On April 26, after the adrenaline rush of stepping out into mid-air and hoping a bridge would appear had faded, along with the inevitable second-guessing ("oh my, what have I done?"), I decreed the launch of the "Open Interoperability Consortium," as my hobby-turned-vocation needed a name somewhat more descriptive than "the big tent alliance." Of course, ever agile, the name has evolved one step further, to CODA as the "big tent" effort is now known. The last big email I sent out was the last I will send out, replaced going forward by short headline update emails, this blog, and a few other channels.
Vision: A national system for sharing health data to enable useful and rapid exchange governed, organized and operated by a public and private multi-stakeholder collaboration.Purpose: To accelerate the creation of a secure information supply chain capable of evolving into a Learning Health System by transparently prioritizing the exchange of critical data aligned to most improve health and reduce cost.Call to Action: Interoperability must be governed with a commitment to open and unbiased exchange, organized and operated for the public good. Such exchange can and will be conducted by private commercial, private non-profit, and public entities, united to serve the nation. We urge ONC to recognize the importance of diverse stakeholders’ roles in establishing a coordinated governance process, focused on taking action based on shared values and interests that will accelerate meaningful exchange and use of ecosystem data.Shared Values: To advance our vision, a diverse group of states, organizations, and individuals committed to mission-critical collaboration for HIT, is working together for:1) transparent, secure, and ubiquitous exchange and use of health, healthcare, research, and human services data;2) creating an accountable, agnostic, interoperable information supply chain with public/private governance and coordination;3) supporting delivery & payment system transformation to build the digital infrastructure of a Learning Health System.
1) Review outcomes of use-case cycles and story development from the preceding meetings, to frame and inform the governance process conversation;2) Make recommendations for next steps in developing a durable, repeatable governance process, including recommendations for a 2016 pilot to test principles for enforcing "common rules of the road"; and3) Establish a transparent public/private collaboration to facilitate situational awareness, knowledge management, and project coordination of the governance initiative and related activities with partners and collaborators across the HIT ecosystem, using the Roadmap as a common framework.
How to Become Involved:
1) Organizational / Institutional / Association partner;2) State or federal government partner; and3) Individual endorser.
A fourth option is simply to remain a subscriber to this list.
At this point, commitments are informal. The immediate goal is to reach consensus on collaborative action timed to the release of the next iteration of the Roadmap ("Version 1.0 with 'Draft' Removed"). A Coordinating Committee representative of the three categories listed above will help guide and inform the Consortium as we determine its more formal shape and scope. Currently, the Coordinating Committee includes State HIT and SIM leaders, federal partners who are customers of interoperability, the Strategic HIE Collaborative (SHIEC), the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), the Collaborative Health Network (CHN), the Stewards of Change Institute (SOC), the Learning Health Community (LHC), and the CURE Project.
With regard to myself, to ensure that there is no confusion about my role going forward, I have withdrawn from consulting work with the ONC's Office of Care Transformation and the HIT Resource Center supporting CMS SIM grantees. I remain in private consulting practice. Tuesday, 4/21/15 was my last day on contract at ONC.
I look forward to working with you all to advance the vision of the Consortium.