Medical Informatics World’s Third Annual

Achieving Global Interoperability in Healthcare Datasets and Systems

Delivering Data-Driven Infrastructures to Support Clinical and Financial Transformation

Achieving GlobalThere 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' Third Annual Achieving Global Interoperability in Healthcare Datasets and Systems, taking place May 22-23, 2017 at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel 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.

Final Agenda

Monday, May 22

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7:00 am Registration and Morning Coffee



 John_MattisonJohn Mattison, M.D., Assistant Medical Director, CMIO, CHIO, National and Regional Leadership, Kaiser Permanente

 Andrea_IppolitoAndrea Ippolito, VA Innovators Lead, Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation

 Saurabha_BhatnagarSaurabha Bhatnagar, M.D., Innovation Specialist, Medical Director TBI/Polytrauma, Harvard Medical School

 Patrick_McIntyrePatrick McIntyre, Senior Vice President, Health Care Analytics, Anthem, Inc.

 David_SheinDavid Shein, M.D., Medical Director, The Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association (MACIPA)

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


10:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

David Dieterich, President, The Virginia Northern Company

11:00 Interoperability as the Critical Component to Healthcare Innovation

David_LevinDave Levin, M.D., CMO, Sansoro Health

HIT may be evolving but the pace is too slow and the scope too narrow. In this presentation, we will explore how advances in interoperability can accelerate the evolution of HIT and in turn drive robust healthcare innovation. Practical solutions and use cases from healthcare and other industries will illustrate what is possible now and point the way to the future. What is interoperability and how does it impact the healthcare delivery system? How significant are the technical, financial and legal barriers to interoperability? What game-changing solutions and concepts are available today?

11:30 How Value-Based Reimbursement is Creating New Market-Driven Demand for Data Sharing: Open for Business, Creating a Market for Data Insights in Ohio

Greg_MoodyGreg Moody, Director, Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, State of Ohio

Ohio is one of the largest and most complex health insurance and health system markets in the United States. The Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation has organized public and private payers to financially reward better primary care and value in high cost episodes of care. These value-based reimbursement models are creating market demand for data sharing and practice transformation supports associated with 11 million covered lives. The audience will gain understanding of how the Governor’s Office engaged private sector partners to minimize uncertainty and create a path to transform from volume-based fee-for-service to value-based reimbursement, and how this transformation is creating new market demand for technology solutions.

12:00 pm INTERACTIVE PANEL: Accessing Analytics within the Hospital Environ: The Role of Health Information Exchanges

David_DieterichDavid Dieterich, President, The Virginia Northern Company


Bill_BeigheBill Beighe, CIO, Physicians Medical Group of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Health Information Exchange

Schneider MichelleMichelle Schneider, Senior Solutions Engineer, Iatric Systems, Inc.

Angie_BassAngie Bass, MHA, CEO, Missouri Health Connection (MHC)

Advancing interoperability has been difficult within the healthcare environment, yet progress has been made in a number of areas over the last ten years. We will look at this flow clinical data and the derivatives of the data as it directly relates to the hospital, which is the cornerstone of a health information exchange, and the role each participant plays in helping to deliver better outcomes in a smooth and communicable manner for the benefit of the patient.

  • API, Pop Health and internet of things play a role, what role?
  • What things can be done to promote better interoperability between hospitals & HIEs and hospitals/HIEs & the consumer?
  • Analytics and interoperability face challenges from many forces (government, industry, parallel platforms, etc.); what does the landscape look like going forward?

12:30 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

Validic12:45 Luncheon Presentation: Integrating Patient-Generated Data into the Clinical Workflow

Rebecca_MitchellRebecca Mitchell, Director, Clinical Product, Validic

Healthcare technology has been almost singularly focused on innovation for the past decade. From that innovation, an unparalleled opportunity has evolved to leverage the mass amounts of data that have been generated by patients. To be able to use this data effectively and efficiently in care delivery and management, the next wave of healthcare technology needs to move from a focus on innovation to a focus on integration.

1:30 Session Break


2:05 Chairperson’s Remarks

Angie Bass, MHA, CEO, Missouri Health Connection (MHC)

2:10 Toward Global Knowledge Sharing and Decision Support in Health IT

Blackford_MiddletonBlackford Middleton, M.D., Chief Informatics & Innovation Officer, Apervita, Inc., Past Chairman of the Board, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

This talk will review the state-of-the-art in knowledge sharing for clinical decision support in health IT for patients and providers. Three US federally funded efforts will be highlighted: the PCOR CDS Learning Network, Project Locus at the CMS Alliance for Modernization of Healthcare at MITRE, and the National Academies of Medicine Optimizing CDS Strategies efforts supported by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. These three related projects aim to create a marketplace for the sharing of computable knowledge, and an industry ecosystem for the execution of advanced analytics and cognitive aides in healthcare IT at scale.

2:40 Co-Presentation: MACRA, MIPS & Value-Based Healthcare: The Role of the Health Information Exchange

Gijs_van_OortGijs van Oort, Ph.D., CEO, Health Access San Antonio (HASA)

Phil_BeckettPhil Beckett, Ph.D., CIO, Health Access San Antonio (HASA)

With the release of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) final rule, healthcare leaders are looking at the regulation’s many provisions that directly relate to the use of EHR technology and information exchange. MACRA’s Quality Payment Program (the MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) path, and the advanced alternative payment models (APMs) path) requires the use of certified EHR technology to exchange information across providers and with patients to support improved care delivery, including patient engagement and care coordination. The better providers can utilize and leverage health IT, the more likely Medicare’s value-based transformation for hundreds of thousands of physicians and other eligible clinicians will be successful.

Signet Accel3:10 Buzzwords Aside: Delivering on the Promise of Big Data in Precision Medicine

Philip_PaynePhilip R.O. Payne, Ph.D., FACMI, Chief Science Officer, Signet Accel

Precision medicine and big data are oft-used phrases in BioIT, but will we transcend the hype and truly know their impact? Join Dr. Payne as he strips away industry buzzwords to share why precision medicine must be scaled to a population level—and what it takes to get there: Unfettered access to vast quantities of data; Advanced data science and machine learning; Abandoning traditional methods of data delivery, and Adopting new approaches to true interoperability.

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


4:10 pm Find Your Table and Meet Your Moderator

4:15 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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5:00 - 6:00 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:00 Close of Day

Tuesday, May 23

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7:30 am Registration and Morning Coffee



 John_HalamkaJohn Halamka, M.D., MS, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

 Maxine_MackintoshMaxine Mackintosh, Chair & Ph.D. Student, HealthTech Women UK & University College London

 Trishan_PanchTrishan Panch, M.D., Co-Founder and CMO, Wellframe; Lecturer, MIT

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


10:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Vivian Singletary, Director, Public Health Informatics Institute, Task Force for Global Health

11:00 Data-Driven Preventative Care: Connecting the Data to Patients

Nick_van_TerheydenNick van Terheyden, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, NTT DATA, Inc.

The best analytics in the world are useless if the results do not quickly and easily pass into the hands of the people who can act. One of the biggest barriers to effective population health improvement is friction in the flow of information between health plans, hospitals/health systems and physicians. To make data flow freely to those who need it, you must have effective technology to integrate, manage and analyze the multitude of data streams in healthcare, and you also need leadership who prioritize data sharing over the competitive interests of conflicting health delivery systems. With free-flowing information routed to all the interested parties including the oft forgotten but all important patient we can successfully identify those at risk and develop appropriate interventions.

11:30 Co-Presentation: Key Challenges and Opportunities for Improving Health through an Open Ecosystem of Interoperable Applications and Knowledge

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

Jonathan NebekerJonathan Nebeker, M.D., Deputy CMIO, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

For providers to build patient-focused healthcare and improve clinical outcomes an open architecture and interoperable marketplace is required to move us forward. The presentation will share some key efforts, progress and challenges related to: improving clinical workflow efficiency, tools that support clinician decision-making, reducing the cost of innovation by creating an architecture crafted specifically for healthcare, creating a marketplace for the exchange of clinical knowledge, and cutting technology costs through a healthcare community cloud (HCC).

12:00 pm Open Healthcare IT Platforms: A Requirement for the Future of Patient Care

Erik_KinsErik Kins, Chief Innovation Officer, Allscripts

A single company cannot address all the challenges in Health IT, which is why it is critical for the future of patient care to take an open approach. Companies adopting this approach facilitate a more efficient exchange of healthcare information between platforms and applications, making it easier for their software to talk to third-party developers’ software to spur innovation.Open means interoperable, flexible and adaptable. Open provides a platform for innovation, and much like the banking and mobile telecommunications companies that were once closed, it’s time for health care to catch up.

12:30 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

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

1:30 Coffee and Dessert in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


Special Shared Session

2:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

Blackford Middleton, M.D., Chief Informatics & Innovation Officer, Apervita, Inc., Past Chairman of the Board, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

2:05 The Future of Interoperability...Trends and Practical Advice

Micky_TripathiMicky Tripathi, Ph.D., President and CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

Interoperability is likely going to surge in the next couple of years. With MIPS/MACRA laying out a roadmap for value-based payment models, there will be provider demand for interoperability to improve care delivery as well as for broader population health goals. The private sector is starting to deliver on the promise of health exchange with the growth of the CommonWell and Carequality nationwide record-sharing initiatives, and the maturation of FHIR-based solutions. Providers may soon go from having not enough interoperability solutions to having a bewildering array of choices. This talk will describe these trends and offer practical advice for those trying to develop health information exchange strategies.

2:35 HL7 FHIR: Transforming Biomedical Interoperability

Charles_JaffeCharles Jaffe, M.D., Ph.D., CEO, Health Level Seven (HL7)

HL7 FHIR has become the true promise of biomedical Interoperability. As a normative standard, now adopted worldwide, FHIR applications have transformed the means by which data is shared for patient care, biomedical research, population health, precision medicine, and even payment systems. The FHIR platform has sped application development times, reduced costs, enabled ISO-standard authentication and authorization technologies, and improved integrated care delivery. FHIR is fast becoming the DNA of data interoperability.

3:05 Understanding Requirements for Research Informatics to Support a Learning Health System

Rebecca_KushRebecca Kush, Ph.D., President and Founder, CDISC

This is a critical time for the healthcare provider, clinical research and biopharmaceutical industry communities to understand requirements, hurdles and opportunities for research informatics to support a Learning Health System, which plays a key role in the strategic plan of the HHS/ONC. Healthcare Link’s goals are to: make it easier for physicians to conduct clinical research; collect data only once in an industry standard format for multiple downstream uses; and improve data quality and patient safety.

3:20 INTERACTIVE PANEL: The Current State and Future of Healthcare Information Exchange and Interoperability: Action Items for Today and Tomorrow

Nick_van_TerheydenNick van Terheyden, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, NTT DATA, Inc.


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

Micky_TripathiMicky Tripathi, Ph.D., President and CEO, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC)

Greg_MoodyGreg Moody, Director, Governor’s Office of Health Transformation, State of Ohio

Rebecca_KushRebecca Kush, Ph.D., President and Founder, CDISC

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?

4:05 Closing Remarks

5:00 - 7:00 Join Bio-IT World’s Grand Opening Reception in the Bio-IT World Exhibit Hall at the Seaport World Trade Center

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