3 Sessions We’re Excited About at SHIEC 2019

SHIEC’s 2019 Annual Conference is right around the corner. For those making the trip to Maryland next week, here are three sessions we recommend not missing.


Monday, August 19

  • 10:50am – Opening keynote: Value, Patient Access and a Better Tomorrow
    • Presenter: Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
    • Seema Verma is among the most important healthcare leaders in the world, overseeing a $1 trillion annual budget and administering health coverage for more than 130 million Americans. During her nearly two-and-a-half-year tenure, among many other accomplishments, she has increased the agency’s efforts around interoperability significantly. Most recently – and this is likely to be a key focus of her keynote – she led the launch of the Blue Button 2.0 API, a massive new initiative supported by major tech companies like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft along with some of the biggest health insurers and hospitals, aimed at providing medicare beneficiaries with easier access to their health records, across any device.


Tuesday, August 20

  • 10:40am – New business models - How do we get to HIE 2.0?
    • Moderator: Lynda Rowe, Senior Advisor, Value-based Markets, InterSystems
    • Presenters: Gary Christensen, General Manager States, Public Sector, InterSystems; Lammot du Pont, Senior Advisor, Manatt Health; Claudia Williams, CEO, Manifest MedEx
    • This is a sponsored session, but we’re definitely curious about these providers’ takes on HIE 2.0 today, and how it varies from all the buzz we heard around it many years ago.


Wednesday, August 21

  • 8am – Patient Access and Interoperability using APIs
    • Presenters: Jim Cavanagh, Senior Advisor, New Jersey Health Innovation Network; Ryan Howells, Principal, Leavitt Partners & CARIN Alliance; Teresa Rivera, President & CEO, UHIN; Lauren Ward, Senior Associate, Leavitt Partners & CARIN Alliance
    • It has been described that “API security lives at the heart of the breach,” and there’s plenty to support that claim. Very often breaches result from API misconfigurations, as organizations have to use hundreds of APIs to integrate their applications and devices, multiplying the number of places that cybercriminals can attack and steal information. HIMSS and the American Hospital Association (AHA) have continued to warn healthcare organizations about the growing risk of APIs and suggest secure practices, but the challenge – and the breaches – aren’t going away.


You can find the full conference schedule here.

Hope to see you there next week!

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