FHIR-Side Chat: Information for Health
Insurance Providers

  • March 04, 2021
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
  • Online

As health insurance providers navigate current and planned CMS regulations and, as a result, try to develop their in-house FHIR expertise rapidly, there’s little time for trial and error and a growing need to learn from the experience of other professionals.

Our speakers will share their expertise and real-life experience developing FHIR-based solutions for health insurance providers, and attendees will help determine the topic discussions through live Q&A.

At a high-level, attendees will learn about:

  • The future of CMS/ONC interoperability rules
  • Common implementation challenges
  • Third-party app security implications
  • Taking advantage of HEDIS’ focus on FHIR


Duncan Weatherston
Smile CDR

Over the past 20 years, Duncan has been a key architect in the creation and delivery of a regional health technology architecture and strategy for the coordinated sharing of health records for the province of Ontario, Canada. His work has addressed the design and delivery of coordinated health record integration across more than 200 hospitals, 250,000 health care providers and a patient population of over 14 million people.

Duncan was the chief architect and technical lead for a solution that collected the health records from dozens of hospitals and made them available to clinicians. The longitudinal system included an EMPI, consent management solution, ESB and security services infrastructure that enabled the dissemination of records through a federated trust model.

Previously, Duncan was the Technical Lead for the Ontario Digital Health Drug Repository, a drug dispense database with over a billion records addressing the medication history of millions of Ontarians. This FHIR-based clinical project was delivered early, with extended scope and under budget.

Duncan was also a key architect and security specialist in the creation and delivery of Ontario’s laboratory information system. He was instrumental in the creation of a security and privacy architecture that enabled the sharing of personal health information and participation of multitudinous health care providers.

Hayes Abrams
Provider Connectivity & Health Data Exchange
BlueCross and BlueShield of Illinois

Hayes Abrams currently serves as executive director of Network Strategy & Implementation at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. In this role, Hayes is responsible for identifying and establishing Health Data Exchange opportunities with the provider community. This includes consulting and collaborating with health care providers to enable the adoption of enhanced reporting, analytics, and data exchange capabilities to improve health outcomes, reduce costs, and enhance the quality of care for BCBSIL’s 8 million members.

Aneesh Chopra (Moderator)

Aneesh Chopra is the President of CareJourney, an open data membership service building a trusted, transparent rating system for physicians, networks, facilities and markets on the move to value. He served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer under President Obama (’09-’12) and in 2014, authored “Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government.”

He serves on the Board of the Health Care Cost Institute, the New Jersey Innovation Institute, and earned his MPP from Harvard Kennedy School and BA from The Johns Hopkins University.