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In this Issue: HIMSS13 Sneak Peek
This issue of the Clinical Informatics Insights focuses on HIMSS13 and explores some of the different educational, networking and exhibition offerings for clinicians. Read about what is new, get insight on pre-conference education programs, and get tips and resources for planning your conference agenda, and navigating the halls of the convention center and exhibition.

State of the Industry

HIMSS13 Agenda Packed with Opportunities to Advance Interoperability Know-how
By Joyce Sensmeier, RN–BC, MS, CPHIMS, FAAN, FHIMSS


Interoperability leading to information exchange is a high priority for HIMSS as we focus on achieving our mission. And to this end, there are many exciting activities at HIMSS13 in New Orleans that will help you advance your own organization's interoperability strategies. Read More


Meet an Informaticist

The Four P's for a Successful HIMSS13
By Mark D. Sugrue, RN–BC, FHIMSS, CPHIMS


HIMSS13 promises to be an extraordinary event for health IT professionals from across the globe. Last year in Las Vegas, 36,531 attendees participated in the conference. Any of you who have attended in the past can attest to the volume of participants and the miles logged on the exhibit floor or running from session to session. Leading the pack again this year will be the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community. A pre–conference program – the HIMSS13 Nursing Informatics Symposium (March 2–3) will be the opening act for the nurses. Read More


Physicians' Reviewing the Past, Present and Future at HIMSS13
By Howard Landa, MD

If you've visited any of the HIMSS Physician Community recently, you've seen HIMSS is realigning its resources and revitalizing the community to enable physicians to profoundly influence the transformation of healthcare. What does this mean? The refreshed HIMSS Physician Community will now connect over 3,000 physicians who not only work in the healthcare provider setting but the, government, not–for–profit and corporate settings too. The story being told at the HIMSS13 Physicians' IT Symposium is, in some ways, a metaphor for this revitalization of the HIMSS Physician Community. Read more


Strategies for Success

HIMSS13 Networking Events Open Local and Professional Community Doors
By Shirley Woodhead, RN–BC, BSN, MA, PMP


There are a multitude of networking and membership opportunities at HIMSS13 for the clinical informatics communities: clinical/biomedical engineers, dietitians, nurses, pharmacists and physicians. Here are a few of the HIMSS13 networking events I'm most excited to attend. Read more


New! Trend Spotter

Information Sharing with the Intention of Improving Outcomes and Efficiencies
By Gino Johnson


Whether it's a result of meaningful use or a general shift towards transparency, access to information is an important topic in healthcare today. This sentiment came through loud and clear in several of the Strategic Industry Reports CapSite recently published. Across health information exchanges (HIEs), medical device Integration, and imaging IT one common goal appears – share information across multiple stakeholders to improve systematic efficiencies and overall patient outcomes. Read more


Special Feature

HIMSS Analytics to Showcase Latest Products at Services at HIMSS13
By Lorren Pettit, MS, MBA

Have you ever had one of those "deer in the headlights" moments? Mine was at last year's Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. I had been with HIMSS Analytics for just over a month when I attended my first HIMSS conference. I was blown away by the size and energy in and around the conference exhibit hall. With HIMSS13 around the corner and a year with HIMSS Analytics under my belt, I'm looking forward to returning to this conference. HIMSS Analytics has many exciting new developments to showcase. I'll use this month's HIMSS Clinical Informatics Insights column to pull back the curtain and give you a sneak-peek of what HIMSS Analytics will be highlighting at this year's conference. Read more



HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers Open
This month, HIMSS opened its annual call for volunteers to serve on a committee for the 2014-15 fiscal years. Service on a HIMSS Committee—focused on specific settings and constituencies within health IT and key industry topics—is an excellent opportunity for professional development, networking and active engagement. Committee participation is open to all Individual and Corporate Members who are not serving in other leadership positions within HIMSS and have maintained membership for at least the past 12 consecutive months. Learn more and submit an application to volunteer through March 8.

What's New at the HIMSS13 Exhibition?
Over the past few years, HIMSS and exhibiting companies have expanded the learning experience and the use of technology at the annual conference's exhibition. The HIMSS13 Exhibition validates this trend further—with even more learning opportunities and chances to interact with technologies firsthand. "This is an exciting time in the health IT industry, and the HIMSS13 Exhibition will be showcasing the movement in the industry," says Elli Riley, HIMSS Director of Exhibits and Meeting Services.

3 Reasons to Go Social at HIMSS13
Healthcare continues to embrace the use of social media in the way it engages patients, disseminates information and even how it tracks and treats diseases. As social media's value is realized, it will give us new ways to better connect healthcare stakeholders. Like in healthcare, social media, too, continues to be a dimension that grows the value of the Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition experience.

Can't Make HIMSS13? Try HIMSS13 Online
If you are unable to attend HIMSS13 in person, take the second best seat by attending the online extension of the Annual Conference & Exhibition. HIMSS13 Online provides access to select portions of both live and on-demand events for only $39. Participants can gain actionable information and engage with peers as they seek out practical solutions to healthcare's most demanding challenges. If you plan to attend HIMSS13 in person, add HIMSS13 Online to your registration and gain access to highlights—during and after the show. The online extension's live hours include Tuesday, March 5; Wednesday March 6; and Wednesday, March 13. On demand sessions will be available through June 7.

Tool Box Picks

Compiled by Cari McLean

HIMSS13 Website
Start planning your education agenda and your exhibition experience via the HIMSS13 website, which is now optimized for viewing on the go via your mobile device. By creating an account and logging in to the site, you can easily create and organize a personalized conference agenda too.

HIMSS13 Brochure
Before the conference, be sure to download the HIMSS13 Brochure to start planning your activities on-site.

HIMSS Conference Exhibitor Guide
For those interested in meeting with exhibiting companies at HIMSS13, utilize the HIMSS Conference Exhibitor Guide to start planning your tour of the exhibition and prospecting who you want to meet once you get there.

Exhibitor-Hosted Events Portal
This is an area of the HIMSS13 exhibition website that will go live this month and showcase all of the events that exhibitors will be hosting—from giveaways in their booths, sessions they are hosting to events after-hours.

HIMSS13 Conference Orientations
To ensure that all attendees have an exceptional conference experience, HIMSS has created a series of highly interactive webinars to highlight the many opportunities available for first-time attendees, experienced attendees, or for those attending virtually. Webinars run from Feb. 6 through Feb. 13.

Cari McLean is Manager of Social Media at HIMSS Media.

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Upcoming Events

CPHIMS Review Course: A Four-Part Online Series
Jan. 24-Feb. 5, 2013

2013 North America Connectathon<
Jan. 28, 2013-Feb. 2, 2013

HIMSS Meaningful Use Regional Dinner Event
Feb. 5, 2013
Dallas, Texas

HIMSS13 Pre-conference Symposia
March 2–3, 2013
New Orleans

HIMSS13 Pre-conference Workshops
March 2–3, 2013
New Orleans

2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition
March 4–7, 2013
New Orleans

HIMSS Chapter Events

Webinars and Audio Conferences

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