Open APIs, AI, Machine Learning, Interoperability in Focus at HIMSS19

The HIMSS19 annual conference takes place February 11-15 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Attendees will gain insights around the industry’s most pressing topics, from interoperability to just how AI can help support more efficient patient care.

Throughout the event, attendees can interact with vendors and those tools, as well as attending educational sessions to learn from the industry’s leading health IT experts.

From machine learning to open APIs, there are a wide range of exhibits, events, and sessions around EHR use that will provide insights on what’s shaping the health IT industry and fueling patient care. Here’s what attendees should not miss around those topics at HIMSS19.


As the industry awaits the long-anticipated info blocking rule from the Office of the National Coordinator, it’s not surprising that interoperability will be one of the biggest topics around electronic health records at the annual conference.

Throughout the event, attendees can visit the Interoperability Showcase to see demonstrations from vendors, learn more about emerging topics in interoperability, and more.

Kicking off the event on Monday, the Interoperability and HIE Symposium will highlight the turning point of interoperability and health data exchange in the healthcare sector. Attendees can dive into how ONC’s Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) will shape that change and the role of use cases is developing standards.

The symposium will also highlight options for integrating industry-standards with API initiatives, along with the value of payer and provider data exchange.

Security Risk Solutions Principal Jonathan Coleman will also do a deep-dive on TEFCA during his session, Demystifying TEFCA: Ins and Outs of the Exchange Framework. Attendees will gain understanding on the major components of the common agreement, the requirements for standards and common capabilities, and more.

During Style Standards to Improve Data Quality and Interoperability, the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity will outline the benefits of adding style and format to data exchange, aggregation, natural language processing, and AI to improve the accuracy and process. Attendees will also learn style standards around communication, as well as technical and clinical data.

The American Joint Committee on Cancer will share with attendees how to leverage the EHR for cancer staging, along with how to transition from a printed book format to a truly interoperable electronic format during the session From Print to Interoperability: Cancer Staging in the EHR.

During the session Enabling Data Interoperability Across the Continuum of Care, leaders from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and ONC will present CMS’ goals around assessment content mapped to HIT vocabularies, how FHIR can enable data exchange, and more.

Lastly, the CMIO Roundtable on Tuesday will feature an interoperability discussion with the industry’s leading health IT leaders, including John Halamka, MD Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Mark A. Pearce, MD, Forensic Psychiatrist, and KLAS’ Coray Tate.


Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association will share how APIs can help fuel interoperability. Attendees will learn about ONC, CMS, and legislation requirements around API use and development for data exchange, along with how organizations can ensure effective deployment of APIs.

During the session, State of the Healthcare API Economy, FHIR, Atrium Health, HIMSS Innovation Committee leaders will discuss the value, challenges, and opportunities around open APIs, as well as how organizations can identify sustainable approaches to its use. CMS’ Seema Verma will also present on interoperability on Tuesday evening.

Attendees will also learn about the need for building future API touchpoints for tighter workflow integration and more open application ecosystem.


AI use has rapidly expanded in healthcare in recent years, across the globe. HIMSS19 attendees can learn from Israel’s Maccabi Health Services during Lessons from Israel: Finding Cancers with AI and EHR Data.

Attendees will hear how U.S. health systems can apply Israel’s approach to digital health, including how simple AI implementation aligned with clinical workflow can support effective patient-centric care.

CHOC Children’s Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer Anthony Chang will speak twice during HIMSS19 on the benefits of AI in healthcare. During his keynote, Synergies Between Man and MachineChang will explain how AI and innovation can transform global healthcare and the impact of data science and AI on deep learning in medical image interpretation and decision support.

During the session Artificial Intelligence – A Solution for Interoperability? Chang will outline the challenges that prevent machine learning from acting on the trove of EHR data, including unstructured data and data siloes within the healthcare sector. He’ll also explain how AI can offer a potential solution to those issues.

Mount Sinai leaders will outline both the challenges and solutions to machine learning in healthcare as a tool for personalized medicine during the session Real-Time Machine Learning Pipeline: A Clinical Early Warning Score (EWS) Use-CaseAttendees will learn how to handle the growing volume of data through Mount Sinai’s use of a real-time machine learning pipeline.

During the session Transforming EHR Interactions Using Voice Assistants, Vanderbilt University Medical Center will share a case study on how the health system has developed a voice user interface prototype for its EHR that allow provider to naturally interact with the platform through AI and natural language processing.

Attendees will learn the value of AI-enable natural language processing, as well as gaining understanding of how these technologies can advance healthcare.

Author : Jessica Davis