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John Forrester, PM (IRIS) presenting Federal Health Architecture’s structured process for analyzing and presenting opportunities for federal, state, local, tribal and private health participants to engage and streamline information exchange criteria. [Photo: Eric Larson]

HIMSS 2017 – ONC & FHA Highlight Innovations in Health Information Sharing

John Forrester, PM (IRIS) presenting Federal Health Architecture’s structured process for analyzing and presenting opportunities for federal, state, local, tribal and private health participants to engage and streamline information exchange criteria. [Photo: Eric Larson]

John Forrester, PM (IRIS) presenting Federal Health Architecture’s structured process for analyzing and presenting opportunities for federal, state, local, tribal and private health participants to engage and streamline information exchange criteria. [Photo: Eric Larson]

KUDOS once again to the IRIS Team supporting the HHS/Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) at the Annual HIMSS Conference held in Orlando, FL (February 19-23, 2017).  Eric Larson, John Forrester, Alberto Llanes and Caitlin Ryan did outstanding work both behind the scenes and up-front and center in organizing, supporting and presenting at the Government Interoperability Showcase and the Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion.  

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Connect 4.6 Released as an eHealth Exchange Validated Product

On March 17, 2016, the CONNECT Gateway for Health Information Exchange released CONNECT 4.6 to the developer community and healthcare marketplace as a fully tested and approved eHealth Exchange Validated Product. CONNECT 4.6 includes an Audit Logging System Administration Module with a viewer that enables users to search and view audit events. These enhancements to audit logging improve usability particularly for transaction monitoring, troubleshooting and reporting and are fully compliant with NwHIN/ATNA audit message requirements for Patient Discovery (PD), Query for Documents (QD), Retrieve Documents (RD), Document Submission (DS), and SOAP/X12 services. Continue reading

IRIS Helps Lead the Interoperability Showcase @ HIMSS 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada

The IRIS team was at it again this year supporting the Federal Health Architecture program at the HIMSS 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition held in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 29th thru March 4th, 2016. This HIMSS was especially momentous for the team as it marked our 10th year coordinating the FHA Interoperability Showcase.

Eric Larson, IRIS’ “resident HIMSS expert” with over 6 years of experience preparing and hosting the FHA showcase, lead coordination activities six months prior to the conference. Eric hosted bi-weekly meetings with federal agency participants to review their demonstrations, talk about day-of logistics and kiosk preparation support. Given the excellent feedback and visitor turnout, this planning proved instrumental in the showcase’s success. Our team’s efforts helped to drive traffic to the Interoperability Showcase kiosks and highlight and give greater visibility to the interoperability initiatives taking place across our federal agency partners. Continue reading

Healthcare CyberSecurity: Securing Patient Data isn’t the Only Challenge

Recent security breaches instigated by hackers targeting the healthcare industry, particularly health insurance providers, are focusing our attention on the range of challenges faced in the securing of confidential patient data.

Myriad security issues were recently discussed by senior healthcare security executives representing five major hospitals and the HIMSS Foundation in an industry forum, “Cybersecurity in Healthcare: The Growing Challenge of Securing Patient Data”, conducted in Washington, D.C. on October 6, 2015. The panel discussion was in-depth and lively, demonstrating real-world security experience within the healthcare industry, as well as with other government agencies, the military, and private sector businesses. Continue reading