Interact with Industry Leaders in Health IT Interoperability

IHE USA Connectathon Conference on Jan. 11 offers unique “one day adventure” with recognized interoperability, information standards and health IT exchange leaders
The annualIHE North America Connectathon 2012 continues to show substantial year-to-year growth as the importance of systems interoperability in health information technology becomes more evident. As part of the Connectathon, IHE USA will sponsor a one-day conference presenting a preeminent team of interoperability, information standards and health information exchange experts.
The one-day educational and networking event – Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise USA (IHE) North American Connectathon Conference – will be held on Jan. 11, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago at 151 E. Wacker Drive. Registration is still open online and can be purchased on-site. 
The Connectathon, which will take place Jan. 9-13, is the health IT industry’s only large-scale face-to-face health interoperability testing event. In addition, the one-day conference is a cornerstone of the annual interoperability testing event. This year, the Connectathon testing event will hit record-breaking participation, with more than 120 participating organizations testing 150+ systems advancing the health IT industry and patient safety. Attendees at the Connectathon Conference will be given special access to the testing floor and a guided tour of the event.  
IHE USA is proud to announce an exciting and dynamic array of speakers and educational sessions for this year’s Conference, which includes:
• Eric Heflin, Chief Technology Officer, Texas Health Services Authority
• Holly Miller, MD, MBA, FHIMSS, CMO, Med Allies    
• Jim Younkin, IT Program Director, Geisinger Health System, KeyHIE     
• Elliot B. Sloane, PhD, CCE, FHIMSS, President, Center for Healthcare Information Research and   
   Policy at Drexel University 
• David Mendelson MD, FACR, Chief of Clinical Informatics Mount Sinai Medical Center
• Anuj Desai, Project Manager, EHR/HIE Interoperability Work Group
Learn more about IHE North American Connectathon or the one-day educational Conference by visiting IHE USA’s website ( ).
IHE USA ( ) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc.
About IHE International
IHE International, Inc. ( ) is the global hub of the IHE initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort started in 1997 to promote the effective use of electronic health records and health information technology (HIT) by driving the adoption of standards-based solutions for interoperability. IHE International brings together HIT experts and stakeholders in more than a dozen clinical and operational domains to develop implementation guides call IHE Profiles that define the use of standards to address specific HIT interoperability needs. It also oversees a process of testing that fosters the adoption of IHE Profiles in real-world HIT products and care settings. IHE interoperability solutions are implemented in hundreds of products and in care sites around the world.
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