Promoting the Best Care for our Patients: Rapidly Advancing Imaging Interoperability Capabilities

David Mendelson, MD, FACR, the Mount Sinai Medical Center

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. Download the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Positively Affecting Patient Care with Interoperable Systems: Lessons from the Bedside

Sid Thornton, PhD, Intermountain Healthcare

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. Download the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

The Role of Interoperability/HIE in Supporting Population Health Management

Ross D. Martin, MD, MHA, CRISP

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. Download the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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

Tying it All Together: Interoperable Systems Across the State of Texas and Beyond

Eric Heflin, Texas Health Services Authority

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. Download the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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


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