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Healthcare In The Virtual World
This issue will explore healthcare in the virtual world by sharing case studies and trends in telehealth, cell phone use for medication reconciliation and eICUs.

state of the industry
The Role of Mobile Apps in Medical Safety

Pua Cooper MSN, RN, CMUP, Director of Nursing & Clinical Informatics, Boca Raton Regional Hospital

“What medications do you take?” It sounds like an easy enough question. However, as most clinicians know, getting an accurate and comprehensive medication list from patients can be difficult. Patients often do not recall drug names nor do they always recall the dose of that one tablet taken daily.

Meet an Informaticist

Telemedicine – A Patient’s Perspective

By Stu Rabinowitz, MBA, Director of Federal Markets and Channel Partners, Socrata & HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Committee Member & Lavjot Sandhu, Graduate Student, George Mason University, Health Informatics Program & Practice Assistant, Capital Hospice

Telemedicine is continuing to increase in popularity as a strategy for treating and managing patients.  Telemedicine is the ability for providers to interact with patients in a private and electronically connected environment. 

Strategies for Success

The Political Challenge We Face

Neal Neuberger, CISSP, President, Health Tech Strategies, Inc & Executive Director, Institute for e-Health Policy, HIMSS Foundation

The political challenge we face: it has less to do with the substance of various “e-health” strategies going forward than it does the practical political realities of legislating in a highly charged pre-election year environment.

strategies for success

Information Communications Technology and the Impact on Medication Reconciliation and eICUs

Tom Martin, PhD, Director, Health Information Systems, HIMSS North America

I used to work in a nuclear stress test lab. One of our intake questions was always “What medications did you take today?” We performed over 40 tests a day and some folks knew the list while others dug out the piece of paper a caregiver had diligently compiled.

Resource in Practice

The Value of TeleICUs

Nidhi Nikhanj, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Banner Telehealth Services

The implementation of a TeleICU program is met with unique opportunities and challenges. The first is capital investment. The upfront and operational costs of a Remote Operations Center (ROC), clinical/administrative/technical staff, and specialized hardware/software that drive the system are significant.

Resource in Practice

Mayo Clinic Enhanced Critical Care (Tele-ICU) Program

Sean Caples, DO, MS, Medical Director, Mayo Clinic and  Loredana Jerghiuta, MS, Mayo Clinic Information Technology Lead for Hospital Systems

A growing number of patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) in the United States. This patient population, representing the sickest subset in the hospital, requires a level of care that is resource-intensive and extremely costly.


Blog: Why is Big Data Important to Nurses?
Big Data Principles Workgroup Co-Chairs Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN and Ellen Harper, DNP, RN-BC, MBA, FAAN discuss the HIMSS Big Data Principles Workgroup task nurse sensitive data to be included in big data sets to enhance care outcomes of patients. Sensmeier and Harper also showcase the HIMSS CNO-CNIO Vendor Roundtable as it was established to optimize health engagement and care outcomes through health IT by leveraging the thought leadership of nurse executives. Explore the findings and how including nursing sensitive elements in Big Data will improve the Triple Aim of healthcare.

Complimentary Webinar: Clinical Informatics – the New Norm in Medicine?
The ever changing health care environment has created many opportunities for the advancement of medicine. As technology advances, it becomes increasingly visible that physicians are entrenched in medical informatics more and more every day. Join the next installment of the HIMSS Physician Community Webinar Series on August 13, 2015 at 12:00pm CST as we highlight the diverse pathways and preparations taken in clinical informatics and why it is so important to have physician involvement in this ever changing and growing field.

Physician Community Member Profiles
As physician’s roles in informatics are continuing to be defined, there is no set pathway to become a medical informaticist. The Member Profile Series showcases the various journeys physicians take to becoming medical informaticists and assisting those interested in navigating informatics careers. The series also highlights why EHR usability resonates with physicians.

TIGER Seeking Institutional Pilot Partners
TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) is seeking institutional pilot partners to join us on our journey of education reform.  Pilot partners will integrate TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) health IT modules, assessments, and resources in benefit of clinicians, students and adult learners. Pilot outcomes will be showcased and partners will be invited to publish their story of TIGER adoption through HIMSS international publications, the TIGER website and e-newsletter. For information on how you can get involved please email TIGER.

Request for Improved Outcomes in Interoperability
HIMSS Institute of e-Health Policy 2015 Summer Interns are seeking information from providers to educate Congress on the advances and improvements of health IT to promote funding, positive policy, and advocacy. Submit information that shows the use of interoperability yields a positive clinical, financial, or operational outcome. Help shape the advancement of health IT by participating today.

Complimentary Webinar: Accreditation: the Pharmacy Practice Credential
Learn about credentials and the importance of pharmacy practice accreditation in the healthcare system in the United States from the NCPDP on September 15, 2015 at 11:00am CST. Lynnae M. Mahaney, B.S.Pharm, MBA, FASHP, Executive Director for the Center for Pharmacy Practice Accreditation (CPPA) will describe the alignment of accreditation with initiatives for quality, safety, and efficiency in pharmacy practice, especially as it relates to specialty pharmacy.

Join the 4th Edition HIT Standards Dictionary Work Group
The new Interoperability & HIE Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with the revision of the 4th Edition of the HIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information Technology Terms, Acronyms, and Organizations which will be released during HIMSS17 annual conference.  To become a member of the work group, please email


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

The Doctor is in, but Hundreds of Miles Away
The New York Times explores how the innovation of eICUs has reported as much as a 40 percent decline in mortality with a tenfold return on investment in implementing tele-ICU command centers.

Medication Reconciliation (MedRec)
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices-Canada provides a set of resources available in both Canada and the USA that aims to assist patients and care givers with their respective roles in medication reconciliation.

Issue Brief: Medication Adherence and Health IT
This brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) provides an overview of medication adherence and how implementing health IT can increase adherence rates that support wellness and population health. In addition, this brief identifies challenges pertaining to reliable metrics and the expansion of consumer-based tools that encourage patient and caregiver participation in medication adherence.

Smartphone medication adherence apps: Potential benefits to patients and providers
Medication adherence is a common, complex, and costly problem that is difficult to measure precisely. Utilizing smartphone adherence apps aims to improve medication-taking behavior. Explore the outcomes of this case study from the Journal of the American Pharmacies Association (JAPhA) on 160 adherence apps.

MedAction Plan
MedAction Plan is a free service for patients and caregivers to help with medication compliance and reconciliation. Explore this high rated app for medication adherence.

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HIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations (3rd Edition)

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