Watch Our Interoperability Virtual Summit 2023
Answers Media Network and DirectTrust hosted a complimentary half-day virtual Summit on the current and future state of interoperability. Industry leaders discussed hot topics, including what’s new and what’s next, regarding data quality and usability, patient identity, use cases for interoperability, engaging patients, and the future of interoperability.
Over the course of the afternoon 5 panel sessions presented on these key areas and were moderated by industry thought leaders. In case you missed it, you can now view the Summit in its enirety. If you would prefer to view by panel session you can read about each below and click through the video to find whichever one you choose.
1: Propelling Interoperability through Data Quality and Usability
Focusing on initial steps and considerations to make the most of your data and interoperability.
Known as the “Health IT Rock Star,” Susan’s 25-year career has spanned from her beginnings at a clinic front desk to managed care operations, EHR implementation, privacy and security, health information management, health information exchange, Medicaid and public health technology, and federal & state policy and advocacy. This diverse background has formed the perfect stage for Susan to observe the entire healthcare ecosystem, enabling her to transcend traditional silos with an understanding of the dependencies and impacts on multiple stakeholders. Susan’s most recent roles have involved connecting state stakeholders to achieve state programmatic goals, primarily within Medicaid and social services by optimizing federal funding for technology.
- Dr. Kel Pults, DHA, MSN, RN-BC, Chief Clinical Officer and VP of Government Strategy MediQuant
- Didi Davis VP, Informatics, Conformance & Interoperability The Sequoia Project
- Katherine Lusk, MHSM, RHIA, FAHIMA, Vice President Strategic Partnerships Texas Health Services Authority (THSA)
2: The Identity Issue: What’s New in Patient Identity and Matching
For the most up to date thinking and considerations regarding both identity and patient matching, including through a privacy and security lens.
Kyle is a visionary cryptography engineering leader, who was instrumental in revitalizing the vision and mission at SAFE Identity (formerly SAFE-BioPharma Association). DirectTrust acquired the assets of SAFE Identity in 2021. Kyle continues to actively develop new and existing technical standards on public-key cryptography, blockchain cryptography, key management, and multi-factor authentication for both government and private sectors. His passion for identity lies within the vision of the future and enabling identity between geographical regions and political regimes for the benefit of humanity as we transcend into an increasingly digital way of life.
- Jason Barr, VP Healthcare ID.me Inc.
- Ryan Howells, Principal Leavitt Partners
- Marc Mar-Yohana, Founder & CEO OtisHealth
3: Popular and Emerging Use Cases for Interoperability
Popular and emerging interoperability use cases complementary to and separate from TEFCA as we put the interoperability puzzle together.
As DirectTrust’s Senior Director of Community Strategy, Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser, MBA, CHPC, CHTS, is responsible for leading communication, membership, and advocacy efforts. Prior to joining DirectTrust in 2019, she led thought leadership and content efforts for a health information management company, sharing best practices for healthcare professionals through speaking at numerous events like MGMA and AHIMA a year. Her experience also includes managing a compliance department, coaching practices through incentive programs, working in ambulatory practices, and providing user training for EHRs.
- Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser, Senior Director of Community Strategy DirectTrust
- Michele Darnell, Co-founder and President Secure Exchange Solutions
- Adam Russell, VP Strategy and Partnerships Healthy.io
- Anne Santifer, Executive Director OHIT/SHARE
4: Engaging Patients, Consumers, and Care Partners in Interoperability
Interoperability centers around the idea of information exchange to benefit patients, yet we frequently don’t center or involve patients, consumers, or care partners in our conversations. Hear about how to further consider and engage these key stakeholders.
Moderated by Grace Vinton
PR Professional and Patient Advocate, Host of HITea With Grace
LinkedIn: Grace Vinton
Grace Vinton is a dynamic healthcare PR professional, patient advocate, and podcast host of HIT Like a Girl Pod’s “HITea With Grace”: amplifying women’s voices. She has worked with 50+ healthcare innovation organizations, translating complex advancements into compelling narratives, shaping industry categories. Grace is Patient Representative on Sequoia Project’s Carequality Advisory Board, championing patients’ data access and prioritizing evolving patient needs within the national interoperability framework. Grace’s mission: “Empathy is not enough. Change demands advocacy and action.”
- Grace Cordovano, PhD, BCPA, Board Certified Patient Advocate Enlightening Results
- Krystal Schramm, Director of American Indian & Alaska Native Engagement and Senior Technical Business Analyst Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN)
- Jill DeGraff, Senior Vice President Regulatory b.well Connected Health
5: The Future State of Interoperability
What can we expect next in interoperability? What’s on the horizon and how to be prepared for the next evolution of interoperability.
Jim Tate has over 30 years of experience in healthcare delivery, information technology, and regulatory compliance. Jim founded and is the President of EMR Advocate, the moste trusted consultancy in Certified EHR Technology. Jim brings a unique combination of skills to the eHealth field with both clinical and technology experience. Jim is the host of The Tate Chronicles radio show on Healthcare NOW Radio exploring emerging technologies that hold potential to bring beneficial disruptions to healthcare.
- Muhammad Chebli, VP Solutions NextGen Healthcare
- Justin Villines, MBA, BSM Health Information Technology Policy Director SHARE
- Lisa R. Nelson, MS, MBA, Senior VP of Enterprise Integration ADVault, Inc.