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
Call for Action
Interoperability—the ability of systems to exchange information and to use the information that has been exchanged—can help solve the healthcare crisis. The West Health Institute’s HCI-DC 2014, cohosted by ONC, brought together experts from across the healthcare community to consider how interoperability can cut costs, improve efficiency, reduce errors, and improve health. Interoperability across systems and care settings can empower patients, help doctors make better decisions, and allow them and nurses and other healthcare providers to spend more time with patients. It can accelerate innovation and free up technology resources in hospitals so that they can focus on improving care in the community.
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).
HCIDC 2014 Event Archive
SAN DIEGO, CA and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mar. 24, 2014 – The Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released a white paper summarizing the HCI-DC 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Healthcare System conference, featuring lessons learned and synthesizing findings into a call for
Interoperability: A call to action. HCI-DC 2014
West Health Institute and ONC Launch Call to Action via HCI-DC White Paper