Improve your patient experience. Improve your technology! 2013 IT Trends, Predictions and Priorities.
In This Issue — March 20, 2013

HIMSS collaborates on HITECH bootcamp series • HIMSS published new book on patient engagement • Registration is open for the June Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

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What's New

HITECH Final Omnibus Rule Bootcamp Webinar and Roundtable Discussion Series
HIMSS is proud to be a collaborator of the American Health Lawyers Association six-part bootcamp webinar and roundtable discussion series on the long-awaited Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Final Omnibus Rule. The speakers will help you understand the new regulatory dynamics facing healthcare providers, health plans, and organizations that handle health information and information technology on their behalf. Join the panel of government speakers and industry experts to discover what these rules mean in your everyday practice, as well as how to handle cutting-edge situations at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Register for the last two sessions (April 9 and 16) and plan to attend AHLA's in-person program, HIPAA in a HITECH World, on March 22, in Baltimore. HIMSS members register at the AHLA member rate. Click the link in the headline above to register.

IHE Announces First Worldwide Summit—April 16-18
Join IHE for the first global gathering of leaders from IHE's twenty-five national deployment committees and learn more about interoperability in Health IT and the role IHE plays within the industry! IHE International World Summit will take place at the Haliç Congress Center in the legendary city of Istanbul, Turkey. IHE is offering (3) group tracks to target specific interests of managers, developers, and key decision makers:

  • Track 1: Panel track—Representatives of IHE Development Committee's, government and national/regional projects. IHE specialists and consultants
  • Track 2: Management track—CEO's and CIO's of hospitals and hospital providers
  • Track 3: Development track—CIO's, Lead developers and testing groups planning to create or test IHE software in the future

While at the Summit, take the opportunity to tour the IHE Europe Connectathon. The Connectathon provides an opportunity for vendors to interact and test the interoperability and connectivity of their developed Health IT systems. Register and see the full conference agenda on IHE's website.

Registration Opens for Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum
Registration opens today for the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, June 4-5, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the Washington DC area. This two-day event will help providers get a better handle on using analytics to improve performance across the board. This event will present peer-to-peer learning, case studies, best practices and deliver practical, actionable content that attendees can take home and put to use. Our speakers, many of them providers, will present a wealth of how-to and how-we-did it content that will benefit attendees with deep analytics experience and those with little or no experience. This conference is intended specifically for senior IT and financial management executives at hospitals, large group practices, ambulatory care facilities, home health organizations, payers and other healthcare facilities in the United States. The content will be relevant for other c-suite healthcare executives concerned with transforming their organizations to accommodate the revolutionary changes in reimbursement and clinical care sweeping the U.S. healthcare industry. Please click the link above to learn more about this forum and to register.

Register Today for the June Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition
Register today for the 9th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition, June 11-12, in Washington DC, for the opportunity to share successes, challenges and best practices with key professionals from government, health IT and the healthcare provider communities. GHIT Conference & Exhibition is your exclusive opportunity to explore the best use of health IT and management systems devoted to the needs of the public sector, how public policy decisions and outcomes can influence the sector, and resulting impacts on coordinated care delivery; learn how technologies, administrative policies, and change management strategies have resulted in improved quality of care and cost management; and discuss your own approaches to IT implementation with experts and colleagues. Click the link above to register and to learn more.

Save the Date for HIMSS Media's ICD-10 Leadership Forum
Save the date for the ICD-10 Leadership Forum, presented by HIMSS Media, June 17-18, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the Washington DC area. This forum was designed to help its primary audience—Chief Information Officers—not only meet the October 2014 ICD-10 deadline but also reap the business and clinical benefits that ICD-10 promises. The ICD-10 Leadership Forum will provide the information, education and networking opportunities that CIOs and other healthcare leaders need to get ICD-10 firmly in place by the deadline. The Forum will be interactive and present high-level strategies, management insights, processes and procedures, best practices and case studies that help our C-suite attendees lead the ICD-10 implementation charge at their facilities. Content will focus on strategic planning; preventing problems before they occur; risk mitigation; setting goals and expectations and generating staff buy-in; testing for ICD-10; and assessing vendor readiness. The Forum also will show how mastering ICD-10 will help healthcare facilities bill more successfully, employ effective BI&CI tools and techniques, and, overall, improve organizations business and clinical performance. Please click the link above for more information about this event.

HIMSS13 Online Continues On-Demand Access Through June 7
HIMSS13 Online provides access to select on-demand events from the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans for only $39. Participants can gain actionable information and engage with peers as they seek out practical solutions to healthcare's most demanding challenges. On-demand access to select portions of HIMSS13 Online will be available until June 7. Please click on the link above to learn more.

Purchase Your HIMSS13 Session Recordings Package Today
For $399, you can purchase the HIMSS13 session recording package. The package contains more than 200 general education sessions, including sessions from Views from the Top, EHR Best Practices, Senior IT Executive sessions, HIT X.0—Beyond the Edge, Leading From the Future, the Patient Experience through HIT Forum, HIMSS13 Online
e-sessions, and more. Session recordings include audio synchronized with the presenter's slide presentation. Sessions from HIT X.0 include video as well. You will be able to download a PDF of the session handout as well as an MP3 file of the audio. This package does not include keynote sessions, pre–conference sessions, 300–level roundtable sessions, or sessions that were not authorized for release by the presenters. Select sessions will be certified as enduring credit for physician and nursing continuing education (CE) and Professional Development Units (PDUs). All session recordings may be applied to CPHIMS CE as well as CHCIO CEUs. Please click the link above for ordering information.

HIMSS14 Set for Orlando
The 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition is set for Feb. 23-27, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. If you are considering attending the Orlando event, you may take advantage of great rates when booking for hotel rooms, with only a credit card guarantee (your credit card will not be charged until two weeks prior to HIMSS14). Housing is open to attendees at this time. Exhibitor bookings will commence this summer. For more information, please click the link above.

Tools & Resources

NEW! HIMSS Publishes New Book on Patient Engagement
A new book published by HIMSS explores the benefits of digital patient engagement, from the perspectives of physicians, providers, and others in the healthcare system, and discusses what is working well in this new, digitally-empowered collaborative environment. Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement presents the changing landscape of patient engagement, starting with the impact of new payment models and Meaningful Use requirements, and the effects of patient engagement on patient safety, quality and outcomes, effective communications, and self-service transactions. Edited by Jan Oldenburg, Dave Chase, Kate T. Christensen, MD, and Brad Tritle, CIPP, the book explores social media and mobile as tools, presents guidance on privacy and security challenges, and provides helpful advice on how providers can get started. Vignettes and 23 case studies showcase the impact of patient engagement from a wide variety of settings, from large providers to small practices, and traditional medical clinics to eTherapy practices.  This book was the No. 1 best-seller at the HIMSS13 Bookstore, and was praised by Dr. Eric Topol during his keynote at HIMSS13. The book is available in print at the HIMSS online bookstore at the link above or as an eBook.

HIMSS Analytics and TEKsystems Healthcare Survey Identifies Key Factors in Electronic Health Record Adoption
HIMSS Analytics and TEKsystems Healthcare Services, a provider of workforce planning, human capital management and IT services to the healthcare industry, released the results of a joint survey regarding health organizations' readiness pertaining to the implementation of EHR systems. The survey reveals valuable insights into the status of EHR implementations, the challenges healthcare organizations face and areas of improvement organizations must resolve for successful EHR implementation and use. Some key themes that the research focused on include the current status of EHR implementations and how organizations were faring with end user adoption of the new or updated EHR systems. The research revealed that, in order to achieve successful EHR implementation and adoption of new or updated EHR systems, several critical benchmarks must be met. For more detail on this informative research, please find the white paper here and the official press release here.

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.

Sponsored Content

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 March 28, 2013. The guest speakers are Mark Golberg, General Manager, Provider, Payer, ACO, Recombinant by Deloitte and Robert Williams, MD, Director, Strategy & Operations, Deloitte Consulting, LLP, on “The Role of Clinical Intelligence in the Transition from Volume to Value Based Care”. Case studies and lessons learned in the use of clinical intelligence, quality performance measurement, and analytics in personalized medicine and research will be explored. The business model paradigm change initiated by the ACA has spawned a wave of convergence for providers and payers. The discussion will review the technical implications of convergence and the current state of evolution in the marketplace. By participating in this webinar, attendees will have a greater understanding of the role of new data sources and analytic capabilities in value based care. 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 Website

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. Our next Payer Roundtable meeting will be on March 21, 2013, 4:00-5:00pm (ET) with a recap of HIMSS13. Based on the increased focus on the payer space and the interest from a growing portion of the HIMSS membership, we will present perspectives and comments on the conference's content from our members. Please visit HIMSS Patient–Centered Payer Roundtable web site at the link above for additional information.  Participation is open to all current HIMSS members. Contact Nancy Devlin to join the Roundtable.

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.

Transforming Healthcare through Telehealth Technology. Forum. Discover telehealth technology strategies and best practices. Learn to improve workflow efficiencies for clinicians. Hear how your peers are embracing telehealth in their hospitals.

Chapter Events

April 25
Georgia
Lunch & Learn Event

April 26
New York
2013 Annual HIMSS NYS Conference: Health IT—When Disaster Strikes

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

March 14
Creating a Comprehensive Mobility Strategy in a Changing Healthcare World

NEW! March 22
HIPAA in a HITECH World

March 27
Health Information Exchange, Interoperability and Standards: Enablers to Health IT Transformation

NEW! April 9
HITECH Final Omnibus Rule Bootcamp Webinar and Roundtable Discussion Series

NEW! April 16
HITECH Final Omnibus Rule Bootcamp Webinar and Roundtable Discussion Series

NEW! April 16-18
IHE International World Summit

June 4-5
Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum

NEW! June 11-12
Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

June 17-18
ICD-10 Leadership Forum

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