Beyond Boundaries: ONC’s 2017 Technical Interoperability Forum

Tuesday August 15, 2017 / 9:15 am – 5:30 pm (ET) Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 9:00 am – 1:30 pm (ET)
Washington Plaza Hotel 10 Thomas Circle, NW Washington, DC
(In-person Only)

Tuesday August 15, 2017 / 9:15 am – 5:30 pm (ET)

Wednesday August 16, 2017 / 9:00 am – 1:30 pm (ET)

Washington Plaza Hotel 10 Thomas Circle, NW Washington, DC
(In-person Only)
Health IT Standards and Technology Community
In-person Only
Free! (Attendance is limited.)

On August 15-16, 2017, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will host a two-day, in-person only, technical interoperability forum with standards and technology industry stakeholders to:

  1. Identify industry alignment around priority interoperability use cases.
  2. Gain insight into current and expected interoperability challenges, including information blocking.
  3. Better understand next steps that respective stakeholders can take individually and collectively to improve interoperability among health IT systems.

The 21st Century Cures Act charges ONC with improving interoperability among health IT systems, including reducing information blocking, and enhancing the usability, accessibility, and privacy and security of health IT.  Likewise, the law encourages continued engagement with industry stakeholders to inform both challenges and successes in achieving interoperability.

These two days will focus on how ONC, our federal partners, the health care industry, and the technology sector can come together to shape the technical aspects of interoperability to achieve these important goals. If you lead, develop, and implement health IT systems or standards, this event is for you.

9:15 - 9:45
Opening Remarks & Keynote
HHS Leader
9:45 - 11:00
Interoperability Context in 2017: Business Cases and Information Blocking

John Fleming, MD, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Technology Reform, ONC (moderator)

Jordan Everson, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University

11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 12:30
Semantics: Progress, Challenges, and the Hard Problems Still Yet to Solve

Jamie Ferguson, Vice President, Health IT Strategy & Policy, Kaiser Permanente (moderator)

Swapna Abhyankar, Associate Director of Content Development for LOINC, Regenstrief Institute

Keith Campbell, Director of Informatics Architecture, U.S. Veterans Health Administration

Stan Huff, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Intermountain Healthcare

Robert McClure, MD, Owner/President, MD Partners

12:30 - 1:30
Lunch Break
1:30 – 3:00
Interoperability Networks and Nationwide Infrastructure

Micky Tripathi, President & Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (moderator)

Eric Heflin, Chief Technology Officer / Chief Information Officer, eHealth Exchange and CTO HIETexas (representing the Sequoia Project)

Luis C. Maas III, MD, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, EMR Direct

David Kendrick, Chief Executive Officer, SHIEC, MyHealth Access Network

Chas Fuller, Director of Product Development, RelayHealth (now Change Healthcare) – representing the CommonWell Health Alliance

Dr. Monica Farah-Stapleton, Chief Engineer, PM DHMSM, DoD/VA Interagency Program Office (IPO)

Tara Dragert, Director, Product Innovation, Clinical Interoperability Services, Surescripts, LLC

3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 4:30
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) + Patient and Provider Applications (Apps)

Stanley Crane, President, Crane Software, Inc. (former Allscripts Chief Innovation Officer and CTO)

Daniel Gottlieb, Technical Lead, SMART Health IT (FHIR) Project, Boston Children's Hospital

Vik Kheterpal, Principal, CareEvolution, Inc.

Laura Heermann Langford, Chief Operating Officer, Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC)

Janet Campbell, Vice President of Patient Experience, Epic

4:30 – 5:30
Third Party Uses: Data Availability, Aggregation, and Services

Wayne Kubick,, Chief Technology Officer, HL7 (moderator)

Scott Iverson, Chief Operating Officer, Optum Clinical Solutions

Nijay Patel, Senior Vice President of Product, Redox

Adam Aaseby, Chief Information Officer and Assistant Director of the Division of Enterprise Technology Services, Washington State Health Care Authority

Tim Pletcher, Executive Director, Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)

Andrea Gelzer, MD, Senior Vice President & Corporate Chief Medical Officer, The AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies

HHS Leader
9:00 - 9:30
Opening Remarks & Keynote

HHS Leader

9:30 - 10:45
Fit for Purpose? Identifying the Right Standard(s) for the Right Job

Hans Buitendijk, Director, Interoperability - Industry Strategy, Cerner (moderator)

Keith Boone, Principal Architect and Product Manager, Interoperability for Clinical Business Solutions, GE Healthcare

Walter Suarez, Executive Director, Health IT Strategy and Policy, Kaiser Permanente

Carolin Spice, Manager of Clinical Program Evaluation and Analysis, University of Washington

Dirk Stanley, Chief Medical Information Officer, UConn Health

Phillip Burgher, Director of Software Development, Data Platforms and MIPS, Philips

10:45 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:15
Addressing Interoperability Needs Across the Care Continuum

Andrew Wiesenthal, Director, Deloitte Consulting (moderator)

Terry O'Malley, Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners Healthcare System

Leslie Kelly Hall, Consulting Executive, Policy, Healthwise

Lisa R. Nelson, Medical Informatics Consultant, Life Over Time Solutions, LLC

Dan Levene, Director, Cerner Behavioral Health, Cerner

12:15 - 1:00
Summary Panel: Reactions and Reflections

John Halamka, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (moderator)

Clem McDonald, Director, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Walter Sujansky, MD PhD, President, Sujansky Associates

Aneesh Chopra, President, CareJourney

1:00 - 1:30
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HHS Leader

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