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In This Issue — January 02, 2013

HIMSS opens annual call for Committee applications • Get the latest updates on HIMSS13 • utrition Informatics Town Hall Series to begin in January

Have a question, comment or idea? Please send them to Matt Schlossberg.

What's New

Annual Call for Committee Applications Open Until March 1
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 HIMSS Members who are not serving in other leadership positions within the Society and have been a member in good standing for at least the past 12 consecutive months. Members with questions regarding serving on a committee should e-mail Joan Flagg or call 734–477–0862.

Summer 2013 JHIM to Focus on Clinical & Business Intelligence—Send Your Abstracts
The Summer 2013 issue of JHIM will focus on Clinical & Business Intelligence, and is seeking abstracts on this and other topics in the affecting the health IT profession. JHIM will seek a variety of abstract proposals (case studies, literature reviews, etc.) that explore the health IT-related facets and implications of Clinical & Business Intelligence, including: performance outcomes; data management; Meaningful Use; decision–making; clinical and cultural investments; framework design and implementation of BI across the continuum of care; basic components of business intelligence; and more. Abstracts are due Jan. 18. Please send them in a Word document to Matt Schlossberg, Manager, Publications, at the e-mail link above.

Special Section: HIMSS13

HIMSS13 Reminder!
The 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition returns to its Sunday through Thursday schedule (March 3–7). Learn more >>

HIMSS Certifications at HIMSS13 Demonstrate Industry Knowledge
HIMSS is offering two certification exams and two review courses at HIMSS13—CPHIMS and CAHIMS. These certifications allow healthcare information and management systems professionals to demonstrate their knowledge of the health IT industry. Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS) is a professional certification program for healthcare information and management systems professionals. Individuals who meet eligibility criteria and successfully complete the CPHIMS Exam are designated a CPHIMS.CAHIMS—Certified Associate in Healthcare Information & Management Systems—is a new HIMSS health IT certification designed for emerging professionals within the industry (five years or less of experience). Click the link above to learn more about these certifications, and when Review Courses and Exams will be held at HIMSS13.

Native American Health Added as HIMSS13 Pre-Conference Symposium
Native American Health Symposium: Next Generation of Healthcare for Tribal Communities was recently added as the latest pre-conference Symposium at HIMSS13. On Sunday, March 3, this Symposium will provide an overview of the National Indian Health Board's (NIHB) HITECH Program, which is currently funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Program funding has been used to establish the NIHB Regional Extension Center (REC) serving IHS/Tribal/Urban Indian health facilities in 35 states. The NIHB REC has signed up over 2,800 Primary Care Providers working in these facilities across the U.S. to receive its electronic health record (EHR) and meaningful use of EHR (MU) services. Information regarding CMS Meaningful Use Stage 2 will be provided. This Symposium will also provide information and facilitate discussion on long-term initiatives such as the Native Health IT Workforce Program and a sustainable plan for providing health IT services to Indian Country. Sponsored by the Creek Nation Native American Tribe. (This is a non-ANCC, ACCME activity).

Honor Your Health IT Peers at the HIMSS13 Awards Banquet
Be part of the celebration at the HIMSS13 Awards Banquet on March 5 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Each year, at this event, HIMSS recognizes its members for their lifetime achievement, activities or publications and through scholarship programs. These HIMSS awards honor individuals, groups, and organizations for significant contributions to the Society, their organizations or to the health IT profession. Tickets and tables can be reserved via the HIMSS13 registration form; the event is black-tie optional. This event is one of the first to sell out at the conference, so don't delay. Contact Jennifer Walter for information on the awards banquet.

Tools & Resources

NEW! Nutrition Informatics Town Hall Series to begin in January
HIMSS and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announce a new free Virtual Town Hall series to begin in January 2013. Each Virtual Town Hall takes place at 12 p.m.-1 p.m. (CT) on the second Thursday of the month in January, February and April. Click the link above to learn more and to register for all three events. For more information on Nutrition Informatics, please visit the HIMSS Nutrition Informatics Web site.

NEW! Nursing Informatics Task Force Presentation Available
Watch the recording from our HIMSS Nursing Informatics Task Force Meeting—Unforeseen Consequences of That New Idea: Destroying Frankenstein's Monster Is A Lot Harder than Avoiding its Creation. In the last 30 years, nursing informaticists have sought to make sense of all the data being collected and quality managers desired to use that data to improve quality and measure outcomes. Unfortunately, some times the informaticists and quality managers get it wrong. The audience will take away an understanding of how to evaluate whether or not that new tool, idea or process will really provide the benefit it purports, how it will impact the staff (both end users and quality managers), and the real resources required to use and maintain that tool indefinitely.

NEW! Analytics & Business Intelligence 'Virtual' Town Hall Now Available
A Virtual Town Hall meeting discussing Analytics & Business Intelligence was held by the Clinical Engineering & IT Community—a collaboration among AAMI, ACCE and HIMSS. To access the recording and slide presentation, please visit the CE-IT Community web page, by clicking the link above.

Rely on the ICD-10 PlayBook for Compliance Guidance
Rely on the ICD-10 PlayBook for critical information useful to hospitals, ambulatory centers, practitioners and their staff in making the transition to ICD–10. While the deadline for compliance has been extended to Oct. 1, 2014, begin implementation and testing now to be ready for this deadline. Visit the ICD–10 PlayBook for valuable tools and resources with updated information added on an ongoing basis.

Corporate Member White Paper: Unleasing Innovation—Tapping into the Full Potential of Information-Driven Healthcare
Information–driven healthcare is an approach that leverages technology to inform and empower the institutions and individuals that provide care. Define information–driven healthcare by using a four-step framework. Click the link above to read the Dell white paper.

Corporate Member White Paper: Hospital Supply Chain Executives Should 'Think Print' to Drive Down Costs and Inefficiencies
To succeed in the new world order of healthcare, hospital executives must aggressively pursue strategies that minimize costs and streamline operations. Given that the cost of supplies and services is second only to the cost of labor for hospitals and represents around 42 percent of its operating budget, reducing supply costs, whether low‐cost commodity items such as paper or high-cost physician preference devices, is a high priority for hospitals and health systems.

Sponsored White Paper: Improving Patient Care and Reduce Costs
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Sponsored White Paper: Creating and Testing Your IT Recovery Plan
Testing at least once per month is important to maintain engineering best practices, to comply with stringent standards for data protection and recovery, and to gain confidence and peace of mind. In the midst of disaster is not the time to determine the flaws in your back up and recovery system. Backup alone is useless without the ability to efficiently recover, and technologists know all too well that the only path from "ought to work" to "known to work" is through testing. Read this white paper to learn more about protecting your data through a proper backup system.

Sponsored White Paper: Taming Complexity—A New Solution for In-House Healthcare EDI
If hospitals and providers are the body of the healthcare industry, healthcare electronic data interchange is the heartbeat. This white paper compares the different solutions and costs for achieving HIPAA-compliant EDI, explains the specific technical challenges in the way of successful implementations, and explores new avenues for bridging the gap to an in-house implementation.

Sponsored White Paper: Size Up Your Cloud Options – Is Now the Time?
Will you be left at a competitive disadvantage if you fail to deliver SaaS–enabled solutions in the Cloud? Read this guide to the rise of Cloud computing in healthcare and learn how to rapidly SaaS-enable your organization today.

Sponsored White Paper: HIPAA Compliant Hosting
Healthcare providers must assure patients the utmost security, confidentiality, and integrity of sensitive information. This means maintaining total HIPAA compliance within their organization, including healthcare IT infrastructure. This white paper elucidates HIPAA compliant IT infrastructure, from physical and environmental controls, to appropriate guidelines between a Covered Entity and data center provider when outsourcing. It also helps clarify key points including service provider qualifications, and why Business Associate Agreements are integral for establishing accountability with partners.

Sponsored White Paper: The Need for Data Loss Prevention Now
Data Loss Prevention (DLP) is powerful technology that can be use to plug the holes in the data leakage dam affecting organizations worldwide. In the healthcare industry the consequences of leakage are particularly dire. This white paper offers an introduction to the topic of DLP, which is one of the most important and powerful tools in the information security industry.

Sponsored White Paper: Blood Systems Expands Remote Access Connectivity to Prepare for Disaster
For more than 60 years, Blood Systems has been offering its life-giving services throughout the Western U.S. Blood Systems wanted to optimize its network for business value, migrating to the latest WAN services. Read this white paper to learn how Blood Systems increased flexibility and now support business continuity requirements so the nation's blood supply wouldn't be interrupted in the face of a natural disaster or pandemic.

Calling All Members

NEW! Take the HIMSS iHIT Survey
HIMSS is conducting research to better understand how health IT affects communication between clinicians. Initial results will be presented at the HIMSS13 in New Orleans, and made available on the HIMSS Clinical Informatics web site. As a clinician, your opinion is critical. Your response provides valuable information and helps to ensure this study accurately reflects the impact of health IT on communication today. The survey will close mid-January. Click the link in the headline above to participate in this 10-minute study.

HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Community Seeks Members
HIMSS is accepting members for the newly formed Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Community. The goal of the C&BI Community is to bring together thought leadership and share knowledge that will support the future success of our members by improving their ability to understand and form partnerships to manage C&BI as a part of doing business and providing accountable and quality care to their members. The community will support activities that promote peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing and education. Please join the Community on the fourth Thursday of the month, 1–2 pm (ET). Our next meeting will be Jan. 24. Contact Nancy Devlin for meeting information. Participation is open to all current HIMSS members. If you are interested in participating in the community or presenting a use case, join now. For more information, visit the C&BI Community website.

HIMSS Accountable Care Task Force Seeks Members
The HIMSS Accountable Care Task Force is accepting members for this new Task Force. The Task Force will be focused on the adoption and use of Health Information Technology for Accountable Care organizations and will be co–chaired by Paul Oates, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, IT Architecture, Cigna; and Lee Lemelson, RPh, System Vice President, Clinical Applications, Banner Health. The task force will work to provide valuable tools and resources to the industry, specifically, use cases and best practices for Accountable Care Organizations. The meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, 1 pm–2 pm (ET). To sign up for the task force, and to help us get to know each other's background, skill set and interest, please take a moment to fill out this brief survey. The task force is open to all current HIMSS members. Contact Nancy Devlin for further information.

HIMSS Now Accepting Applications for Advanced Membership!
If you have been a member of HIMSS for at least three years, you are eligible to apply for advanced membership. You can become a Senior Member or Fellow Member of HIMSS depending on years of membership and number of points. Points are earned for education and certification; experience and professional responsibility; presenting or publishing on health IT topics; and serving as a HIMSS volunteer on committees, work groups, chapter leadership, etc. See our Member Advancement webpage for more information, or email questions to the e-mail link in the headline above.

Seeking Members for HIE Task Forces and Work Groups
The HIMSS HIE Committee is seeking members to join a number of their task forces and work groups. Click the link above to learn more about these groups and how to join.

Nominations Welcome for the Spirit of HIMSS Award
Established in 2003, the Spirit of HIMSS award recognizes members who exemplify the mission of HIMSS through their recent volunteer efforts within the society. The award is given to a member or group of members every month, at the discretion of the Individual Membership Committee. HIMSS utilizes awards to recognize the special contributions of individuals, groups and organizations to the advancement of the healthcare profession as encompassed by the HIMSS mission. These special contributions may vary widely due to the diverse membership of HIMSS and the broad definition of the healthcare professions represented in our mission. To submit a nomination, click the link above or contact Helen Figge with questions.

Participants Needed for New I&S Committee Work Groups
The new Interoperability & Standards (I&S) Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on a variety of work groups including: HIMSS Interoperability Policy Section (HIPS) Work Group; Enterprise Architecture (EA) Work Group; I&S Section of the mHIMSS Roadmap (ISS mHealth) Work Group; I&S Toolkit & Web Resource (Toolkit) Work Group (TBD); Health IT Standards (Standards) Work Group (TBD); and the Technical Information Exchange (Tech-IE) Work Group (TBD). If you would like to volunteer to serve on any of the I&S Committee Work Groups please contact Mary-Ellen Devitt Johnson at the e–mail link above.

NEW! #mHIMSSROADMAP - An mHealth resource for hospitals and health systems from mHIMSS experts. Visit mHIMSS today to secure your membership and get full access to the mHIMSSROADMAP!_____________________________

Chapter Events

Jan. 9, 2013
11th Annual HIMSS WA Executive Dinner

Jan. 15, 2013
UHIMSS January 2013 Luncheon

Jan. 16
EMR and Physician Adoption

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2013
2013 Connectathon

March 4-7, 2013
2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition

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