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KLAS Names Interoperability Measurement Advisory Team

February 4, 2016
by David Raths
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Last October Utah-based research firm KLAS brought together executives of health IT solutions companies and provider organizations to work toward a viable measurement tool of interoperability. On Feb. 4 KLAS announced the establishment of an Interoperability Measurement Advisory Team to expand on that work.

The advisory team’s mission statement is to effect accelerated advancement in the creation, optimization, and ultimate adoption of impactful interoperability through the measurement of provider experiences. The team will provide insight into and oversight of KLAS’ efforts to measure industry progress, focused especially on provider satisfaction with the utility of exchanged information and vendor support and progress. 

“Research collection for the 2016 interoperability study is already underway, targeting the experience of clinical end-users in receiving data from valued partners outside their system,” said Tim Zoph, committee chair in a prepared statement. “What an amazing opportunity we have as a newly formed advisory team to hold ourselves as providers and vendors accountable for evaluating our own progress and developing a measurement tool to ultimately ensure successful interoperability efforts,” added Zoph, former CIO at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Chicago area.

Here are the members of the advisory team:

Tim Zoph, Chair, Northwestern Medicine (retired)

Bob Cash, Facilitator,  KLAS    

Bob Barke,  NextGen

Dennia Clarke, Allscripts

Peter DeVault, Epic

Darren Dworkin, Cedars-Sinai Health System

John Glaser, Cerner

Edward Glynn, MD, HCA Healthcare

John Halamka, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Stan Huff, MD, Intermountain Healthcare

Howard Landa, MD, Alameda Health System

Dan Nigrin, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital

Brian Patty, MD, Rush University Medical Center

Shantanu Pau, Greenway

Donna Roach, Via Christi Health - Ascension

Bob Robke, Cerner

Doran Robinson, athenahealth

Hoda Sayed-Friel, MEDITECH

Nimesh Shah, McKesson

Steve Starkey, MEDHOST

Micky Tripathi, Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative

Helen Waters, MEDITECH

Jon Zimmerman, GE Healthcare