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In This Issue — February 6, 2013

CMS Administrator Added to HIMSS13 Agenda • HIMSS Blog Covers IHE NA Connectathon • Get a Sneak Peek of HIMSS13 Online • Discover Key Twitter Conversations in Healthcare

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What's New

HIMSS Blog Spotlights Interoperability and IHE NA Connectathon
Last week the 2013 IHE North American Connectathon, coined as the "Lollapalooza of the health IT world," was held in Chicago from Jan. 28-Feb. 2. The IHE NA Connectathon brings together 500 of the industry's top engineers—making it the largest interoperability testing event in the United States. Throughout the week, the HIMSS Blog featured industry insiders' perspectives on the happenings of at the Connectathon, and regarding interoperability and standards in general. Check out these blog posts:

Nominations Open for CEO IT Achievement Awards
Modern Healthcare and HIMSS are seeking nominations for the 11th annual CEO IT Achievement Awards. The 2013 award, a collaboration between HIMSS and Modern Healthcare, honors one or more healthcare industry CEOs who demonstrate leadership and commitment to using information technology to advance their organizations' goals. CEOs from healthcare organizations, including hospitals, health systems, health insurers, physician groups, clinics and post-acute-care providers, are eligible for the award. CEOs from healthcare vendors and suppliers are not eligible. Entries can be submitted online through March 21. A panel of CEOs and CIOs will judge the competition. The winner(s) will be announced in the April 15 issue of Modern Healthcare, and award recipients will be profiled in a special section of the June 10 issue. For more information, contact John D. Thomas, Chief of Editorial Operations, Modern Healthcare.

HRSA Calls for Ideas to Progress TXT4Tots Program
On Jan. 31, the Federal Register included a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit ideas and information related to ways in which Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) can work with interested partners to disseminate and apply TXT4Tots. HRSA funded the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) last year to develop TXT4Tots, a library of age-appropriate messages for parents and caregivers of children ages 1-5 based on the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents.

Annual Call for Committee Applications Open Until March 8
HIMSS' annual call for volunteers to serve on a committee for the 2014-15 fiscal years is open through March 8. 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.

Special Section: HIMSS13

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

Breaking News! CMS Administrator Confirmed to Speak at HIMSS13
Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator and Chief Operating Officer for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is confirmed to speak at HIMSS13 on Wednesday, March 6, at 9:45 am. Prior to assuming her CMS leadership role, Ms. Tavenner served for four years as the Commonwealth of Virginia's Secretary of Health and Human Resources in the administration of former Governor Tim Kaine. Before entering government service, Ms. Tavenner spent 25 years working for the Hospital Corporation of American (HCA). She began working as a nurse at the Johnson-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Va., in 1981 and steadily rose through the company. By 1993, she began working as the hospital's CEO and, by 2001, had assumed responsibility for 20 hospitals as President of the company's Central Atlantic Division. She finished her service to HCA in 2005 as Group President of Outpatient Services.

Get Ready for HIMSS13 with Conference Orientations for Attendees
This month, HIMSS will offer three online, pre-conference orientations exploring the education, events and logistics of HIMSS13. The orientations were created 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 is free.

SNEAK PEEK! A Glimpse at HIMSS13 Online
In case you haven't heard, Bill Clinton will be delivering his keynote address to the health IT audience in attendance in New Orleans on Wednesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. CT. While this may be a bit of a letdown for those that can't attend, HIMSS13 Online can bring Bill and more to you live from wherever you are. HIMSS13 Online education program also includes 10 live simulcast sessions, four keynotes on-demand, nine on-demand education sessions, 12 e-sessions, and interviews with top speakers.

HIMSS13 Unveils New Career Services Institute
The HIMSS Career Services Institute (CSI) is open to all HIMSS13 participants and is an opportunity for attendees to network. The program will support attendees who are entry-level, intermediate and advanced-level professionals who are currently in the health IT field or wanting to enter the field, and who are seeking career guidance and possible job opportunities. It will focus on supporting skills of successful health IT career —soft and transferable skills. Note, there is no fee to attend, but registration is required.

Past Attendees Share Insights on Summit for Healthcare Information & Financial Technology
At this one-day event, attendees will discover and test drive the latest technologies that will help accelerate the revenue cycle, improve reimbursement and simplify business processes. Read what past attendees have to say about Summit for Healthcare Information & Financial Technology – a HIMSS13 Specialty Program that focuses on the convergence of information technology, process and finance in healthcare on March 5.

HIMSS13 Hosts 3 Workshops to Help Companies Win Federal Health IT Contracts
HIMSS13 is hosting 3 all-day, pre-conference workshops to help small, medium and large businesses entering the federal health IT market, and those with experience selling into the federal health IT market. The workshops feature actionable information to help participants make the most of their time in New Orleans. The works will help attendees hone their businesses' presentation skills to ensure they have a productive and successful conference experience.

Tools & Resources

This Week's Emerging Professionals Webinar Identifies Health IT's Blind Spots
This webinar hosted by Lorren Pettit, MS, MBA, Vice President of Market Research at HIMSS Analytics, on Friday, Feb. 8 at 12 pm CT, will look at research conducted by HIMSS Analytics to assess the benefits and challenges of advanced EMR capabilities for hospital providers on clinical outcomes, the patient experience in a hospital, and physician satisfaction.                
[NEW] Twitter in Healthcare: Conversations & Hashtags
Learn how to contribute to the greater health IT conversation on Twitter through tweet chats. This resource includes direction on how to participate in a Tweet Chat, an extensive list of popular health IT hashtags and suggested tweet chat facilitators to follow.

[NEW] 2013 Update to Continuity of Care Guide Released
The Continuity of Care Guide (CCG) will help your medical practice identify evidence-based guidelines of care, determine workflow and evaluate your health IT (EHRs, etc.). The CCG is the foundation for HIMSS13 Education Session, Continuity of Care Guidelines to Leverage Health IT in Ambulatory Care, on March 7 at 10 am CT.
This guide will help your practice:

  1. Enhance cross-provider communications with a focus on primary care practices.
  2. Support improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of care with electronic tools.

Nutrition Informatics Town Hall Series: Informatics Competencies Delphi
HIMSS and the Academy of Nutrition and Dieticians announce the next event in a series of new free Virtual Town Hall series. On Thursday, Feb. 14, attend Informatics Competencies Delphi Study. Earn one complimentary hour of CPEU and/or CPHIMS credit for each of the webinars in this Town Hall series. These free webinars are provided by HIMSS as part of the collaborative relationship with the Academy's Nutrition Informatics Committee.

Sponsored White Paper: Benefits of Image-Enabling the EHR: MU2 Implications for Hospitals, Imaging Providers and EHR Vendors
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Sponsored White Paper: Going Beyond Meaningful Use
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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?
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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 used 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

HIMSS Interoperability Maturity Model Work Group Seeks Members
The Interoperability Maturity Model Work Group has been recently established by the Interoperability & Standards (I&S) Committee.  This work group will examine applicable maturity models and develop an Interoperability Maturity Model to accelerate our industry's interoperability goals and promote the adoption of electronic medical records.  Participation is open to all active HIMSS members and the work group will meet monthly via teleconference. If you are interested in volunteering for the Interoperability Maturity Model (IMM) Work Group, please e-mail the I&S Committee liaison, Mary-Ellen Devitt Johnson.

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 Feb. 28, 2013. 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.

White Paper: Benefits of Image-Enabling the EHR. MU Stage 2 Implications for Hospitals.

Chapter Events

Feb. 12
Midwest Gateway HIMSS Chapter
Lesson Learned: Disaster Recovery and the Aftermath of Joplin, MO

Feb. 26
New England HIMSS Chapter
2013 Educational Social

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Feb. 13
HIMSS13 Online Orientation

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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Ensure the continuation of your HIMSS member benefits, login to the Member Center to renew your membership today. If you need a paper invoice, request one via e–mail to the Member Services department. You can also renew by phone at (312)664–4467 (option 8, then 2).

The 4th Annual HIT Men&Women Reception. Monday March 4, 2013 . 6:30 - 8:30 PM. RSVP Now to This Can't Miss Event.

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