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.Several FHA federal partners participated in this public event but our biggest presenter was the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with 4 kiosk demonstrations including on MyHealthCompass / Consent2Share, a platform designed to empower patients in making informed consent decisions.

According to Kenneth Salyards, SAMHSA Information Management Specialist, “It was a remarkable opportunity for SAMHSA to share and publicize our behavioral health interoperability efforts and the MyHealthCompass / Consent2Share platform.”

The theme of the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference will be “patient involvement in health information exchange”. Though. We look forward to building upon the outstanding work that FHA and its partners demonstrated at this year’s event, and to further engagement with the public on critical healthcare issues and government health initiatives.

Well done to all of our FHA Interoperability Showcase participants and the IRIS Team!!