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Clinical Informatics Insights Digest: Volume 5
The Editorial Team at Clinical Informatics Insights has been hard at work and has developed our fifth Digest issue. Reread some of your favorites or browse a new section. Enjoy!

The Artists of Healthcare
By Joseph C. Nichols, MD, Principal, Health Data Consulting

There is a somewhat trite saying that medicine is both an art and a science. Beyond the verbiage, what does that mean? As a physician, I have thought about this statement for some time and have come to my own perception of what the art and science of medicine means.
Wearing Many Informatics Hats
By Dr. Maxine Rand, DNP, MPA, BSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS, Director of Clinical Education, Practice and Informatics at Kaiser Permanente.

My transcendence into clinical informatics was unexpected. I was a director for multiple clinical and support services for Kaiser Permanente and utilized our ambulatory clinical documentation system to review emergency department summaries for neurosurgery patient transfers or repatriations.

Telemedicine: Bringing Capability to the Point of Need
By LTC Jeremy Pamplin, MD, FCCM, FACP

Approximately 10% of ICU beds in the United States are currently monitored by teleICU services. TeleICU services improve patient outcomes, reduce ICU and hospital length of stay, reduce errors, and are cost effective.
Precision Medicine Beginning to Identify Important Clinical Uses

By Paul Dexter, MD, and Shaun Grannis, MD, MS

Precision medicine is at an early stage, with the underlying science beginning to identify important clinical uses, and EHR support following.

Nursing Informatics Summer Reading Suggestions
By June Kaminski, Nursing Curriculum Coordinator, Research Coordinator, Informatics & Elearning, Aboriginal Health Consultant

2017 has been a prolific year for nursing informatics publications, which has enabled me to compile a hot-off-the-press list of suggested readings in this area.

TREND spotter
Impatience for Change
By John Sharp, MSSA, PMP, FHIMSS, Senior Manager, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS North America

At the HIMSS 16 conference in Las Vegas in March, I heard several attendees talk about impatience for change in health IT. We have heard many calls for quickening the pace of enabling interoperability but other calls for change abound.


Applying for the HIMSS North America Board of Directors - Now Open
Nominations are now being accepted for open positions on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors. Read full details of eligibility requirements and access online application here. The deadline to submit the online application and all supporting documentation is August 18, 2017.

Applying for the HIMSS North America Nominating Committee - Now Open
Candidates must be Regular or Life members or the senior executive representative of a Corporate / Non-Profit Partner Member firm. Candidates must have achieved advanced membership status (Senior Member or Fellow) prior to being slated. Read more on participation requirements and access online application hereThe deadline to submit the online application and all supporting documentation is August 18, 2017.

Information Sharing: What is it? How to do it? Why Does It Matter?
According to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), information sharing is a vital resource for critical infrastructure security and resilience. The healthcare and public health sector is sectors. Information sharing is essential to the protection of critical infrastructure (including healthcare). Additionally, information sharing may relate to threats, incidents, etc. Read more.

Patient Matching Data Matching and Demographic Data
The United States has moved rapidly to increase the adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) over the past decade. These new systems promised improved safety and lowered cost through information sharing. One key challenge to achieve this goal is better patient data matching. Read full details.

What’s Next in Standards-Based Exchange of Electronic Health Data
Consistent and effective health solutions with IT systems securely sharing electronic health data is the foundation of the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. At HIMSS17, more than 7,000 thought leaders gathered at the Showcase to learn from interoperability use cases for surgery and recovery, diabetes management, connected care, childbirth and IT architecture of the federal health system, among others.
With 7,000 thought leaders gathered at the showcase in Orlando, Fla. from Feb. 19-23, the Showcase planning team managing this demonstration of standards-based interoperability has begun planning for the HIMSS interoperability Showcase at the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Read more.

Nominations Open: HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards
Until Aug. 28, the nominations are open for the Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards. Think about the women you know whose daily and lifetime efforts focus on improving health and healthcare with the best use of IT. Then, take a moment and review the award’s criteria. Please visit our Awards page to nominate a female digital health leader.

Expand your knowledge of C-CDA and realize the storytelling power of these documents.
Virtual Event: Monday, August 7, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
When should each C-CDA clinical document type be leveraged and how can these documents be optimized to assist in communicating a patient’s health story? On this Health Story Project Roundtable, panelists will show how new CDA rendering options are revealing the storytelling power of C-CDA documents and increasing their relevance and pertinence in clinical settings. Register today.


By Yvonne Patrick, Coordinator, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS North America

Visit the most recent issue of the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI): Volume 21, Number 2, (Summer  2017). OJNI is a free, international, peer reviewed publication that is published three times a year and supports all functional areas of nursing informatics.

The Career Institute
Whether you are new to the industry, new to your career or a seasoned professional, the HIMSS Career Institute is the one place you need as an HIT professional. 

Clinical Decision Support - HIMSS
All of HIMSS’s resources on clinical decision support can be found here, including fundamentals, case studies, and MU.

HIMSS Health IT Value Suite
The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite & Value Score provides the resources to help your enterprise organize its value strategy and analyze its impact.

Health Information Exchange (HIE)
The HIMSS I&HIE Community serves as the central convening point for interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) professionals to promote meaningful education and thought leadership in the health IT industry. Learn more about the I&HIE Community here.

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