AAHIM / HIMSS Interoperability Symposium

Friday, August 23, 2019

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM



8:55 – Welcome

9:00 – 10:00 – Interoperability's Impact on HIM Practices
Joan Hicks, MSHI, RHIA, UAB Health System
1 CE - Technology

10:00 – 11:00 – Data Liquidity: Making Interoperability a Reality
Adele Allison, SS&C Technologies Inc.
1 CE - Technology


Digital Health and technology is on the forefront of innovation. When you think about the technical changes even in the last 10-15 years – EHRs, Patient Portals, Social Media, smartphones, automotive GPS, Fitbits – it becomes hard to imagine where the future will take us in healthcare over the next few decades. Many believe technology stands to create the cost inflection point sought to delivery high value, low cost in healthcare. Yet, progress will be stymied if data cannot move between disparate systems. Learn about how the data you produce will need to be consistent, structured and liquidity. Designed to expand your understanding of the opportunities and challenges of interoperability, this session will provide an industry level set on such items as the USCDI, open APIs, FHIR, trusted exchange networks, and TEFCA. Join us as we explore the world of interoperability leading into 2020.


Objectives: By the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply key interoperability terms including USCDA, API, FHIR and TEFCA
  2. Articulate the role of technology and related processes to achieve optimized use of data
  3. Formulate strategies that align with standards-based data exchange.

11:00 – 11:45 – Lunch

11:45 – 12:45 – Clarifying TEFCA In A Nutshell
Bruce McCully, CISSP, Healthcurity
1 CE - External Forces


This past April, Health and Human Services (HHS) released its long-awaited update to TEFCA–the “Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement”. The updated rule expands on earlier proposed rules on TEFCA. But what exactly is a Trusted Exchange Framework? What is involved in becoming a part of the trusted exchange? And who can facilitate the framework for a qualified health information network (QHIN)? I will review TEFCA, recent changes to the framework, some of the important provisions, and how it may shape the interoperability landscape in the future and give you a clearer understanding of where your organization will fall within TEFCA.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of TEFCA, including the 6 principle underpinnings of the Trusted Exchange
  • Framework (TEF)
  • Recognize the Minimum Requirements to be a part of a trusted exchange and the technical
  • requirements needed to follow the TEF framework
  • Understand how the QHIN framework and how a trusted exchange might be implemented
  • Understand how Recognized Coordinating Entities (RCEs) are involved in operationalizing the TEF
  • through a Common Agreement.


12:45 – 1:45 – HIPAA Policy and Enforcement Updates
Sara West, JD, US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (Leidos Contractor)
1 CE - Privacy and Security


The presentation will cover HIPAA policy and enforcement updates and will address some of the potential HIPAA challenges that could arise as healthcare providers move towards national interoperability of electronic medical records.

1:45 – 2:00 – Break

2:00 – 3:00 – Alabama's One Health Record's HIE Framework
Gary Parker, MBA, JD, Alabama Medicaid Agency
1 CE - Technology



Adele Allison


As the national Director of Strategic Provider Affairs, Adele Allison monitors healthcare reform for DST's health solutions division, a leading provider of health IT solutions for payers, providers and pharmacies that improve the administration of healthcare and clinical, financial and patient health outcomes. Having served as the co-chair of the ONC Beacon-EHR Vendor Affinity Group, Allison has more than 25 years of healthcare experience and has been the guest speaker at dozens of national events, sharing her expertise on healthcare reform, population management, big data analytics, PCMH, Meaningful Use, ACOs, ICD-10, healthcare related legislation and other topics. A published author, Allison is a member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) advisory board on curriculum development and previously served on UAB's HITECH Committee for HIT curriculum development.


Joan Hicks, MSHI, RHIA


Joan Hicks has over 35 years of healthcare leadership experience in the areas of information technology and information management. In December 2004, Joan became the Chief Information Officer for UAB Health System. During this time HSIS has lead the implementation of the Electronic Health Record for University Hospital , UAB Highlands Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic and Health Centers.


Joan served as the Privacy Officer for UAB and UAB Health System from March 2003 to 2011. During that time, she established HIPAA Compliance program for UAB and UAB Health System including policies, procedures, training and education for 10,000 staff members.


Prior to becoming CIO, Joan had served as a Director in HSIS, leading a web-based transcription project. Additionally, she had worked as Director of Medical Information Services for Children's Hospital of Alabama, served as Senior Consultant for HMA, member of the faculty for the Health Information Management Program at UAB and had been the Director of Medical Records, Utilization Review, Medical Staff Services, DRG Coordination, Hospital-wide JCAHO Coordinator, Quality Improvement, Social Services, Discharge Planning, Medical Library Services and Risk Management for Cullman Medical Center.


Joan earned a Master of Science degree from UAB in Health Informatics and an undergraduate degree in Health Information Management, also, from UAB.


Bruce McCully, CISSP



A farm boy from Northern Michigan and self-professed computer nerd, Bruce McCully is one of the nation's leaders in network cybersecurity. Committed to educating those outside of the IT industry on security threats and best practices, Bruce engages crowds with his energetic, passionate, and charmingly nerdy demeanor. He has become one of the nation's leading keynote presenters on security by constructing impactful dialogue on security and threats plaguing organizations. Through hands on demonstrations, showing how exactly cyber criminals work in the real world, to heartening stories of cyberattacks in rural hospitals and clinics, Bruce involves and inspires audiences—from tech wizards to average computer users. With a passion to make cybersecurity accessible and interesting to all workers, Bruce founded Dynamic Edge, a leading cybersecurity and IT support firm based in Ann Arbor that develops and deploys enterprise-grade solutions tailored specifically to the needs and activities common in the modern workplace. As a frontline defender of corporate networks, Bruce's keynotes are continually updating and evolving with the latest examples in the ever-changing attack landscape. Previous appearances include national and local news, state, and nation-wide events and forums.


Gary Parker, MBA, JD


Chief Data Officer: Alabama Medicaid Agency
Director, Alabama One Health Record®

Mr. Parker has over 30 years experience at all levels of systems and policy design, development, implementation, management, and strategic plan formulation in both the public and private arenas.


Mr. Parker begin his State public administration career in 2008 as a project manager working for the Alabama Department of Mental Health to implement web-based application systems for care delivery and management. Prior to 2008, Mr. Parker worked in various capacities in system & software DDI, as well as spending time in the private practice of Law.


In 2011, he began working for the Alabama Medicaid Agency, most recently serving as the Agency's Director of Health Information Technology, which included the State's HIE Program, Alabama One Health Record®.


In October 2018, he was named the Agency's Chief Data Officer. His new responsibilities include the implementation of Enterprise Data Governance and the management of the Agency's Data Governance Office, in addition to his continuation as the Director of Alabama One Health Record®.


Mr. Parker is a member of the Alabama State Bar, HIMSS, OSEHRA, and SHIEC, where he is a Midwest representative on the PCDH Governing Council. In addition, he has presented at various national and local conferences, including MESC, ONC, OSHERA, OPEN MINDS, HIMSS, and Alabama Digital Summit.


Sara West, JD


Sarah West is an investigator with US Department of Health and Human Services in the Office for Civil Rights in the Southeast Region. She responds to HIPAA complainants and conducts HIPAA breach investigations and compliance reviews. She is also responsible for responding to complaints submitted by individuals who feel they have been discriminated against by an individual or entity that receives federal financial assistance from HHS on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex and in limited circumstances religion. She attended law school at Georgia State University's College of Law, obtained a masters of arts in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, and completed a bachelor's in arts at Furman University, in Greenville, South Carolina. She is a certified fraud examiner, certified in applied data analytics, and she currently serves as a court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system in DeKalb County Georgia. She is also currently enrolled in a medical billing and coding training program.


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