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September 12, 2016 SUBSCRIBE | MEMBERSHIP
Clinical Informatics Insights Digest: Volume 4
The Editorial Team at Clinical Informatics Insights has been hard at work and has developed our fourth Digest issue. Reread some of your favorites or browse a new section. Enjoy!

Research Informatics is a Team Sport
BY Michael Miller, MD, Director of Research Informatics at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Earlier in my career, I became intrigued with electronic medical records as a way to accelerate sharing information among health care providers. As much as I love pediatric rheumatology, I had been thinking of balancing my clinical activities with administrative work, to me another way of contributing to patients' health.
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.


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.
Five Usability Barriers Preventing Health IT from Supporting Clinician Needs

By David M. Schlossman, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, M.S. (Informatics), CPHIMS and Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN  

Current health IT does not adequately support the way doctors and nurses work or think, as evidenced by suboptimal designs, diminished cognitive support and lack of interoperability which hinders team-based care coordination across the continuum.


Recent Notable Scientific Publications in the Field of Applied Clinical Informatics, #6
By Vitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD, MSc, FCCM, CPHIMS, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Medicine in Department of Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic

In this monthly digest of recently peer-reviewed publications in the area of applied clinical informatics, we started with covering notable review articles.


A View of the Future from a Medical Sociologist
Lorren Pettit, MBA, Vice President, Market Research, HIMSS Analytics

Have you ever attended a healthcare conference and have a Futurist (someone who seems to speak with some authority about what the future could look like) as one of the key speakers?



HIMSS Partners to Respond to Physician Fee Schedule
In partnering with the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), HIMSS and PCHA support and advocate for the transformation of Medicare to support a patient centered care delivery system that is enabled and improved by interoperable digital communications technology.  The letter urges CMS to take every opportunity in the CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule to promote robust, practitioner-patient use of proven information technology to improve health care delivery, including remote monitoring for chronic disease management, telehealth, and the digital delivery of health care and prevention services. Read full details

Global Consortium Receives Grant to Improve Healthcare Workforce IT Skills
With burgeoning global demand for skilled healthcare workers, the HIMSS Foundation joins other members of the EU*US eHealth Work Consortium to address the need, development and deployment of workforce IT skills, competencies and training programs. This new 18-month project, spanning from September 2016 to February 2018, is being funded from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation grant program, which awarded just under $600,000 dollars to the EU*US eHealth Work Consortium. Read full story

#WomenInHIT: "Going for the Gold"
We know of the many disparities and challenges that exist for women and more specifically women in Health IT.  I believe the HIMSS Women in Health IT initiative will provide a platform to further advance women and provides the opportunity for me as individual to personally engage in the advancement of Women. Read more

IHE NA Connectathon System Registration Opens September 12, 2016
IHE Profiles are the foundation of interoperability in the US. Don’t miss your opportunity to test the strength of your health IT solutions with closest competitors in a challenging, non-competitive environment at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon. Accomplish months of development in minutes. Solve problems and debug systems. All while building quality into your products and meeting industry standards for interoperability. IHE NA Connectathon system registration is open September 12 - October 7, 2016. Learn how you can participate by downloading our live IHE NA Connectathon and HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM Introductory Webinar or visit our website for more information.


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

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.

Strategies for Managing Alarm Fatigue
Focused on clinical alarm safety, this Clinical Toolkit provides evidence-based strategies, resources, best practices and change implementation tools for reducing the impact of environmental alarms, thereby improving patient safety and increasing workplace effectiveness.

WT (Wearable Technologies)
WT (Wearable Technologies) is a pioneer and worldwide leading innovation and market development platform for technologies worn close to the body, on the body, or even in the body. Explore the latest cutting edge technologies.

The Untapped Potential of Health Care APIs
From the Harvard Business Review:  The first paragraph was intriguing. "Leaders of most internet-based businesses have realized the critical importance of using open application programming interfaces (APIs) to expand the reach of their organizations. If the health care industry followed suit, the impact on the quality and cost of care, the patient’s experience, and innovation could be enormous."

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