Interoperability involves information and technology systems working together within and across organizational boundaries to advance effective delivery of health care for individuals and communities. Today, interoperability is not just a common buzzword, but a concept deeply embedded in Meaningful Use implementation efforts and nation-wide initiatives in both the developed and developing world.
Consensus continues to grow around commonly accepted interoperability rules and standards for healthcare information systems, but many questions remain about how to achieve true interoperability in the U.S. and across the world. Collaborative, capacity, technical, training, legal, policy and other interoperability barriers are well recognized and increasingly being addressed on a global scale.
The 2020 Roadmap Interoperability Workgroup is comprised of over 60 well-recognized experts and is tasked to examine these issues by discussing how to better incentivize and attain interoperability across communities, while facilitating coordination and cooperation among key stakeholders.
The workgroup interacts with industry leaders and other stakeholders to identify best practices and use cases that promote interoperable exchange of health data across disparate systems and unaffiliated providers.
- Establish a baseline understanding of the meaning of interoperability in technical and operational terms
- Connect with other interoperability efforts – who is doing what in interoperability, fill in the gaps
- Disseminate information to the eHI community and beyond
- Continue to contribute to the Online Interoperability Resource Center, a collection of interoperability success stories.
Selection Process for Membership and Staffing
Members are expected to contribute success stories on interoperability, complete surveys and engage in workgroup discussions. The group meets on a monthly basis virtually. One in person meeting is held annually at the eHI Annual Conference and Meeting. This group is open to all eHI members. The Interoperability Workgroup is staffed by Claudia Ellison: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interoperability Leadership Council
- Tiffanie Hickman, Project Manager, Kansas Health Information Network
- Edgar Carter, Director, Interoperability, Inovalon
- Jenny Martens, Clinical Informaticist, Gundersen Lutheran
- Julie White, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
- Lianne Stevens, Project Manager / Security Officer, NeHII
- Margaret Reagan, Vice President, Premier, Inc.
- Nam Dy, Assistant Project Manager, HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern PA
- Russell Leftwich, Senior Clinical Advisor, Interoperability, InterSystems
- Jim Penna, Michiana Health Exchange