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April 7, 2017

LHC Members Learn About Interoperability in Health Care

LHC Members Learn About Interoperability in Health Care

Leadership Health Care (LHC) members had the opportunity to tour the Center for Medical Interoperability this week as part of LHC’s Industry Tour series. The Center for Medical Interoperability is a 501(c)(3) cooperative research and development lab founded by health systems to simplify and advance data sharing among medical technologies and systems. Its mission is to achieve plug-and-play interoperability by unifying health care organizations to compel change, building a lab to solve shared technical challenges and pioneering innovative research and development.

In addition to touring the Center’s newly opened space in West Nashville, LHC members also heard from president and
CEO, Ed Cantwell, and the head of business and development strategy, Tommy Ragsdale. Ragsdale shared with the group the organization’s vision for Nashville to take a global leadership position on interoperability in health care. For the Center, interoperability (or ‘data liquidity’) is about making sure the data generated at the point of care can be communicated and exchanged seamlessly.

The initial concept of the Center grew from research into a standards-based approach to medical device interoperability at the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, a 501(c)(3) applied medical research organization. With financial support from the Gary and Mary West Foundation and personnel and technology transferred from the West Health Institute, the Center became an independent legal entity in August 2013. The board of directors for the Center was officially announced in early 2015.

To learn more about the Center for Medical Interoperability, click here.

Industry tours are part of Leadership Health Care’s (LHC) regular programming for members. LHC also hosts executive briefings, a Fundamentals educational series, networking receptions and an annual delegation to Washington, D.C. To learn more about LHC and upcoming events, visit www.leadershiphealthcare.com.

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