2016 Archived Content

Achieving Global Interoperability in Healthcare Datasets and Systems

There are great demands on today’s Healthcare CIOs, CMIOs, CFOs, IT Heads, Network Managers, Medical Informaticists, System Architects, Development Managers and all members of the “interface team” involved in purchasing interface engines at a company to simultaneously plan for the future to ensure business continuity while also being asked to derive improvements from their current data and systems. In a world of multiple clinical and financial systems and limited resources, how do you transition from a siloed organization with siloed systems, from a single Hospital Information System or CDSS to Data-Driven Enterprise Architectures? How do you, at a practical level, achieve interoperability? Cambridge Healthtech Institute and Clinical Informatics News’ 2nd Annual Achieving Global Interoperability in Healthcare Datasets and Systems: Delivering Data-Driven Infrastructures to Support Clinical and Financial Transformation, taking place April 4-5, 2016 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA, will bring together CIOs, CMIOs, CFOs, IT Heads, Network Managers, Medical Informaticists, System Architects, Development Managers and all members of the “interface team” from providers, payers, integrated delivery networks (IDN) and integrated delivery systems (IDS) for key discussions on improving interoperability with improved systems and analytics.

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Monday, April 4


Chairperson: Gowtham Rao, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Informatics Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of SC

Nicholas Marko, M.D., Chief Data Officer (CDO), Geisinger Health System

Adrienne Boissy, M.D., Chief Experience Officer, Director, Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication, Cleveland Clinic; Editor in Chief, Journal of Patient Experience

Jason Burke, System VP & Chief Analytics Officer, UNC Health Care
Micky Tripathi, President & CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative

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10:10 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


10:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Cara_BabachicosCara Babachicos, CIO, Community Hospitals and Post Acute Care, Partners Healthcare


11:00 CO-PRESENTATION: The Healthcare Services Platform Consortium: An Opportunity to Foster Truly Interoperable Health Care Applications

Stan_HuffStanley Huff, M.D., Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Intermountain Information Systems


Oscar_DiazOscar Diaz, CEO,  Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC)

After more than a year of planning, the Health Services Platform Consortium (HSPC) has been incorporated as a non-profit entity consisting of providers and vendors that are dedicated to fostering the development and use of interoperable applications in health care. The primary strategy is to establish a middle tier of standards-based services for data access, privacy and role-based authentication of users along with other capabilities to support business process management and decision support. The HSPC has adopted the HL7 FHIR model for data access. It enables the EHR integration of SMART apps and also applications with additional functionality enabled by the expanded range of middle-tier services to be available.

11:45 CO-PRESENTATION: Accelerating Vendor Neutral Interoperability to Transform Information Exchange and Healthcare Delivery: HL7, FHIR, Argonaut and Beyond

Charles_JaffeCharles Jaffe, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, HL7


Jon_WhiteJon White, M.D., Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

In an effort to accelerate true interoperability stakeholders from providers, payers, government, the EHR and health IT vendor community must work together in a vendor neutral approach on realistic approaches to improve the delivery of healthcare and the access of information. Argonaut represents a “code sprint” aimed at delivering something that could prove the utility of the new HL7 Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) technology that aims to make sharing healthcare data more like sharing data on the Internet.


12:45 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Lunch on Your Own

1:30 Session Break


2:05 Chairperson’s Remarks

Matthew Burton, M.D., Lead Clinical Informatician, Office of Information and Knowledge Management, Mayo Clinic

2:10 EU-US Interoperability: Practical Learning from Recent Experience

Jamie_FergusonJamie Ferguson, Vice President, Health IT Strategy & Policy, Kaiser Permanente

What can work today, what remains to be solved, and what next steps are planned for transatlantic interoperability? In a recent EC research project multiple European health systems proved they can exchange useful patient summaries with US providers through the eHealth exchange network which serves 40% of US hospitals and over 13,000 medical groups today. This presentation will focus on the practical experience of Kaiser Permanente as a US provider participant in this exchange. Real world semantic and technical interoperability with current systems on a multinational basis may be more achievable than many people recognize.

Caringo2:40 Combining Healthcare Applications with the Economical Benefits of a Cloud-based Archive

Tony_BarbagalloTony Barbagallo, Vice President, Product, Caringo

As your health care organization grows, managing your data becomes more and more of a concern. How can you meet the needs of patients, comply with industry regulations such as HIPAA, and keep up with the rapid growth of data? We will describe how you can consolidate all data on one public/private or hybrid cloud storage solution while continuing to run your existing applications.

2:55 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available) 

3:10 INTERACTIVE PANEL: The Current State and Future of Healthcare Information Exchange and Interoperability: Action Items for Today and Tomorrow

Nick_vanTerheydenNick van Terheyden, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Dell


Stan_HuffStanley Huff, M.D., Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Intermountain Information Systems


Charles_JaffeCharles Jaffe, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, HL7


Cara_BabachicosCara Babachicos, CIO, Community Hospitals and Post Acute Care, Partners Healthcare


Jamie_FergusonJamie Ferguson, Vice President, Health IT Strategy & Policy, Kaiser Permanente


In today’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape, it is more important than ever for information to be shared in a very timely manner; both patient and process centric. The investment in interoperability provided by ARRA/HITECH has only been able to go so far in the establishment of the requirements/structure for the information to be appropriately and securely shared. In the absence of one established method and/or process, several approaches are moving forward to fill the void; EMRs, FHIR, HIEs, etc. Do these approaches, compete or complement each other? Topics to be discussed include: How do you believe that ARRA/HITECH/MU has helped or hindered interoperability; do you believe there is one method that we should consider for secure data sharing or is there room for different approaches; do you believe that the secure sharing of patient records can be legislated into being or is this something that should be accomplished in concert with the private sector?

3:40 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


4:10 Interactive Breakout Discussion Groups

Concurrent breakout discussion groups are interactive, guided discussions hosted by a facilitator or set of co-facilitators to discuss some of the key issues presented earlier in the day’s sessions. Delegates will join a table of interest and become an active part of the discussion at hand. To get the most out of this interactive session and format please come prepared to share examples from your work, vet some ideas with your peers, be a part of group interrogation and problem solving, and, most importantly, participate in active idea sharing.
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5:10 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:10 Close of Day

6:15 - 8:45 pm Dinner Workshop: Root Cause Analysis in Healthcare Informatics and Analytics

Patricia Ingerick, MBA, MSHS, Director, The Geneia Institute

(Separate Registration Required)
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Tuesday, April 5

7:30 am Morning Coffee


8:05 Chairperson’s Remarks

Oscar_DiazOscar Diaz, CEO, Healthcare Services Platform Consortium (HSPC)


8:15 Driving Innovation in Health Systems through an Apps-Based Information Economy

Ken_MandiKenneth Mandl, M.D., Professor and Chair, Biomedical Informatics and Population Health, Harvard Medical School; Director, Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP), Boston Children’s Hospital

This presentation will discuss the smarthealthit.org project -- essentially an “App Store” for health. SMART apps can be added to or deleted from the electronic medical record as easily as iPhone apps can be downloaded or deleted. The goal of SMART is audacious and can be expressed concisely: an innovative app developer can write an app once, and expect that it will run anywhere in the health care system.

8:45 Case Study: FHIRing Up Your Data: A Key Step Toward Seamless Interoperability

Viet_NguyenViet Nguyen, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer, Health and Life Sciences, Systems Made Simple, a Lockheed Martin Company

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a catalyst for transforming and accelerating healthcare data interoperability, building on existing standards to streamline data exchange and incorporate diverse information into a single clinical view. This presentation will detail the framework’s value, nuances and challenges, and offer real-world examples of how FHIR is taking data sharing to the next level. Any organization looking to participate in population health management and care coordination must have a good understanding of the standards framework in order to enable smooth data exchange—an essential element in realizing improved cross-continuum care.

9:00 Healthcare Disruption: Market and Regulatory Forces Driving Change

Nick_vanTerheydenNick van Terheyden, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Dell

The In 2005, Blockbuster dominated video rentals. By 2010, the company filed for bankruptcy, its business model disrupted by Netflix and Redbox and other virtual markets that offered responsive service and convenience. Healthcare faces a similar turning point, in which the delivery of healthcare is radically changing. With the emergence of disruptive technologies like telehealth and retail express clinics, consumers want a different healthcare experience, one in which they have greater control, engagement and convenience. This talk will discuss the cultural, market and regulatory forces that are driving these changes, and how we are actively enhancing development, implementation and adopting novel technologies, services, and applications that will revolutionize information-driven care, that results in improved patient outcomes and overall cost savings worldwide.

9:30 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

9:45 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing



10:30 Emerging Trends and Efforts for Integrating Latest Best Practice Knowledge into Workflow: Innovation in Clinical Informatics at Mayo Clinic

Matthew_BurtonMatthew Burton, M.D., Lead Clinical Informatician, Office of Information and Knowledge Management, Mayo Clinic


11:00 Global Health and Life Science Innovation Ecosystems for Multi-National Virtual Research Teams Powered by Open Source-Open Science Technology Frameworks

Kimberly_HardingKimberly Harding, President, Monarch Innovation Partners

Chronic technology and business process disparities between High, Low Middle, and Low Income (HIC, LMIC, LIC) research collaborators, directly prevents the growth of sustainable partnerships in Global Health innovation for infectious and rare diseases for high risk population groups. There is a need for an Open Source-Open Science Architecture Framework to bridge this divide. We are proposing such a framework to support clinical innovation efforts.

11:30 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Lunch on Own

12:15 pm Session Break


Special Shared Session

12:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Joel_ReichJoel Reich, M.D., CMO, Medical Affairs, Eastern Connecticut Health Network


1:00 Powering Collaborative and Value-Based Care through Integrated Data and Analyses

Liz_RubinLiz Rubin, Senior Director, Analytics,Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

The transformation of health care delivery from fee-for-service to fee-for-value is well underway. Health care payers and providers are continuing to work collaboratively to achieve the triple aim: improving quality of care and outcomes, improving the health care experience for patients, and reducing the total cost of care. Information exchange and advanced analytics are cornerstones to collaborative success and execution of these goals.

1:30 Connected Care: From New England to England

Lawrence_GarberLarry Garber, M.D., Medical Director for Informatics, Reliant Medical Group

Reliant has created interfaces to automatically update their EHR with clinical information for patients wherever they receive care. This connected care has allowed Reliant to achieve high quality ratings and lower cost of care. The ability to convey actionable information for transitions of care and care coordination can help improve the quality, safety and efficiency of care. But patients don’t just stay within their country. Learn about the Trillium Bridge project which showed that it is possible to transform medical summaries between the languages and formats of various countries.

2:00 Achieving Value with Health IT: Crossing the Chasm of Clinical Knowledge Engineering

Blackford_MiddletonBlackford Middleton, M.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors, AMIA; Chief Informatics & Innovation Officer, Apervita, Inc.

Why is it so hard to transform care with even the best health IT? Simply put: the chasm between published knowledge and clinical experience, and implemented knowledge artifacts in health IT is too wide for the average clinician or healthcare delivery organization to manage. This talk will describe current experience and future directions for both domestic and global sharing of knowledge and analytics to transform care. Attendees will learn the importance of clinical decision support and analytics in health IT at the point of care for decision-making, and the benefits of rapid knowledge engineering and sharing to achieve the value potential of health IT.

2:30 pm Closing Remarks

Join the Bio-IT World Community Plenary Keynote Session & Reception!

4:00 – 5:00 Bio-IT World Plenary Keynote Presentation
Heidi L. Rehm, Ph.D., FACMG, Chief Laboratory Director, Laboratory for Molecular Medicine, Partners Healthcare Personalized Medicine; Clinical Director, Broad Institute Clinical Research Sequencing Platform; Associate Professor of Pathology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

5:00–7:00 pm Networking Reception in the Bio-IT World Exhibit Hall

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Concurrent Conference Tracks:

Track 1: Value-Based Delivery Models and Cross-Industry Data Collaboration
Track 2: Coordinated Care, Patient Engagement and Connected Health
Track 3: Population Health Management, Risk Modeling, and Patient Stratification
Track 4: Achieving Global Interoperability in Healthcare Datasets and Systems

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