As the first of a two-part series, explore the foundations of Interoperability along with its benefits and challenges to the health care system. Interoperability is a prevalent topic in Health IT as healthcare organizations are discovering best practices for data exchange. In this joint collaboration between the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community and IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) Community, viewers will have the opportunity to see Interoperability in the works from both community’s perspectives. From this presentation, viewers will be able to define interoperability, discuss the current state of standards organizations, and identify the benefits and challenges to interoperability.
Denise Maxwell-Downing, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a Perioperative Informatics Nurse Specialist at AORN Syntegrity, Inc. She has been an RN for 25 years, with 15 years as a perioperative RN in a variety of bedside and leadership roles, and 6 years as a trauma/surgical ICU RN.
Cathy Ivory, PhD, RNC-OB, RN-BC, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University, HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee Member, is a certified informatics nurse and researcher with a particular interest in using standards to increase the value of nursing documentation for evidence-based practice and research.