National Health IT Week: Demonstrating the Value of Health IT
September 22, 2017

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National Health IT Week Fast Approaching

Here are a few ways you can help demonstrate the value of health IT during this nationwide awareness week.


Efforts to Advance Telehealth Legislation Continue in Congress

Congress returned from their August recess and immediately began efforts to advance a number of telehealth bills.


ONC Implements Changes to the Health IT Certification Program
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced two changes to the Health IT Certification Program in an effort to improve efficiency and reduce burden industry-wide. 

HHS Continues its work on Cybersecurity Guidance
New taskforce formed by HHS to address cybersecurity guidance.

Hardship Application Deadline Approaching for 2017 Medicare EHR Inventive Program
EP's must apply for a hardship exception by October 1 to avoid payment adjustments in 2018.

CMS Looking at New Direction for CMMI
CMS is seeking feedback on a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes.

NH-ISAC – Experts advise hospitals should join ISAC immediately
Several cybersecurity experts recommended all hospitals join an ISAC immediately at a recent security conference.


HRSA Awards 200 million as States and Local Governments Tackle the Opioid Epidemic
The funds will support 1,178 health centers to support expansion and integration of mental health services and substance abuse services and including provisions to increase personnel, leveraging health information technology, and providing training.


Shhhh...Solving the Problem of Blaring Alarms with Clinical Communication Alerts
National Health IT Week: Celebrating the Path to Aging in Place
In this NHIT Week Partner blog post, VirtualHealth CIO Adam Sabloff emphasizes the importance data-enabled aging in place, home-based care models and more.
Technology's Vital Role in Healthcare and Society - National Health IT Week
In this NHIT Week Partner blog post, Nicholas Skinner of Optimum Healthcare reflects on the expansion of technology's role in healthcare.
Value Brief
Showcase the Value of Your Digital Health Strategies with A Davies Award
The HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations who have used digital health to substantially improve patient outcomes and value. The Davies Award is the pinnacle of the HIMSS Value Recognition Program.
In a recent STEPS To Value podcast, "How CHOC Drives Value through an Optimization-Focused Culture," host Rod Piechowski, senior director, health information systems, HIMSS North America, spoke with the James Cappon, MD, chief quality officer, and Caroline Steele, MS, RD, IBCLC, director, clinical nutrition and lactation, from the 2016 Davies Award winning Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). They discuss how CHOC was able to optimize the people, processes and technologies tasked to care daily for one in 100 kids in the United States. 
Listen to the full podcast, and learn more about the Davies Awards.


HIMSS18. Where IT connects for health. March 5 - 9 2018 in Las Vegas.


Mobile Push Technology: Closing the Gap in Patient Engagement
September 26
HIMSS Joint Interoperability & HIE, Nursing Informatics and Connected Health Community Roundtable 
September 27
National Cyber Security Awareness Month
September 28
Fair is Fair, Until it Isn't: Core Values for Leadership Connection | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS
September 28
Health 2.0 11th Annual Fall Conference
October 1-4
National Health IT Week
October 2-6
Pop Health Forum | A HIMSS Event
October 2-3 
CAPG Quality Payment Program Webinar: Advanced Alternative Payment Models—The Good, Bad, and Ugly
October 2
Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network Annual Conference
October 3
Developing Health IT Leaders: A Statewide Collaboration
October 3
Digital Transformation: The Industry's Next Medical Miracle
October 4
Positively Impacting Health IT: Changemakers Leading the Way
October 6

HIMSS Learning Center: Connected Health Conference: Connected Health Conference. The connected life journey. October 25 - 27, 2017 in Boston, MA

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