HIMSS National Conference to Feature CORHIO Leadership

Date: May 21st, 2021Category: CORHIO e-NewsletterTopics: HIE, CORHIO Governance & Leadership, Patient Matching, Blockchain, criminal justice system, Patient ID


CORHIO is honored to be selected to present two sessions at the 2021 Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference, Aug. 9-13 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas. We are joined by two of our state partners from the Office of eHealth Innovation and Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health.  

The CORHIO-related sessions are:  
“Criminal Justice System Data Sharing in Colorado: Two Years” featuring CORHIO CEO Morgan Honea and Danielle Culp, Health IT Exchange Coordinator for Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health.  

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 10-11 a.m., PST 

In 2017, the Colorado State General Assembly passed Senate Bill 17-019 calling for enhanced medication consistency solutions in county and municipal jails and a partnership with health information exchanges (HIEs).  
Colorado hopes these collaborative efforts from state agencies, HIEs and community providers will ensure that individuals with behavioral health disorders have access to a broad spectrum of effective medications as they transition between settings and service providers. The goal is to create positive health outcomes for this vulnerable population, reduce recidivism and create healthier communities. 
Together, Honea and Harding will illustrate how enhanced data sharing within the criminal justice setting improves efficiencies and the health outcomes of inmates; demonstrate the unique needs of the criminal justice population; and apply the tools and knowledge gained to further enhance HIEs within criminal justice settings. 

“What’s In a Name?: Colorado’s Approach to Identity Interoperability” featuring Ako Quammie, Health Information Exchange Architect for CORHIO and Carrie Paykoc, Director of the State of Colorado’s Office of eHealth Innovation [OeHI]  
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., PST 
The COVID-19 pandemic and various other use cases have illustrated significant challenges with identifying and tracking single patients across disparate systems, causing data analytics issues, as well as interfering with effective policymaking around decisions that rely upon those analytics.  

In 2019, a project known as Statewide Identity Management was initiated Colorado’s Office of eHealth Innovation and CORHIO has been tasked with partnering with state agencies to provide critical identity management services in support of effective population management. Although the state systems are separate and stand alone, this partnership allows the state to recognize and track individuals across the systems using a single ID. 
During the presentation, Quammie and Paykoc will identify objects utilized in identity resolution; summarize identity-resolution technology; and identify where identity resolution was implemented.  

Why this is a ‘big deal’ 
HIMSS is the largest conference of health IT professionals in the U.S. With vaccinations being widely circulated and pandemic restrictions lifted, the HIMSS in-person event is expected to draw over 75,000 industry and academic leaders and professionals around the world to learn about healthcare, information systems, information management and healthcare informatics. The conference is expected to feature 2,250 exhibitors from 155 countries.  
The conference is organized by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Visit HIMSS website for more details. In a recent news announcement, the conference will require proof of vaccination for the safety of attendees and exhibitors.