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JANUARY 13, 2014
In this Issue: Getting the value out of Health IT
In this issue, contributors reflect on the different types of value they've found and utilized in healthcare information technology. Delve into why HIT continues to expand and grow daily and how it can improve healthcare overall.

state of the industry
Value and Science Driven Healthcare
By Laura J. Wood, DNP, MS, RN, SVP Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital

Over the past three decades, I have had the direct opportunity as a nurse leader in both a clinical-provider and informatics industry setting to respond to two key questions, “What does the Value of Health IT mean to you and to your organization?” and “How can we get value out of the EHR?”

Meet an Informaticist
My Definition of Value
By Cynthia Davis, RN, FACHE, CEO, CIC Advisory

After decades of work helping organizations improve healthcare delivery, efficiency, physician alignment and patient engagement, my definition of “value” goes right back to my earliest days as a bedside nurse. For me, value means making things easier for patients and their families. 
Strategies for Success
Healthcare IT and the Promise and Curse of Dimensionality
By Emily Hamilton, MDCM, FRCSC, FACOG, Senior Vice President of Clinical Research, PeriGen

Assessing the relationship between a suspected agent and a particular disease is a fundamental part of medicine. Treating causes of disease is beneficial. When a relationship is merely one of association, accordingly there is no therapeutic potential related to that agent. 

special feature
The Family Perspective: Getting the Value out of Health IT
By Suma Rao-Gupta, MPH, Manager Learning & Reference Services, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Patients and families are in the unique position of being the ones who have the largest personal stake in the healthcare equation. They have the most to gain, or, the most to lose from the various interactions they have with healthcare providers across the continuum of care.

Impact of Informatics as a Patient: Part III
By Lorren Pettit, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics

Over the last few months in this column, I’ve shared stories surrounding my sudden and unexpected personal journey in using healthcare services. While I’m pleased to report that my post-surgery recovery has been very positive, the experience has been significant.


Complimentary Physician Webinar Series
Join Informatics and HIT content experts in a complimentary virtual event that will be held monthly and offer continuing education hours. The series will cover a wide range of “hot topics” on Medical Informatics, HIEs (Health Information Exchange), Standards & Interoperability, eMeasures & Quality Initiatives and more. Next session is Jan. 16. Register today

Complete the HIMSS Mobile Survey
Since 2011, HIMSS Analytics has explored the use of mobile technology to improve access to the information needed on a day-to-day basis in a healthcare setting. The study was designed to collect information on an array of items related to mobile device usage. Questions assess organizations’ general use of mobile technology, access to patient data, means for securing information, and the benefits and barriers around the use of mobile technology. This year’s survey is built around the six topics of the mHIMSS Roadmap: New Care Models, Technology, ROI/Payment, Legal/Policy, Standards & Interoperability, and Privacy & Security. Complete the survey by Jan. 17, 2014.  

Attend Embracing Innovation through Informatics
“Embracing Innovation through Informatics,” an event developed by AORN and HIMSS on March 29, 2014, in Chicago, will include the new informatics leadership roles being implemented throughout the country; examples of using evidence-based guidelines, standard practices, and informatics to advance health information technology; an update on informatics standards for all nurses; the means to put together a plan for care coordination; ways to mine social media for healthcare reporting; and what to expect next for regulatory requirements and current government programs related to health IT.

Registration Open: Second Annual National Healthcare Innovation Summit
Join Summit co-chairs, Dr. Molly Coye, Chief Innovation Officer, UCLA Health System, and Dr. Wendy Everett, President, NEHI, at the Second Annual National Healthcare Innovation Summit. The Summit will be held May 13-15 at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. HIMSS is working collaboratively with NEHI and AVIA to organize and host the event. The Summit will explore demonstrated, high-value innovations that support the Triple Aim – with an emphasis on identifying and reducing the costs of care. Register today!

Attend the IHE North American Connectathon Conference
The Connectathon Conference is a one day, educational and networking event built upon the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon: health IT’s largest standards-based interoperability testing event that is accelerating adoption in North America and globally. The IHE North American Connectathon Conference 2014 is sponsored by IHE USA in collaboration with IHE Canada. The conference is on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Learn about ONC’s Standards & Interoperability Framework, Beacon Communities, HIMSS Health Story Project and much more.  Register today!


Compiled by Cheryl D. Parker

Cloud-based EHR helps practice connect in new ways
A synopsis of the experience of one clinician who participated in an ongoing project intended to draw out valuable, real-world insight for healthcare leaders.

Clinical transformation: Blending people, process, data and technology
Complimentary article explores how organizations are embracing the concept of clinical transformation; explore the findings of the HIMSS2011 Clinical Transformation Survey.

Getting the EHR payback: 3 tips to improve your practice and MU compliance
Explores how to select the right baseline measures and corresponding decision support interventions.

Harnessing the EHR to Transform Nursing Care and Improve Outcomes
A presentation from the 2013 American Organization of Nurse Executive (AONE) conference that discusses strategies for leveraging the EHR to improve quality, safety and clinical outcomes.

HIMSS Health IT Value Suite
The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite is a robust library of value-focused, evidence-based examples framed by HIMSS’ multifaceted Health IT Value STEPS™.

Improved Diagnostics & Patient Outcomes
A resource from that reviews the impact of EHR on practice and explores how EHRs can improve the ability to diagnose diseases and reduce medical errors.

Cheryl D. Parker, RN, MSN, PhD, FHIMSS, is chief nursing informatics officer at Rubbermaid Medical Solutions.

Improve clinical outcomes. Enable data exchange. Provide cost-effective care. Go Now.

What health IT will gain traction and make an impact on care delivery in 2014?
“Vision without execution is hallucination.” – a fitting notion from Thomas Edison given the time of year where we all promise to make improvements that, statistically speaking, only 8% of us will honor. It was back in July that Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) opened his remarks before the Senate Finance Committee with this very sentiment in respect to the practicality of the Meaningful Use adherence timelines.

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Jan. 16
Physician Community Webinar Series
Delivering Value Through Health Information Exchange

Jan. 27
IHE North American Connectathon 2014

Jan. 29
IHE North American Connectathon Conference 2014

Feb. 20
Physican Community Webinar Series
eMeasure: Everything You Wanted To Know

Feb. 23-27

HIMSS14 Conference & Exhibition

Feb. 24-27
HIMSS14 Online

Mar. 20
Physician Community Webinar Series

HIMSS14 Outcomes

April 17
Physician Community Webinar Series

Standards & Interoperability-the Key to Data Exchange

May 15
Physician Community Webinar Series

Financial Quality Drivers-What's the Payer's Perspective?

HIMSS Chapter Events

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