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HIMSS17 Conference & Exhibition: Join thousands of the brightest minds in health and IT at HIMSS17. Registration is open! Save up to $400 now. Conference & Exhibition | February 19-23 | Orlando.

November 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable: Improving the Quality of CDA Documents with Testing and Tooling
November 7, 2016 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET
Didi Davis, from the Sequoia Project, and Nagesh "Dragon" Bashyam, contracting to the ONC, will introduce the community to new tooling being used to improve the quality of the digital content available within several types and versions of CDA Documents, and will provide details on the different aspects of quality that these tools can assess. Register now!

New ONC chief will continue push for interoperability
"There are places that are making a good progress," said Dr. Vindell Washington in his first news conference as head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS. "But we're looking for a world in which there is easy flow" across the entire spectrum of healthcare... Read more.

By The Numbers: Our Progress In Digitizing Health Care
By Karen DeSalvo and Vindell Washington
Over the past seven years, the United States has seen a historic health IT transformation, moving from a primarily paper-based health system to one where virtually everyone has a digital footprint of their care because of the dramatic uptake of electronic health records (EHRs).

Blog: How Health IT Impacts a New Parent: A reminder that a human is the center of it all
By Mari Greenberger, Director of Informatics, HIMSS North America
We all are patients at one point or another, and health IT is providing extraordinary benefits for all of us. While daily reminders of cybersecurity threats and hacks occur, threatening the integrity of our health information and medical devices, I’m confident that the benefits of health IT will prevail... Read More.

CMS Builds Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting Repository
The repository will show which public health agencies and clinical data registries are ready to receive electronic public health reporting, helping eligible providers and eligible hospitals in meaningful use attestation.

Blog: Putting the Patient Story at the Center of Standards Development
During the August 2016 HIMSS Health Story Project Roundtable, Lenel James, BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA), and Lisa Nelson, Life Over Time Solutions, shared a patient story that is making a difference in the development of health IT standards

HIE Highway

NEW! HIMSS HIE inPractice Feature: West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN)
David Partsch, Chief Information Officer of the West Virginia Health Information Network (WVHIN) shares his experiences in the world of healthcare as it evolves to rely on technological solutions. He discusses the importance of a defined sustainability model, integrating the provided information into clinicians’ established workflows and a focus on providing solutions to stakeholders.

Surescripts gives EHR vendors access to its record locator service, Epic and others sign up
With this new initiative, providers whose EHRs include Surescripts' NRLS will be able to see where their patients have care over time, across locations and among different IT systems, enabling more comprehensive health management.

ONC Awards $1.5 Million to Healthcare Data Exchange Projects
Awardees will use the money to create standards-based solutions that facilitate the exchange of health information, according to ONC. The awardees are expected to report results September 15, 2017.

3 Ways to Make Health Data and HIE a Public Good
By Christine Bechtel, advisor for the National Partnership for Women & Families
The notion of "health information exchange" has been around for decades, and we have tried many approaches. Yet our healthcare system is struggling to foster the kind of exchange that will truly drive better care and smarter spending. Read more.

Using Health Information Exchange to Enhance Care for Children in Rural Communities
Last September, ONC awarded 10 grants through the Community Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program. Georgia’s CHIC, a pilot project from the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) and Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), aims to expand the use of health information exchange (HIE) and telehealth services to school nurses and individuals in the rural counties of Appling and Atkinson in Georgia.

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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. Under this grant scope of work, the TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative will execute project deliverables on behalf of the Foundation. Read More.

A Perfect Storm of Innovation
HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio | October 22-26
Four amazing healthcare events in five days. From Oct 22 to Oct 26 at the HIMSS Innovation Center in the Global Center for Health Innovation, a perfect storm of healthcare innovation will occur. This week will be an action-packed five days on health IT, innovation, cybersecurity and networking.

HIMSS Fall Quarterly 2016 Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable - Recording now available!
Kathy Frye, PMP, Senior IT Consultant, HealthTech Solutions on the topic of HIE Funding Opportunities available through State Medicaid Agencies and Brian Ahier, Director of Standards and Government Affairs, Medicity speaking about Open APIs Improving Care and Lowering Health Care Costs. Watch now.

Call for C-CDA Presentations!
The HIMSS Health Story Project is collecting real-life Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation stories that demonstrate direct impact on your organization and patient care from the viewpoint of implementation teams, clinicians and the staff’s unique experiences.  Share your story today!

The ONC Health IT Playbook
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) developed this 1st edition of the Health IT Playbook to answer many of the questions that providers ask when implementing and using health IT.

Someone you know is doing great things in health IT. Nominate her for a Most Influential Women in Health IT Award.
This new awards program recognizes prominent women at all stages of their health IT careers. Recipients will be honored during HIMSS17 at an awards dinner on February 20, 2017. The call for nominations is open now through October 17, 2016. Nominate yourself or another female colleague today.

New HIMSS Interoperability Showcase eNewsletter- Subscribe now!
Individualized. Innovative. Informed. Rediscover the "I" in interoperability at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. We invite you to join our newly developed Interoperability Showcase eNewsletter. Throughout the year we will be sharing information on our webinars, use cases, volunteer opportunities and demonstrations around the world. Subscribe to the eNewsletter.

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HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub Debut

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November 2016 HIMSS Health Story Project Roundtable

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ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications) of Learning Health Systems Symposium

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