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HLN Participates in 12th Annual Stewards of Change Institute National Symposium

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HLN Participates in 12th Annual Stewards of Change Institute National Symposium

On June 19-20, 2017, Dr. Noam Arzt, President of HLN, participated by invitation in the 12th Annual Stewards of Change Institute National Symposium on behalf of the Healthcare Info ...

On June 19-20, 2017, Dr. Noam Arzt, President of HLN, participated by invitation in the 12th Annual Stewards of Change Institute National Symposium on behalf of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). This symposium provided a unique opportunity to discuss key issues in data management and interoperability with a small, but diverse set of stakeholders across the health and human services. The symposium included a particular focus on issues surrounding the current opioid epidemic. In addition, a new National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC) was launched (with funding from the Kresge Foundation) to spearhead information sharing regarding interoperability strategies and activities. Though there was no CDC participation at this symposium, there was a very nice briefing from several representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services including the new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. Don Rucker.

This symposium represents a welcomed expansion of the Stewards of Change focus from human services into the health domain. This expanded conversation will allow public health to participate more fully as the shift to our collective concern about wellness requires a more holistic view of people, their requirements, and their circumstances. We look forward to continuing engagement with this community and an opportunity to bring what we have learned in public health about interoperability into this new forum.

New PHII Blog: A public health perspective on interoperability

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New PHII Blog: A public health perspective on interoperability

The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) recently published a blog entry written by Dr. Noam Arzt, president of HLN: A public health perspective on interoperability We have ...

The Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) recently published a blog entry written by Dr. Noam Arzt, president of HLN:

A public health perspective on interoperability

We have written previously about interoperability and its increasing important to public health. Yet public health has some specific challenges to making interoperability effective:

  • There are more than 2,500 public health agencies in the U.S. at the federal, state, local, territorial and tribal levels. This not only leads to great diversity, but as a result public health cannot and does not speak with one voice about interoperability issues (or anything else for that matter). This makes it difficult for some stakeholders to engage public health consistently or to implement solutions that can be used more uniformly and therefore more effectively across public health.

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HLN Participates in Important National Healthcare Meetings

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HLN Participates in Important National Healthcare Meetings

Over the past few months HLN has participated in several important national healthcare meetings: In February, HLN participated in the annual in-person meeting of  the Joint Pu ...

Over the past few months HLN has participated in several important national healthcare meetings:

  • In February, HLN participated in the annual in-person meeting of  the Joint Public Health Informatics Task Force (JPHIT) in Washington, DC as part of a team representing the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
  • Also in February, HLN participated in the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase as part of team demonstrating technology to implement electronic case reporting (eCR). HLN provided a key software component for this demonstration – the Reportable Condition Knowledge Management System (RCKMS).
  • In early March HLN participated in a regional meeting sponsored by the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) in Oklahoma City, OK. This meeting brought together Immunization Information Systems projects from the central part of the country.

Preparing for 2017: Four Important Reports

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Preparing for 2017: Four Important Reports

With so much transition ahead of us at the Federal, state, and local levels in 2017, it is important to begin to plan for what the Health IT landscapes will look like for the comin ...

With so much transition ahead of us at the Federal, state, and local levels in 2017, it is important to begin to plan for what the Health IT landscapes will look like for the coming year (and beyond). Several key reports have come out – mostly from government sources – which are worth serious consideration for any Health IT planner:

HHS Public Health 3.0 White Paper: This seminal paper sets the stage for ongoing maturation of the public health infrastructure and capability at all levels of government to continue to assure the public’s health.

ONC 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory: Now in its third year, this material gets longer and longer, and more and more complex each time. The current incarnation is a navigable website chock full of standards, though you can still download a PDF by clicking on the “2017 ISA Reference Edition” or “ISA 2017” links.

ONC 2016 Report to Congress on Health IT Progress: This HITECH-required report updates Congress about progress during the past year. While it is a really good summary of recent and current activities and initiatives, it only deals with what is really going on (or not going on) on the ground in a cursory way.

National Governors Association Road Map for States to Improve Health Information Flow Between Providers: A very detailed report aimed at State policy makers with clear guidance – and lots of examples – to try to move interoperability forward at the State level.

There are no easy answers here, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the information presented in these reports. But they cannot be ignored and can help form the basis of a solid organizational or governmental strategy.

The Reduction of State-coordinated HIE: How Should Public Health React?

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The Reduction of State-coordinated HIE: How Should Public Health React?

A recent article in HealthAffairs describes a significant decline in the number of both operational HIEs and HIEs in the planning stage from several years earlier. The authors note ...

A recent article in HealthAffairs describes a significant decline in the number of both operational HIEs and HIEs in the planning stage from several years earlier. The authors note continuing barriers to broad-based HIE and a shift to vendor-driven exchange which diminishes the effectiveness of community-based networks. In effect, this translates to a shift away from geographic-based/dominated HIEs to product-dominated HIEs. We have already noted (see The Interoperability of Things) the lack of a national strategy on HIE, and ONC’s Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap barely mentions the concept.