Past Meetings

Interoperability-- is it Happening?Back

09/20/2019

Our monthly meeting was held on Friday, September 20 from noon to 2 pm at Nelson Mullins’ offices in Washington, D.C. The feature topic was a status check on interoperability, with a number of industry experts both within and beyond our membership leading an interactive discussion on whether interoperability is moving forward or not, what are the key issues that remain, and what can be done by the government and the private sector to accomplish its goals. This is a very important issue in government circles, where impatience is growing among key decision-makers.

 

Our speakers were:

 

Genevieve Morris, formerly a deputy administrator of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and currently a consultant with Integrated Health Solutions;

 

Mark Scrimshire, Entrepreneur in Residence at New Wave Telecoms and Technologies and consultant to CMS on interoperability;

 

Shahid N. Shah, of Netspective.

 

We also had in attendance several key players in this arena from within our membership. They included Jim Oakes of HCIC, as well as Joe Bormel and Suniti Ponkshe, both formerly with ONC.

 

Some key questions we explored included:

 

-         Why is it taking so long to achieve true interoperability?

-         What are the problems that still need to be solved?

-         What is the role of the public sector, and how can the public and private sectors work

best together on this?

-         Is “data blocking” real, and what can be done about it?