INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (February 14, 2017) – HIMSS has named John Kansky and Keith Kelley as speakers for the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19- Thursday, Feb. 23, in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center.  John Kansky is President and CEO and Keith Kelley is Vice President of Solution Delivery at the Indiana Health Information Exchange. Both are members of the Indiana chapter of HIMSS. The vision of improving health and healthcare with information technology has been the focus of HIMSS since its establishment in 1961. As a global voice, convener and thought leader, HIMSS advises stakeholders on IT best practices to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare.

Kansky and Kelley will present, “Health Information Exchange: Can There Be ONE National Model?” on Monday, February 20 at 3:00 p.m. at HIMSS17. The nation’s current state of the exchange of health information is that there are several competing approaches, which are often conflicting and definitely confusing. Industry professionals who are responsible for making decisions about “if” and “how” their organizations will interoperate often aren’t equipped with the information necessary to know the difference between Health Information Exchange, Carequality, Commonwell, SHIEC and the eHealth Exchange. This presentation will acknowledge the current state, explain the differences and present a cohesive approach to planning for national interoperability.

The HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC), chaired by Thompson H. Boyd, III, MD, FACHE, CHCQM, CPHIM, CPHM, CPHIMS, physician liaison, Hahnemann University Hospital, in Philadelphia, PA., selected the more than 200 educational sessions that will be presented at the conference.

Proposals under review by the ACEC have gone through a peer-review selection process for enhanced efficiency and quality in selection of the educational offerings at the conference. This committee, composed of 14 appointed HIMSS volunteers from across all member constituencies, reviews and selects all presentations with those representing an organization or non-commercial interest given preference, a guideline followed to achieve continuing medical education or CME requirements.

“No matter how you define ‘interoperability,’ few would dispute that the US healthcare system has a long way to go. There’s plenty of activity focused on this challenge but also plenty of confusing hype. We hope to bring some clarity and advance the national discussion,” said Kansky of the presentation he and Kelley have planned.

“HIMSS is recognized for its quality and relevant programming. At HIMSS17, we will have more than 300 speakers share their expertise during our pre-conference and conference educational sessions,” said JoAnn W. Klinedinst, MEd, CPHIMS, PMP, FHIMSS, vice president, professional development, for HIMSS. “I congratulate the presenters who will be part of our extensive and diverse programming schedule for HIMSS17.”


About the Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE)
IHIE was founded in 2004 as a health information exchange that enables hospitals, physicians, laboratories, pharmacies, payers, and other health service providers to avoid redundancy and deliver faster, more efficient, higher quality healthcare to patients. Today, by making information available to more than 50,000 healthcare providers in Indiana and neighboring states, we deliver services that make a real difference in health and healthcare. For more information, visit our website at

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