The Value of Interoperability Testing and Certification

by Amit Trivedi, ICSA Labs

Why another certification program?

In 2013, at the IHE North American Connectathon, IHE USA and ICSA Labs announced a new testing and certification program focused on interoperability and leveraging IHE Profiles or technical specifications. Continue reading

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Latest Funding for Health Information Exchanges – Creating a glide path to Interoperability

MariEarlier this month, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) announced a new funding opportunity to advance interoperable health information technology services to support HIEs. With a total of $28 million  being awarded to approximately 10-12 HIEs around the country, these grants  demonstrate how much ONC values the work these organizations have done to date and how they are integral to building a learning health system.

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Next Chapter…

Growing up a military dependent forced me to move from one place to another.  In the beginning, I hated the moves.  It was difficult to leave my comfort zone, friends and everything that was normal to me behind.   The moving got easier for me when I realized that there were other kids in the same boat; I wasn’t alone in my feelings.   This was comforting to me and made the moving around easier.  I began to view our moves as an adventure, a new place to explore, and a new chapter.  As silly as it may sound, moving became a chance to “do-over”; an opportunity for me to make a fresh start.

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Workarounds & Wake-up Calls: What They Tell Us about Your Organization’s UX

In all parts of our lives there are processes don’t always fit every situation and tools that don’t always work as they should. So we invent workarounds. We all do this every day. I had one all figured out last weekend. My wife and I had left a house key for my cousin, Reed, hidden near our front door. He was going to stop by to walk the dogs while we were downstate for our niece’s seventh (!) birthday. My cousin regularly babysits for us so we told him he should keep the house key. I had a workaround in mind. Since I work from home and my wife Beth doesn’t, we’d give the guy her key because more likely than not I would be home and be able to let her in. I took the key off my key-chain and put it in the bowl by the door to remind me that I needed to go the hardware store and to have more keys made. That was the plan.

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Physician Community Blog Series: Population Management – access to clinical information is key but how?

by Lynn Witherspoon, MD, System Vice President & CMIO and Kent Boyer, Chief Architect, Ochsner Health System

A cornerstone of health care reform is a new paradigm of care delivery focused on population wellness rather than disease management.  As imagined in emerging Accountable Care models population surveillance supersedes individual patient visits with their providers.  This model attempts to ensure that those preventive services for which evidence of efficacy exists are delivered to everyone and “at risk” individuals with chronic health problems are identified before they require emergent intervention.  Accountability shifts from individuals who decide whether and when to visit their care providers to organizations focused on providing population oversight and risk stratification.  Like many other large healthcare providers and insurers, the Ochsner Health System sees developing these capabilities as essential to our long term survival.

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Cleveland, Who Knew?

Since I was born in Chicago I have a strong affinity to the Windy City. It’s a desirable global destination and well-respected for its excellent culture, cuisine, and beautiful lakefront setting. Chicago is also the birth place of IHE® (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise). Launched in 1998 through a partnership between RSNA and HIMSS, IHE has held the annual IHE North American Connectathon in the Chicago area. And the Connectathon has been convened underground since its inception, first located in the RSNA parking garage in Oakbrook, later moving to the basement of the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago.

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Knowledge, Wisdom and Decision Making

by Ruth Slater, RN, BSN, CPHIMS

The American Nurses Association (ANA)’s 2014 definition of nursing informatics (NI) is “the specialty that integrates Nursing Science with multiple information management and analytical sciences to identify, define, manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. NI supports nurses, consumers, patients, and the inter-professional health care team and other stake-holders in their …roles and settings to achieve desired outcomes…” (Bickford, 2014).

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Applause and Appreciation for Engineers at the IHE NA Connectathon 2015

ConnectathonFor the first time in several years, I attended the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2015.  What an enriching experience to be in the same room with nearly 600 dedicated engineers from more than 100 organizations making their IT systems interoperable.  Check out these photos – pretty cool stuff.

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CMS Signals Change to 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period

This week has seen an incredible amount of activity on the health IT front.

I was pleased to see the blog post from Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation & Quality, and Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), that alluded to a plan reducing the meaningful use 2015 reporting period to 90 days.  It was a clear message to the healthcare community that the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and CMS are listening to our collective call for some relief in the reporting period to address the challenges Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) are having reaching Meaningful Use Stage 2. Continue reading

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Are We Sucking the HIE Innovation Oxygen Out of the Room

by John Kansky, BS, MS, MBA, HIMSS board member 

It’s crisp and clear in Cleveland, Ohio.  A good way to start my day at the Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) North American Connectathon Conference.  I love the smell of hot coffee intermingled with the sound of amplified speech-stirring thoughts about health IT interoperability.

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