2015 ONC Annual Meeting – Day 1

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A full day started this year’s ONC Annual Meeting. Discussions and speakers all focusing on this year’s theme, Interoperable Health IT for a Healthy Nation. If you aren’t able to attend the meeting, check out the webcast.

National Coordinator Karen DeSalvo along with others discussed the newly released Draft Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap and how health IT can help us achieve a learning health system. The Draft Roadmap will “help us transform our health care system into one that is interoperable and uses health information to deliver better care, spend health care dollars more wisely and result in healthier people.” The day continued with a panel on Big Data and Population Health then ONC’s Seth Pazinski, ONC’s Director of the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Analysis discussed the Health IT Strategic Plan with Barclay Butler, director of the DoD/VA Interagency Program Office.

Next up the panel discussing Innovative Interoperability: Open APIs, Patient Engagement and Health Innovation. The focus was on how we share data to better coordinate care for better health. Message – stop the faxing!

The day ended with with Dr. DeSalvo and her Fireside Chat with former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist of the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Don’t miss day 2 with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, who will be speaking about the benefits of care when data is digitized and at the fingertips of providers.