Interoperability with COVID – #HITsm Chat Topic

We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/5 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Richard Bagdona (@richardbagdonas) on the topic “Interoperability with COVID“.

Many health tech workers at facilities providing COVID vaccinations are being asked to create HL7 documents with vaccination information which is to be provided to the state health department. With so many different flavors and versions of HL7 out in the market, it is difficult to know what format to create.

In Texas we have an extra added layer of problems because the Texas Department of Health and Human Services is understaffed and most phone calls to them are going unanswered.

It is important to learn how we got here so we don’t make the same mistake for future pandemics. Each state has had 10 months to plan for the roll-out of the vaccines and it appears we could be doing better with reporting.

Join us for this week’s #HITsm chat where we’ll discuss the following questions.

Topics for this week’s #HITsm Chat:

T1: How is your organization reporting each vaccination delivery to your state? #HITsm

T2: What is working well/not working well with regards to your automated reporting to the state for vaccine delivery? #HITsm

T3: What would you like to see improve in how these reporting programs get implemented for future pandemics? #HITsm

T4: What manual steps are you doing today that could be automated? #HITsm

T5: What resources are you relying on to determine which vaccination and patient information to send to your state and how it is to be delivered? #HITsm

Bonus: How could vaccine delivery reporting be done at a federal level? #HITsm

Upcoming #HITsm Chat Schedule

2/12 – Detecting (and Avoiding) Misinformation
Hosted by Janice McCallum (@janicemccallum)

2/19 – Implementation of Technology for Care Coordination
Hosted by Neelam Sharma, RHIT (@Nee2Sha)

2/26 – TBD
Hosted by Mandi Bishop (@MandiBPro)

3/5 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

3/12 – How Can a Digital Workforce Address Healthcare’s Challenges?
Hosted by Linda Stotsky (@EMRAnswers) from @Bossoft

3/19 – TBD
Hosted by TBD

We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always, let us know if you’d like to host a future #HITsm chat or if you know someone you think we should invite to host.

If you’re searching for the latest #HITsm chat, you can always find the latest #HITsm chat and schedule of chats here.

About the author

John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference,, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

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