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October 2014 Anniversary Issue Technology Breakthroughs
With over 13,000 subscribers, October 2014 marks the six year anniversary of Clinical Informatics Insights! This issue celebrates decades of informatics by highlighting technology breakthroughs that have made a significant impact on health. Thank you to our readers, members of the Editorial Workgroup and staff who have supported us over the years!

state of the industry
The Circle of Life
By Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, Chief Nursing Officer and Director, Office of Clinical Quality and Safety, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

One of the specific technology breakthroughs that is making a significant impact on health and healthcare is what I like to refer to as the 'Circle of Life.' You could also call it 'using health IT to create a learning health system.'
The Denominator
By Farzad Mostashari, MD, CEO and Founder, Aledade

In his seminal TedMed Talk in 2012, CDC Director Thomas Frieden articulated a problem that has plagued the medical community for far too long. "If you don't have a feedback loop," he said, "If you're not measuring the most important thing, with brutal honesty…you won't succeed."
Patient Engagement & Adherence

By Marion Ball, EdD, Senior Advisor, Healthcare Informatics, IBM Research, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University; Catalina Danis, PhD, Insights-driven Wellness Services, IBM; Marty Minniti, RN, BS, Co-Founder, CarePartners; Alexis Concordia, psychology and economics major, Wesleyan University

One of the well-known issues providers have contended with for many years is the issue of patients' adherence to their care plans and medications following an office visit. We undertook a proof of concept study using technology and key questions at the point of care to assess what patients understood or did not feel competent with prior to leaving the providers office, with the goal of providing timely intervention, remedy and improvements in cost and quality.

We focused on patient reported data as key to improving patient safety, gaining “meaningful use” data, improving patient-centric care and assisting providers in learning more about their patients/consumers’ needs to improve outcomes.

The Pager
By Lorren Pettit, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics

What a great topic we are dealing with in this month’s newsletter -- technology breakthroughs we have seen that have made a significant impact on health.


Health IT Is Only a Portion of the Solution – Addressing Human Factors Are Key
Many headlines have recently appeared citing the failure of health IT in relation to a patient with Ebola being released from a US hospital. Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS, addresses this situation as an opportunity to assess the role health IT can, or should, play in determining a clinical diagnosis.

HIMSS Provides a Home for TIGER
Focused on better preparing the clinical workforce to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care, Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) transitions to HIMSS, effective Sept. 22, 2014.

Register for the Complimentary October Webinar “A Strategy for Capturing Nontraditional Determinants of Health in the EHR”
As personal health, family history and private matters contribute to the overall health of patients, it’s optimal to expand the electronic health record to encompass nontraditional health history. The provider must identify, capture and prioritize nontraditional health determinants. Utilizing successful strategies of screening, management and referral process in an EHR system will allow for optimal patient care and overall patient health. Join us Oct. 15, 2014 at 7 PM CT.

Seeking Volunteers for Physician Community CMIO Roundtable
The CMIO role and adoption of CMIOs in hospitals and health systems is continuing to increase. That’s why the HIMSS Physician Community is establishing a new CMIO/Medical Informatics Executive Roundtable.

The purpose of the Roundtable is to enable the advancement of CMIOs as trusted medical leaders as part of an integrated care team. We are seeking current physician members who are interested in medical informatics and hold the job title of CMIO, CMO, COO, CTO or Chief of Other Clinical Department to join our new Roundtable. The frequency of the Roundtable meetings and goals of the group will be determined by the participants. To participate and learn more about the Roundtable please contact Lauren Kaderabek.

Seeking Volunteers for Physician Community New to Informatics Workgroup
The HIMSS Physician Community recognizes there is a deficiency of information for physicians that are new to the informatics field. The HIMSS Physician Community New to Informatics Workgroup is seeking volunteers to lead young and new-to-informatics physicians in the emerging informatics field who will help construct educational webinars, develop community resources & tools and provide guidance in this evolving field. Please contact Lauren Kaderabek to get connected today.

Join the Nursing Informatics Executive Workgroup!
Calling all nursing informatics executives! The HIMSS Nursing Informatics Executive Workgroup is currently seeking new members. Joining this workgroup allows the opportunity to collaborate with other nurse informatics executives at the same level in this quickly growing field. The workgroup meets monthly for a one-hour teleconference where members identify innovative best practices and emerging trends for nurse executives. To learn more about the requirements in becoming a member of this established workgroup, please contact Maria Thornblad.

Value of Magnet Designation and Implications for Nursing Informatics Executives
New format! The NI Executive Workgroup features a facilitated discussion in which workgroup members engage in dialogue about emerging trends and hot topics in their field. This month's call features presenters Vickie Mullins Moore, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, and Betty Blahna, BSN, M-PM, who lead the discussion about the Magnet program and identify opportunities Magnet creates for nursing informatics leaders.

National Health IT Week 2014: Key Takeaways
View the most recent Nursing Informatics Task Force presentation by Stephanie Jamison, MPA, National Health IT Week 2014: Key Takeaways. Jamison, Director, Government Services, HIMSS, reflects on National Health IT week and provides Policy Summit speaker highlights and well as reviews Congressional asks and Capitol Hill visits.


Missed an issue of Clinical Informatics Insights? Explore the archive.

Monthly features include:

  • Guest editorials that address hot industry topics
  • Informaticist profiles that describe a clinician's role in IT planning, implementation, on-going management, evaluation and outcomes
  • Practical tools and resources
Each issue is themed to ensure all areas of informatics practice are addressed throughout the year.

Mon. Dec. 18 12:30 - 2 PM. Complimentary Lunch and Panel Discussion. Mobile Health Success Stories. Supported by: Dell Software. Intel. Microsoft.

The HIMSS September book of the month, A Guide to EHR Adoption: Implementation through Organizational Transformation, addresses the lack of safety in today’s healthcare system. Providing proven best practices for dramatically improving a hospital’s ability to dispense high-quality patient care through successful EHR adoption, this book offers a valuable roadmap for an industry in the midst of massive reform.

Why mHealth?
It’s a fairer question than you might think. The implementation of mobile health programs has had significant impact in delivering life-saving information to developing nations across the globe for a number of reasons ranging from infant mortality to crop irrigation.

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