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FEBRUARY 10, 2014
In this Issue: Dealing with Downtime
In this issue, contributors explore the ins & outs of downtime. Our contributors provide their perspectives on downtime by highlighting a downtime scenario that occurred in their organization within the past 24 months. Jump into this special two part series on Downtime.

Meet an Informaticist
Meet a Radiologist: Downtime, Not Always Black and White
Chris Therasse By Chris Therasse, MD, Chief Resident, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Radiology

The allure of Chicago's Michigan Avenue and her "Magnificent Mile," the splendor of the Chicago Lakefront Trail, the aromas streaming from bustling outdoor cafes – these are just a handful of reasons that visitors and locals alike flock to the Windy City in the summertime.
Meet an Informaticist: Do You Have a Plan in Place for a Phone Outage?
Pua Cooper By Pua Cooper, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing Informatics, Boca Raton Regional Hospital

Clinical informaticists are generally accustomed to developing downtime plans for the many software applications used by clinicians today, but do those plans include what to do in the event of a phone outage? In today's clinical arena, telecommunications has become a robust and vital IT system of its own and a critical tool used by clinicians to provide care.
Meet an Informaticist: Downtimes are… Inevitable
Sandy Ng By Sandy Ng, MSN, RN-BC, Nurse Informaticist, University of California Medical Center

The term "downtime" could essentially have various definitions, most commonly planned and unplanned. Planned usually includes activities involving ongoing requirement with the many upgrades, special updates, patches and various other reasons needed from equipment and/or vendors.

special feature
New to the Field: Perspectives on Downtime
Crystal Rojas By Crystal Rojas, MS, RN-BC, PHN, Informatics Nurse Specialist, Loma Linda VA Hospital

As health technology advances and becomes deeply woven into our practice, our day-to-day operations are increasingly dependent on computers. As useful as computers are to us when they are online, are clinicians prepared for when they are offline?

A Downtime Perspective
Lorren Pettit By Lorren Pettit, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics

As a father of two teenage boys, I recently decided to give my sons a "video gaming holiday." Based on their reaction, you'd think I cut their arms off. But what I found to be most interesting was the question I got back from both of them, "What am I supposed to do now?"


New Podcast: The Nuts and Bolts of Achieving HIPAA Security Rule Compliance through Effective Risk Assessment
Download a podcast produced by the Assessment
AMA and HIMSS. Listen to a risk assessment discussion between Dr. Salvatore Volpe, a solo physician practitioner, and Lee Kim, BS, JD, Director, Privacy and Security, with HIMSS. It will not only help your organization achieve compliance with the HIPAA Security Rule, but also help improve its security posture and mitigate risks. The podcast has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. To access this free CME activity, which includes the podcast and additional materials, visit the AMA Online Learning Center.

Join us for the HIMSS & NCPDP Pharmacy 2014 Informatics Town Hall Series, sponsored by Surescripts
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. Next session is Feb. 13 on ePrescribing Best Practices: How You Can Make a Difference and is eligible for 1.5 hours of live continuing pharmacy education credits.

Beyond Stage One Meaningful Use Education
In Dover, Delaware, our experts will provide an overview of Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria, as well as an in-depth discussion on Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs), in order to ensure and realize the many benefits which can be recognized in the Meaningful Use Health IT journey. We will also offer a glimpse into local Health Information Exchange initiatives and Regional Extension Center services. Register today!

HIMSS NI Community Weighs In on Revised Scope & Standards Practice
A recent blog written by Joyce Sensmeier and Christel Anderson discusses the efforts of the Nursing Informatics Community to provide comments to the ANA’s Nursing Informatics: Scope and Standards of Practice. Key themes identified from the response include redefining the current definition of nursing informatics and bring awareness that the functional areas for nursing informatics will evolve over time.


Compiled by Cheryl D. Parker

Lessons from an Extended Outage of a Hospital's EHR System
Article describes how one hospital reacted to a 10-day unplanned outage of its EHR.

EHR downtime: What to do when an IT disaster strikes
Articles explores how downtime impacts communication, patient scheduling and clinical documentation.

Sample Downtime Policy
Sample 'Downtime and Recovery Procedures' policy from an existing institution in Louisiana.

EHR Downtime: Now & Then
A blog Entry by Dr. Halamka that investigates two downtime occurrences from 2002 and 2013.

Costs & Implications of Downtime
White paper explores the Costs and Implications of EHR System Downtime on Physician Practices.

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

HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Applications. Open January 2, 2014 through March 6,2014. Apply Now.

What health IT improvements/innovations are atop your list in 2014?
Failure is inevitable, but failing intelligibly is an art – and many would argue, a science. Even the successes healthcare enjoys and celebrates are likely rooted from the decision to rectify a mistake or two. Success or failure, the opportunity to improve or innovate always arises, but we just have to be prepared to capture the learning moment to move forward.

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

Feb. 22
Nursing Informatics: Advancing Innovation, Impacting Outcomes

Feb. 23
Physicians' IT Symposium: The Road to Quality-Enabled Health IT

Feb. 23-27
HIMSS14 Conference & Exhibition

Feb. 24-27
HIMSS14 Online

March 20
Physician Community Webinar Series

HIMSS14 Outcomes

April 16-17
Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum

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?

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