Press Release

The West Health Institute and ONC announce HCI-DC 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Health Care System

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October 02, 2013

SAN DIEGO, CA and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oct. 2, 2013 – The Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced they will co-host HCI-DC 2014: Igniting an Interoperable Health Care System, a Feb. 6, 2014 conference in Washington, D.C. to bring together key stakeholders driving medical interoperability to improve patient care and lower healthcare costs.

Medical interoperability, the ability for health information to be seamlessly shared among medical devices and enterprise health systems, and then used by healthcare providers to optimize healthcare, continues to be a challenge in the United States. While significant progress has been made, new solutions for medical interoperability are appearing in a wide variety of healthcare settings. The HCI-DC 2014 conference will provide an important venue for stakeholders like providers, payers, vendors and health systems to collaborate and partner on solutions to achieve interoperability in ways that improve patient care.

“We know that interoperable information technology and device innovation can help to improve quality and patient safety across the healthcare system and for each individual patient,” said Farzad Mostashari, M.D., national coordinator for health IT. “We are excited at the opportunity to partner with the West Health Institute to bring together leaders in healthcare to explore our progress, potential and possible solutions to enable us all to achieve medical interoperability.”

Now in its fourth year, the West Health Institute’s Health Care Innovation series in Washington, D.C. (HCI-DC) convenes policy makers and the public and private sectors to discuss innovative solutions to our nation’s healthcare cost challenges.

“West Health is committed to driving demand for an interoperable healthcare environment through research, education and advocacy,” said Nicholas Valeriani, chief executive officer of the West Health Institute. “We are looking forward to our collaboration with ONC on our next Health Care Innovation meeting where healthcare thought leaders will convene to advance interoperability as the cornerstone of a safer and more cost effective healthcare delivery system.”

The full-day conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. There is no charge for the conference. It is open to policy makers, federal agencies, advocacy organizations, business leaders, business development executives and product and technology specialists with a focus on or interest in healthcare information technology, particularly in the area of medical interoperability.

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