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In This Issue — January 09, 2013

Get the latest HIMSS13 updates • Annual call for Committee applications are now open • HIMSS Analytics honors latest Stage 7 Award winner

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

What's New

HIMSS Analytics Honors Florida Hospital North Pinellas with Stage 7 Award
HIMSS Analytics recognized Florida Hospital North Pinellas, an Adventist Health System facility in Tarpon Spring, with its Stage 7 Award. The award represents attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM)SM, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. Click The link above to learn more about the hospital and the Stage 7 Award.

Annual Call for Committee Applications Open Until March 1
HIMSS opens 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. To apply, visit the Committees & Volunteer Opportunities page on the HIMSS website. For questions or more information, e-mail Joan Flagg, HIMSS Executive Assistant, or call (734)477–0862.

Don't Miss IHE USA's Exciting and Dynamic Program for 2013
Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) USA is proud to announce the IHE Connectathon Conference 2013 on Jan. 30, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The conference is the cornerstone of the annual interoperability testing event—the North American (NA) Connectathon. Join us as we discuss the many ways that technology and IHE is enabling the seamless transfer of data across the healthcare continuum. Registration includes a "sneak peak" of the testing floor, a networking reception, and educational sessions focused on advancing patient care through the meaningful use of health IT and IHE. View the full conference agenda on IHE USA's website, and register today. Admission: $195 per person.

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 >>

HIMSS13 Preview Available Online
The HIMSS13 Preview issue of the HIMSS Monthly Insider is now available online. First published in the January 2013 print edition of Healthcare IT News, the HIMSS13 Preview features a high–level overview of the speakers, education, exhibition, special events and networking opportunities that await you at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, March 3–7, in New Orleans. Click the link above to read the HIMSS13 Preview.

HIMSS13 Brochure Now Available Exclusively Online
The HIMSS13 brochure is now available exclusively online at the HIMSS13 website. This brochure will not be printed this year. The HIMSS13 brochure is displayed in a handsome digital format, where attendees—and those curious about the Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition—can discover this event's amazing education and networking opportunities. The brochure includes the Schedule–at–a–Glace, providing a quick–and–easy reference to all HIMSS13 events, as well as registration and travel information. It also include detailed listings of specialty programs, such as HIT X.0: Beyond the Edge, Leading from the Future and the Health IT Venture Fair & Strategic Partner Forum; education, such as pre–conference symposia and workshops, general education sessions, and Views from the Top; career services, including HIMSS certification testing, the HIMSS Career Services Center and JobMine; networking opportunities, such as the Awards Banquet, the HIMSS Social Media Center and the new Women in Health IT Networking Reception; and the Exhibit Hall, which will feature more than 1,100 vendors, as well as special exhibits, such as the new Meaningful Use Experience, the Interoperability ShowcaseTM and the Intelligent HospitalTM Pavilion. To download the brochure and to learn more about and register for HIMSS13, click the link above.

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).

Can't Make HIMSS13? Try HIMSS13 Online
If you are unable to attend HIMSS13 in person, take the second best seat by attending the online extension of the Annual Conference & Exhibition. HIMSS13 Online provides access to select portions of both live and on-demand events for only $39. Participants can gain actionable information and engage with peers as they seek out practical solutions to healthcare's most demanding challenges. If you plan to attend HIMSS13 in person, add HIMSS13 Online to your registration and gain access to highlights—during and after the show. The online extension's live hours include Tuesday, March 5; Wednesday March 6; and Wednesday, March 13. On demand sessions will be available through June 7.

Tools & Resources

NEW! HIMSS Meaningful Use Regional Education
What do the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Criteria Final Rules mean for your organization? There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to meeting Stage 2 requirements. HIMSS has developed compelling regional educational events to help organizations be positioned to meet the new requirements. Please join your colleagues on Feb. 5 in Dallas to explore how meaningful use and health IT implementation can increase the value of your practice—now and in the future. Click the link in the headline above to register.

Nutrition Informatics Town Hall Series Begins Tomorrow
HIMSS and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics announce a new free Virtual Town Hall series to begin tomorrow. 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 2013. 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.

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Calling All Members

NEW! HIMSS eConnecting with Consumers Committee Seeks Members
The HIMSS eConnecting with Consumers Committee is now accepting new members for the following Task Forces:

  • Patient Engagement Task Force: This group will create a compendium of business cases highlighting best practices and lessons learned from providers' use of health IT to engage patients. This group meets the third Monday of the month at 12 pm (ET).
  • Provider Value Proposition Task Force: This group will be responsible for the identification and creation of resources and tools related to personal health IT for all HIMSS providers, including business cases, best practices and lessons learned for technologies, including (but not limited to) PHRs, portals and mHealth. This group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 3 pm (ET).
  • Social Media Task Force: This group will create resources and tools as well as opportunities around social networking at HIMSS, including the Social Media Center at HIMSS13. This group meets the first Thursday of the month at 12 pm (ET).

All groups will meet monthly via WebEx. Participation is open to all active HIMSS members. For more information contact Valerie Knoke.

HIMSS Patient–Centered Payer Roundtable is Accepting New Members
The HIMSS Patient–Centered Payer Roundtable is accepting new members. The vision of the Roundtable is to improve individual patient care, quality, and outcomes in a cost–effective manner by fostering collaboration and trust between providers, payers and vendors through the development of interoperable health IT. The Roundtable serves to provide a vehicle for these and other stakeholders to exchange ideas and dialogue on emerging health IT issues and opportunities. The Roundtable continues to engage on relevant issues with industry experts, and share learning experiences and case studies. Key topics for the year include accountable care/value–based healthcare/care coordination, and "enabling" issues such as HIE, interoperability, funding models, data management, business intelligence, and patient identity. The next meeting of the Roundtable, via conference call, will be Jan. 17, from 4 pm to 5 pm (ET). Join us for the third in a series of four on payer-provider interoperability and data exchange in support of care coordination and new payment models.  Please visit HIMSS Patient-Centered Payer Roundtable web site at the link above for additional information and contact Nancy Devlin to become a member.

Take the HIMSS iHIT Survey
HIMSS is conducting research to better understand how HIT affects communication between clinicians. Initial results will be presented at the HIMSS13 in New Orleans and made available on the HIMSS Clinical Informatics website. As a clinician, your opinion is critical. Your response provides valuable information and helps to ensure this study accurately reflects the impact of HIT 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.

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Chapter Events

Jan. 10
Iowa
IAHIMSS Telehealth Event

Jan. 15
Utah
UHIMSS January 2013 Luncheon

Jan. 16
Mississippi
EMR and Physician Adoption

Jan. 17
Heart of America
CMS Audits and Stage 2 Meaningful Use Educational Event

Jan. 17
Delaware Valley
DVHIMSS Winter Symposium

Jan. 17
Tennessee
East TN Conference: Connected Healthcare, A View Of The New Reality

Jan. 17
Midwest Gateway
Healthcare Informatics Forum

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2013
2013 Connectathon

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

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