The Indian Health Service (IHS) has enjoyed a 50-year history of successful, innovative and open source development of health information technology (IT). Due to multiple factors, the IHS is currently engaged in evaluating options for health IT system modernization. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) collaborated with IHS and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) to design and conduct a multi-faceted, expert-driven and research-based approach to evaluate alternatives for health IT modernization. This panel will describe the drivers for IHS health IT modernization, the design and execution of the HHS/IHS Health IT Modernization Research Project, and methods used to ensure community engagement in modernization efforts. The panel will focus on sharing lessons learned and rubrics developed for HIT modernization applicable to other healthcare organizations.

Learning Objective: After participating in this session, the attendee will:
1) Learn the drivers for IHS health IT modernization; 2) Define the interests of various stakeholder communities including tribes and urban Indian health care organizations; 3) Learn the design and execution of the HHS / IHS Health IT Modernization Research Project


Theresa Cullen (Presenter)
Regenstrief Institute

Maia Laing (Presenter)
Department of Health and Human Services

Carolyn Crowder (Presenter)
Crown Consulting & Management Services

Paul Biondich (Presenter)
Regenstrief Institute

Howard Hays (Presenter)
Hays Health Informatics Consulting, LLC

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