Faces of #WomeninHIT: Get to Know the Changemakers.

Hello {{lead.First Name:default=Subscriber}} welcome to this week's edition of The HIMSS North America Weekly Insider.

In this issue:  Download the latest eBook from HIMSS Insights to learn about how stakeholders can foster a culture of innovation. Also be sure to check out our recaps on the latest HIMSS Innovation Center. We’re also seeking expertise for the next HIMSS surveys, and sending a friendly reminder that HIMSS19 Early Bird registration discounts end next week –register today!

What's New
The first HIMSS Insights eBook addresses the challenges of innovating in large organizations and health systems. Learn about how new technologies and processes can help stakeholders collaborate more effectively to provide the best care for patients and improve clinical and financial outcomes. Download the free eBook today.

Healthcare leaders around the world face a multitude of difficulties and opportunities across administrative, financial, operational and technical aspects when delivering patient care. Ensuring that a healthcare organization is well prepared to meet these growing challenges – while maintaining clinical excellence and technical competence – is imperative to sustaining one’s competitive advantage.

We are pleased to introduce the Harvard Medical School Executive Education Program for HIMSS. This innovative three-day program will deliver highly relevant education to meet the increasing responsibilities of today’s healthcare leaders.
Learn more and register for Data, Insights and Strategies for the Health Enterprise.

Explore related thought leadership content from HIMSS:
How to Achieve Organizational Goals With Your Data
What’s Driving the Global Transformation of Care Delivery?
Health Innovation: Are We Getting it Right?
What’s Driving Data-Based Decision-Making?

HIMSS, a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through the application of information and technology, announced the launch of regional editions of HealthcareITNews.com and MobiHealthNews.com for Asia Pacific, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Hospital for Special Surgery was recognized as 2018 HIMSS Davies Award recipient for leveraging the value of health information and technology, as evidenced in their three use case submissions. Their use cases focused on optimizing consumer access and operational efficiency with technology improvements, reducing peak wait times for patients, and census reporting and clinical pathway management as means to improve capacity and optimize patient care.

Read this announcement based on their award-winning case study to learn more:

Hospital for Special Surgery Tackles Patient Volume Challenges

Get a deeper dive during their session at HIMSS19 – learn more.

HIMSS TV Weekly Highlight

Secrets of a Digitized Healthcare Success Story

During HIMSS AsiaPac 2018, we spoke with Cameron Ballantine, chief information officer at Metro South Health. Ballantine shares insights on the challenges and victories his organization faced as they worked to become Australia’s first digital health service. Read more on Australia’s latest accomplishments in digital health.

Read about the inspiring innovations created to amplify awareness through create solutions addressing the issue of infant mortality. This week, HIMSS announced the three winning submissions from the developer challenge – learn more in this HIMSS Innovation Center blog post.

The brightest minds in healthcare converged in Cleveland in October for three days of connecting, strategizing and disrupting for innovative change.  Cleveland Clinic’s 2018 Medical Innovation Summit (MIS) attracted global thought leaders ready to reimagine healthcare and tackle big issues.  Explore this recap highlighting two of the event’s most exciting engagements which were developed in collaboration with HIMSS: the Startup Showcase and the Women in Health Tech “Brass Tracks” breakout session.
Faces of #WomeninHIT: Get to Know the Changemakers

Women who are making a difference in the field of health information and technology must first tell their story to help us all empower and enable success for more women in health and healthcare. Check out the new HIMSS Women in Health IT profile page and learn more about how #WomeninHIT are influencing positive change in the health information and technology workforce. This week’s feature highlights Danielle Siarri, MSN, RN, a nursing informatics specialist with global expertise. Read a HIMSS guest blog written by Siarri.

HIMSS Welcomes Canadian Prairies Chapter

HIMSS is pleased to announce its 57th chapter, the Canadian Prairies Chapter of HIMSS. The Canadian Prairies Chapter proudly serves the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. This is the second HIMSS Chapter in Canada, following the Ontario Chapter.

Chapter members: to select the Canadian Prairies Chapter as your HIMSS chapter of choice, go to himss.org, log in to “My Account,” go to “My Involvement,” and select “Change Complimentary Chapter.”

The Canadian Prairies Provinces Chapter’s founding members look forward to increasing engagement in their region and working collaboratively with the Ontario Chapter. For more information on how to get involved, go to canadianprairies.himsschapter.org or email canadianprairies.info@himsschapter.org.

Explore all HIMSS Chapters and their upcoming events.
2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey: Your Voice is Needed

Share your thoughts on the 2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. Instituted as an annual cybersecurity survey in 2015, the HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey gauges the perceptions and practices of healthcare organizations on a number of cybersecurity topics facing the health sector. The survey link will be open through Dec. 13.
Why Participate?

  • Gain insight into how your organization’s cybersecurity program compares to your peers
  • Understand what healthcare providers and third party vendors are doing to safeguard health information
  • Learn about the opportunities to improve healthcare cybersecurity

Get the details and take the survey here.

In Focus: Artificial Intelligence and Machine-Based Learning

Artificial intelligence is no longer something only dreamt about in sci-fi fantasies. Today we’re applying artificial intelligence and machine-based learning to the real world of healthcare. Hear from fellow healthcare professionals on how we can continue moving the needle forward.


Help us understand your 2019 staffing and technology priorities by taking the HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey. HIMSS is looking to uncover trends and gain valuable insight into the rapidly changing market for healthcare information and technology professionals. We’d like your expertise on staffing needs as well as any issues driving your organization’s efforts in the coming year. Survey participants can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The deadline to take the survey is Dec. 13.
Take the survey.

HIMSS comments on CMS's release of the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program Final Rule.
The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) provided an accurate picture of the current activities that continue to perpetuate our quilt-like approach to interoperable data exchange instead of data liquidity in their special publication Procuring Interoperability: Achieving High-Quality, Connected, and Person-Centered Care.

We’re calling all champions of health – those of us committed to improve health and well-being – to unite at HIMSS19 to reimagine health and meet the revolution head-on.
Explore more HIMSS19 news and updates below, and start planning your global conference experience! Register today and get an early-bird discount.

Clinical & Business Intelligence Community December Webinar
Register today for the December webinar event “ Towards a Fast Track in Digital Health Innovation, Part 2: Case Studies of Select Applications from Sheba Medical Center | Tel Aviv, Israel” presented by Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, Sheba Medical Center.  In this presentation, Dr. Zimlichman will showcase select case studies of innovations in digital health developed through the unique ARC program.  Solutions include AI applications aimed at preventing medication errors, or optimizing patient placement in the post-acute care arena, analytic tools that allow for diagnosing hospital acquired infections, and innovative new telemedicine programs. | #PutData2Work
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Clinical & Business Intelligence Community Webinar Recording

Towards a Fast Track in Digital Health Innovation, Part 1: Setting the Strategy and Infrastructure at Sheba Medical Center | Tel Aviv, Israel” presented by Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer.  Learn how Sheba Medical Center is building on leadership in research and information technology to accelerate innovation in digital health through a new strategy – Accelerate, Redesign and Collaborate (ARC). | Listen here | Register for all upcoming C&BI Community events | #PutData2Work

The Value Brief
Improving Pediatric Patient Experience Through Engagement

In the latest episode of STEPS To Value, “The Value of Engaging Pediatric Patients in Design Thinking,” Gokul Krishnan, director of Maker Therapy at WestEd, explains how Lucile Packard Hospital has created maker spaces to improve the mental well-being of chronically ill children and their families while they spend time in the hospital.

Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how health IT brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site.
Uncover your sales opportunities with a FREE healthcare technology market report for Q3, 2018 >>
Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Nov. 28
Women in Health IT Event 2018 | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
Los Angeles, CA

Thursday, Nov. 29
Artifical Intelligence and The Healthcare of Tomorrow | Georgia Chapter of HIMSS
Maggiano – Buckhead | Atlanta, GA

Transforming Interactions with Patient Access Centers | Wisconsin Chapter of HIMSS
HotelRED 1501 Monroe St Madison, WI 53711

Blockland Solutions Conference
Saturday, Dec. 1 - 4
Huntington Convention Center | Cleveland, OH

Blockland Solutions, the conference for developers and business leaders to connect on real-world applications of blockchain technology, is coming to Cleveland this December. Solutions is one of the first blockchain education conferences to provide experiential learning through hands-on coding and real-world problem solving with a focus on solutions for business and government applications. HIMSS members receive $200 off the Full Main Conference Rate using code: HIMSS. Developers who attend the pre-conference workshop can attend for $395, but tickets are limited and are selling fast. Learn more.

Monday, Dec. 3 | 12:00-1:00pm ET
December 2018 Health Story Project Roundtable | Using Natural Language Processing to Boost the Power of the Narrative
The Health Story Project continues to highlight the value of the clinical narrative with a review of natural language processing (NLP) technology. Panelists will share several use cases that apply NLP to narrative text to enhance the value of this information. Register now!

Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Friday, Dec. 9
HIMSS Greater China | Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing
The 2018 HIMSS Greater China Annual Conference brings together government officials, most influencial hospital CEOs and other C-Suite healthcare executives and other top-positioned decision-makers to cast their vision and insights into the country’s tremendous HIT momentum.

Monday, Dec. 12
HL7® and IHE: Paving a Common Path to Interoperability
December 12, 2018, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Join us for our Special HL7® and HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable! We will be discussing the Gemini Project, a collaboration between HL7® and IHE. Register now!
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