How are FHIR-based APIs changing healthcare?

July 15, 2020
12:00 PM EDT - 1:30 PM EDT
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Audience: Health providers, nursing, IT staff & leadership, CFOs, DoH, students

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the state of development of open-access APIs within healthcare
  2. Understand how regulatory requirements affect open-access APIs in New York State
  3. Understand the business implications of the availability of open-access APIs


Our moderator will facilitate an interactive discussion on three novel use cases of the HL7® FHIR® standard between our panelists who bring different expert perspectives on the health data exchange standard and its implications. The sessions will then pivot to addressing audience questions on FHIR-based APIs from a regulatory, business and technical perspectives.

Panelists and Moderator

Lloyd McKenzie, P. Eng.

Senior Consultant & Industry Thought Leader, Centers of Excellence

Gevity Consulting

Lloyd McKenzie is a Senior Consultant within Gevity Consulting’s Centers Of Excellence group where he acts as the Industry Thought Leader on health data standards. He is a globally recognized expert in HL7® and FHIR® data modeling, design and implementation, with 20 years of experience as an information architect.

Lloyd was one of the three initial developers of the HL7® FHIR® standard and is a co-chair of both the FHIR Management Group and FHIR Infrastructure work group at Health Level Seven International.  He has provided implementation expertise and guidance to numerous clients across the globe on matters of interoperability, including the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator, U.S. Federal Drug Administration, U.S. National Cancer Institute, Canada Health Infoway and with HL7’s Da Vinci project.


Lloyd’s recent focus has been on novel implementations and uses of the FHIR standard. Lloyd regularly teaches on health data standards like FHIR to a wide range of audiences, including on behalf of standards organizations themselves. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science.

Virginia Lorenzini, FHL7, CPHIMS

Senior Technical Architect

The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics



Virginia Lorenzini is a champion of standards-based interoperability and is especially proud of her 26 years of active service to Health Level Seven, an international developer of healthcare interoperability standards.  She also serves as a test monitor for the IHE North American Connectathon.


Virginia has been working in health informatics for almost 3 decades.  As senior technical architect at NewYork-Presbyterian, she has a long history of using standards to solve interoperability problems and serves as subject matter expert on health IT regulations and standards. 


As a faculty member of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, she provides expertise on standards-based interoperability, co-chairs the HL7 FHIR Lab, and directs the Health IT program.


She loves being a part of our NY HIMSS community.


Helen Oscislawski, Esq.

Founder & Managing Partner

Attorneys at Oscislawski LLC



Helen is a corporate and regulatory attorney whose practice for over the last 20 years has focused almost exclusively on advising and representing clients in the health care industry. She cemented her reputation as a prominent privacy and health information technology attorney through decades of developed experience and working hand-in-hand with C-suite executives and in-house general counsels on how to structure and manage complex data-sharing arrangements in compliance with applicable federal and state laws. She is known to many as a “go to” attorney for legal guidance and advice on HIPAA privacy, security and breaches; 42 CFR Part 2; telehealth & telemedicine; as well as laws regulating the access, use and sharing of medical, health and genetic information, generally. In 2008, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine appointed Helen to the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission (NJ-HITC) to fill the seat designated by statute for “an attorney practicing in this State with demonstrated expertise in health privacy.” In 2010, Governor Christie reappointed Helen to the NJ-HITC for another 2-year term and she was tapped to serve as Chair of the Privacy and Security Committee for the New Jersey HIT Coordinator. Helen is selected to the 2020 “Super Lawyers®” list for Health Care Law in New Jersey issued by Thomson Reuters.  Her firm was also included on the “Best Law Firms” in Health Care Law, Princeton New Jersey list issued by Best Lawyers for 2018-2020. Helen is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Arizona.

Mike O’Neill




Mike is an IT industry leader with global entrepreneurial leadership embodied in decades of successful products and programs that are now the cornerstone of healthcare technology practice. Mike is Founder & Chairman of the Board of the Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA), and CEO MedicaSoft, overseeing solutions for both government and commercial healthcare clients.

Mike has an extensive background with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Previously was senior leader in private and public technology companies such as IBM introducing new products while invigorating legacy product lines.  Mike holds a BS, MS in Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech.


Tom Hallisey

Director, Health Information Technology Strategy

Healthcare Association of New York State

As HANYS’ director of healthcare information technology, Thomas Hallisey formulates and executes HANYS’ state and federal HIT regulatory and legislative advocacy agenda and provides education and collaboration to New York health systems.  This includes working with government agencies, lawmakers and other organizations to advance HANYS’ HIT agenda on behalf of New York’s hospitals and health systems.


Tom’s career includes extensive HIT work in the hospital setting, beginning at EMR vendor MEDITECH and culminating in spending nearly 20 years as the CIO at several New York state and Washington, D.C. hospitals. He served as CIO at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, Cortland Regional Medical Center and United Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently, he was executive IT adviser and CIO at Hartman Executive advisers, an IT consulting firm in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.



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