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Virtual Health Part I Telemedicine
This issue of Clinical Informatics Insights is the first of a three part series which will explore healthcare in the virtual world, three functioning areas of the tele-experience: Providers interacting with patients (telemedicine), providers interacting with other providers (telecollaboration) and an overall virtual experience (telehealth).

Meet an Informaticist

Telehealth - Can It Cure Cancer?

By Stu Rabinowitz, MBA, Director of Federal Markets and Channel Partners, Socrata & HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Committee Member, and Lavjot Sandhu, Data Analyst for Georgetown University Hospital

Telehealth is an overall set of capabilities that enable providers the ability to "deliver virtual medical, health, and education services”. As we prepare for HIMSS 16, we thought it was appropriate to ask the question can telehealth cure cancer?

Strategies for Success

Telemedicine 2016

By John Sharp, MSSA, PMP, FHIMSS, Senior Manager, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS North America

Telemedicine has reached a tipping point in 2016. Not only are we seeing more innovative companies entering this space but more health systems are creating telehealth centers and government regulations and reimbursement are falling into place.

The Political Challenge We Face

By Neal Neuberger, CISSP, President, Health Tech Strategies, Inc

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.

Trend Spotter

HIMSS Value Score and Long Term/Post-Acute Care at HIMSS16

By Lorren Pettit, Vice President, Research, HIMSS North America

Like Christmas and birthdays, the HIMSS conference is upon us once again bearing great gifts for those eagerly awaiting its annual arrival. While a complete preview of this year's conference would be impossible to accomplish in the limited space we have here, I did want to provide a peak "under the wrapper" to two HIMSS efforts I am excited in seeing at conference.

HIMSS Statement on Introduction of the CONNECT for Health Act
We believe the CONNECT for Health Act will modernize healthcare delivery for Medicare beneficiaries by removing barriers to the use of telehealth and other healthcare technologies, resulting in greater access to high-quality care, improved continuity of care and better value for patients and the Medicare program. Read full statement.

HIMSS STEPS to Value Podcast- The Value of Exchange: How HIEs Drive Value
With over 70% of doctors' offices now utilizing electronic health records, the important first steps involved in laying the groundwork for true interoperability of protected health information have been taken. In this episode of STEPS to Value, we explore benefits and challenges of interoperability with Robert Cothren, PhD from the California Association of Health Information Exchange (CAHIE) and 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award winner Brian Yeaman, MD.
Listen to: STEPS to Value EP11.

Vindell Washington, MD, Joining ONC as Principal Deputy National Coordinator; Mike McCoy, MD, leaving ONC and Returning to the Private Sector
There were two significant personnel announcements from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) this week: Vindell Washington, MD, will become the Principal Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT on January 25; and, Michael J. McCoy, MD, ONC’s Chief Health Information Officer, announced that he was leaving and returning to the private sector at the end of the month. Read full article.

Easy Tracking for Your Continuing Education Credits at HIMSS16
You’ve worked hard to earn your professional certification. HIMSS16 makes it easy for you to maintain your credentials by offering sessions with continuing education credits for professional certifications. Now, you can easily sort HIMSS16 education sessions using the CEC filter on the website

Introducing the #HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassadors
Since 2014, HIMSS has called on a class of health IT influencers to deliver a top-notch, expert-driven social media experience at its Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Follow these health IT social media influencers and the #HIMSS16 conversation to contribute to a collective dialogue on closing the disparity gaps we all see in healthcare delivery - no matter your place in the ecosystem. Subscribe to the official HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassador Twitter List and help us make social waves about health IT optimization and technology's promise to empower a healthier society.


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

The American Telemedicine Association is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. ATA and its diverse membership, works to fully integrate telemedicine into transformed healthcare systems to improve quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world.

Medicaid and Telemedicine
Medicaid site with terms, Provider and Facility Guidelines, Reimbursement for Telemedicine and State Flexibility in Covering/Reimbursing for Telemedicine Services and the Application of General Medicaid Requirements to Coverage of Telemedicine Services.

Telemedicine Practice Guidelines
ATA's practice guidelines for telemedicine are the critical foundation for the deployment of telemedicine services. Practice guidelines form the basis for uniform, quality patient care and safety, grounded in empirical research and clinical experience.

State Telehealth Laws and Reimbursement Program Policies
A Comprehensive Scan of the 50 States and District of Columbia and updated information from the Center for Connected Health Policy.

Connected Health 2015: The Year of Virtual Patient Visits - Nursing Education Perspectives

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