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May 2015 – Impact of Informatics on People (US Lens)
This issue of Clinical Informatics Insights will explore the impact of informatics on people in the United States in a case study format.

state of the industry
Technology Enhances the Patient's Sense of Control in their Healthcare Management
By Tina Dieckhaus, RN, MSN, CPHIMS, Director of Patient Care Services Informatics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

It has become obvious that to improve the health of individuals and populations, it is critical to include the key stakeholder: the patient and their family.

Meet an Informaticist
Dental Informatics insights
By Thankam Paul Thyvalikakath, DMD, MDS, PhD, Associate Professor & Director of Dental Informatics Core, Indiana University School of Dentistry

Technology has increasingly played a major role in making dental care safer and comfortable for the patient.
Failures as Opportunities
By Luis Saldana, MD, MBA, FACEP, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Texas Health Resources

In healthcare, business is never routine. We are dealing with people’s health and lives day in and day out.
Prevent Others from Assuming Your Medical Identity
By Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, MBA, Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Clem McDonald, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Indiana University School of Medicine

With news of breaches at Anthem and other Blues plans as well as other recent troubling cyber incursions, patients are rightly wondering what they can do to protect the data needed to receive comprehensive medical care

special feature
HIMSS Nursing Informatics Symposium Poster Session Highlights the Power of Teaming & the Rise in CNIO Role
By Ann OBrien, RN, MSN, CPHIMS, National Senior Director, Clinical Informatics, Kaiser Permanente

The Nursing Informatics Symposium at HIMSS15 was enhanced this year by an exceptional group of 25 professional posters. Although the topics were as diverse as the field of clinical informatics itself, several themes emerged that demonstrated a tipping point in care transformation.

strategies for success
Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation (AWARE) System: Growing Under the Sun
By Pablo Moreno Franco, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Transplant Critical Care Intensivist, Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Florida Campus

In order for disruptive innovation to be successful, a great deal of time needs to be invested in design during pre-production phase, followed by skillful delivery of the product to the end-user.

Rolling with the Punches
By Lorren Pettit, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics

"I think it's cancer." Not the phrase you want to hear, but one my wife and I heard from her physician on a Friday evening about a year and half ago.


Honor Your Nursing Colleagues & Celebrate National Nurses Week, May 6-12, 2015
HIMSS joins the American Nurses Association and the Alliance for Nursing Informatics and numerous other partners in celebrating National Nurses Week, held May 6-12, 2015. The purpose of this week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans. Celebrate the nurses of our nation, who are at the forefront of improving patient care and transforming healthcare. Visit the HIMSS National Nurses Week website and learn of different opportunities to get involved!

HIMSS Leadership Essentials Institute Registration is Open!
Registration is open for the HIMSS Leadership Essentials Institute on May 15, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. This one-day educational program will provide the guidance, concepts and principles needed to achieve core workforce competencies. Register, and view the agenda and speakers today!

Complimentary Webinar: Physician Led ACOs – Opportunities & Challenges
The second in a two part series on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). ACOs have many loft goals including: the effective use of quality of care and cost data to promote high quality health services; helping to identify strategies to reduce unnecessary expenditures and improve overall population health.

Join us as Farzad Mostashari, MD, Founder/CEO, Aledade Inc, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, explores one ACO model: physician led.

May 13, 2015 | 3:00 PM CST

Pharmacy’s Role in Interoperability
Interoperability is at the center of the national conversation about healthcare IT. Find out what is happening with interoperability in healthcare today, and learn more about the role pharmacy is playing today and can continue to play into the future.

Join us on May 15, 2015 at 12:00 PM CST

Register for future Town Halls.

10 Strategies for Nurses and Big Data
Drawn from the "Guiding Principles for Big Data in Nursing" report put together earlier this spring by the HIMSS CNO-CNIO Vendor Roundtable, these 10 principles are meant to point the way toward smarter use of data by nurses and nurse informaticists.


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

The Healing Power of Your Own Medical Records
This article explores the benefit to individuals from being actively involved in their healthcare. Informed patients are more likely to take better care of themselves and even detect early warning signals of illness.

Patient Engagement: Four Case Studies That Highlight The Potential For Improved Health Outcomes And Reduced Costs
Explore four case studies from around the world that highlight the proven and potential abilities of increased patient engagement to improve health outcomes and reduce costs, while extending the reach of treatment and diagnostic programs into the community.

Why Patient Engagement Really Does Matter and Why So Many People Are Getting It Wrong
Rob Lamberts, MD, evaluates a solution to enhancing patient engagement with communication, collaboration, organization and education. Success Stories & Case Studies
Patient and Family Engagement showcases six case studies on patient portals and patient engagement to promote your own practice.

Carolinas HealthCare’s Diabetes Patients Collaborate with Coaches Using Data from Smartphones and Devices
While conducting marketing research, Carolinas HealthCare learned about consumer use of different wearables and tools to track activity, fitness, nutrition, sleep and health issues and heard about their frustrations having information housed into various apps.

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An Introduction to Nursing Informatics: Evolution & Innovation
Describing the evolution of nursing informatics from its origins to current practice in today’s complex healthcare environment, this book offers the next generation of nurse informaticists a keen understanding of the discipline, best practices and its scope of influence in healthcare. The book also explores nursing informatics as it is practiced today, including technology creation and implementation. Special features include 15 essays from nurses in myriad fields of influence, as well as an appendix featuring case profiles with questions listed by chapter. Through May 31, save 20% on print and eBook editions of this book. For course adoptions, contact Matt Schlossberg, Manager, Publications, HIMSS Media. For bulk sales, contact Nancy Vitucci, Senior Manager, Publications, HIMSS Media.

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