HCI-DC 2014 White Paper Event Summary: Igniting an Interoperable Healthcare System

Guidance on driving interoperability: The West Health Institute and Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issue call for action to healthcare stakeholders to drive medical interoperability

Guidance on Driving Interoperability

Featuring a 10-page executive summary of the opportunities and challenges associated with interoperability, the HCI-DC white paper provides guidance on how hospitals, health systems and clinicians, patients, regulatory agencies, healthcare technology vendors, standards development organizations, the investor community, and payors can all take clear action to drive interoperability. It also summarizes keynote and panel presentations from HCI-DC 2014, which took place Feb. 6, 2014 in Washington D.C.

“ONC envisions an information-rich, consumer centered health care system that allows a patient’s health information to follow them wherever they get their care,” said Karen DeSalvo, MD, national coordinator for Health IT. “We are working with patients, providers and others across health care and health IT to securely and safely free health information that will help to improve patient care and health, at lower costs.”

Joseph Smith, MD, Ph.D, chief science and medical officer at the West Health Institute, is the executive editor of the white paper. Contributing editors include Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, chief science officer & director, Office of Science & Technology, ONC; Michael Johns, MD, chairman, Center for Medical Interoperability; Mark Leahey, president and CEO, Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA); and Bakul Patel, senior policy advisor to the Center Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).