Advocacy and Community Outreach: Follow-up from the HIMSS NCA Chapter Meeting Blum Report held on 18 October

Ms. Deniz Soyer, Project Manager for Health Information Exchange and Technology, DC Department of Finance, provided an overview of the recently approved District of Columbia State Medicaid Health IT Plan (2018-2023). Many of the attendees requested that they receive the briefing. The presentation is attached. Ms. Soyer emphasized reading page 6, the Roadmap for Health IT and HIE Initiatives through FY21.

We will be scheduling a one hour webinar hosted by DC Director of Health Care Reform and Innovation Administration, Dr. Erin Holve, within the next month. We were fortunate to have her initially introduce us to this plan at our HIMSS NCA Chapter meeting in September. The plan is now final. The upcoming webinar will also include the NCA HIE Liaison, Ms.Evelyn Gallego, as we intend to reach as broad an audience as possible to create awareness of what is happening in the District of Columbia. You can review the final District State Medicaid Health IT Plan, on the website:

Two other Hot Topics to Reiterate from our October Chapter Meeting:

  1. The DoD/VA Industry Interoperability Roundtable will be hosted on November 27th from 0830-4:15PM at the MITRE Building #4, at 7525 Colshire Drive McLean VA. It’s free in person or as a webinar but you must register. The Interagency Program Office (IPO) hosts the DoD/VA Industry Interoperability Roundtable to discuss the current and future state of health information technology, health information exchange, and to highlight the Departments' continued need to collaborate with external partners to ensure our electronic health record (EHR) capabilities serve the unique needs of our beneficiaries. To register for this event please visit the following link:

  2. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will hold the 2018 ONC Annual Meeting on Nov 29-30 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC. It is free but you must register NLT Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 The two day agenda with approximately 1,200 participants will have plenaries and breakout sessions. Space is limited so register as soon as possible. To see the complete agenda go to the ONC website.

For more information or clarification please contact Daniel Blum at, Chapter Advocate, HIMSS NCA