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In This Issue — February 20, 2013

HIMSS Innovation Center advances interoperability • HIMSS13 is just around the bend—see what's new • HIMSS offers new webinars

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What's New

HIMSS Innovation Center Advances Interoperability
HIMSS will be leasing 12,500 square feet of the Global Center for Health Innovation for its Innovation Center in Cleveland, OH. HIMSS plans to double the size of the exhibition space by 2016. The HIMSS Innovation Center will provide ongoing services for health delivery organizations and health IT companies, along with exhibitions, educational programming, and consumer-oriented applications. In addition, the year-round interoperability showcase and exhibition space will further validate functionality for new and developing products using standards and customized testing in both a physical and virtual demonstration environment. Click the link above to learn more.

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 >>

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, sat the link above.

Leading Matters at HIMSS: Then and Now in New Orleans
It's just two weeks until HIMSS13 opens in News Orleans. HIMSS President and CEO Steve Lieber shares his thoughts on what's changed with the conference, and the city, from HIMSS07 to HIMSS13, both held in New Orleans. Click the link above to view the video.

Webinar: Preview of Federal Health IT Business Development Workshops
Learn more about what to expect at the Federal Health IT Business Development Workshops at Annual Conference by attending a free webinar on Feb. 21 at 11 am (ET). Those who are registered for a workshop at HIMSS13, or considering registering, should attend this brief 30-minute call. Participants will learn more about the content, format and agenda for the workshops, gain valuable tips and advice for how to make the most of their time at HIMSS, and will have the opportunity to ask questions. Click the link in the headline above to join the webinar.

#ePatient Tweetup at HIMSS13 Focuses on Connecting the Patient
As healthcare providers prepare their systems to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria, online access to patient records is creating new opportunities to empower and engage patients, and to enable collaboration between patients and providers. Providers must think about how online patient portals should be designed in a way that patients will use it, and gamification is one way to engage and reward patients for taking part in their own care. Martin Sizemore, Perficient Director of Healthcare Strategy, will underscore this point during the #ePatient Tweetup at the Social Media Center on Wednesday, March 6 at 11 am. Sizemore will moderate a discussion on how providers are designing secure and engaging patient portals for access to records, and how the world of social media – including Facebook and Twitter – is shaping patient expectations around caregiver interaction. Connect with the tweetup's host and company on Twitter: @MartinSizemore @Perficient_HC

Learn How to Launch an Effective Clinical & Business Intelligence Initiative at HIMSS13
Clinical and business intelligence (C&BI) seems to be the latest holy grail of digitizing healthcare. Healthcare organizations have realized C&BI capabilities are critical to success, but many struggle with where and how to start. On March 3, the inaugural HIMSS13 Clinical & Business Intelligence Symposium will help professionals develop a roadmap to launch and manage a C&BI initiative. Sessions will go through the planning, data review, analysis and reporting required. Click the link above to learn more.

#HITsm TweetChat Live at #HIMSS13
HIMSS attendees who need a break from the hustle of the conference floor should mark their calendars for this event. Join this IRL (in real life) #HITsm TweetChat at the HIMSS13 Social Media Center at 11 am CT, on Tuesday, March 5, and  you'll leave convinced of social media's ability as a learning platform and its ability to facilitate professional connections. Click the link in the headline above to learn more.

Tools & Resources

NEW! The Role of Middleware in Technology Integration – CE–IT Community Virtual Town Hall Kick-Off for 2013
The first virtual town hall meeting of 2013 presented by the CE–IT Community is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, at 12 p.m. ET. You can register here for the complimentary 90–minute session, which will explore the role of middleware in technology integration. The Feb. 25 town hall will feature presentations by Monroe Pattillo of Practical Health Interoperability, LLC; Jim Anderson of SSM Integrated Health Technologies; and Lauren Weigand of iSirona. The session will help attendees better understand what middleware is, its role, and what facilities need to do to be successful—regardless of the middleware vendor selected.

NEW! HIMSS Analytics Trends & Glimmers Webinar
Attend this webinar from HIMSS Analytics on Feb. 27, at 11 am CT. Attendees will gain insight into providers' real needs and pain points; build more credibility by demonstrating a deeper understanding of the HIT sector; review recent trends in IT budgets, PACS, bar coding, EMR adoption and Meaningful Use requirements, health information exchange, and CPO; and learn more about HIMSS Analytics' data, research and consulting services and how we can help you see the bigger picture of health IT. Click the link above to register.

Sponsored White Paper: Benefits of Image-Enabling the EHR: MU2 Implications for Hospitals, Imaging Providers and EHR Vendors
Click the link above to access this white paper from Merge. Free registration is required.

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

NEW! HIMSS Patient-Centered Payer Roundtable is Accepting New Members
The Patient-Centered Payer Roundtable works 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. This year, the Roundtable is exploring key themes of creating better collaboration between payers and providers to support improved care and outcomes, and creating a holistic view of payer-provider IT solutions. Join the Roundtable for the next call on February 21, 2013, 4:00-5:00pm (ET). Guest speakers David C. Kendrick, MD, MPH, CEO and Joe Walker, Director of Technical Operations of MyHealth Access Network for a presentation “MyHealth Access Network–The Infrastructure for Community–wide Health Care Quality Improvement” on their Beacon community including how they measure clinical quality for an entire community using clinical data, not just claims data and then do something with it. Please visit HIMSS Patient–Centered Payer Roundtable web site at the link above for additional information and contact Nancy Devlin to become a member.

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 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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Chapter Events

Feb. 22
South Central Texas
February Educational Session

Feb. 26
New England
2013 Educational Social

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

March 2-3, 2013
HIMSS13 Pre–conference Symposia

March 2-3, 2013
HIMSS13 Pre–conference Workshops

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

March 8
Annual Call for Committee Applications

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