From Roadmap to Reality

Partner with the Interoperability Institute (IOI) to transform your national healthcare roadmaps from inception to impact.

  • The Interoperability Institute makes any national healthcare roadmaps a reality through the AWS powered Virtual Innovation Center.​
  • IOI VIC Challenges are based on a unified community (VIC Challenge Community or VCC) with focus on both long-term healthcare business objectives and immediate business use cases​.
  • VCCs foster many Challenge Events that drive solutions. Together these solutions deliver to the big picture healthcare initiatives​.


What is a Virtual Innovation Center (VIC)?

The VIC is a cloud-based, virtual environment designed to address an industry IT challenge in a consensus-driven, open development model​.

A VIC Challenge Community (VCC) is a group of sponsors, stakeholders and Challenge Participants who are committed to creating one or more solutions that join together to solve large healthcare initiatives. The VCC is orchestrated by the Interoperability Institute and powered by AWS. ​

A VIC Challenge Event (CE) brings together a specific community of sponsors, stakeholders & Challenge Participants to solve specific technology challenges. Challenge Events are hosted in an open, merit-based competition to achieve the overall healthcare initiative. ​

Who is Involved in a VIC?​

  • Interoperability Institute – The non-profit VCC orchestrator and results driver​.
  • Sponsors – Primary funders & stakeholders of the VCC​.
  • Stakeholders – Define the problem(s) & guide the community​.
  • Challenge Participants – Solution builders and owners.

IOI VIC Challenge Benefits

The VIC Challenge streamlines healthcare innovation by:

  • Connecting Sponsors & Innovators: We bring sponsors and participants together  to tackle critical industry challenges.
    Focus & Speed: We ensure all participants have a clear understanding of the challenge, leading to faster development of high-impact solutions.
    Broader Adoption: Through targeted marketing and post-event engagement, we drive market awareness and adoption of the developed solutions.
    Reduced Costs: A focused approach with shared learning among all participants minimizes development and deployment costs.
    Scalability & Flexibility: The VIC Challenge model is easily adaptable for various healthcare use cases and standards adoption.

IOI Differentiators

Build faster and go further with IOI’s state-of-the-art VIC


  • IOI’s premium tier innovation space – Including use case specific synthetic data for solution testing and the Interoperability Land sandbox testing application​.
  • Partner products – Available in the IOI premium tier innovation space, these pre-built capabilities will include CDRs, integration engines, terminology services, workflow modelling tools and more, that can be productionized easily, which reduces build burden on Challenge Participants​.
  • Innovation space is constantly growing – With new vendor-partners and their capabilities onboarded regularly​.
  • Innovation space offers a marketplace – Designed to make solutions using vendor-partner products easily productionized​.

VIC Challenge Events are a Highly Repeatable Process

The five main steps are:
  • Identify and Define the Problem​
  • Identify and Define the Stakeholders​
  • Working Backwards Session(s)​
  • Build & demo events​
  • Final Event with Solution Evaluation

These 5 steps are broken down into individual sessions within the Challenge Event. In between each session, Challenge Participants will independently work on their solutions.

IOI Differentiators:

  • Event Experience – IOI created, hosted, and facilitated numerous InterOpathons, a unique combination of a Connectathon & Hackathon that encouraged innovation.
  • Pathway to Production – IOI’s product offerings are specifically geared towards assisting organizations reach production with their products in a manner that is more efficient, cost effective, and innovative.​
  • Dedicated Technical Team – IOI has a technical team solely focused on innovation, this technical team will help implement, develop, and deploy the tools needed by Challenge Participants during Challenge Events.

    Opportunity Driver

    • FHIR is mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act
    • Health Information Networks/Exchanges across the country are implementing FHIR in production
    • Improve FHIR viewer through directed feedback from Industry Subject Matter Experts.
    • Advance Technology
    • Enable alignment of data, tools and measures to direct customer needs

    Current state:

    • Many different FHIR Viewers exist in the market
    • Lack of understanding of each FHIR Viewers Differentiator
    • Lack of understanding of how each FHIR Viewer addresses edge cases or use cases.

    Strategic Opportunity:

    • FHIR is a new health data language that will continue to evolve over the next several years.
    • HIEs/HINs/EHRs are working to use FHIR in their production systems today.

    Immediate Need/Use Case

    • Health Information Networks are looking to understand the market and competition for FHIR Viewers as they begin to consider the best solution for their technology platforms.

    Participant Opportunity:

    • Get directed, actionable feedback from industry experts
    • Strengthen FHIR Viewer offerings by understanding customers needs
    • Position your FHIR Viewer as a strong contender in the marketplace.
    • Utilize feedback as a marketable manner through website, social media and collateral.
    • Leverage IOI’s convening capabilities and AWS’ working

    IOI Ask:

    • Register for the event
    • Join us for the kick-off event the week of May 13, 2024
    • Join Round One of demonstrations the week of May 20, 2024.
    • Join the Working Backwards session in June
    • Join the Round Two Demonstrations in August
    • Join the VIC Challenge Community to continute to further FHIR Viewers as an offering

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    Healthcare industry Initiatives that would benefit from participation in IOI’s Virtual Innovation Center:

    • Longitudinal FHIR Viewer
    • Calculating Digital Quality Measures (DQM) ​
    • Universal consent Operationalizing ​
    • AI Model Governance ​
    • Public health sharing under TEFCA ​
    • SDoH ​
    • Interoperable Referrals ​
    • Disincentives for information blocking ​
    • Prior Authorization facilitated through FHIR APIs ​
    • Payer to Payer exchange
    • Provider access API ​
    • Schools based behavioral health providers ​
    • Population Health Activities ​
    • Provider based routing on a national scale ​
    • Sharing information across the care continuum
    • Government benefits determination ​
    • California Qualified Health Information Organizations​
    • Foster Care Information Transfer – Missouri ​