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


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 health care costs.

Medical interoperability, the ability for health information to be seamlessly shared among medical devices and enterprise health systems, and then used by health care providers to optimize health care, 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 health care 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 health care 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 health care 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 health care cost challenges.

“West Health is committed to driving demand for an interoperable health care 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 health care thought leaders will convene to advance interoperability as the cornerstone of a safer and more cost effective health care 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 health care information technology, particularly in the area of medical interoperability.

Please visit www.hcidc.org for more information, and follow the conversation at #IGNITEinterop and #HCIDC on Twitter.