As technology advances and administrative costs soar, interoperability becomes increasingly more important in healthcare. Every week there is a new article or study on what could be achieved if only our healthcare data systems talked to each other, so why don’t they? Join us on Friday, 7/14 at 1pm ET for our #AskAvaility chat on interoperability featuring our Platform Solutions Architect, David Quickstad (@DQuickstad), and the CTO of HL7, Wayne Kubick (@WayneKubick). We’re talking about why interoperability is so important, what it might mean for all players in the healthcare space, and what outside influencers like Amazon and Apple can bring to the table. It’s going to be a great chat on a super-hot topic (some might even say it’s on FHIR), so be there!

Our tweetchat will be held in T1:A1 format with the following topics:

T1: Why are investments in interoperable data standards such as #FHIR so important? #AskAvaility

T2: How can #interoperability standard adoption by payers and providers improve healthcare? #AskAvaility

T3: What are the biggest obstacles for the adoption of #interoperability standards in healthcare right now? #AskAvaility

T4: How long until #interoperability standards are mandated, either through legislation or market demand? #AskAvaility

T5: How have consumer-technologies driven the market need for #interoperability/#FHIR? #AskAvaility

T6: If/when #interoperability standards are adopted, what’re the first solutions you want to see integrated? #AskAvaility

Bonus: How might tech giants looking to enter #healthcare (like @Apple) force it to engage in true #interoperability? #AskAvaility

Bring your comments, questions, ideas, and best gif game to the chat and be sure to tag #AskAvaility. You can also tweet your thoughts to the hosts at @DQuickstad, @WayneKubick, and @Availity.

About the Host

Wayne R. Kubick

Wayne R. Kubick is Chief Technology Officer for Health Level Seven International, responsible for advancing HL7’s mission and vision, and helping HL7 work groups develop standards for health for use throughout the healthcare ecosystem. He was previously CTO of the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) and brings more than 25 years of experience in a variety of technology-focused roles related to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, Mr. Kubick holds a B.A. from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Boston University. You can find him on Twitter at @WayneKubick.

David Quickstad

David Quickstad is recognized as a subject matter expert in HIT and the healthcare insurance payment stream. He’s been in healthcare for the better part of a decade and has particular interest in HL7, FHIR, authorizations, and referrals. When he’s not neck-deep in HealthIT, he enjoys running, swimming, and travel. You can tweet to him at @DQuickstad.

About the Moderator


Availity integrates and manages clinical, administrative, and financial data to fuel real-time coordination between providers, health plans, and patients in a growing value-based care environment. Facilitating over 7 million transactions daily, Availity’s ability to provide accurate, timely, and relevant information is vital to the financial success of its customers. You can find more information on Availity at or on Twitter @Availity.