Friday, January 9, 2009

Public Service Announcements

2009 HITSP Webinar Series to Commence with Introductory Session

New York January 9, 2009

Next week, the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) will kick off its 2009 series of webinars on interoperability in healthcare information technology (HIT). The 2009 webinar series will commence on Thursday, January 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with an introductory session that will be hosted by Dr. John Halamka.

In addition to his role as chair of HITSP, Dr. Halamka is CIO of the CareGroup Health System, CIO and dean for technology at Harvard Medical School, chair of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), CEO of MA-SHARE, and a practicing emergency physician.
Next week’s introductory session will provide a high-level overview of HITSP, including 2008 accomplishments; the relationship of HITSP to the National eHealth Collaborative Board, the new private-sector led successor to the American Health Information Community (AHIC); the latest HITSP initiatives including newborn screening and clinical research; and how HITSP specifications are being implemented today.

To register for this webinar, click here.

Following Dr. Halamka’s introductory session, eleven subsequent webinars will be held throughout the year to further examine specific topics and HITSP Interoperability Specifications (IS).
The 2009 HITSP webinar series builds upon the success of the nine webinars held during 2008, which were lauded by attendees as “on target and easy to listen to,” “a great overview,” and “very understandable to an audience that probably has a very diverse background.” [
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HITSP’s webinar series is organized by the HITSP Education, Communications and Outreach (HITSP-ECO) Committee, and is free of charge to all interested stakeholders. Participation in the live event requires both telephone and Internet connections. All webinar sessions will be recorded for playback via archives found on

For more information, visit or send an email to

Mark your calendars!

HITSP’s 2009 webinar sessions will
run from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.
Webinar 1: State of HITSP
January 15
Webinar 2: IS 08 – Personalized Healthcare
February 12
Webinar 3: IS 09 – Consultations and Transfers of Care
March 12
Webinar 4: NHIN Real World Sites
April 16
Webinar 5: IS 10 – Immunization and Response Management
May 14
Webinar 6: IS 11 – Public Health Care Reporting
June 18
Webinar 7: HIEs in the Real World – Mass-Share, VITL, Keystone
July 9
Webinar 8: IS 12 – Patient-Provider Secure Messaging
August 13
Webinar 9: IS 77 – Remote Monitoring
September 10
Webinar 10: Medication Management Real World Sites
October 8
Webinar 11: Security, Privacy and Infrastructure
November 12
Webinar 12: IS Real World Sites
December 10

IHE Connectathon Conference
Driving Change through Health Information Exchange

Feb. 24, 2009
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT
Hyatt Regency - Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive

Members of the healthcare community are invited to attend the third annual Connectathon Conference, a one-day event including a luncheon and tour of the IHE Connectathon. The day will include presentations by leaders in driving the adoption of electronic health records, personal health record systems and national health information networks. Attendees will also learn about IHE's support for these critical improvements in healthcare and receive an introduction to the IHE interoperability testing process. The IHE Connectathon is the healthcare IT industry's only large-scale interoperability testing event. More than seventy healthcare IT organizations, have registered to test over 130 systems at this year's event. Attendees will have the opportunity to observe the Connectathon as it takes place and learn about its significance in enabling the connected health system.

Registration is limited. There is a fee of $150 each for conference attendees.