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Clinical Informatics Insights - Health IT Implementation
In this issue of Clinical Informatics Insights, we explore the team approach to Health IT implementation and provide resources on clinical decision support.

August 1, 2001 - A Day that Lives in Infamy
By Lisa M Masson, MD, MBA, Medical Director Informatics, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

I toiled as a family doc at a Sutter Health. The main building was all on Epic. The family physicians, in our "satellite clinics" remained on paper. A patient would come in after seeing a specialist. The main building providers no longer remembered to fax over a note, as they all automagically had access.
Q&A with Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP
I think that to provide the best care for patients, we have to be the very best version of ourselves. Not only do we need to stay abreast of the latest clinical and practice knowledge, but we have to be physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy - and that last part means many things to many people.

A Team Approach to Health IT Implementation
By Jeanne Venella, DNP, MS, CEN, CPEN

Health IT projects either fall short of business and clinical goals or are completely abandoned at an astonishing rate. Studies vary, but failure-rate estimates range from 35% to 75%.
Building Better Predictive Models with Subjective Data
By Ahmad Sharif, MD, MPH, SCPM, member, HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Committee

Traditional health care data includes objective clinical data such as blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, body weight and laboratory values.


WannaCry Ransomware: An International Cyber Threat
A new type of ransomware is propagating throughout the internet. It has affected organizations around the world in just a matter of days. Unlike other forms of ransomware seen over the past year, this type does not require human intervention to spread. For more information on how to protect your organization's assets, see this HIMSS blog post here

After Nearly Two Decades, a Win in Congress for Patient Data Matching
By Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, Executive Vice President, HIMSS
I have good news to share with you: after 19 years of dedicated effort - first by CHIM, and then a collaboration of HIMSS and our partners in the health IT community - Congress has included report language with its bipartisan Omnibus spending bill to clarify its prohibition on the unique patient identifier (UPI). Read more.

The Guiding Principle that Primes Machine Learning to Reduce Readmissions
As healthcare datasets become ever larger, a new paradigm is emerging in healthcare risk modeling. Specifically, machine learning algorithms are leveraging historical relationships and trends in these datasets to develop risk models that identify which patients are most vulnerable to readmission. Hospitals that want to successfully use such models to reduce their own readmissions are advised to follow a guiding principle of machine learning. Read full details.

Taking on the Bundled Payment Care Improvement Program
The bundled payment care improvement program is a value-based program being piloted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at a number of US health care organizations.  An important difference from past cost-cutting innovations is that patient outcomes are a significant part of the value equation as well.  This has been a wonderful incentive to clinicians everywhere who see patient care as the center of their work and the costs as secondary. Read more.

AMIA Launches Informatics Workforce Survey
AMIA invites the members of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) to participate in its first Informatics Workforce Survey-an important and unique opportunity to help shape the future of informatics. HIMSS is distributing this survey to ensure the specific perspectives of its members are considered in the development of programs to support informatics professionals. The survey is designed for professionals and students from all informatics domains and should take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete. By completing this survey, you will become eligible to enter a drawing for one of ten $250 VISA gift cards. No identifying information will be revealed in reporting results of this survey. AMIA is seeking broad representation from the informatics field. Please share the survey link with colleagues who may be interested in participating. If you have any questions or comments, please contact To participate, click this link or paste it into your browser: Please complete by May 24, 2017.

A Physician's Story: A Clinician's Career Transition from Bedside to Boardroom
June 26, 2017 | 11:00am - 12:00 pm CST
Women in Health IT share stories of how they changed their career path, expanded their skillset to make an impact, and transformed what it means to be a physician across the healthcare continuum. As leaders in the field, these women share their unique perspectives on healthcare policy, clinical experience, transitioning to executive work, and taking advantage of new learning opportunities.
Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what inspired these physicians to make a change in their career path
  • Determine your potential impact outside the clinical setting
  • Explore the balance between patient care, medicine science, and the healthcare administration

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Continuing the Conversation: Tearing Down Interoperability Barriers-Real Life Impact on Business, Technology & People
June 5, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

Interoperability continues to be an issue that stakeholders across the health and healthcare ecosystem find difficult to address. In this session, our panelists will continue the conversation that began at HIMSS17 on the remaining barriers and opportunities surrounding the complex topic of interoperability. Where the first session set the stage for the various impacts of interoperability across stakeholders, in this session, the panelists will share their experiences within their respective fields in trying to achieve widespread interoperability, and discuss challenges they have faced. Learn more and register now!


By Cheryl D. Parker, PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, PatientSafe Solutions, Inc.

Clinical Decision Support - HIMSS
All of HIMSS's resources on clinical decision support can be found here, including fundamentals, case studies, and MU.

Clinical Decision Support: More than just 'alerts'
A good primer on CDS.

AHRQ CDC Program
Gives you the basics of the CDC program with several articles of interest including care national road map, recommendations, challenges and barriers, and community connections.

AHRQ Funded Project Site
This is a treasure trove of information and tools!  Dive in based on your interests. AHRQ has funded several research projects involving CDS, including the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Initiative, two demonstrations supported by a panel of technical experts, the development of white papers, and outreach efforts to develop consensus in the health care field around the use of CDS to promote safe and effective health care.

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June 2017 HIMSS CMIO Roundtable - CMIO Solution Session: Cultivating Team Building and Engagement with Medical Staff
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A Physician's Story: A Clinician's Career Transition from Bedside to Boardroom
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