Thank you for joining us during Global Health Equity Week, an initiative focused on displaying the potential of health information and technology to transform health and minimize health disparities. Connect with global experts and colleagues to discuss ways to increase broadband access to mitigate the digital divide and improve digital health literacy and digital inclusion. Get solutions to help you improve health and wellness for everyone, everywhere.
- Join our Virtual March on the States: Urge your Governor to take action on developing a digital health-focused Momnibus package in your state today!
- Join our Virtual March on Congress: Participate in our virtual march to close the digital divide and advance health equity!
Monday, October 25th
The EHRA’s Public Policy Leadership Workgroup recently hosted a Congressional Briefing on Health Equity and SDOH. Panelists Janet Campbell (Epic), Katie Adamson (YMCA of the United States), Sarah Holder, RN (Raleigh Pediatric Associates) and Seraphine Kapsandoy, PhD, RN (Intermountain Healthcare) shared real-world examples of progress in building connections between healthcare providers and critical social service agencies. They also put forth ideas for Congressional action that could be taken to make rapid progress in this area.
Reimagining Healthcare Innovation to Overcome the Real World Challenge of Infant and Maternal Health | View on Demand
Preterm birth is a global issue that is the greatest cause of infant mortality and maternal morbidity and mortality, affecting all socio-economic groups. The development of innovative approaches to address the complex set of issues associated with this requires application of systems and process based analysis before attempting to develop and/or apply new technologies. The webinar will present how systems and process analysis can be used to identify critical points and opportunities for addressing these challenges with existing technologies as well as target applications for new technology development.
2-00-3:30 PM EST
Data Deficiency: How Information is Crucial to Resolving the Maternal Health Crisis | Register now
HIMSS and the MATCH Coalition are pleased to convene key stakeholders on the topic of maternal health data, provide a view of the national state of affairs on maternal health surveillance, and discuss the legislative landscape. Access to quality maternity care is a critical component of maternal health and positive birth outcomes. According to a March of Dimes Report, 2.2 million women of childbearing age in the US live in areas where women do not have easy access to maternity care. These are called “maternity deserts.” In 2017, almost 150,000 babies were born to women living in maternity care deserts. It is important to note that these maternity deserts are not solely in rural areas of the US. Among women living in maternity care deserts, 1 in 3 live in a large metropolitan area or urban setting. Access to data is a vital part of ensuring timely and appropriate allocation of resources and interventions, good clinical decision making, and the establishment and expansion of infrastructure and prevention measures.
Tuesday, October 26th
12:00-1:00 PM CST
Nurses Role in Health Equity: Crucial Collaboration Leveraging SDOH Tools | Register now
With a heightened awareness of health inequities, there has been an increase the in the identification of social determinants of health (SDOH) data for inclusion in care processes. However, there is little guidance on how to implement the use of these data within clinical workflows. Join HIMSS on October 26 at 12:00 pm CT to learn more about SDOH implementation use cases using dyads consisting of vendors of SDOH tools and healthcare providers that have implemented the tools. We will also discuss the SDOH needs from a community health practice, including the sharing of SDOH data across practice settings. The overall purpose is to share best practices and discuss lessons learned to support nurses involved in SDOH activities and organizations looking to implement.
12:30 PM CST
Emerging Health Information and Technologies Careers Webinar | Register now
Gain new insight on the latest emerging technologies such as AI/machine learning, block chain and virtual reality. Get real-world perspectives on the most in-demand careers in these areas such as cybersecurity, health informatics and medical/health services. Learn tips from industry professionals on how to position yourself for career success.
12-00-1:00 PM CST
Texas Chapter – Nora Belcher – Telehealth Texas Register now
11:45-1:00 PM MT
Colorado Chapter – Advocacy Health Equity Week | Register now
4:00 - 5:00 PM PDT
British Columbia Chapter – Annual General Meeting Registration | Register now
7:00 - 9:00 PM EST
South Carolina Annual Conference | Register now
Wednesday, October 27th
11:00-12:00 PM CST
Digital inclusion and resilience through European Cooperation | Register now
Technology is shortening the distance between communities across the globe yet the digital divide remains. Barriers to access combined with social factors, including education, employment status, income level, gender and ethnicity have a significant influence on the health of populations. In all countries – whether low-, middle- or high-income – there are wide disparities. Representatives of the Digital Health Advisory Group for Europe will look at digital resilience and inclusion from 3 main points of view: health equity; international solidarity; and digitally-enabled workforce of the future and discuss the need to invest in skills and literacy for digital health and data.
7:00 AM-5:45 PM EST
South Carolina Annual Conference | Register now
7:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
New England Chapter – Health Information Exchange Conference: Why You Should Be Paying Closer Attention to YOUR HIEs | Register now
12-00-1:00 PM CST
Texas Chapter - Dr. Catherine Eppes - Maternal Health | Register now
1:30- 2:30 PM CST
Tennessee Chapter – Diversity in Clinical Settings & Health IT Virtual Panel Discussion | Register now
Thursday, October 28th
12:00-1:30 PM CST
Standards Paving the Way to Address Social Determinants of Health | Register now
Join the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community as experts in SDOH data discuss the most up-to-date advancements to improve whole-person care through interoperability and better health information exchange. This discussion will explore the standards and technology presently available to support SDOH related interventions, as well as U.S. government efforts to maximize existing and future federal investments in social health and care.
10:00-2:40 PM EST
Northern Ohio Chapter – Virtual Fall Conference Register now
12:00-1:00 PM CST
Texas Chapter – Katherine Lusk - Texas Interoperability | Register now
12:00-1:00 PM EST
Georgia Chapter – AI in Healthcare Lunch and Learn | Register now
Friday, October 29th
10:00-11:00 AM CST
Data Equity: How Can Data Be Used to Address Health Disparities | Register now
Howard University's 1867 Health Innovations Project and HIMSS have partnered to host a Beyond Talk Series to address global health topics that intersect with technology and health equity.
Articles and Resources
HIMSS Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Guide
The HIMSS SDOH Guide is provides the industry with foundational knowledge about how health information and technology integrates social determinants of health into care delivery settings to improve individual and global well-being. Learn more
The Digital Divide in Healthcare: It’s Not Just Access
How the digital divide can be bridged by considering skills, cultural context and technology. Learn more
HIMSS Accelerate Health Podcast
Accelerating Health Equity - Jonathan Kumar CEO of Samaritan
In this episode, Jonathan Kumar, the CEO of Samaritan joins host Kerry Amato and gives us a view of Samaritan's work to help homeless individuals access services. Learn more
TIGER International Task Force
Join our informatics/ehealth efforts
The HIMSS TIGER International Task Force seeks volunteers to provide expertise, leadership and guidance to the global health informatics community. Volunteers must agree to a 3-4 hour commitment per month over 2 years and 70% participation in task force and work stream meetings. Please email your resume or CV (three-page max) along with a brief explanation of how your background, skills and interests align with the goals of the task force. The deadline to apply is Monday, November 8, 2021. International members are strongly encouraged to apply. Apply today