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The 2020 State Healthcare IT Connect annual meeting was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result of that, we’re going be taking many of the core topics, conversations from the in-person meeting, which was due to take place this week into a ‘Virtual Mini-Series‘ over the next 6 months, ahead of the re-scheduled dates of Dec 7-9 2020.

As part of the State HIT Connect virtual platform, we’re excited to kick off the first of seven ‘Interoperability Insights’ webinars ‘From Indiana to the National Accelerators: COVID-19 and Interoperability for a Better Path forward’.
The session is, co-hosted with Daniel Stein and the National Interoperability Collaborative. The presentation is about, not only learning about API-enabled models, and solutions being developed to accelerate interoperability but to explore over two hours, linkages to public health crises, and introduce opportunities for attendees to really ‘get involved’ in the innovation that will underpin the next phase of healthcare transformation.

Takeaways
The purpose of the session is to hopefully provide participants with: Introduction to the themes, topics, and available resources for improving data interoperability across multiple domains, including a preview of the Interoperability Institute’s InterOpathon Insights into the work of Indiana’s Rapid Response “Data Coordination” Taskforce. High-Level Understanding of HL7’s FHIR Accelerator Program, through DaVinci Project, Gravity Project, Carin, as well as NIC’s Project Unify.

From Indiana to the National Accelerators: COVID-19 and Interoperability for a Better Path forward
VIEW THE PRESENTATION IN ARCHIVE HERE AT THE STATE HITC PORTAL

The kickoff webinar in our “Interoperability Insights” series showcases an innovative, cross-sector initiative in Indiana and some of the most important national accelerator projects in the U.S., including the DaVinci ProjectGravity ProjectCarin Alliance’s Blue Button and NIC’s Project Unify.

Who: State  IT Connect in partnership with the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC, which is a project of the Stewards of Change Institute)
What: An interactive webinar series titled “Interoperability Insights,” which focusus on key sessions from the Healthcare IT Connect Conference over the next few months.
When: First webinar in the series was broadcast Friday, May 1, 2020.
Where: Register here>> for complimentary access, view on demand a the 2020 State Healthcare IT Connect Portal
Why: Because the pandemic makes collaboration and interoperability even more important!

Leaders of these efforts:

  • provide an overview of their work;
  • offer insights into practical ways for advancing information-sharing and interoperability; and, most pointedly,
  • provide information and guidance aimed at addressing public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

The presentation includes:

  • a preview of the Interoperability Institute’s InterOpathon, which will was held on May 28 and 29; participants in this exciting virtual event developed solutions for improving data interoperability across multiple domains.
  • a presentation on the work of a Rapid Response “Data Coordination” Taskforce in Indiana, which works to inform and enable the state’s effort to combat COVID-19 across multiple agencies, providers, and community-based organizations.
  • “ignite” talks about the projects in HL7’s FHIR Accelerator Program, as well as the Project Unify proof-of-concept.

All the webinars in this series are being designed to be highly interactive. That is, attendee discussion will be encouraged and built into the format, with the goal of learning from each other and then synthesizing the learning to enhance strategic action planning for better-addressing future public health emergencies.

Presentation Agenda:

Introduction to key themes, topics:
Rob Waters, VP, Healthcare IT Connect
Daniel Stein, CEO, Stewards of Change
Tim Pletcher, CEO, MiHIN

Indiana’s COVID-19 Data Taskforce: Public health response, data sharing implications!
Presenters:
Connor Norwood, Chief Data Officer, Indiana FSSA, Data Coordinator, COVID-19 Taskforce
Jared Linder, CIO, Indiana FSSA
View Connor Norwood and Jared Linder members of Indiana’s (FSSA) leadership team and learn how they were able to create a rapid response HIT task force to effectively inform and enable Indiana’s response to the COVID-19 crisis across multiple agencies, providers and community-based organizations. 

Introduction to the Interoperability Institute’s InterOpathon (May 28-29)
Mary Kratz, EVP, Interoperability Institute
View ignite presentations from HL7’s FHIR Accelerator Projects and Project Unify leaders as they prepare for a series of webinars leading to a virtual ‘Interopathon‘ that will develop solutions for improving data interoperability across multiple domains.

Introduction to FHIR accelerator projects, Project Unify
Payer-Provider Collaboration (HL7 Da Vinci)
Jocelyn Keegan, Project Manager, Da Vinci, Principal Consultant, Point of Care Partners
Consumer Access (CARIN Blue Button)
Mark RobertsAssociateLeavitt Partners, CARIN Alliance
SDoH (Gravity)
Lisa Nelson, Gravity Project Technical Director, (MaxMD Principal Informaticist
Project Unify Demonstration Project (Project Unify)
Dave Walsh, MITA TAC, NIC Let’s Get Technical Co-Lead

Facilitated Discussion & InterviewAudience Q&A
How can FHIR innovations, new rules, and state experience be used to optimize data sharing, and respond to future public health crises?

Session wrap up and opportunities for follow up resources
Rob Waters, VP, Healthcare IT Connect

Register here for complimentary access to the archive video presentation and PPTs. 

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The ‘Interoperability Insights’ virtual programming, as part of the 2020 State HIT Connect Virtual ‘Mini-Series’, provides an opportunity for participants to learn and collaborate around key interoperability related topics, projects, implementations from across the country.

The second in the ‘Interoperability Insights’ series provides critical insights and learning from a multidisciplinary team at Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (DHCPF), CORHIO, one of the country’s largest and most successful health information exchange (HIE) networks and Colorado Digital Service, launched in October 2019 to develop and implement user-centered solutions, using agile methodologies for Colorado’s most pressing technical challenges.

Thursday, June 4th |  View Presentation on Demand at the 2020 State Healthcare IT Connect Portal | Register to view now

Presenters:
Chris Underwood, Deputy Chief of Staff, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (DHCPF)
Micah Jones, HIT Coordinator, Colorado DHCPF
Vicki Foreman, Director of Health Information Office, Colorado DHCPF
John Kennedy, Project Coordinator, Colorado DHCPF
Kelly Taylor, Director, Colorado Digital Service
Parrish Steinbrecher, Director for the Health Information Office, Colorado DHCPF
Kate Horle, COO, CORHIO


Presentation Overview: In releasing the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule, CMS hopes to empower Medicaid members by giving them access to their claims and encounter information when they need it most and in a way they can best use it. As part of the Federal MyHealthEData initiative, the Final Rule will accelerate interoperability and patient access to health information by liberating patient data held by Medicaid and CHIP entities.

Colorado has long emphasized the importance of patient-centered care and breaking down health data silos. To that end, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, Colorado’s State Medicaid Agency, is collaborating with patients, plans, providers, care coordinators, and Health Information Exchanges to implement Patient Access and Provider Directory APIs.

Colorado has an eye for future applications of its APIs, with a vision of a broadly scalable solution that has promise for use cases beyond patient access and payer-to-payer exchange. Including use cases for providers, care coordinators, and community organizations as directed by the Member. This will be achieved through integrating the SMA’s claims and encounter data with clinical data, social determinants of health data, and datasets broader that the USCDI.

Email: Rob Waters (robw@healthcareitconnect.com) to submit topics, speakers, projects that you feel the State HIT Connect community could benefit from learning from, about – aligned to the editorial calendar.
Email: Victoria Smith (victorias@healthcareitconnect.com) to learn more about the ‘Sponsored Webinar’, ‘Underwriter Sponsor’ opportunities for the 2020 State HIT Connect ‘Virtual Mini-Series’.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 State HIT Connect Summit was postponed to December 7-9, at the Hilton Baltimore, MD.

Over the next six months, Healthcare IT Connect will host the 2020 State HIT Connect ‘Virtual Webinar Mini-Series’, providing a collaborative opportunity for public and private stakeholders to address the core themes, topics from the in-person conference during this public health crisis period.
On the first or second Thursday of every month (see the calendar below), we will host a one day ‘State HIT Connect Virtual-Conference’, containing a track plenary topic (aligned to each of the 6 conference tracks), an ‘Interoperability Insights Webinar’ and a ‘Sponsored Webinar’ topic both aligned to the same track theme.

Additional sponsored webinars are also scheduled, mid-cycle between the monthly cadence of the mini-series.There will, of course, be a major focus throughout the series addressing State HIT strategies in response to the COVID-19 crisis, which is currently the #1 priority for states.

FULL details learn more here for the Thursday, June 18th video webinar ‘Bringing it All Together, Real-Time Clinical Data Consolidation for the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond’, where NY DOH’s Jim Kirkwood will share his experience in solving the challenges of expedient data aggregation to bring meaningful data to public health jurisdictions for data-driven policy management and improved citizen outcomes.

Scroll down to view the State HIT Connect Virtual Mini-Series editorial calendar (June-November)!

Download and Print Agenda at a Glance


JUNE | 
Thursday, June 4
Sessions aligned to Track 1: MES Procurement, Modularity, Outcomes-Based Transformation

● 12.00-1.00 EDT – Plenary Webinar: CMS Update | Register to view the presentation in archive
● 1.30-2.30 EDT – Industry Insights: When the World Turns Upside Down: Moving Procurement and Implementation Forward During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Register to view the presentation in archive
● 3.00-4.00 EDT – Interoperability Insights: Colorado’s Approach to Implementing the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access Rule | Register to view the presentation in archive

Thursday, June 18 (mid-cycle)
● 1.00-2.00 EDT – Industry Insights: Bringing it All Together, Real-Time Clinical Data Consolidation for the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond | Register to view the presentation in archive


JULY | Thursday, July 9
(sessions aligned to Track 2: Interoperability, Data Analytics, Population Health)

● 12.00-1.00 EDT – Plenary Webinar: ONC Update, Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health IT | Register to View Live Webinar 

● 1.30-2.30 EDT – Industry Insights: A Brave New World: Data Standardization | Register to View Live Webinar 

● 3.00-4.00 EDT – Interoperability Insights: Care Continuum, Interoperability: If We Build it Will They Come? | Register to View Live Webinar 

Thursday, July 23 (mid-cycle)
● 1.00-2.00 EDT – Industry Insights: How States are Leveraging Technology to Implement Behavioral Health Treatment and Referral Networks to Increase Access to Care


AUGUST | Thursday, August 6th
(sessions aligned to Track 3: Enterprise Systems, Integrated Service Delivery for HHS)

● 12.00-1.00 EDT - Plenary Webinar: Selecting an Application Platform for your HHS Enterprise

● 1.30-2.30 EDT – Industry Insights: Amazon Web Services

● 3.00-4.00 EDT – Interoperability Insights: TBC
Thursday, August 20 (mid-cycle)

● 1.00-2.00 EDT – Industry Insights: Optum


SEPTEMBER | Thursday, September 3rd
(sessions aligned to Track 4: Security, Compliance, Combating Fraud, Waste & Abuse)

● 12.00-1.00 EDT – Plenary Webinar: Technology-Driven Approaches to Combat Medicaid Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

● 1.30-2.30 EDT – Industry Insights: TBC

● 3.00-4.00 EDT – Interoperability Insights: TBC
Thursday, September 17th (mid-cycle)

● 1.00-2.00 EDT – Industry Insights: TBC


OCTOBER | Thursday, October 8th
(sessions aligned to Track 5: State Marketplace Reform, Managed Care Optimization)

● 12.00-1.00 EDT – Plenary Webinar: TBC

● 1.30-2.30 EDT – Industry Insights: TBC

● 3.00-4.00 EDT - Interoperability Insights: TBC

Thursday, October 22nd (mid-cycle)

● 1.00-2.00 EDT – Industry Insights: MAXIMUS


NOVEMBER | Thursday, November 5th
(sessions aligned to Track 6: Emerging Technologies, Accelerating Innovation In Medicaid)

● 12.00-1.00 EDT – Plenary Webinar: Behavioral Health Technology Innovation in Medicaid

● 1.30-2.30 EDT - Industry Insights: Appriss Health

● 3.00-4.00 EDT – Interoperability Insights: TBC

Thursday, November 19 (mid-cycle)

● 1.00-2.00 EDT – Industry Insights: TBC

SPONSORSHIP: Email, Victoria Smith (victorias@healthcareitconnect.com) to learn more about the ‘Sponsored Webinar’, ‘Underwriter Sponsor’ opportunities for the 2020 State HIT Connect ‘Virtual Mini-Series’.

PROGRAMMING: Email, Rob Waters (robw@healthcareitconnect.com) to submit topics, speakers, projects that you feel the State HIT Connect community could benefit from learning from, about – aligned to the editorial calendar.

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July 9th, State Healthcare IT Connect Mini-Series Webinar hosted at the State HIT Connect Virtual Mini-Series Portal!

1.30 – 2.30 PM EDT | Thursday, July 9th |

Presentation: Industry Insights: A Brave New World: Data Standardization

Presenters:
Vishal Chaudhry, Chief Data Officer, Clinical Quality and Care Transformation, Washington State Healthcare Authority
Amy Zimmerman, Rhode Island State HIT Coordinator, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Diane Evenson, VP Senior Client Executive, Optum

Presentation Overview:
What COVID-19 has highlighted, and was true before the pandemic, is disconnected data is everywhere.

We’ve seen the lack of connected data result in unnecessary expense, excel maintenance, errors in data translation, and even mistakes in patient diagnosis. However, COVID-19 has also brought about innovation and the use of connected data in unique ways. This panel will discuss the benefits of a connected health care eco-system, changes they are implementing in their states, and the operational and health care delivery implications of HL7’s FHIR standard as well as other influencing factors. What are we giving up? What are we gaining? What can you do today to help move to a common standard?

Register to View Live Webinar 

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JUNE | State HIT Connect Virtual Agenda
Thursday, June 18, 1-2.00 EDT
Presenters:
Jim Kirkwood, Division Director of Healthcare Innovation, New York Department of Health
Jason McNamara, Strategic Programs Manager, Amazon Web Services (AWS)

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in expedient data aggregation using current technology. State and local government agencies need to understand the health of their communites’ population and how to effectively respond. In the face of this crisis, they are reaching out to vendors to explore, consider, and implement new solutions that utilize cloud technology.

The fast-spreading virus forced rapid movement to the cloud. In doing so, many states have embraced a new era of solutions that show enhanced speed to value, are quick to respond to changes, and prove agile enough to aggregate and normalize data from numerous sources for meaningful analysis. Join this session to learn about a real-time clinical database, which was implemented in 11 days!

Additionally, understand how it can be utilized far beyond this unprecedented disruption to bring meaningful data to public health jurisdictions for data-driven policy management and improved citizen outcomes.

State HIT Connect Virtual Mini-Series | June-November 2020!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 State HIT Connect Summit was postponed to December 7-9, at the Hilton Baltimore, MD.

Over the next six months, Healthcare IT Connect will host the 2020 State HIT Connect ‘Virtual Webinar Mini-Series’, providing a collaborative opportunity for public and private stakeholders to address the core themes, topics from the in-person conference during this public health crisis period.

On the first or second Thursday of every month (see the calendar below), we will host a one day State HIT Connect Virtual-Conference, containing a track plenary topic (aligned to each of the 6 conference tracks), an Interoperability Insights Webinar and a Industry Insights Webinar topic both aligned to the same track theme.

Additional sponsored webinars are also scheduled, mid-cycle between the monthly cadence of the mini-series.

There will, of course, be a major focus throughout the series addressing State HIT strategies in response to the COVID-19 crisis, which is currently the #1 priority for states.

FULL details for the Thursday, June 4th State HIT Connect, Mini-Series will be communicated in the above features, share links to register your team, peers!

Scroll down to view the State HIT Connect Virtual Mini-Series editorial calendar (June-November)!

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Every mountain “climb” begins with a plan and training needed to ensure you can successfully reach the summit. Similar to mountain climbing, inexperience and poor planning can result in failure when maturing your organization’s data governance. Despite the potential negatives, when done right, achieving mature data governance, like mountain climbing, can be an exciting and rewarding experience. In this session, MO HealthNet (MHD), Missouri’s Medicaid Agency, will share details regarding the Information Management Maturity Assessment they conducted as the first step of their climb and how the results of that assessment helped formulate their expedition’s “itinerary” to address the challenges (data quality issues, data complexity, data silos, quality data management) of climbing the Data Governance Mountain. Learn more as MHD shares the results of their recent collaboration with Chief Data Officers from other state Medicaid agencies, as well as, the progress of their expedition toward reaching the Data Governance summit.

Darin Hackmann

Chief Information Officer and Data Officer, MO HealthNetTammy Barkhoff, MSPM, PMP

Project Manager and Data Governance Manager, MO HealthNet

 

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Prior to modularization, State Medicaid agencies designed highly customized Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity solutions, which were unique to each state. The procurement strategy for these varied from being bundled into the MMIS procurement, bundled with other modules or issued as a standalone RFP.  Now that some states are farther along in their path to modularity, this session will provide critical feedback and address the successes and challenges each state has encountered on the path to modularity.  Speakers from all types of States, who have implemented or are in the process of implementing a module that includes these different frameworks, will share their experiences.  There is no one right answer but by better understanding, the reasoning behind an approach and by discussing any challenges during the implementation, audience members currently in the process of planning will be well equipped to make better and more informed decisions.

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According to Gartner, Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption in organizations has tripled in the past year, and AI is a top priority for many CIOs. Yet early AI initiatives have a high probability of failure due to misalignment of business and technology. Some of these include identifying the right business case, having the right specialist that can marry the clarity of business problems and technologies, the complexity of the tools, the quality of data and the infrastructure to support these initiatives.

In this session, we shall discuss these and other barriers and hear from various other government attendees as to their successes and lessons learned in the adoption of AI.

Sam Hua

eSystems

VP Software Engineering

As eSystems’ Vice President Software Engineering, Sam Hua leads eSystems’ Asset Development practice. He manages people, processes and assets, from ideation and requirements management, to architecture and design, development, test, and deployment. With over 30 years of software engineering experience, Mr. Hua is an expert in cloud application architecture, AI engineering, enterprise architecture, enterprise systems integration and modernization.

Mr. Hua is IBM SOA-certified and earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, graduating summa cum laude

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States are challenged with the many questions raised when considering social determinants in a Medicaid program, addressing them in practice, and using the data derived from related research to drive Medicaid planning. How do we gather useful information? How do we fund programs to address social determinants of health (SDoH)? This discussion will take a look at how some states are gathering and using SDoH data, the emerging technologies that can assist in addressing social determinants, and the ongoing supports needed to change population health through SDoH factors. Connecting population health with social elements that don’t directly fall under state Medicaid or Department of Health purview is a key factor in transforming health and human service organizations and the way they address the overall needs of their constituents. This discussion offers an innovative combination of technology, services and a switch in paradigm to supportive services instead of reactive services.

Ferdinand Morales

MAXIMUS

Vice President of Operations

Ferdinand Morales has more than 15 years of work experience in the development, delivery, and optimization of value-added quality management systems for health and human services operations. Mr. Morales currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for the New York State of Health Customer Service Center. Previously, he served as the Director of Operations for the California Health Care Options project, and as a Director of Quality Assurance. He holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Villanova University and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Phoenix.

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During this interactive roundtable experience, participants will gain a deconstructive view of the rationale, function, and expected results of the modules that comprise the MMIS 2020 Platform at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The session will cover all modules with an emphasis on the key role an independent EDI module plays in optimizing outcomes. Speakers from the Commonwealth will also outline the key considerations that influenced their decision-making process, specifically around areas related to COTS, configurability, speed, & futureproofing.

Sam Moore

Senior Project Manager, Edifecs

Sam is the Senior Project Manager for the MMIS 2020 Platform which is a modular replacement for the current MMIS in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

Shane McMillan

Public Sector Technical Lead, Edifecs

Public Sector Technical Lead for Edifecs focusing on EDI modularity, Data Quality, Interoperability and Value-Based Care use cases10+ years of pre-sales experience in State Health and Human ServicesBusiness and technical expertise in Enterprise Integration and Process Automation

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