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In This Issue — April 17, 2013

HIMSS14 opens call for reviewers and proposals • JHIM announces 2014–15 editorial calendar • HIMSS publishes new book on implementing a health care security program

Have a question, comment or idea? Please send them to Matt Schlossberg.

What's New
HIMSS14 Announces Call for Proposals
Proposals are now being accepted through June 3 for the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 23–27, in Orlando. The call is HIMSS' annual request for proposals to be considered for the upcoming Annual Conference. HIMSS members act as peer reviewers for proposals within their area of expertise. Each year, the HIMSS Annual Conference offers more than 200 general education sessions that are selected from a peer-reviewed process. To ensure that our program's content is timely, relevant, and optimally targeting our attendees' needs, the HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC) selects from the submissions received during the call and may supplement programming by inviting speakers to fill any gaps identified. Click the link above to learn more on how to submit a proposal.

HIMSS14 Announces Call for Reviewers
Volunteer your time and expertise toward shaping the education content of the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 23-27, in Orlando. The HIMSS14 call for reviewers is open through May 22. Volunteers to this process may review and recommend proposals within their areas of expertise; mentor speakers through the preparation process; act as moderator for the conference session; and join the Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC), which makes final speaker selections. HIMSS engages more than 200 volunteer subject matter experts to review proposals. All HIMSS members are welcomed and encouraged to volunteer as a reviewer. Click the link above to learn more about become a volunteer reviewer.

Register for the June Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition
Register today for the 9th Annual Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition for the opportunity to share successes, challenges and best practices with key professionals from government, health IT and the healthcare provider communities—and leave with an understanding of how to evolve your decision-making and implementation strategies to take advantage of emerging health IT developments. Hosted from June 11-12 in the Washington DC area, the 2013 Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition will feature two tracks of programing: Delivering Better Care at a Lower Cost and Engaging with Consumers as a Care Partner. Potential track topics include health insurance exchanges/health insurance markets, ACOs, clinical and business analytics, fraud and compliance, system interoperability, mobile health, patient safety, and consumer engagement. Share your expertise through case studies, lessons learned, and best practice examples. Click the link above to register and to learn more.

Save the Date: National Health IT Week and the HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit
This year National Health IT Week will be Sept. 16-20, 2013. Start planning your participation with the National Health IT Week Toolkit, which contains ideas on press conferences and releases, open houses and tours, recognition events, social media opportunities, and other ideas you can implement to demonstrate the importance of health IT and the accomplishments you are making to improve patient care. As part of National Health IT Week, the HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit will be held Sept. 18-19, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Policy Summit is HIMSS' annual Capitol Hill "fly-in" which includes expert speakers, discussions on the most important current health IT public policy issues, and visits with your Members of Congress or their senior staff to present HIMSS' top three Congressional Asks for the year. Member involvement in the Policy Summit is crucial in shaping the message that we carry to Capitol Hill. Click the link above to learn more.

Become a National Health IT Week 2013 Partner
This year National Health IT Week will be Sept. 16-20, 2013. Click the link in the headline above to access the National Health IT Week Toolkit with ideas on press conferences and releases, open houses and tours, recognition events, social media opportunities, and other ideas you can implement to demonstrate the importance of health IT and the accomplishments you are making to improve patient care. There is no cost for National Health IT Week 2013 Partnership, though you must be a HIMSS Non-Profit Partner Member, Corporate Member, or Organizational Affiliate to participate. Start planning your organization's National Health IT Week activities now. Contact for more information on becoming a Partner.

mHIMSS, HIMSS Analytics to Conduct Survey of How Providers Use Healthcare Apps
The University of Delaware is collaborating with HIMSS Analytics and mHIMSS to assess provider attitudes toward apps in healthcare settings. Mobile devices hold great promise for reshaping the time and place where an individual receives care. The survey evaluates a number of key topics emerging in the healthcare space: Opinions on integration apps into the Meaningful Use program, characteristics important to users downloading an app, assessing desirable pricing structures, etc. Providers, physicians, nurses, and IT staff are invited to take the survey. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and all responses will remain confidential. The results may be published in a scholarly journal or industry research publication. Click the link in the headline above to complete the study. For questions, contact Thomas Martin.

JHIM Seeks Abstracts for Fall Issue on Mobile Health
JHIM, the quarterly, peer-reviewed publication of HIMSS, has just opened a call for abstracts for its Fall 2013 issue on mobile healthcare. JHIM is seeking 250-word proposals on mHealth and its impact in the evolving healthcare environment. Proposed papers may include case studies, literature reviews and original research. JHIM is also accepting feature topic papers on a wide variety of health IT concerns. Abstracts are due on Wednesday, May 1. Please send a 250-word summary of your proposed paper, as well as a working title and complete contact information for all potential authors to Matt Schlossberg, Manager, Publications, at the e-mail link above.

Save the Date for HIMSS Media's ICD-10 Forum
Save the date for the ICD-10 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 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.

Tools & Resources
HIMSS Publishes New Book on Implementing a Security Program
New from HIMSS, Implementing Information Security in Healthcare: Building a Security Program offers a critical and comprehensive look at healthcare security concerns in an era of powerful computer technology, increased mobility, and complex regulations designed to protect personal information. Featuring perspectives from more than two dozen security experts, Implementing Information Security in Healthcare: Building a Security Program explores the tools and policies healthcare organizations need to build an effective and compliant security program. Topics include information security frameworks, risk analysis, senior management oversight and involvement, regulations, security policy development, access control, network security, encryption, mobile device management, disaster recovery, and more. Information security is a concept that has never been more important to healthcare as it is today. This book offers stakeholders key guidance in fostering information security while striving toward improved patient care. Click the link above to order the softcover edition. Click here to order the eBook.

New! Enhancing Practice Value through Meaningful Use & Health IT
Physician IT leader Paul Kleeberg, MD, FAAFP, CPHIT, FHIMSS, Clinical Director for the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH), will answer Meaningful Use questions and provide actionable information for achieving compliance incentives at this educational dinner presentation. This thought leadership program was developed for ambulatory physicians, practice owners and administrators, large physician practice groups and hospital-based practices, including IT staff. For more details and to register for this May 21 event, please click the link above.

Get the Latest News on Business Practices and IT in Healthcare
HIMSS Business Edge is your source for the latest news on business practices and information technology in healthcare. Published the third Tuesday of each month, this complimentary resource is for HIMSS members, providers, payers, clearinghouses, vendors, consultants and anyone involved in the business side of healthcare. Subscribe today and read the HIMSS Business Edge archives by clicking the link in the headline above.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Crawl, Walk, Run—Three Steps to Improving Clinical Efficiency and Effectiveness
Hospital administrators recognize the importance of internal communication. They realize that clinicians must be able to connect easily with each other, their patients, laboratory and radiology staff, and other providers. They understand the physical space that separates units and the seconds that can separate life from death. To solve the problem, many hospitals equip clinicians with communication tools, including legacy wireless phones, pagers, PDAs and voice badges. A virtual "tool belt." They want clinicians to be prepared. Click the link above to access the PDF.

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
NEW! Nursing Informatics Task Force Meeting–Improving Clinical Quality Outcomes through EHR Design, Development, and Utilization
Please join us on Monday, April 22 at 12 pm (CT) for the Nursing Informatics Task Force Meeting. Lyda Gardiner, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., BSN, RN, Practice Director of Quality and Performance Innovation at Jacobus Consulting will present: A Nursing Informatics Leadership Role—Improving Clinical Quality Outcomes through EHR Design, Development and Utilization. Click the link above to register.

mHIMSS Usability and Consumer Engagement Work Group
Join the new mHIMSS Usability and Consumer Engagement Work Group today and help research and share innovative ways clinicians, patients, and other stakeholders experience healthcare from the consumer and provider perspectives. This group will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 12 pm (ET) through June 30, and will create one primary deliverable. Membership is open to all current HIMSS members. Contact Valerie Knoke at the e-mail link above if you would like to participate.

Spirit of HIMSS Award Call for Nominations
Do you know a HIMSS member who consistently goes the extra mile? Make a nomination for the Spirit of HIMSS Award. Each month HIMSS honors a member volunteers time and energy to support the HIMSS mission by sitting on a committee, task force, or workgroup; by publishing papers or articles; or by making exemplary contributions as a chapter leader. If you know a HIMSS member who makes an outstanding contribution to HIMSS and the health IT profession, nominate her or him for the Spirit of HIMSS Award. Visit the Spirit of HIMSS webpage at the link above to learn more and to make a nomination!

HIMSS Congressional Asks Work Group
During the annual HIMSS Policy Summit, this year September 18-19, 2013, participants will visit with Members of Congress and their staff to raise awareness for various topics concerning health IT policy. The Congressional Asks Task Force makes recommendations on HIMSS' top three Congressional Asks for the year. Click the link above to learn how you can participate in this short-term work group.

HIMSS Health IT Leadership Awards Task Force Seeks Volunteers
Every year during National Health IT Week (September 16-20, 2013), HIMSS presents the HIMSS Health IT Leadership Awards in recognition of federal leaders and state legislators who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health IT to improve healthcare, meriting national recognition. Nominees for the Federal and State Health IT Leadership Awards are selected by the HIMSS "Health IT Leadership Awards Work Group." Click the link above to learn more about serving on this short-term work group.

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 April 25, 2013. 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 April 18, 2013, 4:00-5:00pm (ET). Our guest speaker will be Andrew Casertano, VP of SAN Business Consultants. The presentation "Building a New IHE Profile: Lessons Learned from the ADA" will focus on the lessons learned from this group on their efforts to create a new IHE and how it is relevant to Payers. Participation is open to all current HIMSS members. Contact Nancy Devlin to join the Roundtable.

Latino Community Membership—Get Involved
The HIMSS Latino Community is the newest and up-and-coming professional membership groups at HIMSS. This collaborative network fosters information sharing, fresh ideas and unique solutions to improve healthcare delivery in the Latino Community using Healthcare IT. This community meets monthly via teleconference, as well as one-off special projects and meetings to address relevant Latino issues throughout the year. If you wish to join the Latino Community, just update your member profile in the Members Center under "Manage Communities" to include the HIMSS Latino Community and start receiving updated information. HIMSS welcomes you to leverage your knowledge and expertise in the Latino Community to benefit the HIMSS community at large, so join today. For more information about joining the HIMSS Latino Community, contact us at You may also contact HIMSS Staff Liaison Tammy Kwiatkoski at 312-915-9516.

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.

Mobile security Forum. Best Practices for Securing Mobile Devices. With four out of every five clinicians using smart phones and/or tablets, mobile devices are a fact of life in healthcare. Ensure your mobile health environment in safe and secure! April 30th Atlanta. Sign Up Now.

Chapter Events
April 25
Lunch & Learn Event

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

Upcoming Events & Deadlines
May 22
HIMSS14 Call for Reviewers Deadline

June 3
HIMSS14 Call for Proposals Deadline

June 4-5
Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum

June 11-12
Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

June 17-18
ICD-10 Forum

Sept. 16-20
National Health IT Week

Sept. 18-19
HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit

Corporate Members of the Week

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Read the Latest News from HIMSS Corporate Members

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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).

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Christopher Walden, RN, BSN, MHAI, Director Application Services, Information Services at Flagler Hospital, in St. Augustine, Fla., is the recipient of the Spirit of HIMSS Award.

Corporate Member Spotlight

McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. We are relentlessly focused on constantly finding new ways to keep our customers safe. CPSI is the leading provider of EHR systems to rural, community, and critical access hospitals. The CPSI EHR system provides complete integration of patient data across the healthcare delivery system resulting in improved care delivery and better patient outcomes. Verizon is supporting a connected healthcare eco-system. We are committed to helping improve access and quality of care through innovative health information technologies.

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PatientKeeper software automates physiciansÂ’ clinical and financial workflows. Our CPOE, charge capture and other applications run on mobile devices, laptops and PCs. Lantana leads the industry with consulting services for information exchange and interoperability. Join us for our CDA Academy VIII this May at Dartmouth College Stasmayer is an IT firm in Charleston, SC. The Stasmayer team of IT consultants uses reliable and cost effective technology solutions to increase the productivity of clients.

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