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In This Issue — February 27, 2013

HIMSS13 is only days away—check out the resources you'll need onsite • Annual call for Committee Applications open until March 8 • Annual HIMSS Analytics health IT trend report moves toward quarterly releases

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The HIMSS Weekly Insider will not publish on Wednesday, March 6, during the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. We will resume publication on Wednesday, March 13.

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.

Annual HIMSS Analytics Health IT Trend Report Moves Toward Quarterly Releases
In an attempt to keep industry leaders abreast of the latest developments within the ever changing health information technology landscape, HIMSS Analytics announced that the annual Essentials of the US Hospital IT Market, 8th Edition, will now be released on a quarterly basis. Based on data reported in the HIMSS Analytics Database, the revamped quarterly reports will focus on select sectors of the HIT industry on a rotating basis. In addition to the revised release schedule, the information and analysis on each application profiled in the reports will be much "deeper" than previous annual editions. Click the link above to learn what the Essentials reports will contain.

Online Learning for Health Informatics Simplified
Many people prefer the option of virtual learning, especially busy healthcare professionals, interested consumers, faculty and students who want to better understand health informatics, but need a flexible and on–demand environment easily adaptable to their own schedules. Now, the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform–known as TIGER–introduces its Virtual Learning Environment. The TIGER Initiative Foundation's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) provides an interactive web–based learning opportunity with  resources and information about health IT and related topics for health professionals and consumers. Click the link above to learn more.

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
HIMSS offers 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.

Still Time to Register for the Summit for Healthcare Information & Financial Technology at HIMSS13
There is still time to register for the Summit for Healthcare Information and Financial Technology (SHIFT), on Tuesday, March 5, at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans. The Summit explores how advances in banking and healthcare information systems can be combined to improve reimbursement, automate workflows and advance the quality of patient care. Attendees will take away greater knowledge about the latest initiatives aimed at improving the consumer payment experience; the impact of health insurance marketplace/exchanges on healthcare; and identify return on investment and operating rules adoption. The agenda includes an early morning panel that will discuss the overall impact of the Affordable Care Act on the business side of care. Topics will include business issues from the perspectives of the hospital CFO, payers and banks, specifically, bundled payments, operating rules and the impact of health insurance marketplaces. The optimal audience for SHIFT includes hospital CFOs, revenue cycle managers, software vendors, payers, banks and small practices. Click the link above to learn more and to register.

Browse the Latest Health IT Books at the HIMSS13 Bookstore
HIMSS will release several new books to coincide with the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans. Whether you are looking to improve your organization's privacy and security practices, find new strategies for engaging patients in their own healthcare, or seeking the latest analytics in the health IT marketplace–the HIMSS catalog features new publications on these hot topics, all written and edited by the industry's leading experts. Each of these books are available in softcover and as eBooks. If you purchase during HIMSS13, you can save up to 10 percent on all HIMSS publication and distributed books. Click the link above to learn more about the latest titles.

HIMSS13 Exhibitor-Hosted Events Now Live Online
Exhibitors host hundreds of events throughout conference week–from big extravaganzas to small, intimate dinners. Often these are some of the best opportunities to network with company sales executives and other clients. Click the link above to review exhibitor-hosted events that may interest you.

HIMSS13 Yellow Pages Now Available Online
The HIMSS13 Yellow Pages publication is now available online in an easy–to–use digital format. The Yellow Pages features listings of HIMSS13 exhibitors, along with information about the company, contact information, and where they will be located on the exhibit hall floor. Click the link above to review the HIMSS13 Yellow Pages.

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–glance, 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 here.

View the HIMSS13 Pocket Guide Online
Get familiar with the convention center by reviewing the floor plans in the Pocket Guide. View the convention center plan on page 135 and the exhibit hall plan on page 138. Once at the convention center, a number of Wayfinding Systems kiosks in the lobbies and on the exhibition floor will help you locate exhibitors, products and services, education and keynote sessions, along with conference and convention center amenities. Click the link above to begin reading the Pocket Guide.

Get the Latest New Onsite with HIMSS13 Show Dailies
Get the latest news onsite at HIMSS13 with the HIMSS13 Show Dailies. Whether you are looking for the latest news on HIMSS13 pre–conference and general education and special events or seeking more information on events in the exhibit hall, the Show Dailies are an ideal resource for all HIMSS13 attendees. Show Dailies will be available as print publications and distributed in kiosks throughout the convention center. Show Dailies will also be available online here. Show Dailies will publish from March 3 to March 6.

2D Vaccine Barcode Pilot's HIMSS13 Forum
Deloitte, under contract to the CDC, is implementing a project to assess the impact of 2D barcoded vaccines. This project is in the pilot implementation stage at over 200 immunizing provider sites and 10 immunization program grantees. The planning stages of the Pilot revealed that most EMR/EHR and Immunization Information System (IIS) solutions are not designed to populate the associated vaccine fields with the correct information from 2D barcodes. To close this gap, CDC and Deloitte are collaborating with EMR/EHR vendors to identify functional requirements. Attend this session to learn the progress made and participate in finalizing the recommended functional requirements. The session takes place in Room 293 on March 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

View the HIMSS13 Career Guide Online
The HIMSS13 Career Guide is now available online as a digital version and a mobile version. The 24–page guide offers HIMSS13 attendees a comprehensive look at the career resources and events available to them at the Annual Conference. Features include information on the HIMSS13 Career Services Center, tips and advice on developing or growing your career, and onsite resources to help you take advantage of the education, resources, and tools you need to make the most of your time at HIMSS13.

Tools & Resources

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.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Benefits of Image-Enabling the EHR
Read this white paper from Merge Healthcare, a HIMSS Corporate Member. Click the link above to access the PDF.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Medicare ACO Road Map
Read this white paper from PYA, a HIMSS Corporate Member. Click the link above to access the PDF.

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

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.

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.

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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