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In This Issue — February 13, 2013

HIMSS Urges CMS to Keep ICD-10 Deadline • Sneak Peek of the HIMSS13 Social Media Center • New Sessions Added to HIMSS13 Agenda • Refreshed Continuity of Care Guide Released

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What's New

HIMSS Urges CMS to Maintain ICD-10 Adoption Date
Last week, HIMSS submitted a letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner to reiterate strong support for maintaining the Oct. 1, 2014 revised date for nationwide adoption of ICD-10. In its letter, HIMSS urges CMS to "send a strong message ICD-10 has already been thoroughly vetted, will be implemented on the regulatory date, and we must move forward with the nationwide implementation of ICD-10 by the current adoption date of Oct. 1, 2014 in order to realize the significant advantages of healthcare transformation."

Pioneer ACO Atrius Health and Herding Cats
In this HIMSS Blog post, James Gaston, FHIMSS, takes the paradigm of herding cats and applies it healthcare. He uses Atrius Health, one of the 32 CMS Innovation Pioneer ACOs as his example. He talks about Atrius Health's approach to tracking the complex referral patterns of physicians in the organization using clinical and business intelligence.

Health Leaders Join Forces to Tackle US Hospital Readmissions
HIMSS is proud to be a partner of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Care About Your Care. This is the second phase of the Care About Your Care effort, which was launched in 2011 to call attention to the spotty quality of the US healthcare system, and what providers and patients alike can do to improve care. This year's efforts are endorsed by more than two dozen leading public and private healthcare organizations—ranging from the CMS to organizations representing physicians, nurses, hospitals, caregivers and chronic disease patients.

IHE NA Connectathon Expands to Advance Interoperability of EHRs
Significant steps were taken toward advancing the interoperability EHRs at the 2013 IHE NA Connectathon and Conference that took place Jan. 28-Feb. 2 in Chicago. IHE USA's 14th annual interoperability testing event introduced several new features to complement the events core foundation- conformance testing of IHE profiles. This year, eight IHE domains were tested on 160+ systems among 550 of the industry's top engineers. New features included testing of HL7's Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C–CDA), a new qualification in standards and certification criteria for Meaningful Use Stage 2 in the US. IHE USA also introduced a new Certification Pilot Program with eight participating vendors.

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 >>

SNEAK PEEK! HIMSS13 Social Media Center Brings Digital Relationships Face-to-Face
Maybe we're not the best at surprises, but here is another sneak peek – this time into the HIMSS13 Social Media Center. This year's features include: HIMSS13 hashtags word cloud; three multimedia monitors; and new to this year—the opportunity and space for various social communities throughout health IT to host their meetups and tweetups. Details for scheduled meetups and tweetups at the HIMSS13 Social Media Center are posted on the Social Networking Page

New HIMSS13 Session Explores Use of Social Media to Educate and Engage Patients
St. Francis Hospital CMIO Brian McDonough, MD, FAAFP joins the HIMSS13 agenda on Monday, March 4 to discuss the use of technology to engage and educate patients—yet not overwhelm them in the process. St. Francis Hospital is a member of Catholic Health East.

Tavenner Nominated as CMS Administrator; Confirmed to Speak at HIMSS13
Last week, the President nominated Marilyn Tavenner to be Administrator of CMS. Also last week, Tavenner, currently Acting Administrator and Chief Operating Officer for CMS, confirmed that she will speak at HIMSS13 on Wednesday, March 6, at 9:45 am.

HIMSS13 Adds New Career Services Center for Job and Talent Seekers
The Career Services Center is the gathering point at HIMSS13 for health IT job seekers and organizations looking for talent. Located in the River Gate room in the convention center, the Career Services Center features over 10 sessions to help attendees chart career paths, find new opportunities and improve interviewing skills. The Career Services Center is available to all HIMSS13 registrants.

Get Primed for HIMSS13: Orientations Available On Demand
This month, HIMSS offered three online orientations to help prepare attendees for exceptional conference experience at HIMSS13 or HIMSS13 Online. These orientations highlighted new features, resources to help plan your educational agenda, tips to get the most out of networking events and last-minute logistic information. Access these orientations for free via the HIMSS eLearning Academy.

Tools & Resources

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.

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
With the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, organizations that adopt EMR software in a meaningful way may claim thousands of dollars in incentives for a limited period of time. But getting through over 1,000 pages of Meaningful Use Stage 2 regulations isn't easy. This informative white paper helps practices understand what they mean and how to respond. Click the link above. Free registration is required.

Sponsored White Paper: Improving Patient Care and Reduce Costs
This white paper discusses how to "cloud-enable" medical imaging and optimize vendor neutral archive investments. It illustrates how EMC Atmos cloud storage consolidates PACS silos, reduces storage costs, uses metadata-driven policies to automate image lifecycle management, and provides instant access to images from EMRs, mobile apps, and any viewer across modalities.

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 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

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.

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.

Join the HIMSS Patient-centered Payer Roundtable This Month
This roundtable strives 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 convenes these stakeholders to exchange ideas, share learning experiences and discuss emerging health IT issues and opportunities. 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 (via conference call) will be on Feb. 21 from 4–5 pm (ET). Our guest speakers from MyHealth Access Network: David C. Kendrick, MD, MPH, CEO, and Joe Walker, Director of Technical Operations. Their presentation, "The Infrastructure for Community-wide Health Care Quality Improvement," will address the interests of payers and the potential evolution of payment models. Access more information via the website link above or by contacting Nancy Devlin

Join HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Community for ACO Discussion This Month
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 at 1–2 pm ET. The next meeting will be Feb. 28. The guest speaker is Jonathan Everett, Director of Health IT, Chinese Community Health Care Association (CCHCA). He will discuss CCHCA's nationally recognized ACO infrastructure. 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.

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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