Great Plains Interoperability Conference 2021

Technology Advancing Health Care in the Great Plains.

May 11-12, 2021

Mission Statement: The Great Plains Interoperability Conference brings together regional providers, researchers, and technologists to improve healthcare by accelerating advanced healthcare data interoperability.  This first gathering of regional stakeholders leading the process and technology of regional health information exchange will explore opportunities, technologies, and obstacles involved in the rapidly expanding interconnectedness of health data. CyncHealth (formerly known as NEHII) leads the way as Nebraska’s health information exchange. CyncHealth, and their research arm, the Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative, build on the technology provided by InterSystems to deploy the regional infrastructure for healthcare data sharing. The event is co-sponsored by the Great Plains IDeA Clinical and Translational Research Network (GP IDeA-CTR), the University of Nebraska Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, and Logica; the international consortium focused on developing standards to support interoperability.

Schedule of Events






Day 1 

8:30 –  

9:00 AM 

Introduction to Conference and Topic. Welcome, instructions, Background, introductions. 

James McClay , MD, MS

Great Plains IDeA-CTR Biomedical Informatics Core

30 min 

9:00 –  

9:45 AM 

The Vision of Regional Health Information Interoperability – CyncHealth and the Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative 

Jaime Bland, DNP, RN Joy Doll, OTD 

CyncHealth and the Nebraska Healthcare Collaborative 

45 Min 

9:45 –  

10:30 AM 

Improving Social Health through Unite Nebraska 

Melanie Surber, MSN, RN

Naresh Sundar Rajan, PhD


45 min 

10:30 – 11:15 AM 

InterSystems HealthShare Unified Care Record

Jack Varga, MD


45 min 

11:15 – 11:45 AM 

Advancing Rural Health Research: The Great Plains Practice Based Research Network 

Matt RIzzo, MD

Great Plains Primary Care PBRN

15 min 

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM 

The technology of interoperability – what are the 21st century cures regulations talking about? 

James McClay, MD, MS 

UNMC Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program

60 min 

Day 2 

8:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

FHIR Tutorial. A hands on overview of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR)  specification and implementation. 

Demonstration of successful integration. 

Laura Heermann Langford, PhD, RN

Russell Leftwich, MD

James McClay, MD, MS   

Great Plains IDeA-CTR, InterSystems, Logica Health

4 hours 

COST: Free!