Bipartisan Policy Center Forum: Advancing Use of Technology in Health Care, Inc. (AEGIS) was asked to participate in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Forum on Promoting Innovation; Protecting Patient Safety: Advancing Use of Technology in Health Care in Washington, DC. Mario Hyland, Senior Vice President at AEGIS was among other distinguished guests including but not limited to the National Coordinator for Health IT, Karen DeSalvo; Senator Bill Frist, MD, Co-Chair, Health Project and BPC Senior Fellow; Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); John Hammergren, CEO of McKesson Corporation and Janet Marchibroda, Executive Director of the CEO Council on Health and Innovation at BPC.

BPC LOGOThis Forum was an effort to solidify the “Framework for Assuring Patient Safety in Health IT” which engaged more than 100 experts and stakeholders to develop a set of principles and recommendations for an oversight framework for health IT that protects patient safety, promotes innovation, yet is flexible enough to meet the needs of a rapidly changing health care system. This discussion is a continued response to the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) Health IT Report: Proposed Risk Based Regulatory Framework (the “FDASIA Report”). AEGIS provided industry insight into these meetings on Standards & Interoperability Testing in addition to the need for establishing a risk-based framework. Interoperability is in the forefront of all policy, roadmaps, regulations and industry guidance facing the adoption and implementation of electronic health record (EHR) systems, products and tools.

One of the most critical pieces that have been left out of all of these documented and discussed efforts is the importance of standards-based testing. But the BPC event showed positive signs of a change in the dialog. In attendance was Steven Posnack, Director, Office of Standards and Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology who stated that his new buzzword for 2015 will be “Testing”. We look forward to that discussion advancing with ONC, BPC and other organization’s efforts in the coming months.

About Barry Dickman

Mr. Dickman is an accomplished Executive Consultant with 25+ years as an accomplished industry thought leader with experience in Health Information Technology, Program & Project Management Support, Standards & Interoperability, Enterprise Architecture, Business Development, Strategic/Business Planning, Client Relationship Building, Acquisition Management, Software Development and Requirements Management. He is a hands-on cross-functional leader who energizes and managed the successful delivery of consulting services and information technology solutions to the Federal and commercial markets. Mr. Dickman is responsible for tactical implementation and quality assurance of solutions and services. He supports various activities and communities of interest with senior-level consulting services with the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health & Human Services (HHS) on health information technology initiatives, including the electronic health record and health information exchange. He helps to ensure that projects & staff adhere to a process improvement approaches embodying the AEGIS CMMI-appraised process methodology ultimately providing clients with the essential elements of effective processes that improve their performance. As an effective communicator and leader, Mr. Dickman consistently demonstrates his ability to institute and carry out initiatives that drive positive change, improve efficiency and increased profitability. He brings extensive experience, functional knowledge and management skills to all consulting assignments. Prior to joining AEGIS, Mr. Dickman held senior level positions helping to create business solutions that help meet the healthcare industry's top challenges. Mr. Dickman has authored numerous papers, articles, newsletters and blogs. He graduated from the University of Maryland holds a Masters in Health Services Administration Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Dickman currently serves at the President of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter.

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