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In This Issue — January 23, 2013

Check out HIMSS13 pre-conference education • IHE Connectathon Conference 2013 begins next week • Meaningful Use regional education set for next month

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What's New

Annual Call for Committee Applications Open Until March 8
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.

Special Section: HIMSS13

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

Pre-Conference Symposia Tackle Critical Health IT Issues
HIMSS13 Pre-conference Symposia invite a diverse and growing audience of professionals to participate in specialized and highly interactive education sessions in the days leading up to the Annual Conference. This year's sessions include address topics such as nursing informatics, ICD-10, clinical engineering and IT leadership, clinical and business intelligence, health information exchange, innovation, Meaningful Use and RFID and RTLS. Symposia also include physicians' IT and Native American healthcare. Click the link above to read capsules of each session. Click here to register.

Pre-Conference Workshops Offer Hands-On Learning
Covering a wide variety of topics critical to health IT professionals today, HIMSS13 Pre-conference Workshops are designed as interactive programs where attendees will actively participate in a highly collaborative environment. Workshops this year tackles such subjects as Meaningful Use, mobile health, clinical workflow analysis, health IT adoption, mobile apps, an introduction to health IT–enabling technologies, privacy and security, healthcare project management and data warehousing. Click the link above to read capsules of each session. Click here to register.

Save the Date: HIMSS to Offer Three Online, Pre-Conference Orientations for Attendees
In February, HIMSS will offer three online, pre-conference orientations exploring the education, events and logistics of HIMSS13. The orientations were created and are ideal for those who are attending the Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition for the first-time, those who have previously attended and those who plan to attend HIMSS13 Online. Registration for these orientations are free. Click the link above for details.

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! Nursing Informatics Task Force: Medical Device Integration
On Monday, Jan. 28, from 12 pm-1 pm (CT), the Nursing Informatics Task Force Meeting will host an hour-long presentation on medical device integration, by Erin Sparnon, MEng, Senior Project Engineer, ECRI Institute, and John G. Rhoads, PhD, Interoperability and Standards Architect, Philips Healthcare, Co-Chair, IHE PCD Technical Committee. Click the link above for meeting details, call-in information and to save the date to your calendar. The recording and slides will be made available a week after the call on the Nursing Informatics website.

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.

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Sponsored White Paper: Going Beyond Meaningful Use
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Sponsored White Paper: Creating and Testing Your IT Recovery Plan
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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
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Calling All Members

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. Predictive analytics are already transforming how businesses operate by helping organizations make the most of their Big Data assets, but there's much more to be gained.  Pieter Schouten, General Manager, Healthcare Solutions, Opera Solutions, discusses "Man + Machine":  how we can combine the strengths of machines' computational powers with the human ability to "think and create beyond the machine" to transform hospital operations and improve patient outcomes. 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 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 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. 24
2013 Winter Educational Event

Jan. 25
South Central Texas
Teen Health Clinic Technology Intervention

Jan. 29
2013 VA HIMSS Advocacy Day

Jan. 31
Western Pennsylvania
Key Trends in the Healthcare Value Chain 

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Jan. 28-Feb. 2, 2013
2013 Connectathon

NEW! Feb. 6
HIMSS13 First-Time Attendee Orientation

NEW! Feb. 13
HIMSS13 Online Orientation

NEW! Feb. 13
HIMSS13 Experienced Attendee Orientation

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

March 8
Annual Call for Committee Applications

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