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IHE USA Submits Comments to ONC for Joint HIT Policy and Standards Committee
IHE USA President, Joyce Sensmeier, provided comments to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) as part of the public record for the upcoming Joint HIT Policy and Standards Committee meeting.

2014 CDISC Business Case
CDISC is pleased to announce the completion of an extensive update to its Business Case for the use of its global, consensus-based standards.

FAQ: Standards in Health IT
The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers provide high-level information on the concept and use of standards in health IT.

Health IT is Only a Portion of the Solution – Addressing Human Factors Are Key
Situational awareness in any patient care setting, especially in an emergency department, requires timely, cross-team communication. The global concerns around Ebola should only heighten that awareness.

Getting Back to the Basics
Director of Informatics at HIMSS North America, Mari Greenberger, leverages the recently developed FAQs on Standards and HIE in her blog post on getting back to the basics of health information exchange and interoperability.

HIE Highway
FAQ: Health Information Exchange (HIE)
The following FAQs and answers provide high-level information on the concept and implementation of health information exchange (HIE).

Survey: HIEs Still Face Tech, Cost Barriers to Interoperability
A recent eHealth Initiative survey finds that while more HIEs are implementing core functions required by Stage 2 of the Meaningful Use program, they continue to struggle with interoperability because of cost and technical barriers.

Trends in HIE Organizational Staffing: A Deeper Look at Staffing Challenges
This follow-up to the 2012 HIMSS/AHIMA publication "Trends in HIE Organizational Staffing" explores the requirements, responsibilities and challenges in hiring for the roles identified as most difficult to fill in the initial survey: connectivity, data integrity and data integration positions.

Seeking Chapter HIE Liaisons
HIMSS Chapter HIE Liaisons are essential to healthcare IT professionals and their communities, helping to build relationships and information to support the development of HIE in their regions. Contact Julie Moffitt to learn more about this volunteer opportunity.

HIMSS15 Unveiled
A Sneak Peek at Annual Conference education, exhibition and networking.

HIMSS15 Health Information Exchange Symposium: Interoperability Driving Innovation
Join a lineup of outstanding faculty and get a head start on networking with like-minded peers as you dive deeply into the subjects that interest you most.

HIMSS15 Registration is Open
April 12-16, 2015 | Chicago IL
Take advantage of early bird registration, book your hotel in advance and get ready for the annual HIE Symposium and I&S Breakfast Panel!

Seeking Volunteers for Physician Community CMIO Roundtable
In response to the increasing role and adoption of CMIOs in hospitals and health systems, the HIMSS Physician Community is establishing a new CMIO/Medical Informatics Executive Roundtable. To participate and learn more about the Roundtable, please contact Lauren Kaderabek.

Seeking Volunteers for New to Medical Informatics Workgroup
The HIMSS Physician Community New to Medical Informatics Workgroup is seeking volunteers to lead young and new to informatics physicians in the emerging informatics field. Please contact Lauren Kaderabekto get connected today.

Nov. 15-19
AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium

Nov. 17-18
NYeC Digital Health Conference 2014

Nov. 18
Effective Patient Engagement: Strategies and Tactics

Nov. 19
Challenges and Preparation for Meaningful Use Stage 2

Dec. 11
The Meaningful Use Paradigm: Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare

Dec. 12
Nursing Informatics Institute

Jan. 26-30, 2015
IHE NA Connectathon

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Information Xchange
features extended coverage of all aspects pertaining to interoperability and standards leading to health information exchange. Published on the first Thursday of the month, this newsletter provides the latest industry news, case studies and expert interviews. Information Xchange is a complimentary resource for HIMSS members, organizations, government agencies and anyone involved and interested in today's interoperability, standards and information exchange activities.

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Joyce E. Sensmeier, MS, RN, BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics,
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