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The Evolution of Clinical Education
This issue of Clinical Informatics Insights discusses how informatics education has shifted over the past five years.
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Educational Shift in Informatics
By William Hersh, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University

The last five years have seen unprecedented change in the field of clinical informatics, including its educational programs. Much of the change emanates from the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, either directly from its programs or indirectly from derivative needs. Although there are other factors have led to change as well.

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E-education and Clinical Medicine – is there room?
By Vitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD, MSc, CPHIMS, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic and Associate Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship

Healthcare is constantly and rapidly changing. We are only talking about a 100-150 year time frame yet everyone who was in medical school 20 years ago can give multiple examples of such changes. Leaders have also recognized it.
A Look at Education Opportunities from HIMSS
By Sam King, MPH, MBA, CPHIMS, CPHQ, FHIMSS, FHFMA, Sr. Director, Professional Development, HIMSS North America

The rapid adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), advancement of technology, increasing utilization of predictive analytics and big data have created some of the most exciting opportunities and challenges for clinical informatics.

Social Health Informatics
By Lorren Pettit, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics

Every Fall for the past seven years I have taught an online Medical Sociology class at Indiana University. It challenges me to stay abreast of developments in the field and it pays just enough for my recreational hockey league fees.


Seeking Volunteers for Enterprise Imaging Initiative
HIMSS & SIIM (Society for Imaging in Informatics) have joined forces to establish a Joint Workgroup that provides a platform for sharing enterprise imaging strategies and creates awareness that images are an essential part of the EHR. We are seeking volunteers to serve on the workgroup who will help us identify industry needs, provide education, support standards development and develop practical resources for today’s changing environment that expands the imaging domain across the healthcare enterprise.

Volunteer time commitment will be 2 to 4 hours a month; meetings will be held virtually. We plan on holding an activity at HIMSS15. Please contact Lauren Kaderabek to get connected today.

Register for the Complimentary Sept. Webinar "Fast Tracking Organizational Readiness for a New EHR"
Driven by healthcare reform pressures, organizations are moving at an aggressive pace to define their EHR. The organization must be ready; business & technical teams must be prepared; and leadership committed to the EHR implementation if it is to succeed. Understanding the lessons others have learned as well as effective readiness strategies can provide significant advantages to overall success. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m. CT.

Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) & Shared Decision Making
In case you missed it, view the most recent Nursing Informatics Task Force presentation, Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) & Shared Decision Making. In this presentation, Susan Hull MSN, RN, describes PGHD, identifies how it aligns with Meaningful Use objectives and examines how PGHD is being used for data capture, transfer, exchange and review and shared decision making. Click here to view!

The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange White Paper
Members of the 2013-2014 HIMSS Health Information Exchange and Interoperability & Standards Committees formed a joint workgroup to develop this comprehensive and informative business case for the adoption of HIE and interoperability across the healthcare industry. The paper offers a real-world perspective on the hurdles that still lay ahead, and provides a series of recommendations toward advancing interoperability in the United States in such a way that sustainability is ensured, and the culture of interoperability becomes natural and accepted, both within the healthcare community and beyond.

Interoperability Showcase™ Call for Volunteers
Each year, the Interoperability Showcase™ draws thousands of Healthcare Industry Leaders to the Exhibition floor! HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™, in collaboration with IHE, will feature interoperability initiatives from Healthcare Stakeholders, public policy decision makers, and the industry. HIMSS15 in Chicago, IL will be the best yet and we need your help!

Gain knowledge, expand your professional network and receive a complimentary badge by volunteering. Learn more.

Physician Community Usability Workgroup Website
The HIMSS Physician Community Usability Workgroup website is proud to showcase the recent activities and ongoing projects they are working on. Learn more and see how you can participate.


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

Academic Informatics Programs AMIA
AMIA provides a current list of formal academic and training programs in biomedical, health, and nursing informatics.

Academic Informatics Programs HIMSS
HIMSS provides a current list of US academic programs that offer informatics courses and programs at all levels.

Data, Information, Knowledge: The Emerging Field of Health Informatics
Prudence Dalrymple provides a high level overview of the rapidly evolving environment of health informatics.

Health Informatics Training (HITS) from HIMSS
Self-directed online course designed specifically for professionals new to the healthcare IT field, or for experienced healthcare staff who have limited experience with computers and technology. HITS education will equip learners with the confidence and understanding needed to excel in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

How Is Information Technology Changing Healthcare?
From the University of Illinois at Chicago, view a comprehensive infographic on health informatics, its components, roles, and benefits.

Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics – Free Online Course
Interprofessional health care informatics is a graduate-level, hands-on interactive exploration of real informatics tools and techniques. Emerging technologies, telehealth, gaming, simulations and eScience are some of the topics that will be explored.

New Roles Emerge: Imaging Informatics Professional
The role of the Imaging Informatics Professional (IIP) has changed over the last 6 years. The conversion from renegade innovators to established professionals spanning across healthcare enterprise IT has been remarkable.

The HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook For Everything You Need to Know About ICD-10. ICD-10 PlayBook. Your Go-To Resource.

The HIMSS September book of the month, Effective Strategies for Change, explores how healthcare has changed. Providing concepts and methodologies applicable to both large and small healthcare organizations, as well as lessons learned, it equips readers with the tools to create an environment for success in their organizations that not only ensures EHR, ICD-10 or clinical integration efforts are successful, but that organizations can build change capacity and flexibility in the process. Get your copy today!

Ending debate on EMR effectiveness
For at least the last decade, the health IT field has seen a scholarly back-and-forth on the effectiveness of electronic medical records. As soon as one study is published that finds technology has little impact on patient outcomes, another emerges that seems to show just the opposite.

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