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The Building Blocks of Nationwide Interoperability

Download Cerner recommendations for approaching 21st Century Cures

Proposed rules for addressing the 21st Century Cures Act to advance interoperability are underway.

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: 2nd edition, which assesses the latest proposed rules from ONC and CMS, and provides 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, M.Sc., Director, Interoperability (1st and 2nd edition)

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, JD, Senior Director & Government Strategist (1st edition)

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, JD, Lead Regulatory Strategist (1st and 2nd edition)

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, Former Senior Vice President Medical Informatics (1st edition)

Dr. David McCallie Jr. was responsible for leading the research and development team focused on innovation at the intersection of computer science and clinical medicine. He made 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 worked 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 (1st and 2nd edition)

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 Strategy Executive (1st and 2nd edition)

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).