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ONC Annual Meeting 2016

ONC Annual Meeting

Committed to Better Health through IT

May 31 – June 2, 2016

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C. 


On Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, June 2, 2016, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) hosted the 2016 ONC Annual Meeting: Committed to Better Health through IT at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 

The Annual Meeting is a convening of the key stakeholders across the public and private sector to discuss our collective work to advance the seamless and secure flow of health information that not only enhances care, but also improves health and facilitates science and research. This year, we organized our sessions around the three core commitments that market leaders have made around improving consumer access to their health information, combating information blocking, and implementing federally recognized, national standards so that different health IT systems can speak the same language.

NEW THIS YEAR: We extended the Annual Meeting to three days this year. The last day focused on enabling consumers to become active partners in their health care by using technology to access their electronic health information.




WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2016 | Shared Learning Day  | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration and Check-In

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Breakout Sessions

Empowering Precision Medicine through Health IT (Room 202A)

In January 2015, President Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) to enable a new era of medicine, through research, technology, and policies. PMI’s goal is to empower patients, researchers, and providers to work together toward development of individualized treatments. ONC’s specific mandate for PMI is to support the development of interoperability standards and requirements that address privacy and enable secure health information exchange.  This session will provide an overview of PMI, describe activities being led across initiatives, and discuss ONC’s role in the initiative with a specific emphasis on recommendations of the HIT Standards Committee Precision Medicine Task Force and the Sync for Science pilot.  

  • P. Jon White, MD, Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Christina Heide, JD, Senior Advisor for HIPAA Policy, HHS Office for Civil Rights
  • David Litwack, PhD, Personalized Medicine Staff, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, FDA
  • Stephanie Devaney, PhD, Project Manager for the Precision Medicine Initiative, Office of the Chief of Staff, White House
  • Gwynne L. Jenkins, PhD, MPH, Senior Adviser, PMI Cohort Program, National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

Provider Directory Workshop: A Vision for Future Efforts (Room 202B)

Provider directories are found throughout the health IT ecosystem, take many forms, and satisfy many use cases. While provider directories do share many common, core data elements and functionality, there are many domain specific extensions. In April 2016, ONC convened public and private stakeholders to review past and current challenges, share success stories, and generate new ideas around provider directory standards and solutions. This breakout session will provide a brief review of the workshop, post workshops activities, and an overview of how ONC offices will collaborate moving forward to sustain provider directory efforts.       

  • Daniel Chaput, IT Specialist, Office of Standards and Technology (OST), ONC
  • Gail Kalbfleisch, Director, Federal Health Architecture (FHA)
  • John Rancourt, Deputy Director, Office of Care Transformation (OCT), ONC
  • Robert M. Cothren, PhD, Principal, A Cunning Plan
  • Bob Dieterle, Principal, EnableCare, LLC

Hospital Interoperability: Latest National Findings and Reflections on Future Progress (209A/B)

Findings from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health IT supplement survey related to interoperability will be released through an ONC Data Brief during the Annual Meeting. A representative from the American Hospital Association will describe AHA’s efforts focused on interoperability, including measuring progress as well as barriers.  A policy expert will reflect on certification policy related to the 2015 EHR Incentive Programs final rule policies and where that is aimed to go into the future.

  • Jawanna Henry, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Analysis (OPEA), ONC
  • Yuriy Pylypchuk, OPEA, ONC
  • Vaishali Patel, OPEA, ONC
  • Dustin Charles, Office of Standards and Technology (OST), ONC
  • Chantal Worzala, American Hospital Association (AHA)
  • Elizabeth Myers, Office of Policy (OPOL), ONC
  • Robert Anthony, Deputy Director of the Quality Measurement & Value-Based Incentives Group, CMS

Building Data Infrastructure for Research through Patient-Centered Outcome Research (PCOR) (Room 203A/B)

ONC is currently developing policies, standards, and services that enable data to flow securely and efficiently for PCOR through five PCOR Trust Fund-funded data infrastructure initiatives. At this session, the federal leads for these 5 projects will provide an overview of each ONC PCOR project and educate audience members on how to become engaged in the projects themselves.  In addition, the speakers will also explain how these efforts are part of a larger network of PCOR data infrastructure projects and how ONC’s PCOR initiatives will link to other important efforts both within and outside of ONC to build the necessary data infrastructure to collect, use and follow data for research.

  • Jamie Skipper, RN, PhD, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Coordinator, ONC
  • Mera Choi, JD, Director, Standards Initiatives and Coordination Division, Office of Standards and Technology (OST), ONC
  • Michelle Murray, MS, MBA, Federal Co-Lead of ONC’s Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) PCOR Project
  • Debbie Bucci, Federal Lead of ONC’s Patient Matching Aggregating and Linking (PMAL) PCOR Project
  • Devi Mehta, JD, MPH, Federal Co-Lead of ONC’s Privacy and Security for PCOR Project (PSP)

The Journey from Current State to Ideal State: Scaling Alternative Payment Models (Room 204A/B)

Health care providers across the country are transitioning to value-based payment and will increasingly rely on a robust health IT infrastructure within and beyond their institutional walls to support the clinical and business processes needed to achieve lower costs and higher quality of care.  This session describes the research conducted to evaluate the current health IT infrastructure, findings of what is needed to support the future needs of providers in APMs, and the journey of two regions that have evolved the health IT capabilities across providers participating in APMs.

  • Kelly Cronin, MS, MPH, Director, Office of Care Transformation (OCT), ONC
  • Genevieve Morris, MA, Director Health IT Policy at Audacious Inquiry
  • David C. Kendrick, MD, MPH, FACP, Department Chair of Medical Informatics, University of Oklahoma, School of Community Medicine; CEO, MyHealth Access Network
  • Craig Jones, MD, Director, Vermont Blueprint for Health 

Advancing Health IT Alignment Across Medicaid (Room 208A/B)

Ensuring each state has a functioning health IT ecosystem is critical to advancing better care for individuals supported through Medicaid programs.  The session will cover the February 29, 2016 State Medicaid Director letter to Medicaid Program Health IT resources and how it might relate to State Delivery System Reform activities.  As the Medicaid infrastructure and capacity develops, it can have a cascading impact on the rest of the state’s health care payers. This session will look at how ONC and CMS are advancing and achieving Health IT alignment across the Medicaid enterprise with a goal to advancing all-payer nationwide interoperability.

  • Jess Kahn, Director, Data Systems Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, CMS
  • Susan Otter, Director of Health IT, Oregon Health Authority
  • Tom Novak, Medicaid Interoperability Lead, Office of Policy (OPOL), ONC
  • Arun Natarajan, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Care Transformation (OCT), ONC

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

Breakout Sessions

The Challenges of Zika: A Health IT Response (Room 202A)

The formidable issues presented to the health care community by the Zika virus present a host of challenges and opportunities for health IT. This session will provide the latest information available on ONC’s support of providers, health IT developers, state and local public health, and the CDC. Topic areas will include standards, interoperability, and most importantly, the idea of mature, repeatable processes to react to emerging public health threats, modeled on the emergency preparedness practice of “All Hazards Planning." 

  • Sanjeev Tandon, MD, MS, Lead, Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use and CSELS Health IT Team (CDC IMS Zika Virus Response), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA, Office of the Director (OD) - Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services (CSELS)
  • Floyd Eisenberg, MD, MPH, FACP, Principal, iParsimony, LLC
  • Daniel Chaput, IT Specialist, Office of Standards and Technology (OST), ONC
  • James Daniel, Public Health Coordinator, Office of Policy (OPOL), ONC

Measuring Interoperability Progress: The Roadmap, MACRA, and Beyond (Room 202B)

This session will describe the overarching vision for measuring interoperability, including how progress will be measured for The Roadmap and proposals under MACRA. Discussion will focus on the proposed measurement strategy for assessing the adoption, use and conformance of standards—one of the key foundations of interoperability – and about potential approaches for measuring interoperability for settings beyond the care continuum, such as behavioral health and social services.  Finally, lessons learned from implementing interoperability measures among ONC’s health information exchange grantees will be shared.

  • Talisha Searcy, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Analysis (OPEA), ONC
  • Vaishali Patel, OPEA, ONC
  • Kory Mertz, Audacious Inquiry
  • Larry Jessup, Office of Programs and Engagement (OPRO), ONC
  • Darlene Morris, Rhode Island Quality Institute
  • James Sorace, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS
  • Anita Samarth, Clinovations GovHealth

Computable Privacy and the Basic Choice of Opting-In and Opting-Out of Electronic Exchange (Room 209A/B)

Learn more about the concepts of computable privacy and basic choice from ONC’s Interoperability Roadmap.  This deep-dive session will further explain how computable privacy is a way of consistently capturing and automating individual choice in order to enhance interoperability and move toward a learning health care system. This session will also explore the implications of requiring an additional privacy consent, such as opt-in or opt-out policies for electronic exchange, called basic choice. Participants will view a demo of ONC’s newly launched webpages and infographic on computable privacy and basic choice.               

  • Devi Mehta, JD, MPH, Privacy Policy Analyst, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, ONC

Price Transparency Showcase: Advances in Accessing Prescription Co-Pay Information at the Point of Care (Room 203A/B)

Currently, ONC Certified Health IT can access formulary and plan-level information on which medications are covered by a payer. How can we enable the physician and patient to discuss the real benefit-level, patient out-of-pocket co-pay at the point of care? Industry stakeholders are actively pursuing solutions to improve provider access to prescription co-pay information. This session highlights current health IT-enabled solutions that allow both providers and patients to make more informed decisions about medication therapy.

  • Edward J. Fotsch, Founder and CEO, Gemini Health
  • Anthony J. Schueth, CEO and Managing Partner, Point-Of-Care Partners
  • Julia Crouse, Director, Strategic Innovation, DrFirst
  • Morgan Borjorquez, Manager, Humana
  • Beth Kaye, NPDP, PMP, CSSBB, Senior Director, Product Management RelayHealth

SIM: Advancing Health IT and Value-Based Payment at the State Level (Room 204A/B)

This session will explain the State Innovation Model Initiative goal of multi-payer payment reform enabled by health information technology. It will introduce various resources that are useful for stakeholders in understanding and pursuing solution strategies to advance toward the goal. It will also describe the key challenges, including information blocking/data extraction from EHRs, infrastructure needs for electronic clinical quality measurement aggregation/analysis, and the rules of engagement and accountable oversight that allows it all to happen. State experiences with these challenges and their strategies to overcome or address them will be presented.

  • John Rancourt, Deputy Director, Office of Care Transformation (OCT), ONC
  • Fran Jensen, Deputy Director and Medical Officer, State Innovations Group, CMMI, CMS
  • Adam Aaseby, Assistant Director of Enterprise Technology Services (CIO), Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Kimberly Bachelder, Health Information Technology Senior Analyst, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 

Promoting Community Collaboration through Real World Standards Adoption and Implementation (Room 208A/B)

This session will show how ONC is closing the gap between standards development and implementation through a cooperative agreement with HL7. Attendees will see how the ONC-HL7 partnership is improving C-CDA implementation consistency for health IT developers by clarifying ambiguities and developing implementation best practices. Learn how interoperability issues are being addressed through collaborative working sessions using C-CDA documents. This session will also discuss national standards being tested to enable interoperable care plans and the increased support for the concept of a longitudinal person-centered care plan that includes the multi-disciplinary team as a vehicle for resolving communication issues and achieving highly coordinated care.

  • Matthew Rahn, Office of Standards and Technology (OST), ONC
  • Calvin Beebe, Technical Specialist, Mayo Clinic
  • Nagesh “Dragon” Bashyam, ONC
  • Thomas Check, President and CEO, Healthix, Inc.

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Lunch on Your Own

1:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Breakout Sessions

Cybersecurity: "Beware the Ransom" and other Helpful Cyber Hygiene Tips (Room 202A)

Cybersecurity Information Source: Security Breach or User Error? Come and hear ONC security analysts demystify the most prevalent cybersecurity threats. Hot topics will include: how Ransomware works, what should be done, and risk mitigation strategies for all stakeholders (consumers, providers, etc.).  Join our discussion and learn tips to help healthcare organizations and other sector firms implement robust security provisions within their day-to-day processes.

  • Malikah “Mikki” Smith, PMP, CISSP, CAP, Security Branch Chief, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO), ONC
  • Rose-Marie Nsahlai, Security Team Lead, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO), ONC
  • Chad Wilson, Director of Information Security, Children's National Health System
  • Ben Rossen, Federal Trade Commission
  • Bob Linehan, Principal, CoreMax Consulting, Inc.
  • Richard “Rick” Harris, Acting Director for Policy, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Nicholas P. Heesters, Jr., JD, CIPP, Health Information Privacy & Security Specialist, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Immunizations and Interoperability: ONC Pilot Projects (Room 202B)

ONC, through an interagency agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), manages two pilots that touch Immunization Information Systems (IIS). While pilot one is patient-facing and the other is behind the scenes, they are both crucial to providing quality patient care and empowering the consumer. Despite their apparent differences, a common HL7 IIS Implementation Guide is used in each. This session will touch on the motivating factors for these pilots, the unique regulatory and privacy issues that underlie each solution, the standard that is utilized, and success and challenges encountered to date.

  • Daniel Chaput, IT Specialist, Office of Standards and Technology (OST), ONC
  • James Daniel, Public Health Coordinator, Office of Policy (OPOL), ONC

Telehealth and Delivery System Reform: Advancing Person-Centered Care (Room 209A/B)

Telehealth has the potential to boost the impact of population health management initiatives while improving access to and the convenience of health care delivery. Alternative payment models and the shift toward value-based payment present opportunities for telehealth as part of person-centered, connected care across the continuum. Moreover, telehealth is increasingly being utilized to support individuals’ health and care in the communities where they work, live, and play.

  • Lemeneh Tefera, MD, MSc, Medical Officer, Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) and Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group (QMVIG)
  • Denise Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS , Executive Director, Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN)
  • Kelly Gonzales, Executive Health IT Consultant, Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN)
  • Judd Hollander, MD, Associate Dean for Strategic Health Initiatives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University & Vice Chair of Finance and Healthcare Enterprises, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Colin Semper, MBA, HCM, CAAMA, DirectorClinical Services, UNM School of Medicine
  • Maurice Moffet, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Health Economist, UNM School of Medicine
  • Kathy Hsu Wibberly, PhD, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center, University of Virginia Center for Telehealth

Grants Management 101: Maintaining Your ONC Award (Room 203A/B)

The Office of Procurement and Grants will be hosting a Grants Management 101 session to our current grantees that will focus on the importance of internal controls and policy development, prior approvals, and closeout. This session will provide guidance to the grantee community enabling them to reduce potential audit findings, unallowable costs, and the ambiguity surrounding the closeout process.  The session will discuss lessons learned, and provide examples of documents our office would look for in the event a monitoring visit occurs, and what would be deemed a risk.  It will also discuss the information required to reconcile final reports and expenditures associated with closing out the award.

  • Carmel Halloun, Office of Procurement and Grants (OPG), ONC

Inside MACRA's Quality Payment Program (Room 204A/B)

This session provides an overview of the MACRA Quality Payment Program and its two methods for eligible clinicians to provide high-value health care: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Join key CMS and ONC staff for a general overview of the program that incorporates clinician payment under MACRA and the current Notice of Proposed Rulemaking out for public comment.

  • Hoangmai Pham, MD, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer and Acting Director of the Policy and Programs Group, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
  • Robert Anthony, Deputy Director of the Quality Measurement & Value-Based Incentives Group, CMS
  • Kelly Cronin, Director, Office of Care Transformation (OCT), ONC
  • Elise Anthony, JD, Acting Director, Office of Policy (OPOL), ONC

Identifying, Assessing, and Determining Best Available Standards (Room 208A/B)

In January, 2015, ONC published the first draft of an Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA), a coordinated catalog of the best available interoperability standards and implementation specifications for industry use for specific health IT interoperability needs with a defined process for collecting input from stakeholders. The ISA has greatly expanded from its initial publication, taking into account recommendations from the Health IT Standards Committee and from stakeholder public comments. Join this session to learn about the ISA’s purpose, structure, annual update process, and to hear the latest updates about the ISA task force’s work toward submitting recommendations on the 2017 ISA.

  • Chris Muir, Director, HIE Infrastructure and Innovation Division, Office of Standards and Technology (OST), ONC
  • Rich Elmore, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, Allscripts

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

The Prescription Opioid and Heroin Crisis: Using Health IT to Combat the Epidemic (Room 202A)

The misuse and abuse of prescription opioids in the United States constitutes a public health crisis that has grown to epidemic proportions over the last decade. Health IT will prove to be a valuable weapon in combatting the epidemic and reducing the fraud, diversion, and abuse of these drugs. This session will explore the use of health IT tools available to support better care through appropriate prescribing of opioid medications. Panelists will also discuss how health IT systems can maximize their full potential by equipping healthcare providers with streamlined access to data at the point-of-care. It will provide an overview of efforts to expand the Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) and discuss the promise of the technology to support better care and safeguard against fraud and abuse.

  • Jamie Parker, Associate Director Health IT, ESAC
  • John Klimek, R.Ph. Senior VP, Standards and Information Technology, NCPDP
  • Deb Bass, Chief Executive Officer, Nebraska Health Information Initiative
  • Travis Kushner Data Exchange and Meaningful Use Program Manager, State of Washington
  • Jaime Smith, Statistician, Surescripts

Corrections to Community: Transition and Integration of Health from the Justice System (Room 202B)

Transitions of health care for adults and children from the correctional system back into the community have become a high priority for states. The health IT to support transitions and coordination of care is a focus for State Medicaid and State Corrections.  This session will bring key state and HIE leaders to discuss with the audience: pre-incarceration, correction providers to Medicaid, correction/jail technical systems to MU incentives, and transitions from incarceration issues and opportunities, including HIE integration.  

  • Patricia MacTaggart, MBA, MMA, Senior Advisor, Office of Care Transformation (OCT), ONC
  • David C Kendrick, MD, MPH, FACP, Department Chair of Medical Informatics, University of Oklahoma, School of Community Medicine; CEO, MyHealth Access Network
  • Thomas Check, President and CEO, Healthix, Inc.
  • Donald A. Gabbin, PMP, IJIS Institute

Behavioral Health: Adoption, Information Exchange, and Integration Across Settings and Provider Types (Room 209A/B)

The delivery of behavioral and physical health care for individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders can be fragmented, costly and poorly coordinated; however, delivery system shifts present opportunities to overcome these challenges.  This session will provide first-hand accounts of: state efforts to support behavioral health information exchange and integration as part of delivery system reform efforts; promising practices for health information exchange of behavioral health data; and, opportunities and challenges for advancing health IT among behavioral health providers.

  • Kimberly Johnson, PhD, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Thomas Novak, Medicaid Interoperability Lead, CMS/ONC
  • Kate Horle, Vice President Operations and External Affairs, Privacy Officer, Colorado Regional Health Information Organization
  • Marc Lassaux, Chief Technical Officer, Quality Health Network
  • Shirley Tyson, Health IT Coordinator/Chief Operations Technical Officer, Arkansas Office of Health Information Technology
  • Elise Kohl Grant, Director, Behavioral Health Information Technology Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Patricia Stark, PhD, LP, MPA, Legislative Consultant, Minnesota Psychological Association

Federal Health Architecture: The Federal Advantage (Room 203A/B)

Federal architecture can provide the tools and analysis needed to create context for complex issues within the system and assist in developing solutions for tomorrow’s problems. Showcasing two examples being employed by federal agencies, the Federal Health Information Model (FHIM) and CONNECT, this session will demonstrate how federal agencies are identifying and resolving issues of interoperability as well as developing a robust and effective means to exchange health IT information. Following the demonstrations, FHA will discuss other efforts being led by the federal health architects.

  • Nona Hall, DoD/VA IPO Liaison to ONC
  • Gail Kalbfleisch, Director, FHA
  • Galen Mulrooney, Project Manager-FHIM, FHA
  • Deepthi Rodrigues, Project Manager-CONNECT, FHA

CPC+ and SIM: Update on Multipayer Models (Room 204A/B)

This session will provide an overview of two key CMS models that feature multipayer payment designs, including Medicare. In addition to a discussion of CPC+, a new offering building on the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative that brings together Medicare and other payers to support advanced primary care delivery, this session will also look at the State Innovation Models program, which is funding states to design multipayer value-based payment reform initiatives, including models with Medicare, using a wide variety of tools.

  • John Rancourt, Deputy Director, Office of Care Transformation (OCT), ONC
  • Alex Baker, Senior Policy Analyst, OCT, ONC
  • Patrice Holtz, Quality Lead, Seamless Care Models Group, CMMI
  • Steve Cha, Director, State Innovation Group, CMMI

Community Based Services: Integration and Opportunities to Promote Accessibility and Usability (Room 208A/B)

This session will highlight federal and state technology advancements to improve coordination and communication across health care and community-based service providers that support person-centered care for individuals and caregivers. Attendees will learn about work underway through the CMS TEFT Demonstration Grant including the use of PHR systems with Medicaid beneficiaries and the identification of health IT standards to enable interoperability in home and community-based services. Experts will also discuss opportunities for developing accessible and usable health IT tools.

  • Caroline Coy, Health IT Program Analyst, ONC
  • Joseph Walburn, Health Policy Analyst, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Deborah Kaplan, 508 Policy Lead and HHS 508 Coordinator, HHS Office of the CIO
  • Scott Cory, Chief Information Officer and Director, Office of Information Resources Management, ACL
  • Josh Hardy, Health Insurance Specialist, Division of Quality and Health Outcomes, CMS

THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2016 | CONSUMER DAY | 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration and Check-In

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10 AM – 9:30 AM

Consumer Keynote

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Mapping the Consumer Landscape

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Our Future: A Deep Dive into the Patient Experience

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Lunch on Your Own

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Demo: Patient Engagement Playbook for Providers

1:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Closing Remarks

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Consumer Access and the Pledge to Interoperability: Next Steps (Room 202B)

Across the health care continuum, innovators, vendors, providers, and consumer advocates have pledged to help consumers easily and securely access their electronic health information, direct it to any desired location, learn how their information can be shared and used, and be assured that this information will be effectively and safely used to benefit their health and that of their community.  The following market leaders have demonstrated their commitment through their interoperability pledges. This session will focus on what the pledges are doing now and will do in the near future to move the needle on consumer access. A key goal of this session is to develop measurable action steps that enable consumers to be partners in their own health care and that providers and vendors can take to facilitate these goals.  

  • Introduction: Lauren Choi, MA, JD, Senior Advisor & Director of Stakeholder Engagement, ONC
  • Moderator: Mark Savage, Director, Health Information Technology Policy and Programs, National Partnership for Women & Families (NPWF)
  • Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • Russell Branzell, FCHIME, CHCIO, President and CEO, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)
  • Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

Health IT Patient Engagement Playbook (Room 204A/B)

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to react and comment on ONC’s newly released patient engagement tool.

  • Stephen Konya, Senior Innovation Strategist, ONC
  • Margeaux Akazawa, STEM Presidential Management Fellow, ONC

More Data is Better: Improving Patient-Centered Outcomes with Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) (Room 204C)

There are many opportunities for patients to capture, use, and share their health data electronically with providers through the use of personal health devices (e.g., wireless pedometers), personal health tracking tools (e.g., for mood tracking), and more traditional medical devices for remote monitoring (e.g., blood pressure monitors). This session will highlight some tools and programs that are currently piloting the collection, use, and sharing of Patient-Generated Health Data (PGHD) in care delivery and research.

  • Moderator: Angelique Cortez, Project Director, Accenture Federal Services
  • Craig D. Richardville, MBA, FACHE, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Carolinas Health Care System
  • Neil Evans, MD, Chief Officer, Office of Connected Care, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Sally Okun, RN, MMHS, Vice President of Advocacy, Policy & Patient Safety, PatientsLikeMe
  • John Dzivak, CIO, Patient Pal
  • Emily Mitchell, Program Manager, Accenture Federal Services

Patient-Centered Data Home (Room 203A/B)

Information sharing has the potential to improve shared decision making, communication, and quality.  This session will focus on Interoperability Innovation and how Patient Centered Data Home pilots address several key interoperability challenges such as governance, consent, data use, and technical architecture. Experts will discuss the HIE governance concerns that have been researched and the use of standard transactions in new ways resulted in a multi jurisdiction/state/regional data exchange and also illustrate how HIE organizations are ensuring that relevant patient data proactively follows patients across the entire care continuum.

  • Moderator: Deb Bass, CEO, Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII)
  • Teresa Rivera, President and CEO, Utah Health Information Network
  • Melissa Kotrys, CEO, Arizona Health-e Connection
  • Dick Thompson, Executive Director and CEO, Quality Health Network