January 2013 – The Healthcare Payments Hub: A New Paradigm for Funds and Data Transfers in Healthcare

from the HIMSS Medical Banking Project World Bank Task Force

There is opportunity for providers, payers, banks, financial networks, and healthcare clearinghouses to establish an interoperable healthcare payments “hub” that enables Straight Through Processing of healthcare financial transactions This hub is intended to demonstrate bottom line financial advantage to each of the counterparties and/or stakeholders involved.


“Interconnected Health 2012” April 2-4, 2012 in Chicago Second Call for Participation [repost]

Needham, MA, USA and Ann Arbor, MI, USA and Chicago USA – December 22, 2011 – OMG®, Health Level Seven® International (HL7), and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), today announced the Call for Participation for “Interconnected Health 2012: Enabling Health through High-Impact IT.” The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL on April 2-4, 2012. Registration and abstract submission details may be found online at http://www.interconnected-health.org/cfp.


Interconnected Health 2012 will focus on approaches, challenges, and solutions affecting the ability to connect health organizations and systems, and the role of IT as an enabler in achieving this connectivity. Geared toward the CxO suite and senior leaders within healthcare organizations, Interconnected Health provides a venue to hear what peer organizations are doing (both within the US and abroad), to exchange ideas, and to interact with peers who are leaders in this space.


Call for Abstracts

The conference Review Committee is seeking proposals for presentations based on “real-world” organizational experiences, evaluations, case studies or research papers relevant to the conference themes of interconnected healthcare, information sharing, service-oriented architecture, enterprise architecture, business process management, and interoperability. Please indicate whether you are recommending your submission for the Executive Summit, the Functional Track, or the Technical Track. Topics may include (but aren’t limited to):


Business Enablement (Enterprise Architecture, Business Process Management)

Architecture (Business, System, SOA and Technical)

Information Semantics, Ontology, Vocabulary

Application Innovation (Integration, Open Source, Legacy Enablement, etc.)

Infrastructure Innovation (Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Device Integration)

Information Sharing Strategy, Governance and Implementation

Modeling (SoaML, SysML, BPMN, etc.)


The abstract submission deadline January 20, 2012. For abstract submission guidelines and the submission form, visit http://www.omg.org/abstracts.


Program Committee

Charles “Chuck” Friedman, Chief Scientific Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), HHS

Mark Frisse, MD, MS, MBA, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Hon S. Pak, CEO, Diversinet

Jim St.Clair, Senior Director, Interoperability and Standards, HIMSS

John Quinn, CTO, Health Level Seven International


Registration & Information

InterconnectedHealth is hosted by OMG, HL7 International, and HIMSS. The early-bird registration discount is available until February 24, 2012. Registration information is available at http://www.interconnected-health.org/cfp. Exhibit space is available; for more information contact Mike Narducci at marketing@omg.org +1-781-444 0404. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Ken Berk at ken.berk@omg.org or +1-781-444 0404.


About Health Level Seven (HL7) International

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (www.HL7.org) is the global authority for healthcare Information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,300 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with otherstandards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and governmentagencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through theeffective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing ourcause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

About OMG
OMG® is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. For more information, visit www.omg.org.

About Open Health Tools
Open Health Tools is an open source community with a vision of enabling a ubiquitous ecosystem where members of the Health and IT professions can collaborate to build interoperable systems that enable patients and their care providers to have access to vital and reliable medical information at the time and place it is needed. Open Health Tools will generate a vibrant active ecosystem involving software product and service companies, medical equipment companies, health care providers, insurance companies, government health service agencies, and standards organizations. More information at http://www.openhealthtools.org


Medical Banking News

Medical Banking Set To Play A Bigger Role For Banks

The future rarely arrives when planned

SWIFT proposes new security vehicle

Who Do You Trust More with Your Data: Facebook or a Bank? A financial cooperative proposes a new way to store your data online

HIMSS World Bank Task Force

Here is some new information regarding HIMSS SHIFT, the latest incarnation of the Medical Banking Project Institute.

Also see the CARTES in North America conference

Call for Papers: HIMSS AsiaPac12 – Deadline January 31, 2012!

The call for papers submission period -HIMSS AsiaPac12 closes the end of this month. Key focus areas are HITX.0 (cutting edge technology), mobile technology and its use in healthcare, home care, and Standards and Interoperability.

If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and expertise, guidelines for submittal are located here. Please note, proposals are due for review by January 31, 2012.

The International Journal of Medical Banking and HIMSS10

Posted on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 – 06:38 am at mobilehealthwatch.com

eHealth and mHealth are data driven and are dependent on both the kinds of information which can be generated and the transport infrastructure which carries them. This week the International Journal of Medical Banking, Vol. 3, will be officially announced at the HIMSS Medical Banking Project’s Eighth National Banking Institute, and it will focus upon innovations related to the convergence of Financial Services and Healthcare. John Casillas, senior vice president, HIMSS Medical Banking Project, is the IJMB’s Editor-in-Chief.

Casillas authors “Designing the Healthcare Financial Network of the Future” wherein he makes the case for the future of medical banking, a term he coined, by reviewing the alignment of stakeholders, the role of bank infomediaries, the emerging health-wealth paradigm, and the need for a common medical banking platform. He advertises more widely the HMBP deployment of the Dispute Resolution Initiative tool, a free online progressive crosswalk of the universe of payer denial codes with a set of 20 action steps; the kind of innovation for which the Blair House Summit attendees rhetorically called. He also advocates the utility of the design of a bank-enabled health information exchange ecosystem.

In “Lessons Learned for Medical Banking from the Financial Services Industry: The Case of a Fraud Prevention Platform as Transformative Innovation”, Allan Klindworth, MBA, and Stephen T. Parente, PhD, reveal the 1993 catalyst for change—predictive modeling. They review the lessons learned regarding fraud indicators, model robustness, real-time assessment, accuracy, measurements, silo mentality, known frauds, and integration. They relate the Financial Services industry parallels to healthcare and expound upon the problem of healthcare fraud, the Financial Services approach to prevention, and the necessity of a change in healthcare culture.

Peter W. Lang, Trellis Integration Partners, gives a technologist’s insight into “High Security Medical Banking via SWIFT,” and the role that the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications network can play in the area of the transfer of healthcare PII and other valuable data payloads.

John R. Thomas, president and CEO of MedSynergies, Inc., in “Where Have All Your Physician Customers Gone?”, identifies physicians as the perfect bank customers and details the impacts of healthcare reform on physician practices. He interprets the demographics of physician customers and provides six insights and recommendations concerning the business alignments of physicians and their impacts on banks.

Joseph A. Jackson, LICSW, takes on the primary topic of the Blair House Summit, financing health, in “Medicine, Banking and Community Health”. Jackson describes the Community Health Consortium and gives his vision for creating the future.

I plan to discuss these topics at the Institute with the authors and anything related to medbanking social media with you at one of the Meet the Bloggers panels (Wed., March 3, 3:30 pm – 5 pm) moderated by Cesar Torres, Manager, Web Services, HIMSS. I hope to see you there.