Schedule of ONC Activities at HIMSS Annual Conference

This week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is sponsoring a series of demonstrations at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase that illustrate innovative efforts to achieve progress toward secure, nationwide health information exchange across providers and jurisdictions.

The ONC and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) showcase will feature 25 demonstrations that involve 42 organizations. These organizations illustrate broad uses of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), a set of standards, services, and policies that enable the secure exchange of health information over the internet.  The demonstrations also highlight the use of CONNECT, an open source NHIN gateway that was developed by the FHA program for organizations wanting to securely exchange health information using NHIN constructs.  Demonstrations are grouped into four areas that align with key health outcome policy priorities:

  • Improving Quality, Safety, Efficiency and Reducing Health Disparities
  • Improving Care Coordination
  • Engaging Patients and Families in their Health Care
  • Improving Population and Public Health

Examples of demonstrations include:

  • Enhancing Wounded Warrior Care — a demo supported by the Department of Defense, the Veteran’s Health Administration and Kaiser Permanente. The organizations illustrate how data exchange using the NHIN can support continuity of care for wounded warriors.
  • Supporting Midwestern Grandparents on Vacation — a demo supported by three health information exchanges (HIEs):   HealthBridge (a large urban Cincinnati HIE), Thayer County Health Services (a southeast Nebraska community HIE), and Redwood MedNet (a rural California HIE). Together, the HIEs exhibit how they’ve used the CONNECT toolkit to enable the exchange of electronic medication and diagnostic health data for grandparents from Nebraska as they travel across the country to visit their grandchildren in Ohio and California.

The ONC-FHA showcase will also feature 32 mini educational presentations about the demonstration programs and related topics.  Please join us!

7 Comments

  1. Will “NHIN Direct” be demonstrated or showcased?

    • ONC Communications Team says:

      NHIN Direct will be announced at HIMSS. Be sure to attend the Education Session “Nationwide Health Information Network – 2010″ on Wednesday, March 3 at 1pm in Georgia Ballroom 3. Doug Fridsma, Acting Director, Office of Standards and Interoperating will unveil an expanded and new vision for NHIN. Also, we have a brief presentation in the Interoperability Showcase Tuesday at 11:30 and others in showcase that would also be of interest.

  2. Be sure to attend the Education Session “Nationwide Health Information Network – 2010? on Wednesday, March 3 at 1pm in Georgia Ballroom 3. Doug Fridsma, Acting Director, Office of Standards and Interoperating will unveil an expanded and new vision for NHIN. Also, we have a brief presentation in the Interoperability Showcase Tuesday at 11:30 and others in showcase that would also be of interest.

  3. sara clement says:

    I just wanted to mention that there is a pretty informative white paper download by HealthcareSource that is directly related to this issue that you might find of value. You can download it free at http://healthcaresource.com/bestpractices?pmc=SM-01

    I was really pleased to read it, and I hope it helps!
    Sara

  4. kane says:

    Secure exchange of health information over the internet?…. Ok, this is scary as most information on the internet, no matter how secure is open to being hacked or an accidental security hole glitch being cropping up.

    Not sure I like the sounds of this personally.

  5. Brian says:

    I think this can be a double edged sword. On one hand it will help doctors/nurses/ect get the information they need in a timely manner but also leaves our personal information at risk of being stolen. Hopefully it will be a pleasant surprise and workout perfectly.

  6. Gar May says:

    I agree with Brian in that this is a double edged sword.

    Our personal information will definitely be at risk. And it is liable to be accessible by Health Insurance companies that could use the information to determine their risk. And if their risk is over a certain threshold, they can reject our health insurance application.

    On the other hand it would improve the quality of care for the patient, it would be safer for the patient and it would be more efficient for the health care givers.

    For example concerning patient safety. X-rays can cause cell mutation no matter what the dosage is. Plus X-rays have a cumulative effect. The more X-rays you have the more chances there will be mutations which in turn will eventually cause cancer.

    With instantaneous health information exchange there may not be a need for x-ray duplication and thus minimize the patients cancer risk.

    Is Internet health information exchange worth the risk of there being a security breach and all our personal information become available for health insurance companies, employers etc etc to see? This could be a nightmare.

    Hot debate. What do you think?

    Gar May

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