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The HIMSS Health IT Dictionary, Fourth Edition: Reflections on the Updated Version

By Christine Hudak, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS; Professor and Director of the Health Informatics program at Kent State University, School of Library & Information Science; Contributing Interdisciplinary Faculty Member in the School of Digital Sciences.

While working on the HIMSS HIT Dictionary, Fourth Edition, we tried to keep in mind accessibility to those of all levels and backgrounds. The HIMSS HIT Dictionary is required reading for... Read More.

Dr. Hudak is the Editor of the HIMSS HIT Dictionary, Fourth Edition and will be signing copies at HIMSS17. Join us on Wednesday, February 22 | 11:00 AM ET at the HIMSS Bookstore! (Orange County Convention Center, Level 2, Lobby B)

Preparing for HIMSS17

Never Fear, Help is Here: Pre-order the New Edition of the HIMSS HIT Dictionary!
Publication of the fourth edition of HIMSS HIT Dictionary is timely for helping us navigate this new and evolving space. This resource, which advances HIMSS’s mission of leading healthcare transformation through the best use of health IT, will first be available at HIMSS17.

Special February 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable: Carequality & The Health Data Sharing Tipping Point
Wednesday, February 8 | 12:00 PM -1:00 PM ET

Providers will share their experiences implementing the nationwide Carequality interoperability framework in a panel discussion. By leveraging existing investments, healthcare leaders tripled the number of care sites enabled to share information across the entire healthcare continuum in just the first 90 days. Register Now!

February 2017 Health Story Project Roundtable | C-CDA Documents: Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange
Monday, February 6 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

While C-CDA (Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture) is regularly used in data exchange across the health IT community, the various types of C-CDA documents available for exchange are not well understood... Register Now!

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase: Learn More
Tuesday, February 14 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Join us for an attendee-focused webinar. Our demonstrations are nearly complete and we are excited to share with you all of the new areas at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase! Learm more and Register Here.

HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable: De-coding 42 CFR Part 2: Understanding the New Regulations' Impact on Care Coordination
Tuesday, February 14 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Join industry and government experts as they provide insights on the recently revised 42 CFR Part 2 regulations governing the confidentiality of substance abuse treatment and prevention records. This panel will offer a broad discussion of the new regulations, their impact on care coordination and the broader healthcare community. Register now!

Interoperability & HIE Education at HIMSS17

HIMSS17 Interoperability and HIE Symposium | Making It Work
Sunday, February 19, 2017 | 8:00am - 4:30pm | Room W331A, Orange County Convention Center

Sponsored by

Continued adoption of value-based payment models, an expanding number of health IT applications implemented across care settings, evolution of available technical standards, and attention from federal policymakers all underscore and align with the need for semantic interoperability and exchange of data, information, and knowledge across the health system... Register now!

HIE Multi-Stakeholder Panel | Real vs. Perceived Views on Health Information Exchange Organizations
Tuesday, February 21 | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM ET | Interoperability Showcase, Tangerine Ballroom, Orange County Convention Center

During this educational event, a multi-stakeholder panel will share reactions and commentary on newly released survey data from the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community on different organizations’ approaches to health information exchange (HIE).

ConCert by HIMSS Forum: Accelerating Innovation Thru Market Certification
Monday, February 20 | 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM | Room W208C, Orange County Convention Center

Successful innovation hinges on the need for a secure environment, where data can be accessed easily among different care settings all while supporting timely, accurate decision-making. ConCert by HIMSS - a standards-based health IT certification for EHR, HIE, HISP systems and devices - will enable your organization to achieve that reality. Join the ConCert Forum at HIMSS17 to learn how.

A Guide to Interoperability at HIMSS17
A roundup of the education sessions, Interop Showcase and other events at the 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando this February.

View all Education Sessions on Health Information Exchange, Interoperability and Data Access
Search the HIMSS17 schedule by topic to find the sessions most relevant to your interests!

HIMSS17 I&HIE Networking and Receptions

HIMSS17 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Reception
February 19 | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM ET | Interoperability Showcase, Tangerine Ballroom, Orange County Convention Center

Sponsored by

Join the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community for a networking reception to meet other like-minded health IT and medical professionals and learn about the I&HIE Community’s opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, problem solving and education through this central convening point for Interoperability and HIE. Register now!

Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Hour at the Interoperability Showcase
February 21, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 11:00AM ET | HIMSS Interoperability Showcase Meet-up Desk, Tangerine Ballroom, Orange County Convention Center

Come join old friends and meet new ones within the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community for an hour at the Interoperability Showcase™ for networking and exploring the various use cases demonstrating real-world interoperable activities.

HIMSS17 Interoperability & Standards Breakfast Panel | Tearing down Interoperability Barriers: Real Life Impact on Business, Technology, & People
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | 07:30AM - 09:30AM ET | HIMSS Interoperability Showcase Theater™, Tangerine Ballroom, Orange County Convention Center

Sponsored by

Interoperability in healthcare can be a vexing concept. Are we talking about how information is exchanged or are we really speaking about how stakeholders and systems across the health ecosystem interact to create a complete picture of an individual’s health? Register now - space is limited!

HIMSS17 Exchange

Focus on Long-Term Good Health with Free Immunization Capability Testing
Three (3) organizations working together - CNI Advantage, HIMSS and ICSA Labs, now invite health IT vendors to test their immunization-capable products in the Immunization Integration Program [IIP] supported by CDC. Participation is free of charge... Vendors who participate in this program will demonstrate that their product includes software capabilities that address provider and patient reminders and up-to-date demographics and immunization information. Learn more and find events on this program at HIMSS17!

Rock Stars of Blockchain Healthcare
Wednesday, February 22 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | 414B, West Concourse, Orange County Convention Center

Blockchain is the next hot technology in healthcare... This day-long conference brings together top executives from leading hospitals, health insurance companies, health IT firms, and startups to provide an in-depth discussion of blockchain opportunities and implications.

What Happens to Federal Agencies During the Transition in Washington?
Change is in the air in Washington, DC. Let’s look at what will happen after Jan. 20 and how the transition will affect the many individuals in our government who work every day on our nation’s healthcare, the work we do each and every day at HIMSS, and how you might notice these changes in Orlando at HIMSS17.

HIMSS Communities Open House
Monday, February 20 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Valencia Ballroom Foyer (above Hall C), Orange County Convention Center

HIMSS membership include a broad range of professional roles. Take this in-person opportunity to build your peer network, and mingle with volunteers and leaders from HIMSS communities. Attend the Communities Open House at HIMSS17 to learn more about HIMSS Chapters, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Fellows, Committees, Task Forces, Users Group and more. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. All conference attendees are welcome to attend and join us to win fabulous prizes!

In Other News...

TIGER's Virtual Learning Environment Enhances Informatics Curricula
TIGER’s VLE pilot partner, the University of Great Falls of Montana (sponsored by Providence Health & Services), uses this education portal as an important tool to supplement the curriculum of its new Applied Health Informatics (AHI) Certificate Program to ensure students learn with content that is current, relevant and pertinent. Written by Dr. Stephen C. Burrows, DPM, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, TIGER Committee Member, Clinical Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University, this blog post provides a real world example of how to leverage VLE resources as well as benefits for faculty and students.  Click here to access the blog post.

CMS Announces Extension of 2016 Reporting Deadline and Intends to Modify 2017 Requirements for Reporting eCQM Data Under the Inpatient Quality Reporting and EHR Incentive Programs for Hospitals
Extended deadline: March 13, 2017

The Annual Call for HIMSS Committee Volunteers is Now Open!
Deadline: March 13, 2017

Become more involved with HIMSS as a thought leader in Healthcare IT! Apply now to be a FY18 and FY19 HIMSS Committee Volunteer. Terms will run July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019.

SAMHSA Releases Final Patient Privacy Rule on Substance Use Data Sharing
On Friday, January 13, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) issued a final rule on patient privacy with the intent of making it easier to share medical records of patients undergoing substance abuse treatment in federally funded drug and alcohol treatment programs.

California Index and Inland Empire Form Largest State HIE
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the California Integrated Data Exchange (Cal INDEX) and Inland Empire Health Information Exchange announced that they would merge, creating the nation’s largest Health Information Exchange (HIE).

FHIR expected to supplement, not replace, other standards
While Health Level Seven International’s Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) application programming interface holds great potential for the interoperable exchange of health information, the emerging standard will not replace older HL7 standards.

HIE Should Work Like the Electric Company
The journey to improved healthcare and health outcomes is predicated on having an infrastructure in place that enables interoperable health information exchange (HIE). As a patient...

Health Information Exchange: E Pluribus Unum?
Can one model for health data exchange emerge from the diverse HIE ecosystem that exists?

An Introduction to 21st Century Cures and Its Impact on Health IT
Prior to Congress adjourning for the holidays, the House and Senate passed a major piece of bipartisan legislation that will have significant impacts on health IT.

Survey Results: A Look Ahead for Healthcare IT in 2017
Survey results from the survey from Healthcare IT News, carried out in October 2016

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February 6th
HIMSS Health Story Project Roundtable

February 8th
Special February 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable

February 14th
Integrated Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) Solutions: Electronic Health Records, Pharmacy Dispensing System Vendors and Web Portal Options

February 14th
HIMSS Interoperability Showcase: Learn More

February 14th
HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable: De-coding 42 CFR Part 2: Understanding the New Regulations' Impact on Care Coordination

February 19th-23rd
2017 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition

March 28th
Best Practices for Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) Implementation and Adoption: Eliminating Barriers to Workflow Integration for Pharmacists and Providers

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