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In This Issue — August 14, 2013

Take the 2013 HIMSS Compensation Survey •Register for Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop • Early Registration for mHealth Summit

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What’s New

Take Part in the 2013 HIMSS Compensation Survey
Tool Allows for Compensation Comparisons and Track Industry Trends
The HIMSS Compensation Survey is the definitive resource for health IT professionals to compare compensation packages. The survey, conducted biennially by HIMSS, provides overall statistics for trends in the industry, while offering demographic information by facility budget, facility type, geographic region, gender, length of service and professional level. HIMSS members have exclusive access to an on-line salary calculator. This calculator provides powerful benchmarking information; simply enter characteristics (such as job title, gender or geographic region) into the calculator for an average salary for other individuals who hold similar positions. Individuals who are not HIMSS members may also access a summary of the data, or join HIMSS to make full use of the tool. For more information about this study, contact Maggy Tieché, Manager, Research, HIMSS Analytics, at Click on the link above to take the survey.

Registration Open for Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop
Registration is now open for the Federal Health IT Business Development Workshop, Tuesday, Sept. 17, in Washington, D.C. This all-day workshop is designed to provide an "insider" look into the federal health IT market. For those attending the HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit, this workshop will enable attendees to make the most of insights gained at the Policy Summit by honing their business's teaming and presentation skills for successful follow-ups, as well as present an overview on how to break into and expand within the federal health IT market. Within the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to participate and respond directly to a draft RFP or RFI of an upcoming bid and present their proposal to Government panelists for feedback and assessment. Clink on the link above for more details and to register.

Early Registration for the mHealth Summit Ends on Aug. 31
Early Registrations rates for the mHealth Summit—Dec. 8-11, end on Aug. 31, so register today!  The mHealth Summit, the largest mobile health event in the world and brings together providers, leaders, influencers and visionaries in wireless and mobile health delivery system technologies and integration as well as those in different stages of this transition to discuss hands-on strategies, examine success stories, and explore challenges and innovations.  For registration and more information, click on the link above.

Don’t Miss Out on an Exciting Program Lineup at the 2013 Privacy and Security Forum
The Privacy & Security Forum will provide real-world solutions for creating comprehensive policies and an organizational mindset designed to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing and complex privacy and security landscape.  Program highlights include:  Exposing the Holes: Where Hackers Are Finding and Exploiting Gaps in Your Security Infrastructure; Protecting Patient Privacy While Feeding Healthcare's Big Data Needs: A Debate; Creating a Security Framework that Tracks Clinician Workflow; How to Manage the Security Vulnerabilities of Medical Devices as they are Integrated with the Broader Health IT Infrastructure; Managing the Privacy and Security Challenges of Implementing an ACO; Managing Security Risks of Health Data in the Cloud.  View the full program and REGISTER TODAY.

Medical Banking and Financial Systems Committee Changes Name
HIMSS Business Centered Systems area is pleased to announce that the Medical Banking and Financial Systems Committee changed its name to the Health Business Solutions Committee. Continuing its focus in the revenue cycle and medical banking areas, the FY14 Committee believes this new name captures the essence of the committee’s strategic direction. The HBS Committee will identify and promote the effective use of financial and administrative systems for healthcare organizations.  Building on the historical work of the Medical Banking and Financial System Committee, they will work collaboratively with others to understand and define the points of intersection of finance and financial systems across the healthcare continuum. Four task forces fall under this committee: Business Edge (free monthly publication), ICD-10, Financial Privacy and Security and Revenue Cycle Improvement. If you are interested in joining one of these task forces, please contact Joanne Bartley.

Tools & Resources

Take a Survey on Mobile Apps in Healthcare
The University of Delaware is collaborating with HIMSS Analytics and mHIMSS to assess provider attitudes toward apps in healthcare settings. We are looking for healthcare providers to complete the survey tool. 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.

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Calling All Members

Calling All Concierge & Retainer Based Medical Practices
HIMSS is collaborating on an academic study on "concierge" medical practices (e.g., retainer medicine, direct primary care, other types of fee for care preventative medicine). Please take a moment to complete and help us promote this survey.
Eligible participants:

  • Physicians that either own or partially own the concierge practices.
  • Office managers with 1+ years of experience at the practice (in lieu of the physician).
  • Any one physician at medium to large practices (greater than 10 physicians at the practice).

All responses will be anonymous and de-identified. You will receive a small incentive (Amazon gift card or a donation to the charity of your choice) in exchange for your time and willingness to participate via e-mail. The Factors Affecting Concierge Medicine Research is being conducted by Divya Srinivasan, PhD, Public Policy Student, George Mason University.  Please contact Divya directly by email ( if you prefer to answer questions through a phone or in-person interview or if you have any other questions. Click on the link above to complete the survey.

Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Seeks Members
HIMSS mobilizes its members to engage in various advocacy activities. State chapters are encouraged to designate one or more of their members to act as a "lead" for advocacy events, campaigns and outreach initiatives. Generally given the title "Chapter Advocate", these leaders are also often identified as Advocacy Chairs, Advocacy Co-Chairs or Advocacy Liaison. Chapter Advocates across the United States connect with one another through the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR). Once a year, Chapter Advocates have an opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. to attend an off-site training seminar and participate in HIMSS Public Policy Summit. This year’s annual Chapter Advocacy Roundtable training will take place on Sept. 18, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Please click the link above to register for the Policy Summit. Contact Julie Brown, Technology Solutions Coordinator at for further information.

Patient Engagement Technologies Task Force
Do you always have the latest gadgets and apps? Do you know the difference a telehome and telehealth? Join us as we help providers learn how to leverage emerging patient engagement technologies to improve the health and overall wellbeing of their patients. The task force will meet on the third Monday of the month at noon eastern. All current HIMSS members may participate. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke at the e-mail link above.

The Value of Patient Engagement Through Health IT Task Force
Bring your passion for improving patient health and strengthening the partnership between providers and their patients to this new HIMSS task force. Help build tools, resources and provide industry leadership while focusing on the four "pillars" of successful patient engagement: Wellness and prevention; behavioral and social health; home health; and financial health. The task meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 3-4 p.m. ET. All current HIMSS members may participate. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke at the e-mail link above.

Patient Engagement/Social Media Task Force
Be heard! Write blogs, participate in online discussions and social media events through the Social Media Task Force. Work with your peers to develop strategies to help inform and encourage providers to e-engage with patients and caregivers through social media platforms and help promote HIMSS' patient engagement efforts. This task force meets on the first Thursday of the month at noon eastern. All current HIMSS members may participate. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke at the e-mail link above.

Continuity of Care Task Force
It's of the upmost importance that clinicians use electronic health records and HIT to coordinate care in the ambulatory healthcare setting. The Continuity of Care Task Force will create resources and tools that promote and utilize IT to coordinate care amongst healthcare providers to provide better patient outcomes. This group will examine the role of HIT in the primary care setting as it relates to coordinating care with acute setting, Accountable Care Organizations and within Patient-Centered Medical Homes. The task force meets on the second Monday of the month at 2 pm ET. All current HIMSS members may participate. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke at the e-mail link above.

The Value of HIT and Meaningful Use Task Force
Help practices look beyond EHR implementation to the realization of the potential benefits of health IT. This work group will create and collect a library of success stories that show the full value that small medical practices and eligible providers can realize by using health information technologies. This task force meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1 pm ET. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke at the e-mail link above.

Ambulatory Advocacy & Public Comment Work Group
Help solicit and provide feedback on legislation and public comments on regulations impacting HIT in the ambulatory care setting. This work group meets via e-mail and communicates through email as-needed in response to calls for feedback. All current HIMSS members may participate. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke at the e-mail link above.

HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Community Seeks Members
HIMSS is accepting members for the 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. Learn more and get involved at the link above.

Members In Action

Learn more about this week's featured member

Jeanette  Polaschek,  Director of Change Management ServicesJeanette Polaschek is the Director of Change Management Services for Orion Health North America. She has over 20 years of experience as a nurse and clinical informaticist. She works with Orion Health clients on solution implementation, clinical engagement and user adoption strategy. Polaschek’s role is pivotal to the success of both Orion Health and the client’s project within the organization. Polaschek is a former member of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee and has taught clinical informatics at the UCLA School of Nursing.

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