SHIEC is a national collaborative representing health information exchanges (HIEs). The organization already represents 60 HIEs, and these HIEs collectively cover more than 200 million people across the U.S., well over half of the American population. On August 19-22, 2018, the HIE community convened in Atlanta, GA to celebrate HIEs’ growth and success across the country. A packed house of 500+ attendees networked, learned and held collaborative discussions. The conference provided the opportunity to map a collective strategic direction that ensures continued HIE expansion in response to national needs and nationwide initiatives such as TEFCA.
As a preface to the event highlights, be sure to check out the following whitepapers:
First, we’d like to recognize winners of the SHIEC18 awards:
Chairman’s Award – Dick Thompson, CEO/Ex Director, Quality Health Network
Leadership Award – Angie Bass, President & CEO, Missouri Health Connection
Innovation Award – Indiana Health Information Exchange; Quality & Quality Data Award: Healthshare Exchange of Southeastern PA
Advocacy & Government Award – UHIN; Community Partnership Award – Health Current
Without further ado, below are the top takeaways and impressions from the event. For complete social media coverage of the event, be sure to view the transcript, courtesy of Symplur.
ONC’s Donald Rucker, M.D., kenote: “Reshaping U.S. Healthcare: A Progress Report on Improving Interoperability and Usability of Clinical Information.” A cautious overview of current issues facing HIEs
Patient Centered Data Home (PCDH) – the foundation and the future for nationwide exchange
HIE sustainability models & requirements for success: what is sustaining HIEs today will very likely not be what is sustaining them in 5 years
Blockchain supports HIE use cases and would be ideally deployed for HIE patient identification
The key to capturing the patient’s voice is capturing the social determinants of health (SDoH)
Overcoming patient matching challenges: why a national patient identifier won’t solve the concerns
In summary, the event proved to be invaluable in fostering collaboration and thought leadership to tackle and discuss the areas of challenge for health information exchange. Thank you to Kelly Hoover Thompson & SHIEC leadership for a wonderful conference.