Friday, April 27, 2012

Care Connectivity Consortium IT Workgroup

The HWCIR was the host site for meetings this week with the IT workgroup of the Care Connectivity Consortium (CCC). During the week, the CCC IT workgroup continued their efforts to provide enhanced data sharing capabilities among different healthcare providers and patients.

The HWCIR and Intermountain Healthcare are proud to participate in the CCC. The Consortium's mission is to create methods to safely and securely exchange patient health information among disparate electronic health record systems across the United States. Formed in 2011, the CCC consists of Intermountain Healthcare, Geisinger Health System (based in Pennsylvania), Group Health Cooperative (based in Washington), Kaiser Permanente (based in California) and Mayo Clinic (based in Minnesota). All five organizations currently participating in the CCC share the belief that electronic medical information is one of the most important care support tools available in healthcare today.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Interconnected Health 2012 Conference

Two members of the HWCIR team presented this week at the Interconnected Health 2012 conference held April 2-4 near Chicago, Illinois. Jason Gagner, MBA, assistant director, along with Sid Thornton, PhD, senior medical informaticist, made a presentation entitled "Getting Data to Flow: Overcoming Current False Negative Limitations of Trait Matching in a Health Information Exchange (HIE)." Les Westberg, principal architect for Agilex Technologies, also participated in the presentation.

Web banner for the Interconnected Health 2012 conference held April 2-4, 2012
The presentation focused on the complexities of matching patients across organizations and the work that Intermountain Healthcare is doing with several exchange initiatives to implement a sustainable HIE that is compatible with the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) specifications.

The slide deck from the presentation will be available shortly on the soon-to-be-unveiled Homer Warner Center for Informatics Research website.

The Interconnected Health 2012 conference was presented by the Object Management Group (OMG), Health Level Seven International (HL7), Open Health Tools and HIMSS. Designed for the CxO audience, this year's conference theme was "Enabling Health through High-Impact IT." Sub-tracks were also available with a focus on Clinical Decision Support, Clinical Vocabulary and Terminology, Service-Oriented Architecture, Mobile Health, Enterprise Architecture, the Role of Open Source in Health IT, Devices, and Health Information Exchange. For more information about the Interconnected Health conference, visit their website at