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Healthcare interoperability is a team sport, and information technology (IT) professionals aren’t the only players in the game. Professionals with heath information (HI) management skills, experience, and leadership also fill valuable interoperability roles.

The deep knowledge of privacy, health data integrity, and electronic protected health information (ePHI) is desperately needed to successfully continue the interoperability journey. Whether HI professionals serve in provider, payer, or vendor roles, they are important players.

Several interoperability milestones are planned for 2022 that HI professionals should know. This article lays out upcoming applicability dates and provides valuable insights for how HI professionals across domains can add their voices and expertise to the interoperability conversation.


Bowen is an established author and speaker on healthcare privacy and security. She is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), having served as its President and Board Chair, as a member of the Board of Directors and of the Council on Certification, and currently sits on the AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors. In her role at MRO, Bowen works with clients to ensure HIM policies and procedures are to code. Additionally, Bowen serves as the company’s Privacy and Compliance Officer (CPO).

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