HIMSS2015: Health Solutions Sandbox: Breakthrough Program to Accelerate Value-Based Reimbursement through OMSiH, in Collaboration with AEGIS.net, Inc. & Center of Health Engagement

Press Release | One Million Solutions in Health, Center of Health Engagement, AEGIS.net | April 8, 2015

One Million Solutions in Health™ (OMSiH), in Collaboration with AEGIS.net, Inc. (AEGIS) and the Center of Health Engagement (CHE) announce a groundbreaking initiative to fast-track interoperability for value-based health care

Boston, MA (PRWEB) April 08, 2015--One Million Solutions in Health (OMSiH), AEGIS and the Center of Health Engagement (CHE) will be launching a breakthrough program to create an interoperable ‘sandbox’ at HIMSS 2015, the premiere event for health care transformation through health information technology (HIT). The Health Solutions Sandbox™ is a platform where organizations can securely place their data and be assured that conformance and standards in HL7 are being met. This will be transformative, as HIMSS has traditionally been the launchpad for catalyzing such innovations into the worldwide HIT community.

This paradigm-changing initiative will integrate different data sets, from different sources, providing an unbiased and meaningful way to look for patterns and trends that influence health care outcomes. Focused on interoperability, the Health Solutions Sandbox will provide the ability for unrelated information technology systems and software applications to communicate, exchange data, and use the information that has been exchanged. This ‘sandbox’ will be a game-changer for the broader HIT community, as it will allow access for analytics development and dataflow architecture in a collaborative, non-competitive and free-flowing open source environment.

Importantly, through HIT interoperability, this Health Solutions Sandbox will allow all parties to merge previously unrelated data to identify barriers that curtail the health care system’s ability to generate better health outcomes. As a first-of-its-kind initiative, the ‘sandbox’ will provide a foundation for correlating and initiating solutions in value-based reimbursement models.

At the AEGIS Booth, #3486 on the main exhibitor floor, Brett Johnson, Ph.D., Executive Vice President of One Million Solutions in Health, and Cyndy Nayer, CEO of the Center of Health Engagement, will be discussing this unique opportunity to work with public and private tools, HIT architecture and software applications. The vision for the Health Solutions Sandbox is to both meet the goals of value-based reimbursement and to provide true patient-centric changes in health care.

Executives in the C-Suite in Health Systems, ACOs, Public Health Services, and Health Insurance Exchanges, along with the senior executives in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries, are struggling to identify how to answer a growing list of requirements that meet the new value-based reimbursement and data sharing protocols in the United States under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The key to these problems is finding solutions that can add true value into health care, along with better patient and system outcomes.

Dr. Johnson stated that OMSiH is “acting on the unmet need to combine datasets of patient behaviors and engagement, practice patterns, diagnostic test results and the use of medical devices and health services. The foundation for this solution is interoperability. Combining this data must be done in a way that is standardized, consistent, secure and reliable.”

The launch of this groundbreaking initiative to create a Health Solutions Sandbox is critical, given the historic announcement from the HHS (United States Department of Health & Human Services), which provides clear goals and timelines for shifting Medicare reimbursements from volume to value. To meet the goals of value-based health care as defined by the HHS [Better, Smarter, Healthier], the ‘sandbox’ will also provide the open source forum to develop HIT and payment solutions, while driving towards superior health outcomes.

“Value in health care can only truly be found when we combine unrelated datasets in meaningful and actionable ways to understand the patient and system behaviors, which will then result in the betterment of our world and the health of every individual,” declared Dawn Van Dam, President & CEO of One Million Solutions in Health, as part of this far-reaching announcement. “We are blessed, additionally, to welcome Cyndy Nayer, CEO of the Center of Health Engagement, to this collaboration in the strategic effort to cut the time to get to better outcomes for everyone, but particularly for patients.”

Nayer, who has been named one of six national thought leaders in health innovation by EY (Ernst & Young), is a critical player in this landmark initiative. The Health Solutions Sandbox is a unique opportunity to combine the technical expertise of OMSiH, with CHE’s prowess for identifying and engaging vulnerable populations—typically those who are not adherent to treatment or who are struggling with health-related lifestyle management issues.


“When I met Brett and OMSiH several months ago in Boston, we began a journey of bringing technology squarely to the center of value-based designs. We identified the early opportunities to accelerate engagement throughout the system and reduce safety incidents, from rewards to patients and consumers for engaging in better health choices, through administrative hurdles and on to how best to re-engineer the reimbursement to providers and systems for quality outcomes,” Cyndy Nayer affirmed.

Nayer explained that under the umbrella of the non-profit One Million Solutions in Health, “we have a non-competitive environment in which to model various data sets and solutions. The possibilities range from being able to show earlier indicators of poor outcomes to identifying the economic rationale for including non-clinical services to help individuals overcome barriers to care. This last piece, the recognition that financial, behavioral and social factors can derail the best of clinical care, has been highlighted by the Institute of Medicine, and it has been a primary inclusion in the value-based designs that have been most successful, whether insurance plan coverage or payment reimbursement.”

Mario Hyland, Senior Vice President and Founder of AEGIS (Twitter @Interopguy), has been a key navigator in the OMSiH vision. “Our objective is to help our clients achieve their goals by transforming business needs into technical results. Through multiple discussions with the team, we see an aligned vision of conformance and standards testing, and an integrated Ecosystem (AEGIS Infrastructure as a Service – IaaS), that will ensure the various stakeholders can get to their respective goals quicker, and with peace of mind. Our goal is to help our clients succeed, and for that reason, we have established this collaboration. Given the importance of this initiative, we would like to have a large flow of interested individuals and organizations talk with Brett and Cyndy at the AEGIS booth during HIMSS to identify data sets for the Health Solutions Sandbox and be transformed by these ambitious ideas.”

This project, a part of One Million Solutions in Health, is offering this groundbreaking opportunity for health plans, health systems, patient associations, clinical care organizations, public health, IT developers and other stakeholders to combine their data in one safe, secure and HIPAA-compliant environment, thereby enriching the knowledge and possibilities for all. This is all part of the growing efforts of One Million Solutions in Health, founded by Dawn Van Dam, an expert in transforming life sciences and health care discoveries into commercial success. She understands the critical need for an objective oversight at the intersection of health care, bio-genomics, health IT, and payment reform in order to truly transform the system.

Early project ideas and outcomes are expected in the following areas:

  • Immunization as an indicator of early success in treatment and outcomes for adults and children.
  • Diabetes as a community health cost that can be better managed by expanding the knowledge of non-clinical influences in lifestyle, social influences, engagement and choice of care.
  • Integration of depression and behavioral health indicators for a more robust and targeted delivery of services to patients.

MEET US AT HIMSS this April 14th and 15th in Chicago, Illinois

The team, in bringing forward the Health Solutions Sandbox, is asking interested C-Suite executives to BOOK APPOINTMENTS HERE

Get in on the ground floor to discuss the opportunity to join this ground-breaking initiative. Providing a ‘sandbox’ for interoperability has been discussed and imagined in many quarters, but it has not been implemented in such a comprehensive and cross-functional way -- until now.

About One Million Solutions in Health

Shaping Health Care by Sharing Solutions™: To transform the face of health care and life sciences around the world, One Million Solutions in Health™ (OMSiH) is a global movement working to stimulate ideas, innovation and solutions by connecting people and sharing high-value, innovative science.

Inspired by a mutual conviction that all people around the globe deserve better health, we have crafted a number of platforms and programs that leverage collective knowledge, and the willingness to collaborate, for the purpose of accelerating the adoption of solutions that improve our health and well-being. Through a disciplined, scientific process, we work with Subject Matter Experts to evaluate and then validate new technological innovations.

Mission: To Connect, Learn + Share, Innovate and Collaborate to improve health care delivery, accelerate life sciences research and share patient and consumer-focused ideas and solutions.

About Center of Health Engagement

The Center of Health Engagement is a solution-focused agency accelerating the best of value-based designs for improved health and economic outcomes. We are in relentless pursuit of solutions that deliver better health, wealth and performance, building value and quality for families, business and communities. http://www.CenterofHealthEngagement.com

About AEGIS.net, Inc.

AEGIS.net, Inc. (AEGIS) is a certified small business and premier provider of Information Technology consulting services to Federal Civilian, Defense, and Commercial sector clients. AEGIS is a quality process driven organization, rated Maturity Level 3 in both CMMI-DEV v1.3 and CMMI-SVC+SSD v1.3 as well as ISO 9001:2008 certified. We provide technical and subject matter expertise in the areas of comprehensive systems and business process analyses; information technology modernization and transformation; and financial, health care, regulatory compliance, logistics, and human resource systems.

Contact information:

Dawn Van Dam
President and CEO
One Million Solutions in Health