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Object Management Group Announces Agenda for Healthcare Quality Event on June 18 in Boston, MA
Experts highlight how standards and testbeds improve patient outcomes and advance practice of medicine

Needham, MA — May 29, 2018 — The Object Management Group® (OMG®), an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium, today announced the agenda and speakers for its healthcare quality event, “Realizing Effective End-to-End Quality Management Within the Health Domain,” which will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, June 18 at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor Hotel in Boston, MA, USA. Registration is complimentary and open to the public. Media can register for a press pass using the code TCMAP18.

“Boston is the ‘Hub of Healthcare,’ a thriving ecosystem of thought leaders in technology, medicine and research and the epicenter of 300 digital healthcare companies pioneering the latest advances in big data analytics, patient personalization, smart technologies, and connected care,” said OMG Chairman and CEO Dr. Richard Soley. “We invite healthcare IT stakeholders to attend and learn the effect both standards and testbeds are having on improving the quality and security of healthcare.”

The agenda covers:

  • medical device interoperability and the technology platform stack
  • modeling, modernizing and integrating healthcare IT systems
  • software assurance, security and safety of connected devices
  • systems engineering for healthcare solutions

Kenneth Rubin, director of Standards and Interoperability at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Knowledge-based Systems and co-chair of the OMG Healthcare Domain Task Force (HDTF), will moderate the event. Highlights include:

  • Keynote: The Incredible Value to Healthcare of Service Based Interoperability: Healthcare today has serious issues with accuracy, safety, cost, patient satisfaction, and provider satisfaction. True semantic interoperability provided by standards-based services has the potential to dramatically improve all of these aspects of healthcare. The improvement will be made possible not only by advances in standards and technology but will also need to be driven and guided by expert front-line clinicians. This session will describe the essential steps to realize an optimal future healthcare system.
  • Developing a Healthcare IIoT Application - Ideas are Easy. Execution is Hard: Preventable medical errors in hospitals are the third leading cause of death behind cancer and heart disease in the United States, leading to 200,000-400,000 deaths every year. Showcasing work from the Industrial Internet Consortium® (IIC™), the Connected Care Testbed case study develops an open IoT ecosystem for clinical and remote medical devices that can bring together patient monitoring data into a single data management and analytics platform. This session will describe the challenges of developing a healthcare Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) application, the benefits of using an open data-centric architecture and how to best leverage industry best-practice guidelines.
  • Medical Device Digital Thread – Use Case:  Dialysis Machine: A showcase of the innovative work using medical devices and an augmented reality dialysis machine using Digital Twin technology and Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).
  • Field Guide to Shareable Clinical Pathways: There are many reasons to develop a clear understanding of clinical care and decision making. In the most general terms, if we do not have a model-based understanding of how care is performed currently, then we cannot analyze and design cost effective improvements. Without cost-effective improvements, we cannot address the U.S. and international critical need to improve efficiency, control the growth of health care expense, or continue to improve quality. This Field Guide is offered as a practical step toward realizing the great potential of healthcare IT’s role for accessible, efficient, and high-quality health care.
  • Cybersecurity and the Resilience of Healthcare IT: Healthcare system complexity is intensifying with the demand for medical software, mobile apps and connected devices increasing, and the volume of EHR (Electronic Healthcare Record) data rapidly growing over the last few years. This session will explain how standards can be written into requirements for healthcare software projects to help ensure the system is free from critical vulnerabilities that are known to impact its security, reliability, performance efficiency and maintainability.

Speakers include:

  • Kenneth Rubin, director, Standards and Interoperability, VHA Office of Knowledge-based Systems and OMG HDTF co-chair
  • Dr. Stanley M. Huff, professor (clinical) of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah, and chief medical informatics officer at Intermountain Healthcare
  • Dr. Julian Goldman, Mass General Hospital, Medical Director Partners Biomedical Engineering, MD PnP Medical Device Interoperability and Cybersecurity Program
  • David Niewolny, Real-Time Innovations
  • Tracy Raush, Doc Box
  • Matthew Hause, PTC Engineering Fellow and OMG UAF® Revision Task Force co-chair
  • Robert Lario, enterprise architect at VHA Knowledge-based Systems and OMG HDTF co-chair
  • Denis Gagné, partner, CEO & CTO at Trisotech and OMG Model Interchange AB Special Interest Group co-chair
  • Lev Lesokhin, Governing Board member, Consortium for Information & Software Quality ™ (CISQ™) and EVP Strategy and Analytics at CAST

The event is co-produced by the Industrial Internet Consortium and will take place during the OMG Technical Committee meeting from June 18-22, 2018.


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