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Connecting California to Improve Patient Care in 2014

Practical Solutions for Health Information Exchange and Interoperability

FRIDAY JULY 25, 2014

Connecting California to Improve Patient Care is an annual conference featuring subject matter experts on electronic health records (EHR) and on the use of national technology standards to establish interoperability for electronic patient health data. Conference presenters will explain practical solutions for securely sharing electronic clinical information between computer systems at unaffiliated health care facilities, such as outpatient practices, hospitals, laboratories, imaging centers, long term care, home health, public health, and also including patient engagement portals and mobile apps. Conference attendees will learn about best practices in health informatics. Speakers will explain the current status of health information technology California, national software road maps forstandards and interoperability and patient safety, and emerging tools and opportunities for physician and patient engagement. 


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Summer 2014 HIE Community Roundtable

Summer 2014 HIE Community Roundtable

July 17, 2014 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Central Time
Source: HIMSS HIE Professional Community
Virtual Event
Member Cost: $0
Non-Member Cost: $0
Join us for the Summer 2014 HIE Community Roundtable! These quarterly events feature key information for healthcare and health IT professionals working in, learning about or interested in health information exchange. July 2014 topics include:
  • HIE in Emergency Response - James Killeen, MD, San Diego Health Connect
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Framework - HIMSS Health Information Systems
  • Improving Healthcare with Simple/Smart Transactions Offered by HIEs - Joe Miller, AmeriHealth Caritas
  • And more!

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Expanding Veterans' Options Highlights Need for Data Exchange in San Diego

by Lisa Zamosky, California Healthline Regional CorrespondentMonday, June 30, 2014


SAN DIEGO -- Congress is working to expand veterans' access to medical services in response to revelations about falsified appointment records that concealed long wait times at veterans' hospitals.

Although the VA San Diego Healthcare System is not on the list of facilities under investigation, this bill could have implications for the nearly quarter million veterans living in the region. 

Members of the House and Senate are working on merging two bills that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for medical care delivered by health care providers in the private sector in order to reduce wait times for those seeking care.

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Open Source Digital Health Innovation Panel: June 18th

Merging Open Source Software (OSS) & Healthcare Technology

San Diego, Executive Breakfast: Panel Discussion with Health IT & OSS Industry Experts

Hosted by Pillsbury & Achieve Health


The current landscape of Healthcare technology is fragmented, disconnected and siloed. However, the HITECH Act mandates that these systems be interoperable to provide the patient, physician and entire clinical staff a much more streamlined, efficient and improved experience. This functionality is currently not up to the standards that the Healthcare industry is demanding. There are ways to advance the currently available Healthcare technology by extending these legacy systems, which can minimize IT disruption costs and improve data liquidity.

With easily interoperable data the entire system can benefit and further adoption of Open Source Software (OSS) will allow us to enhance the interoperability of these systems. The panel will explore the technology hurdles facing the Healthcare industry, how they see Health Information Technology evolving, and how OSS can play a part in advancing the currently available Health IT solutions.

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Data-Driven System Helps Emergency Medical Services Identify Frequent Callers and Connect Them to Community Services, Reducing Transports and Costs

On June 4th the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Innovation Exchange website highlighted the San Diego Resource Access Program (RAP) as a best practice along with Ft. Worth’s Medstar program.  Thanks to RAP Coordinator Anne Jensen for her remarkable high tech, high touch skills and the support and vision of San Diego Fire-Rescue, Rural/Metro Ambulance and Infotech.


Beacon Communities give tips on HIE ROI

February 26, 2014 - Keith Hepp, chief financial officer of Cincinnati-based HealthBridge, has a favorite quote from Mark Twain: "He said that when the world ends, he wants to be in Cincinnati – because everything happens seven years later there."


Cinci HIE Gains Momentum After Beacon

February 26, 2014 - Keith Hepp, chief financial officer of Cincinnati-based HealthBridge, has a favorite quote from Mark Twain: "He said that when the world ends, he wants to be in Cincinnati -- because everything happens seven years later there. "Generally, that's "very true," said Hepp. But not in the case of HeathBridge, a pioneering HIE – founded in 1997, operational since 2000 – that became the lynchpin of the Greater Cincinnati Beacon Organization in 2010. "We bought into the triple aim before the triple aim had a name," he said.


Patient Mediated Exchange Demonstrated at HIMSS14

February 24, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. -- At this year’s HIMSS Annual Conference, the National Association for Trusted Exchange (NATE) will join the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) in the Interoperability Showcase, offering demonstrations of real-world scenarios in which patients use Personal Health Records (PHRs) and Direct messaging to communicate with healthcare providers in a scalable and trustworthy way, empowering them to be in control of their health information.