NaviNet Admin on February 20, 2014

2014 NaviNet Expert Interview Series: Joe Miller

Please join us in congratulating a very special member of the NaviNet community, Joe Miller, FHMISS, Director of Director of E-Health and Innovation, AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies. Joe will be honored as the recipient of the Distinguished Fellows Service Award at the HIMSS14 Awards Banquet: A Celebration of Healthcare IT Achievement on Wednesday, February 26.

Joe is currently Chair of the Medicaid Health Plans of America HIT Workgroup, co-chaired the HIMSS Workgroup on ICD-10 Testing, and is a founder of HealthShare SEPA, the Philadelphia area’s health information exchange (HIE). He is a HIMSS Fellow, current member of the Annual Conference Education Committee, and past chair of the HIMSS Financial Systems Committee.

What do you feel is HIMSS’s biggest contribution to the healthcare community?
Without a doubt, HIMSS’ advocacy and education around the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) by practices and facilities has been its greatest contribution to the healthcare industry over the past five years. HIMSS was an early thought leader in the development of the Meaningful Use program and has continued to dedicate its considerable resources to helping providers implement this enormous change. HIMSS also has been a leader in helping providers with the challenge of ICD-10

When and why did you become involved in HIMSS?
I first engaged HIMSS in 1997 to better understand how healthcare IT really worked. I soon realized that HIMSS was also a place where I could make a difference in the future of healthcare by sharing my own experiences and working with others.

In which areas have you served?
I started over 15 years ago as the EHR Special Interest Group chair, have since chaired numerous committees, and currently serve on the board of our local HIMSS (Delaware Valley) chapter and on the national Annual Conference Education Committee, which sets the program for the annual HIMSS conference, which typically attracts over 30,000 participants.

What do you feel are your greatest contributions to HIMSS?
Certainly my book on implementing the electronic health record published by HIMSS in 2005 and my work with the ICD-10 Pilot Test Program stand out. But just as important has been that, through these and other efforts, I have recruited many talented professionals to become involved and take on leadership positions in HIMSS.

What advice would you give members of the healthcare community who are interested in becoming more involved in serving on HIMSS committees?
There are a wide array of HIMSS workgroups, special interest groups, and committees. Try one, but if it doesn’t work for you, then try another. HIMSS groups are wide-ranging and at various stages of development, so you may not find the right fit the first time, but stick with it.

Do you have anything else you would like to add?
As a HIT professional, I view my work as using technology to improve the access to and the delivery of quality healthcare. As I have moved from job to job over my 25-year career, this has been the driving force. HIMSS has helped to keep me focused on this goal and enabled me to collaborate with like-minded other professionals, regardless of my current position. I have had an extraordinarily successful and fulfilling career, and HIMSS has been a core component of it every step of the way.

Would you like to learn more about Joe Miller’s insights into leveraging technology to improve the access to and delivery of healthcare? Follow this link to a thought leadership discussion he had during a recent AHIP webinar “The Transformation of Provider Portals into Payer-Provider Collaboration Networks.”

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