Accelerating APIs in Healthcare: A Year in Review and Momentum for 2021

Tuesday, December 1, 2020; 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Zoom
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Join us on December 1, 2020, as we spotlight how application programming interface (API)-forward policies and industry actions are accelerating interoperability. This event will include updates from federal agencies as well as presentations and demos from industry partners that highlight how work underway is advancing innovation and competition in the health IT ecosystem. A panel discussion will also be held at the end of the day.  

Final Agenda Subject to Change


1:00 - 1:35 pm

Opening Plenary

Welcome / Kick Off
Steve Posnack, Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

Opening Remarks
- Don Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health IT, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT
- Seema Verma, MPH, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- Amy Gleason, USDS CDC PRIME Team Lead, US Digital Service
- Matt Lira, Special Assistant to the President for Innovation Policy and Initiatives, The White House Office of American Innovation

1:35 - 2:30 pm

API Showcase Part #1: Federal Agency Demos and Spotlight Presentations

Transforming Data Exchange through Policy
As the federal government is moving industry in the direction of data exchange through APIs, CMS’ Office Burden Reduction and Health Informatics (OBRHI) is using policy levers to transform the way data flows throughout the healthcare system to benefit all payers, providers and patients.
- Alexandra Mugge, Director and Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer, US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Denise St. Clair, Senior Health Policy Expert, Health Informatics and Interoperability Group (HIIG), US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Safety Reporting for Investigational New Drugs
- Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD Principal Deputy Commissioner and acting Chief Information Officer, US Food and Drug Administration

AHRQ: Advancing 21st Century Healthcare Through Digital Healthcare Research
During the discussion, Director Khanna will outline how digital healthcare fits into his vision of 21st Century Care, and will provide updates on key AHRQ challenges and initiatives in this space.
- Gopal Khanna, MBA, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

SSA and Health IT
This session will feature highlights on SSA’s use case in disability determinations, Electronic Medical Express (SSA’s proof of concept leveraging FHIR® standards to test connectivity and data content), SSA’s need for clinical notes to make a valid disability determination, and the promise of claimant directed evidence collection leveraging FHIR®.
- Jude Soundararajan, Executive Director, Health Information Technology, US Social Security Administration

Pandemic Ready Interoperability for Public Health and eCR NOW
COVID 19 has highlighted the need for timely, accurate, and automated data that can be used for public health action and emergency response. The Pandemic Ready Interoperability Modernization Effort (PRIME) is a new, multi-year collaboration between CDC and the U.S. Digital Service to strengthen data quality and information technology systems in state and local health departments.
- Paula Braun, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Laura Conn, Associate Director for Informatics; US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services

AI Tech Sprint
This presentation will cover an AI Tech Sprint run by National Artificial Intelligence Institute at the VA and resulting applications by participating teams. For example, Clinical Trial Selector empowers 9+ million Veterans and 50+ million CMS beneficiaries to search for clinical trials- and recently got production data access.
- Gil Alterovitz, Director of Artificial Intelligence, National Artificial Intelligence Institute, US Department of Veterans Affairs

NIH Fosters Research Through FHIR®
The National Institutes of Health encourages all investigators to make use of the FHIR® standard to accelerate the use of clinical data for research and to promote integration and reuse of data collected during primary investigations. NIH stimulates novel FHIR® applications through contracts and grants that support the development of FHIR®-enabled Red Cap resources and Phenopackets on FHIR®. Future developments include VSAC-on-FHIR® (the Value Set Authority Center) and extended applications for research.
- Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, National Library of Medicine Investigator, National Institute of Nursing Research National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Additional Presentation from CMS to be announced

2:30 pm


2:35 - 3:55 pm

API Showcase Part #2: Industry Led Demos and Spotlight Presentations

Doubling Down on the Consumer App Revolution: Health Records on iPhone
This session will provide an update on Health Records for iPhone.
- Ricky Bloomfield, MD, Clinical & Health Informatics Lead, Apple

Doubling Down on the Consumer App Revolution: CommonHealth
Introducing and sharing an update on CommonHealth, the Android app for people to collect, manage, and share their health data. CommonHealth aims to extend functionality similar to Apple Health to people with Android phones, and functionality similar to HealthKit to developers of digital health tools and services.
- JP Pollak, Co-founder & Chief Architect, The Commons Project

Doubling Down on the Consumer App Revolution: Health System Highlight on Consumer Health App Integrations
- Adam Landman, Chief Information and Innovation Officer, Emergency Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Doubling Down on the Consumer App Revolution: SCAN Health Playbook Highlight
- Josh Goode, Chief Information Officer, SCAN Health Plan

More Data with Less Friction: The CARIN Alliance: Advancing consumer-directed exchange
The CARIN Alliance, a group of multi-sector stakeholders working to advance consumer-directed exchange, will present ways they have advanced federated digital identity in 2020 along with how they are ensuring consumers can access more data with less friction.
- Ryan Howells, Principal, Leavitt Partners and Program Manager of the CARIN Alliance along with members of the CARIN community

More Data with Less Friction: Graphite Health
Operating as a democratized public utility, Graphite Health will bring healthcare’s technical infrastructure into the 21st Century by creating a common platform as the foundation of an open, innovative and collaborative marketplace. This includes having each member sign on to its Digital Hippocratic Oath in order to be consider part of this not-for-profit collective
- Ries Robinson, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, and Founding Chairman, Graphite Health

Provider Directory Collaboration w/ APIs: Support for Provider Directory Requirements
- Nate Mudd, Director of Product Development, US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, US Department of Health and Human Services

Provider Directory Collaboration w/ APIs: Multi-Payer Endpoints Discovery Project
CAQH will provide information on its national FHIR® Endpoint Directory that will be released in early 2021, with a beta going live for testing starting in December 2020. This directory will securely publish validated FHIR® endpoints, simplifying how payers and third-party apps find and share endpoint information and accelerating FHIR® implementation at scale to support CMS-required use cases including patient access APIs, provider directory APIs, and payer to payer data exchange.
- April Todd, SVP, CORE & Explorations, CAQH

Provider Directory Collaboration w/ APIs:
- Kathy Hempstead, Senior Policy Adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Update on the Cloud Vendors Commitment: Health IT Heads in the Clouds
This session will feature updates on the previous commitments made by various cloud vendors during last year’s Blue Button Developers Conference, and set the stage for 2021 and beyond.
- Shez Partovi, Amazon
- Aashima Gupta, Google
- Michael Curry, IBM
- Peter Lee, Microsoft
- Troy Tazbaz, Oracle
- Sean Kennedy, Salesforce

Tripling Down on the Provider App Revolution: Mobilizing a Million Hearts: Fueling the FHIR® through Open APIs
The Mobilizing Million Hearts SMART on FHIR® app closes the gap between the promise of data-driven infrastructure supporting clinical knowledge and its, currently limited, realized benefits at the point of care. Mobilizing Million Hearts integrates the American College of Cardiology’s Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease risk calculator into clinician workflow within the electronic health record, while accounting for user needs to inform clinical decision making. The SMART on FHIR® risk calculator represents next level innovation in the healthcare interoperability space by providing a real world solution for transforming previously isolated risk calculators into open standards-based applications that can seamlessly run across health IT platforms and provider organizations; resulting in optimized clinician workflows, improved care coordination, and increased patient engagement.
- Kristen Miller, DrPH, CPPS, MSL(c), Scientific Director, MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare; Associate Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine MedStar Health

Tripling Down on the Provider App Revolution: Cures Sparks the Health Apps Economy for Patients, Providers, & Populations
Parsimonious regulation based on open APIs, combined with simple ONC-funded tools and frameworks, will spark widespread innovation, advancing the delivery system to serve providers and their patients.
- Ken Mandl, MD, MPH Director, Computational Health Informatics Program, Donald. A.B. Lindberg Professor of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Tripling Down on the Provider App Revolution: HIE InContext, Using SMART on FHIR® to Bring Critical Clinical and Public Health Information into the EHR Workflow
In this presentation CRISP will demonstrate its HIE InContext Smart on FHIR® app. The app which is utilized in four states and the District of Columbia brings curated health care information from the HIE and public health directly into the EHR workflow.
- Ryan Bramble, Executive Director CRISP D.C. & Senior Director of Product, CRISP

3:55 pm


4:00 - 5:00 pm

Closing Plenary Panel

- Grace Cordovano, PHD, Board Certified Patient Advocate & Founder, Enlightening Results (Moderator) Twitter: @GraceCordovano
- Aashima Gupta, Director, Global Healthcare Strategy and Solutions,Google Cloud Twitter: @AashimaTweets
- Firdaus Bhathena, Chief Digital Officer, CVS Health Twitter: @firdausbhathena
- Lisa Bari, MBA, MPH,Interim Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative Twitter: @lisabari
- Lucia Savage, Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer, Omada Health Twitter: @SavageLucia
- Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President, Atrium Health Twitter: @RasuShrestha