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January 2015: Small Things, Big Impact
To ring in the New Year, Clinical Informatics Insights will focus on a variety of trailblazing and inspirational projects that may have had a small budget or seemed like a small initiative at the time – but have had a significant outcome. Sometimes the little opportunities that fly at us each day can have the biggest impact.
Meet an Informaticist
A Single Data Element
By Pua Cooper MSN, RN, CMUP, Director of Nursing & Clinical Informatics, Boca Raton Regional Hospital

It is difficult to find a healthcare informatics journal or conference today that does not make mention of "big data" and its anticipated impact on the future of healthcare.
Prior Authorization
By John Poikonen, Pharm.D., Vice President Clinical Content and Strategy at Medproof, a Hearst Health Company

The number of prior authorizations for medications is small. Only about 5% of prescriptions require prior authorizations.
Informatics Leading the Way in 2015
By Lynn Witherspoon, MD, System Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer, Ochsner Health System

With dedicated physician support in each of Ochsner's hospitals and medical departments, active physician-led innovation and transformation, and two dozen full time nurse informaticists Clinical Informatics is a bed rock of the organization.
Unencrypted Pager Replacement from a Clinical Informatics Perspective
By Debbie Schumann, RN-BC, BSN, MBA, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Children’s Health, Children’s Medical Center

The organization has a high level of information security. One of the last areas of clinical data that lacked encryption when transmitting patient information was the ubiquitous pager.
Long Term Care eMAR Implementation
By Emily A Carey MS, RN-BC, Clinical Informatics Manager, United Church Homes

One of my first meetings as a new employee was with the organization's EHR vendor to discuss the current issues and resolution list from the eMAR pilot project.

Behind the Story
By Lorren Pettit, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics

I admit it. I have a fascination with "behind the story" stories. It never ceases to amaze me how some of the most impactful things in our lives came about because of some seemingly inconsequential or even accidental events.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: JHIM Spring 2015—Impact of Business & Clinical Analytics
The Journal of Healthcare Information Management has opened the call for abstracts for its Spring 2015 issue, Impact of Business & Clinical Analytics/Intelligence. JHIM accepts case studies, literature reviews, opinion pieces and analysis for this topic, as well as other areas within health IT.

Submit your 250-word abstract to Matt Schlossberg, Manager, Publications, HIMSS Media. Call for abstracts close Feb. 6, 2015.

Physician Community Webinar: Coping with Health IT Politics in your Organization
If all organizations functioned rationally—that is logic and reason alone were successful methods of goal achievement—then working through HIT initiatives would surely be easier. However, organizational dynamics may often involve political or covert behaviors that seem to thwart or impede even logical and reasonable efforts. This webinar will explore aspects of power and powerlessness in organizations, provide a model for understanding covert organizational behaviors, and provide suggestions for identifying and coping with such situations.
Please join us on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 7 PM CST.

Clinical Informatics Communities Webinar: Medical Device Security in a Connected World
The HIMSS Clinical Informatics Communities are proud to feature “Medical Device Security in a Connected World.” Presented by Kevin McDonald CISSP, BSN, MEPD, this webinar will discuss the common vulnerabilities with medical devices, provide an overview of the issues with poor vendor operations security and discuss the difference between deliberate, unintentional and collateral harm.
Please join us on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at 11 AM CST.

Register for the HIMSS Meaningful Use Paradigm: Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare Dinner Series
The upcoming Physician Meaningful Use Dinner, “The Meaningful Use Paradigm: Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare” will be taking place on January 29, 2015 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. During this in-person dinner event, experts will address the required Meaningful Use criteria and provide you with the resources, tools, guidance and the practical know-how to continue on a successful path towards achieving Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria and beyond. Earn GME and network with your peers. Learn more and register today!

Register for the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Institute
The latest Nursing Informatics Institute will be taking place on January 30, 2015 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. This educational program will discuss the best practices related to key nursing informatics and Health IT topics and identify local initiatives, challenges, lessons learned through an interactive discussion featuring local subject matter experts. Additionally, the program will introduce nurses to potential concepts to advance the career opportunities and career portfolio of nurse informatics and provide the opportunity to network and engage with peers. Learn more and register today!

Christel Anderson Receives Forty Under 40 Award
The Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE weekly newspaper recognizes Christel Anderson, MA, Director, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS as a 2014 Forty Under 40 Awards Honoree. The Forty Under 40 Awards recognized 40 up-and-coming association nonprofit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong commitment to the association management profession.

Participate in the 2015 HIMSS Impact of the Informatics Nurse Study
Over the years, HIMSS has surveyed the nursing informatics community to gain an understanding of the role of the informatics nurse professional. This year, the survey focuses on the impact that having informatics professionals have on the quality of care. Initial results will be compared to previous years' findings and presented during the 2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. Results will also be made publicly available at this time.

We invite individuals in leadership roles to take a few minutes to complete our online survey.

Please click here to participate in the study.


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

3D Printing Reshapes Healthcare
From casting broken bones to replacing lost body parts, 3D printing is changing the way we think about what printing is. This article has an excellent slide show (12 slides) with pictures of actual use cases that open the imagination.

Diabetes Self-Management Smartphone Application for Adults With Type 1 Diabetes: Randomized Controlled Trial
With all the buzz about mobile applications improving our health – what does the research show? In this peer-reviewed study, the use of a diabetes-related smartphone application combined with weekly text-message support from a health care professional can significantly improve glycemic control in adults with type 1 diabetes.

Expanding "Hot Spotting" to New Communities: What We're Learning about Coordinating Health Care
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation held a briefing in Washington, DC to highlight the work of Jeffrey Brenner, MD. Brenner, a local Camden, N.J., physician, that spurred a national health discussion with a feature in the New Yorker describing his work improving health care in one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the country.

Telemedicine and School Nurses
A case study on the launch of a new Telemedicine site, which is a coordinated effort between the community health system; the school and the parish. The new site helps to keep kids in school, gives them access to services they might not have otherwise and changes how the school nurse’s office operates.

The 'm' powered patient: mobile and its transformative effects on healthcare
Mobile technology is creating more powerful and positive disruptions in the world of healthcare than we have ever seen. The author provides insights on various ways mobile technology is positively impacting people's health.

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

Success in the Era of Coordinated Care.       Register Now.

Book of the Month: Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction
More than 30% of hospitals don't have a certified EHR or can meaningfully exchange data. HIMSS Books’ best-selling Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction provides a clear, straightforward roadmap to achieving your goals within the domain of healthcare analytics, including productive data mining from EHRs, data governance, and a HIMSS-developed analytics maturity model. Save 20% on print and eBook versions of this essential book all month. Get your copy today.

Is healthcare ready for a patient-centered EHR?
Patient engagement: if you don’t already know it as the “Blockbuster Drug of the Century,” you’ll be seeing it make its way into your healthcare purview soon enough – maybe even within the design of your EHR.

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Jan. 21
Coping with Health IT Politics in your Organization

Jan. 23
Predictive Analytics and Mobile Health Apps

Jan. 23
Reduce IT Complexity and Improve Utilizations through Convergence

Jan. 29
Meaningful Use Paradigm: Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare Dinner Series

Jan. 30
Clinical Informatics Institute

April 12
Nursing Informatics Symposium: Guiding Patients to Health, Anytime and Anywhere

April 12
Physicians’ IT Symposium: The Journey from Data to Transforming Health

April 12-16

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