ONC's 2nd Interoperability Forum

Monday, August 6 - Wednesday, August 8

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) hosted the 2nd Interoperability Forum on August 6th- 8th, 2018 in Washington, DC.  This event brought people together from ONC, our federal partners, the healthcare industry, and the technology sector to:

  • Learn about recent efforts to advance interoperability nationwide
  • Identify concrete actions in response to current interoperability barriers

Attendees heard keynotes from industry influencers and had the opportunity to view demos showcasing innovative solutions. On the second day, attendees participated in tracks focused on various aspects of interoperability such as the deployment of application programming interfaces (APIs), improving clinicians’ experience with interoperability, patient matching, security and more. 

Co-led by industry leaders and supported by ONC experts, the tracks provided an opportunity to discuss the latest issues and identify actions that can be taken to address key barriers to interoperability in a group setting.  On the third and final day of the meeting, key next steps and highlights from the day-long tracks were reported out by track leads to all attendees.


Health IT standards and technology community, including developers, policymakers,
technology staff at provider organizations, and consumer advocates

Date & Time:

Monday, August 6, 2018 at 10:00am – 5:00pm ET
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 9:00am – 5:00pm ET
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 9:00am – 3:00pm ET


View the full agenda and track agendas below
or download the ONC's 2nd Interoperability Forum Agenda [PDF - 1.1 MB]

See the video of ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum: Day 1

See the video of ONC’s 2nd Interoperability Forum: Day 3



10:00am ET

Registration Opens – Outside Grand Ballroom

12:00pm - 1:00pm ET

Lunch Break

1:00pm - 2:45pm ET

Plenary Session – Grand Ballroom

1:00 - 1:10pm

Welcome Steve Posnack, Executive Director of Office of Technology, ONC

1:10 - 1:30pm

Opening Remarks Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health IT

1:30pm - 1:50pm

Keynote Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

1:50pm - 2:45pm

Individual Access to Health Information Demos

  • Blue Button 2.0 by Mark Scrimshire, CMS
  • Consumer Access to Health Information Whiteboard Video by Erin Mackay, National Partnership for Women and Families
  • CMS Data Element Library by Beth Connor, CMS
2:45pm - 3:15pm ET

Networking Break

3:15pm - 5:00pm ET

Plenary Session – Grand Ballroom

3:15pm - 3:35pm

ONC Technical Activities Steve Posnack, Executive Director of Office of Technology, ONC

3:35pm - 3:50pm

21st Century Cures 101 Elise Sweeney Anthony, Executive Director, Office of Policy, ONC

3:50pm - 4:05pm

MIPS Year 3: Promoting interoperability Elizabeth Holland, CMS

4:05pm - 4:50pm

Cross-Cutting Perspectives on the State of Interoperability

  • Moderator: Vik Kheterpal, CareEvolution, Inc.
  • Julia Adler Milstein, UCSF
  • Josh Mandel, Harvard Medical School and Microsoft Healthcare
  • Eric Heflin, Sequoia Project
  • Holly Miller, MedAllies
4:50pm - 5:00pm

Closing Remarks Steve Posnack, Executive Director, Office of Technology, ONC



9:00am - 12:30pm ET

Morning Tracks

  • Patient Matching
    Led by Eric Heflin of The Sequoia Project this track identified areas of consensus regarding patient matching definitions and showcased innovative matching technologies and metrics.
    View the Patient Matching Track Agenda [PDF - 746 KB]
  • Interoperability Measurement
    Led by Dr. Julia Adler-Milstein of UCSF, Hans Buitendijk of Cerner/EHRA, and Dr. Walter Sujansky of Sujansky Associates, this track: (1) prioritized aspects of interoperability that need to be newly or more precisely measured to track progress for informing policy; (2) identified ways to leverage existing data to address these priorities and specific stakeholder actions to generate such measures; (3) identified novel approaches and specific stakeholder actions to address remaining gaps that are critical to tracking progress and informing policy.
    View the Interoperability Measurement Track Agenda [PDF - 767 KB]
  • Security
    Led by Heather Flannery of Blockchain in Healthcare Global under IEEE ISTO and the HIMSS Blockchain Task Force, Don Thibeau of the OpenID Foundation and John Moehrke Co-chair of the HL7 Security Workgroup, this track highlighted the application of blockchain technology for security-related applications and security mechanisms for APIs related to consent and privacy.
    View the Security Track Agenda [PDF - 1.7 MB]
  • Content Interoperability
    Led by Lisa Nelson of MaxMD and Brett Marquard of WaveOne, this track reviewed the current and future plans to advance content interoperability via the US Core for Data Interoperability and gathered attendee feedback on quality of exchanged content and data types that are of emerging importance.
    View the Content Interoperability Track Agenda [PDF - 1.8 MB]
  • Using Standards to Advance Research
    Led by John Wilbanks from Sage Bionetworks, this track highlighted the use of standards to improve the flow and availability of data for research.
    View the Standards to Support Research Track Agenda [PDF - 1.7 MB]
  • Clinician Experience with Interoperability
    Led by Dr. Holly Miller of MedAllies and Evelyn Gallego of EMI Advisors, this track focused on current experience and upcoming efforts (e.g., 360X) to enhance clinicians’ use of electronically exchanged information in areas such as acute to ambulatory discharge, closed-loop referrals and shared care plans.
    View the Clinician Experience Track Agenda [PDF - 756 KB]
  • Interoperability Infrastructure
    Led by Jitin Asnaani of Commonwell Health Alliance and Dr. Josh Mandel of Harvard Medical School, this track highlighted efforts to enable nationwide interoperability such as through national networks and open APIs, identified barriers and technical issues limiting their implementation and use, and made recommendations to address the identified issues.
    View the Interoperability Infrastructure Track Agenda [PDF - 1.7 MB]
12:30pm - 1:30pm ET

Lunch On Your Own

1:30pm - 5:00pm ET

Afternoon Tracks (see above for track description)

  • Patient Matching
  • Interoperability Measurement
  • Security
  • Content Interoperability
  • Using Standards to Advance Research
  • Clinician Experience with Interoperability
  • Interoperability Infrastructure


9:00pm - 12:15pm ET

Plenary Session – Grand Ballroom

9:00 - 9:10am

Opening Remarks Steve Posnack, Executive Director, Office of Technology, ONC

9:10 - 10:00am

Interoperability Measurement and Infrastructure Tracks Panel

  • Moderator: Chris Muir, Standards Division Director, Office of Technology, ONC
  • Julia Adler Milstein, UCSF
  • Jitin Asnaani, Commonwell Health Alliance
  • Josh Mandel, Harvard Medical School and Microsoft Healthcare
  • Walter Sujansky, Sujansky Associates
10:00 - 10:20am

Enabling Individuals’ Access, Sharing, and Use of Health Records Ricky Bloomfield, Apple

10:20 - 10:35am

Advancing Medication Management for Consumers Sanjiv Luthra, Medisafe

10:35 -11:30am

Patient Matching, Security & Using Standards to Advance Research Tracks Panel

  • Moderator: Teresa Zayas Cabán, Chief Scientist, ONC
  • Eric Heflin, Sequoia Project
  • Don Thibeau, OpenID Foundation
  • Heather Flannery, Blockchain in Healthcare Global under IEEE ISTO
  • John Moehrke, HL7 Security Workgroup
  • John Wilbanks, Sage Bionetworks
11:30 - 12:15pm

Public Health Priority Demos

  • PDMP Integration in Maryland, Ryan Bramble, CRISP
  • Mortality Reporting Using FHIR, Paula Braun, CDC
  • Patient Unified Lookup System for Emergencies (PULSE), Mariann Yeager, Sequoia Project & Jeremy Wong, Audacious Inquiry
12:15pm - 1:15pm ET

Lunch Break

1:15 - 3:00pm ET

Plenary Session – Grand Ballroom

1:15 - 1:35pm

Enhancing Care Coordination via 360X Demo

  • Holly Miller, MedAllies
  • Muhammad Chebli, NextGen
  • Vassil Peychev, Epic
  • Mike Ross, Qvera
1:35 - 2:30pm

Clinician Interoperability & Content Interoperability Tracks Panel

  • Moderator: Justin Cross, Medical Director for Systems Safety, ONC
  • Holly Miller, MedAllies
  • Evelyn Gallego, EMI Advisors LLC
  • Lisa Nelson, MaxMD
  • Brett Marquard, WaveOne
2:30 - 2:55pm

Reducing Provider Burden through Population - Level Data Transfer Using FHIR Demo

  • Josh Mandel, Harvard Medical School & Microsoft Healthcare
  • Peter Muir, Springfield Center for Family Medicine
  • Robert Samples, ESAC
2:55 - 3:00pm

Closing Remarks Steve Posnack, Executive Director, Office of Technology, ONC