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The Building Blocks of Nationwide Interoperability

Download Cerner’s recommendations for approaching 21st Century Cures

Implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act will soon begin. Now is the time for national discussion and active participation to ensure that we, as an industry, are on the right path to achieve nationwide interoperability. To drive this discussion, Cerner offers up The building blocks of nationwide interoperability, which includes recommendations, based on practical principles and a strategic approach.

Join the conversation. Participate through your professional organization or a standards organization to make your voice heard. Together we will change the future of health care interoperability!

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Meet the authors

Hans J. Buitendijk, Director, Interoperability

Hans Buitendijk facilitates adoption of industry standards that advance interoperability to enable our clients to access and exchange health data with other stakeholders.

Hans represents Cerner in various industry organizations to drive an increase in standards-based interoperability adoption. He is an HL7 board member and co-chair of multiple workgroups, Electronic Health Records Association (EHRA) Standards and Interoperability workgroup chair, The Sequoia Project board member, and a Carequality executive committee member. Hans also works with IHE, CommonWell, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

Meg Marshall, Senior Director, Public Policy

Meg leverages strategic alliances with key partners to influence course or form of legislative and regulatory actions. She has spearheaded important policy changes, worked with policymakers and provided leadership to advance policies fundamental to health care and technology.

Meg has served on the Executive Committee of the EHRA since July 2012. She currently chairs the HIMSS Government Relations Roundtable, co-chairs the CommonWell Health Alliance Government Affairs Committee, and co-chairs the ONC’s Joint Health IT Committees API Task Force.

Josh Mast, Senior Strategist, Regulatory Strategy Team

Josh Mast is responsible for providing clients with education on regulatory topics. His focus is on regulatory that impacts the hospital setting and hospital-based programs. He also specializes in topics around the 21st Century Cures Act, including information blocking, conditions of certification and interoperability.

Prior to serving in his current role, Josh was a strategist with the Regulatory Compliance Practice consulting team, where he was the go-to expert for the EHR incentive program associated with Meaningful Use.

David McCallie Jr., MD, Senior Vice President, Medical Informatics

Dr. David McCallie Jr. is responsible for leading the research and development team focused on innovation at the intersection of computer science and clinical medicine. He makes an impact on Cerner through his industry leading research and work with SMART on FHIR.

During his time at Cerner, David developed Cerner’s UMLS-derived clinical nomenclature system and the PowerNote™ structured clinical documentation tool, and also led the team that developed Cerner’s Chart Search.

As a cofounder of the CommonWell Health Alliance, David works with a broad group of industry collaborators to create open, vendor-neutral standards that foster widespread EHR-to-EHR interoperability.

Kashif Rathore, Vice President, Interoperability

Kashif Rathore is responsible for the interoperability strategic business unit. He was instrumental in establishing Cerner Hub solutions, provider outreach, secure messaging, public registry connectivity, health information exchanges and the CommonWell Health Alliance.

Because of Kashif’s dedication to developing Cerner's services and building robust teams, the interoperability organization has achieved 100 percent business growth over the past three years.

Kashif is involved within the wider health information technology industry, serving on professional committees focused on solving effective data exchange challenges.

John Travis, Vice President, Regulatory Research

John Travis provides analysis and guidance on strategies for responding to the regulatory requirements of CMS/Medicare payment rules, HIPAA, federally mandated EHR certification programs and other similar requirements for federal health programs.

During his 30 years with the company, John has been the leading voice internally and externally for supporting regulatory compliance. John is a past co-chair of the HL7 Medical Records/Information Management Technical Committee. His articles and presentations on CMS regulations and other topics have been used in professional journals of associations such as the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).