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Episode#7: Interview with Elena Nicolella

Guest bio

Elena is the Executive Director of the New England States Consortium Systems Organization (NESCSO), where she has served for the past 4 years. Before her time at NESCSO, she played various roles in Rhode Island HHS agencies, including Medicaid Director.

Highlights from this episode

  1. Defining interoperability in terms of the CMS final rule.
  2. Defining what data the rule requires to be shared by Medicaid agencies, especially around adjudicated encounters/claims
  3. Member identity verification for data exchange in third party applications
  4. Limits to states’ authority over whether to provide data to 3rd Party Apps, or what happens after the provide it
  5. Expected member interest / appetite for more access to data.
  6. Impact of expiration of the HITECH Act funding
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Episode#6: Interview with Ed Cantwell

Guest bio

Ed is the President and CEO at the Center for Medical Interoperability. He has served in that role for the past seven years. Before that, he has been in executive leadership in multiple technology companies, particularly in the wireless and telecom industry. He also spent 11 years in the United States Air Force.

Highlights from this episode

  1. The critical goals of building a trust platform and data standardization; HIPAA as barrier to trusted health system
  2. 21st century cures act use of open API / forcing more exchange
  3. Differences between federal policy approach and industry association approach to trusted exchange and data standards
  4. Overlap of CMS/ONC efforts
  5. How meaningful use morphs into interoperability
  6. Issues with proprietary data and interoperability; information blocking as a concept
  7. How pressures on providers from various regulatory bodies makes it hard for providers to embrace yet another paradigm change
  8. The idea of surveillance capitalism
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Episode#5: Interview with Roger Hebden

Guest bio

Roger is the CEO of Livanta, which is a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (a QIO). Before his time at Livanta, Roger has spent more than 20 years in IT and healthcare space, including roles at Microsoft, Dell, and Sutherland.

Highlights from this episode

  1. How medical records still are sent via snail mail and fax as primary mechanism for Medicare QIOs
  2. FIHR, BlueButton 2.0
  3. Using member education in an interoperable system that helps patients manage medical records
  4. Improving communications channels, including the limits of telephones and the opportunities with secure text
  5. What we make available vs what people use
  6. The limits of provider portals

the journey to appropriate consent management

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Episode # 4- Interview with Mary Alice Hunt


Guest Bio

Mary Alice is the North American Solutions lead at IBM Watson Government Health and Human Services. She has spent nearly 20 years developing solutions for state clients that focus on integrated eligibility, care management and healthcare reform. Before her time at IBM, she taught information technology at the State University of Albany, led product development at Curam and helped to modernize New York State technology systems.


Highlights from Episode

  • How quickly technology is advancing and the impact that has on interoperability efforts
  • Multiple challenges in interoperability, such as
    • Challenges of integrating various types of data being integrated before we are even ready for it in the private sector, and in government world it lagging
    • challenge of different terminology for same information
    • challenges in matching patient records
    • how our patient identifiers change over our lifetime
  • A plain language explanation of APIs
  • Various topics around patient data access, including:
    • Providing patients with meaningful insights about their health using their data
    • Challenge of getting data to Medicaid members
    • Challenges in consent management
  • Importance of starting with the right data model when designing consent management functions
  • Key data governance and design insights, including
    • designing for exceptions
    • making sure data is shared but not propagated; using a central repository model
    • challenges of converting data from old system to new system
  • 360 degree views of patient data in an interoperable system
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Episode#3: Interview with Kris Vilamaa

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Kristopher Vilamaa

CEO, HealthCare Perspective, LLC & Senior Advisor to Mostly Medicaid

Kris has over nineteen years of behavioral health, health information technology and health policy experience. Kris has led major state system transformations including planning for Medicaid Transformation,  development of new behavioral health treatment standards, service definitions and leading large information technology system implementations. He has worked with state and county health departments, managed care organizations, community mental health providers, behavioral health county boards, federally qualified health centers, safety net hospitals and large health systems to enact meaningful initiatives.

Prior to joining HCP, he was Director of Behavioral Health for Germane Solutions and the first Chief Information Officer for the Alabama Department of Mental Health.

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Episode#2: Interview with Lynda Rowe

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Lynda Rowe

Senior Advisor, Value-Based Markets, InterSystems

Ms. Lynda Rowe is Senior Advisor for Value-Based Markets at InterSystems, and has for two decades held senior-level positions in health information technology. She was most recently an executive in the health market at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led a number of consulting projects for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Office of the National Coordinator within HHS. She provided leadership for quality measurement, health information technology use and adoption, health information exchange, interoperability and standards, and meaningful use engagements. She spent a number of years running the analytics department for Managed Medicaid plans in Massachusetts. She is currently vice chairman of the board of directors at Family Health Center in Worcester. Ms. Rowe continues to focus on the advancement of interoperability, technology use and adoption and government policy through various workgroups and task forces.

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Episode #1: Interview with Dr. Don Rucker

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Don Rucker, M.D.
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
HHS Office of the Secretary

Dr. Don Rucker, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, comes to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) from the Ohio State University where he was Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Biomedical Informatics and Premise Health, a worksite clinic provider, where he served as Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Rucker started his informatics career at Datamedic Corporation, where he co-developed the world's first Microsoft Windows based electronic medical record. He then served as Chief Medical Officer at Siemens Healthcare USA. Dr. Rucker led the team that designed the computerized provider order entry workflow that, as installed at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, won the 2003 HIMSS Nicholas Davies Award for the best hospital computer system in the US. Dr. Rucker has served terms on the Board of Commissioners of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and Medicare's Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) and has extensive policy experience representing healthcare innovations before Congress, MedPAC and HHS.

He has practiced emergency medicine at Kaiser in California, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he was the first full-time Emergency Department attending, the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Presbyterian and Pennsylvania Hospitals and at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

Dr. Rucker is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine with board certifications in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics. He holds an MS in Medical Computer Science and an MBA, both from Stanford.

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Interoperability Series Opener

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Highlights from this episode

  • We provide an overview of the series
  • Our sponsor expert discusses their vision for the healthcare space and why the supported this project
  • Kathy and Clay discuss themes from the interviews