AEGIS to participate in the HIMSS NCA Programming Event: Delivering Quality of Care Through Clinical Interoperability

Barry Dickman, Senior Consultant and HIMSS-NCA Secretary, Board of Directors; Programs Committee Co-Chair has actively been involved in the planning, participation and execution of educational session for over four years. Next month his participation will include the educational session titled: Delivering Quality of Care through Clinical Interoperability.

Thursday, November 21, 2013
Key Bridge Marriott
Rosslyn, VA


From DoD to VHA to HHS it is all about the sharing of data to improve quality of care: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote in a memo on May 21, 2013 about DoD and VA: “More interoperable EHR in the near term and a modernized EHR system in the mid-term will create an environment in which clinicians and patients from both departments are able to share current and future healthcare information for continuity of care and improved treatment.”

The challenge today is to enable federal agencies with integrated technology and interoperable data exchange. This will support measurement of and dramatic improvements in the quality of care. This also supports the national goal of delivering a granular understanding of cost and quality to help bend the cost curve. The resulting volume of clinical and claims data available has never been higher but has not been readily accessible across multiple enterprises. Now, federal health leaders are looking at additional ways to extract insights through interoperable solutions. This includes the ability to leverage an incredible treasure trove of data such as that which is available through the continued adoption of HITECH Act, Meaningful Use.

The government Federal and Health IT panel will discuss such questions as:

  • How do we truly define health data interoperability? What are federal agencies’ visions for clinical modernization?
  • Why is interoperability so complicated? Where is interoperability making the best progress? Health Information Organizations (HIOs)? Health Information Exchanges (HIEs)? Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM)? Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)?
  • How can standards help achieve interoperability and what are the challenges associated with various standards supporting this goal?
  • What’s over the horizon for interoperability and meaningful use?


  • Todd Park, US Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (Invited)
  • Christopher Miller, Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM), Program Executive Office (PEO) (Invited)
  • Marina Martin, Department of Veteran Affairs, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) (Invited)
  • Robert S. Tagalicod, Director, Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) & Senior Official for Privacy, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) (Confirmed)
  • Jacob Reider, MD, Acting Director, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (Invited)
  • John Quinn, HL7 , Chief Technology Officer (CTO) (Invited)

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