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In this Issue: Evolution of the Informatics Professional
This issue of Clinical Informatics Insights discusses how informatics has shifted over the past five years from designing EHR workflows and the surrounding processes, to training users, and now increasingly to analytics. Dive into this month’s issue for multiple clinician perspectives on “What a Long, Strange Trip it’s Been.”
state of the industry
Clinicians Bridging the Paper to Electronic World

By Brett Stauffer, MD, MHS, FHM, Director of Clinical Decision Support, Baylor Health Care System, and Lynn Finck, MAOM, SCPM, CPM, Director of Medical Informatics Administration, Baylor Health Care System

Over the past five years, health information technology (IT) infrastructure has continued to evolve as electronic health record (EHR) deployment becomes more ubiquitous.

Meet an Informaticist
An Evolution to Human Factors
By Jayne Bassler, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Florida Hospital

I have had the job of a lifetime for the past ten years. I entered healthcare as a critical care nurse and then ventured into a career in the field of quality management.
What a Long, Strange Trip it’s Been
By Jenn Suhajda, RPh, MSHS, CPHIMS, CHTS-CP, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in Pediatrics and Informatics, Tufts Medical Center

Pharmacy was an early adopter of information technology. Before computers, our practice was almost always limited to a single prescription belonging to a single patient.
The Growth of a Field
By A. Peter Catinella, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Arizona

The term “Medical Informatics” was substituted for “Information Systems” by the National Library of Medicine in 1987. I conducted a search using the term “Medical Informatics” as a major search term and found that of all the articles coded to that term, over half have been published since 2006.

Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market Report Findings
By Lorren Pettit, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics

I have a confession to make… I reluctantly got into the healthcare IT industry. While my entire career has been in healthcare, I purposely avoided getting to know the IT side of the business. I wanted my healthcare career to be focused on things that could “really make a difference” in people’s lives.


Register for the Complimentary August Webinar “Patient Engagement & Benefits Realization”
Over 11% of the US population uses an app to help them track or manage their health and that number is expected to rise. Today’s technology enables providers to virtually connect with patients and families through engagement with portals, secure messaging and social media among other emerging technologies. Using combined efforts of geographical & community resources as well as family vs practice perspective can alleviate barriers of patient engagement and develop the right tool for your patients. Join us on Thursday, August 21 at 1:00pm CT.

OPENPediatrics – Scaling Clinical Knowledge for the 21st Century
View the July Nursing Informatics Task Force presentation, OPENPediatrics – Scaling Clinical Knowledge for the 21st Century, led by Laura Wood, DNP, MS, RN and Patrick Hickey, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. The presentation describes the OPENPediatrics knowledge exchange platform, discusses how to leverage this technology for inter-professional education and provides exemplars of global collaboration through technology.

Complimentary Podcast Series on Patient Engagement and Health Information Exchange
To help provider and provider organizations achieve Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, HIMSS and the American Medical Association (AMA) introduce a collaborative, three-episode series of discussions through the HIMSS HIE inPractice Podcasts. The podcasts discuss how physicians engage with health information exchange (HIE) and how HIE can facilitate achievement of Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.

IHE North American Connectathon 2015 Kick-Off Webinar
Take the lead to advance your products, collaborate among peers, reduce product development costs and time to market and test at the IHE North American Connectathon, January 26-30, 2015 at the Cleveland Convention Center and HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland Ohio. Join us on August 25, 2014 from 1:00pm-2:30pm CT.

Renew Your HIMSS Membership; Invite a Colleague to Join for a Complimentary Year
Renew at the Regular Membership level for the opportunity to invite a colleague to join HIMSS complimentary for one year (colleague must be new to HIMSS).


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

FDA regulation of clinical decision support software
Learn about the "recent recommendations by the working group established under the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act of 2012 (FDASIA) propose a risk-based regulatory framework that the FDA must take into consideration in its CDS software guidance."

A Proposed Clinical Decision Support Architecture Capable of Supporting Whole Genome Sequence Information
If you are in the mood for something very deep, this is a fascinating article on one aspect of personalized medicine.

Partnering in Self-Management Support: A Toolkit for Clinicians
While PDF documents aren't very high tech, this toolkit contains excellent resources for provider practices dealing with chronically ill patients.

EHR Optimization – A Chance to Revisit Your Original EHR Plan
EHR Optimization – Planning for Success
Quick reads from several sources with excellent information on optimization of your EHR.

Health IT Legislation to Watch in 2014
As the healthcare industry expands its use of health IT, several pieces of legislation introduced last year have the potential to shape the industry in 2014 and beyond. This article gives a quick overview.

Protecting Data Assets and Managing Risks. September 8-9, 2014 The Westin Boston Waterfront Boston, MA www.

The HIMSS August book of the month, Usability Evaluation Handbook for Electronic Health Records, defines best practices for comprehensively evaluating the usability of an EHR system. The book includes an overview of evaluation methods – from simple diagramming to a comprehensive framework that targets the analysis, design and evaluation of usability – and provides its readers with the knowledge needed to foster teamwork and interdependence.

Information security prevention: How do we get ahead of the curve?
Let’s face it: health provider’s hackable footprints are growing exponentially. Some experts estimate big data will grow 7,500%, while enterprise IT headcount will grow an average of 150%.

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Aug. 21
Patient Engagement & Benefits Realization

Aug. 25
IHE North American Connectathon 2015 Kick-Off Webinar

Sept. 8-9
The Privacy & Security Forum

Sept. 15-19
National Health IT Week

Sept. 17-18
HIMSS Policy Summit

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