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August 22, 2017 SUBSCRIBE | MEMBERSHIP
A Pathway to Pharmacy Informatics
This month's issue of Clinical Informatics Insights profiles a working pharmacist and provides useful, educational resource tools for pharmacy informaticists.

MEET AN INFORMATICIST
A Pharmacist's Pathway to Informatics
By Afton Y. Wagner, PharmD, Senior Manager, Federal Affairs & Pharmacy Initiatives, HIMSS North America

When I began my pharmacy school journey in 2001, I was not aware of the diversity in career paths I could choose as a medical professional. Like many other pharmacy students, I believed that I could pick one of two tracks after graduation to include working in a hospital or retail community pharmacy. My view quickly changed thanks to a mentor.

RESOURCE IN PRACTICE
The eCQI Resource Center: Your "One-Stop Shop" for electronic clinical quality improvement information and resources
By Shanna Hartman, MSN, RN Nurse Consultant, Division of Electronic and Clinician Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are working to improve the health of our nation by transforming care from a volume-based system to a more patient-centered, value-based health system.

TREND SPOTTER
In Digital Health, Everything Contributes to Value
By Rod Piechowski, Senior Director, Health Information Systems, HIMSS North America

When HIMSS's value project first began a few years ago, our idea was to collect evidence of information technology's value in the healthcare sector. As the project continues to evolve, you'll continue to see changes in how and what we present on the topic of value.

HIMSS NEWS

HIMSS Names Harold "Hal" Wolf III as New President/Chief Executive Officer
HIMSS has announced the appointment of Harold "Hal" Wolf III as its new president and CEO. Wolf is expected to start in September 2017 and will assume full duties of President and CEO by the end of the year. He will succeed H. Stephen Lieber, who in December 2016 announced his plans to retire as HIMSS President and CEO after more than 17 years of recognized success and exemplary service to HIMSS. Read full press release.

The Call for Nominations for HIMSS Awards Now Open!
Lots of talented people work in health IT but few take the time to nominate someone. Make someone's day by nominating them today! HIMSS is now accepting nominations for awards that celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the transformation of health through IT. Nominations accepted until Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Read full listing.

HIMSS Launches Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship
The Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship, sponsored by the HIMSS Foundation, recognizes the leadership and passion for innovation in digital health technology of its namesake, HIMSS president and CEO for more than 17 years. Applications are now open for this prestigious scholarship, designated for a student pursuing a degree from an accredited collegiate undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral academic program. Read full details.

2017 Most Influential Women in Health IT: How to Cultivate Career Success
Although there's more to smile about when we look back on the milestones women in health IT have accomplished this year, it's also important to address the challenges we still face. The most challenging issue for women in health IT is receiving recognition for their accomplishments and working to close the gender gap that, unfortunately, continues to exist. Though immense progress has been made in 2017, our journey is far from over. Read more.

Protecting Your Stakeholder's Privacy With Information Sharing
In a recent blog post, Lee Kim, director, privacy and security, healthcare information systems, HIMSS North America, states that information sharing is vital to the security and safety of the sector, and stakeholders within the sector. Read the full blog post to learn more about information sharing. View the latest HIMSS monthly healthcare cybersecurity and cross-sector report. Visit the HIMSS Value Suite site to learn more about how security plays a vital role in patient care and safety.  Visit the HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub to learn about the latest security issues, available solutions and ways to apply a variety of technologies to impact the safe and secure flow of health information.

How Our Culture of Inclusiveness Leads to Better Health
by Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, Executive Vice President, HIMSS
Every day, HIMSS strives to achieve our cause of achieving better health through the best use of information and technology. One core value that we live every day is to embrace all who share in our cause. We listen, we respect and we collaborate to achieve successful outcomes. Read More.

 
TOOL BOX PICKS

By Yvonne Patrick, Coordinator, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS North America

National Council for Prescription Drug Program (NCPDP)
For nearly 40 years, NCPDP has led a transformation in the pharmacy services sector by creating and promoting standards for electronic healthcare transactions.

Partners in E
Partners in E is an innovative program of curriculum development for pharmacy students, that aims to better integrate the discipline of safety science into a health information technology (HIT)-enabled world. Online modules and/or supplemental course materials are available for download through a secure login portal.

HIMSS Pharmacy Town Halls
In collaboration with the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs, the Pharmacy Informatics Town Hall Series purpose is to increase awareness, identify the impact and promote the advancement of pharmacy and technology by bringing thought leaders and content to the Pharmacy Community.

August TIGER eNews
Explore valuable tools and resources from the TIGER Community:

  • TIGER's Informatics Definitions 2.0 Document 
  • Launch of TIGER's Scholars Workgroup
  • TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Stories

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UPCOMING WEBINARS
Realize the ROI: IHE NA Connectahton 2018 and HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase Benefits 
August 23, 2017

Understanding how mobile and cloud computing is changing the way we manage the security and privacy of our data
August 24, 2017

Part D Faces Increased CMS Scrutiny in 2017 Medicare Part D Audits
August 29, 2017

Digital Solutions to Fight Medication Non-adherence: electronic formulary, real-time benefit check and electronic prior authorization
August 31, 2017

Specialty Medications: electronic solutions to enhance efficiencies and create successful patient, healthcare provider team, and pharmacy experiences
September 6, 2017

HIMSS Webinars and Audio Conferences

UPCOMING HIMSS EVENTS
September 9-15, 2017
HL7 31st Annual Plenary & Work Group Meeting
San Diego, CA 

September 11, 2017
Healthcare Security Forum | A HIMSS Event
Boston, MA

October 2, 2017
Pop Health Forum | A HIMSS Event
Chicago, IL

March 5 - 9, 2018
HIMSS18
Las Vegas, NV

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