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In This Issue — May 15, 2013

HIMSS14 Call for Reviewers and Call for Proposals • HIMSS Media Launches Future Care Community • WLSA Convergence Summit • Register for the June Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum • Register for ICD-10 Forum

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What’s New

HIMSS14 Call for Reviewers Closes Next Week
There’s still time to 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 closes next Wednesday, May 22, at 5pm Central Time. 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.

HIMSS14 Call for Proposals Open Until June 3
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.

Future Care Community Launched by HIMSS Media
Engaging stakeholders worldwide, HIMSS Media launched Future Care, a new online community of news, information and thought leadership. The new community, composed of healthcare providers, government, social services, educators, payers and consumers, is dedicated to chronicling the impact of coordinated care, resulting in the improvement of individual and population health and well-being. Read more.

WLSA’s Convergence Summit to be held May 28-30 
HIMSS is proud to be a supporting organization of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance's(WLSA) 2013 Convergence Summit. The event, May 28-30 at San Diego’s Omni Hotel, features some of the most influential though leaders in Connected Health and has been quoted as a “Must Not Miss Event.” Join WLSA for quality networking, new ideas, the Qualcomm Life “Connected Health Zone” and much more. Confirmed speakers include (partial listing): Bakul Patel - Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Li Qun Xu, PhD - China Mobile Communications Corporation, Harry Greenspun, MD – Deloitte and Joseph C. Kvedar, MD – Center for Connected Health. To view the full line-up of speakers, view the published agenda here. The Convergence Summit will sell out so register today. Please click on the link above to learn more.

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.

Register for the June Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum
Register today for the two-day Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, June 4-5, in the Washington, DC, area. Attendees will hear first-hand how some of the most forward-thinking hospitals in the United States use analytics to improve care, reduce costs and uncover opportunity. Importantly, the forum will provide ample opportunity for attendees to engage and network with sponsors, exhibitors and speakers. Click the link above to learn more, to register and to view the full agenda.

Gain Valuable Conversion Insights at the ICD-10 Forum
Register today and connect with leading organizations, including HIMSS, WEDI, CMS, NGS and members of the ICD-10 National Pilot Program, at the ICD-10 Forum, June 17-18, in the Washington, DC, area. The forum will kick off on Sunday, June 16, with a workshop on fast tracking the planning and implementation of the late adopters, followed by two full days of sessions, keynotes and exhibit time. Click the link above to learn more, to register and to view the full agenda.

Tools & Resources

NEW! Best-Selling Book Focuses on Health IT Advancements
Medical Informatics: An Executive Primer is the follow-up to the award-winning first edition. Published in 2007, the first edition examined how information technologies applied in hospitals settings, at the physician's office and in patients' homes were transforming healthcare delivery. This updated edition examines the advances that have taken place in the past four years, as healthcare providers increasingly utilize health IT, including ambulatory electronic health records, clinical decision support, personal health records, identity management, and health information exchange to care for patients and improve quality and patient safety. New to this second edition are chapters focused on how federal legislation--namely, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act—is providing financial incentives for healthcare providers that demonstrate the meaningful use of health IT. The second edition also features a physician sharing how IT enables the patient-centered medical home in his practice and several case studies, including lessons learned on how health IT is transforming healthcare at a rural health network, a small primary care practice, a fully integrated healthcare system with 2,000-plus affiliated physicians, and two hospitals that have achieved Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. Click the link above to order the softcover edition. Click here for the eBook.

Event to Tackle Pressing Meaningful Use Questions
Enhancing Practice Value through Meaningful Use & Health IT is an opportunity for ambulatory physicians, practice owners and administrators, large physician practice groups and hospital-based practices, including IT staff to find answers to their Meaningful Use questions and gain actionable information for achieving compliance incentives. The event, to be held May 21 in Bloomington, MN, will feature Paul Kleeberg, MD, FAAFP, CPHIT, FHIMSS, Clinical Director for the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH). Click the link above for complete details and the agenda.

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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.

Healthcare Legacy Systems: How to Retire Them, Reduce Costs, and Maintain Access to All the Data Using Active Data Archiving
As new HIT systems are implemented, multiple legacy systems are left behind, requiring an overworked IT staff to provide internal support and maintain access to this complex combination of platforms. This briefing provides an overview of how active data archiving technology can be employed to address the many problems associated with healthcare legacy data management.

Calling All Members

HIMSS G7 Task Force Seeks Volunteers
HIMSS G7 is a thought leadership and strategic solutions forum comprised of healthcare industry organizations and professionals focused on defining the healthcare financial network of NOW and the future. The HIMSS G7 is the platform for Medical Banking ideas and discussions. The purpose of the HIMSS G7 Task Force is to plan the 36-month road map, select the HIMSS G7 event topics in collaboration with the HIMSS Business Centered Systems and the HIMSS G7 Sponsors, and communicate the G7 Advisory Report recommendations to organizations and policy makers. HIMSS is looking for task force members to represent the following areas: Banks and financial institutions, payers, providers, health IT firms, government, employer groups or those serving employer groups, and consumer groups or those service consumer groups. The HIMSS G7 Task Force will meet once per month for one-hour conference calls. The Task Force Charter for FY14 and conference call schedule will be determined once the task force is formed. If interested, contact Ebony Morgan at the link above.

ICD-10 NPP Physician Engagement and Communications Work Group Seeks Volunteers
The HIMSS/WEDI ICD-10 National Pilot Program is establishing the ICD-10 NPP Physician Engagement and Communications Work Group. This group will primarily be focused on answering questions and addressing the concerns of the physician community. They will also be responsible for advising the National Pilot Program Leadership Team on communications that should be pushed out to the physician community. Participants must be practicing physicians, in any environment, and available to attend weekly/bi-weekly teleconferences during the initial launch period. Frequency of meetings will change over time as directed by the WG chair. If you’d like to learn more about the HIMSS/WEDI ICD-10 National Pilot Program, attend an information session on May 22. If interested, contact Ebony Morgan at the link above.

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 May 23, 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. Please join the Payer Roundtable on the third Thursday of the month, 4-5pm Eastern. The next Payer Roundtable meeting will be on May 16, 2013. Participation is open to all current HIMSS members. To join, contact Nancy Devlin at the link above.

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.

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 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.

Meet Our Members

Learn more about this week's featured member

Willa Fields, DNSc, RN, FHIMSS Mark Sugrue RN-BC, FHIMSS, CPHIMS is chair of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee, which was founded in 2003 in response to the increased recognition of the role of the informatics nurse professional in healthcare information and management systems. This effort was intended to build a community within the HIMSS membership for those individuals with a role in nursing informatics. Its purpose is to articulate a cohesive voice for the HIMSS Nursing Informatics community and to provide domain expertise, leadership and guidance to HIMSS activities, initiatives, and collaborations with the global nursing informatics community.

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Big Data And Healthcare Analytics Forum. Improving Care. Reducing Costs. Uncovering Opportunity. June 4 - 5, 2013. Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center Washington DC Area.

Chapter Events

May 16
4th Annual Conference & Vendor Exhibit

May 16
National Capital Area
Using Analytics to Transform How Federal Health Agencies Cut Costs, Improve Outcomes and Increase Access to Care

May 17
2013 Utah HIMSS and Utah HIMA Chapters Spring Conference

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 7
Deadline: 2013 mHealth Summit Call for Presentations

June 11-12
Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

June 17-18
ICD-10 Leadership Forum

Sept. 16-20
National Health IT Week

Sept. 18-19
HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit

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Corporate Member Spotlight

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