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by Cerner Corporation
Published on October 2, 2017

Open source environments and interoperability are becoming increasingly critical in strengthening patient experiences and clinical workflows. At Cerner Health Conference 2017, these five sessions will provide insight on how to keep up with changing standards and why interoperability is necessary for the continued advancement of health and care.

1. The Route to Interoperability and Lessons Learned Along the Way (Session #295)

Dr. Arthur Lauretano, medical director, Inpatient Specialty Services at Circle Health

Padmaja Sastry, project leader at Circle Health

How can interoperability change health care organizations for the better? In this session, Circle Health leadership maps their journey to interoperability in their pursuit of Complete Connected Care. They'll also explore how solutions such as electronic Orders and Results, Direct Messaging and CommonWell have affected their organization. Dr. Arthur Lauretano and Padmaja Sastry will discuss their state of affairs before and after implementing Cerner solutions, including the opportunities, challenges and lessons learned along the way to achieving interoperability at both a regional and national level.

Lauretano is the medical director of Inpatient Specialty Services at Circle Health in Lowell, Massachusetts, and medical director of the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital. Currently, he serves as a co-chair for the Circle Health Interoperability Workgroup.

Sastry's background includes a decade of experience in the health care industry, with a clinical educational background.

2. Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Prescription Monitoring Programs (Session #5034)

Reyne Kenton, program manager for Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (K-TRACS) at the State of Kansas

Commander Dan Cummings, officer-in-charge at Jackson County Drug Task Force in Missouri

Rene McCreary, director of clinical services at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)

Doug Reorda, senior manager and solution leader, Cerner

Morbidity and mortality related to opioid use has quadrupled over the past few decades. The theory is that prescribing behavior, especially in perioperative areas and the emergency department, is a key driver of the current opioid epidemic. Experts will discuss the impact this crisis has had on families and communities, the importance of prescription monitoring programs and value of integration, and potential improvement opportunities for your organization to combat opioid abuse and improve patient outcomes.

Kenton is the program manager for the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (K-TRACS) for the State of Kansas. Her job is the day to day upkeep and management of the system, including reporting to an Advisory Committee, on a quarterly basis, regarding multi prescriber episode patients and trends in the state prescribing practices.

Commander Cummings is the officer-in-charge at the Jackson County Drug Task Force in Missouri. He works in this multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional law enforcement initiative that specializes in covert investigations and prosecution of those individuals responsible for the procurement, manufacture and distribution of illegal drugs and violent crime associated with drug trafficking. Cummings has 40 years total of law enforcement experience, 22 of which are in narcotics investigations.

McCreary is the director of clinical services at MOCSA and has been working as a therapist or program director for almost 30 years. She has experience working in private practice, school, hospital and not-for-profit mental health settings.

Reorda is a senior manager and solution leader at Cerner. He is responsible for business development and solution management for Cerner's ePrescribing solution portfolio and has 10 years of experience in the interoperability business unit.

3. SMART on FHIR: how industry open standards are changing the way health care is delivered (Session #3003 - Power Session)

Dr.Josh Mandel, lead architect for SMART Health IT at Harvard Medical School and health IT ecosystem lead at Verily

Grahame Grieve, inventor and product director of HL7 FHIR standard

For those in the health care industry, but not on the IT side, tech-talk about open standards might seem like a second-tier concern. In this one-of-a-kind session, that idea gets spun on its head. The inventor of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources, Grahame Grieve, and the lead architect on the SMART Health IT platform, Josh Mandel, are coming together to discuss how standards like SMART Health IT and the HL7 FHIR standard are going to rock the health care world for clinicians and their patients.

Josh Mandel is a physician and software developer working to fuel an ecosystem of health apps with access to clinical and research data. He joined the Harvard Medical School Department of Biomedical Informatics where he served as lead architect for SMART Health IT and spearheaded the Clinical Decision Support Hooks project.

Grahame Grieve is HL7's Product Director for "FHIR," the leading healthcare data exchange standard of the future. Grahame has a background in laboratory medicine, software vendor development, clinical research and open source development and has also conceived, developed and sold interoperability and clinical document solutions and products in the Australian market and around the world.

4. Collaborating to Build Apps in an Open Source Environment for Continuous Advancement (Session #889)

Dr. Ann Marie Navar, assistant professor of medicine, Duke University Research Institute

Kevin Shekleton, vice president, chief architect, distinguished engineer, Cerner

In this session, Dr. Ann Marie Navar, assistant professor of medicine at Duke University Research Institute, and Kevin Shekleton, Cerner vice president and distinguished engineer, will talk about their organizations' collaborative efforts to create an open source app that enables health care providers to estimate 10-year and lifetime risks for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, which is defined by the American College of Cardiology as coronary death, nonfatal myocardial infarction and fatal or nonfatal stroke.

Dr. Ann Marie Navar is an assistant professor of medicine and researcher at the Duke University Research Institute. Her work is focused on preventing cardiovascular disease through blood pressure and cholesterol lowering, implementation science, and improved risk prediction and communication.

As vice president and distinguished engineer, Kevin Shekleton is responsible for coordinating cyber-security strategy and implementation across teams, mobile architecture and contemporary interoperability standards such as SMART on FHIR and CDS Hooks.

5. code Learning Lab (codes: #8000-8019)

code Learning Lab is a two-day immersion event designed exclusively for IT leaders and developers during CHC. This workshop gives innovators of all skill levels a place to learn how to integrate new apps or easily transfer discrete data using Cerner open standards through real-world use cases, easy-to-use code and curated courses from Cerner's top engineering talent.

This year features an expanded format that allows attendees flexibility to build their own schedule and choose which education sessions or hands-on labs they will benefit from attending. code open labs will bring real value to attendees who want to roll-up their sleeves and work one-on-one with Cerner's engineers. Attendees will have freedom to choose from hands-on exercises working with SMART and FHIR standards, security or APIs that can be used to transfer data on Cerner HealtheIntentSM platform. Or, you may also choose to bring your own project to the lab and work side-by-side with our engineers or in small groups.

Cerner Health Conference (CHC) is Cerner's annual, industry-leading health care event, taking place this year from Oct. 9 - 12 at the Kansas City Convention Center. To learn more or to register for the conference and sign up for education sessions,

Smarter Care, ACO Strategies and Leveraging the Power of Digital Health | #CHC18 Day 5

by Cerner Corporation
October 11, 2018
The last full day of #CHC18 wrapped Wednesday evening with the annual Cerner Bash at Kansas City's Power & Light district. On Thursday, we had a half-day of education sessions covering topics from restructuring accountable care organization (ACO) strategies to transforming health care through digital innovation. Here are today's highlights.

Special Edition of The Cerner Podcast | Ep. 98: Thursday at #CHC18

by Cerner Corporation
October 11, 2018
In this special edition episode of The Cerner Podcast, we bring insights from the 2018 Cerner Health Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, where more than 12,000 attendees from across the country and the globe have come together to learn and network. Sit at the table with us as we have conversations with health care leaders, Cerner clients and industry influencers. We’ll be covering health IT trends and focusing on this year’s CHC theme of “Smarter Care.” In Thursday's episode, we hear from Michelle Rathman, rural health strategist and influencer. Since founding Impact! Communications in 1989, Michelle’s work has made her an invaluable voice among rural health advocates. We also welcome Emil Peters, president of Cerner Global. Emil shared how he's watched CHC evolve in his decade-spanning career with Cerner and talks about how the health care industry is changing – and how health care providers and IT organizations must change with it.

World Mental Health Day, Interoperability Advances, Rural Health Care Opportunities and More | #CHC18 Day 4

by Cerner Corporation
October 10, 2018
World Mental Health Day coincided with day four of #CHC18, giving us all a chance to reflect on how we can enhance mental health education, awareness and advocacy against stigma. Wednesday also kicked off with the final keynote that delved into the topics of the opioid crisis and the intersection of artificial intelligence and genome intelligence. With an array of power sessions, special interest group meetings and panels throughout the day, conference attendees had plenty of opportunities to learn, network and contribute to the push toward smarter care.

Special Edition of The Cerner Podcast | Ep. 96: Tuesday at #CHC18

by Cerner Corporation
October 10, 2018
In this special edition episode, we bring insights from the 2018 Cerner Health Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, where more than 12,000 attendees from across the country and the globe have come together to learn and network. Sit at the table with us as we have conversations with health care leaders, Cerner clients and industry influencers. We're covering health IT trends and focusing on this year’s CHC theme of “Smarter Care.”