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In This Issue — August 28, 2013

Save 20% at the HIMSS Books Fall Sale: All print books, eBooks and reports • Early registration for mHealth Summit ends this week • HIMSS says start Stage 2 Meaningful Use on-time

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What’s New

Save 20% at the HIMSS Books Fall Sale: All Print Books, eBooks and Reports
From today through September 30, HIMSS Books is offering a 20 percent discount on all print books, eBooks and reports. Choose from dozens of titles on the hottest health IT topics, including mobile health, clinical & business intelligence, privacy, security, and more. Each of these books was written by and for leading-edge health IT professionals as purpose-driven resources to help you and your organization improve workflow, achieve stakeholder buy-in, and better implement complex, cutting edge solutions from Day 1 to Go-Live. Click the link above to learn more.

HIMSS Says Start Stage 2 Meaningful Use On-Time
Data from HIMSS Analytics database led HIMSS Board of Directors to support launch of Stage 2 Meaningful Use on-schedule, while simultaneously recognizing timeline and certification challenges articulated by eligible hospitals, eligible professionals, and the vendors who serve them, necessitates a longer attestation window. Data from the more than 5,400 hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics database indicate clear challenges for eligible hospitals and tethered ambulatory care facilities preparing for Meaningful Use Stage 2. Click the link above to learn more.

Leon Rodriguez and Jennings Aske Keynotes Set Stage for September Privacy & Security Forum
Space is limited at the Privacy & Security Forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News in Boston next month. Attendees will hear talks from keynotes Leon Rodriquez, Director, Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health & Human Services, and Jennings Aske, Chief Information Security Officer at Partners HealthCare, as well as from featured speaker Joy Pritts, Chief Privacy Officer of ONC. The event will provide attendees valuable information around critical topics including: Developing Effective Security Programs; Responding to Security Breaches; Securing and Developing Policies Involving Mobile Devices; Developing Compliance Programs in Response to New; Government Regulations. Sessions will focus on top-of-mind issues including: Exposing the Holes: Where Hackers Are Finding and Exploiting; Gaps in Your Security Infrastructure; Managing Security Risks and Compliance of Health Data in the Cloud; Creating an Effective BYOD Program; Finding the Balance Point Between Patient Privacy and the Growing Thirst for Data; Preventing and Responding to a Security Breach, Should a Breach Occur. For registration and more information, click the link above.

Registration Open for American Bar Association mHealth Law Track at mHealth Summit
Learn how well-settled legal principles apply to the use of mobile devices in a health care organization. Presented by the ABA Section of Science and Technology Law, the mHealth Law Track is intended to provide a practical and understandable, but fast-paced identification of key health law statutes and regulations that need to be addressed by health care executives and practitioners, CIOs and technology experts, as well as private sector policy-makers. For registration and more information, click the link above.

Congressional Staff to Address HIMSS Policy Summit
Just confirmed: a bipartisan panel of experienced Congressional staff members will brief HIMSS Policy Summit attendees on what’s ahead for health IT in Congress. Join HIMSS in Washington DC, Sept. 18-19, for the 12th Annual Policy Summit, a great opportunity to network, learn, and share your stories with health IT advocates from around the country as well as Congressional staff. Click the link to access the agenda, and register today.

Early Registration for the mHealth Summit Ends This Week
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 the link above. Early registrations rates end on Aug. 31.

Take Part in the 2013 HIMSS Compensation Survey
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.

ONC Fellows Include Several HIMSS Members
Twenty-eight practicing providers and office staff have been selected by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to comprise the inaugural class of Health IT Fellows. Clinicians and office staff who have effectively leveraged Meaningful Use to become more innovative and efficient have been selected as fellows. Twelve of the new Fellows are HIMSS members; click the link for a list.

Tools & Resources

NEW! Purchase HIMSS Books Subscriptions for Your Entire Organization at One Low Price
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NEW! HIMSS and SANS Collaborative Webinar: Practical Steps for Assessing Tablet and Mobile Device Security
As part of a collaboration between HIMSS and the SANS Institute, HIMSS will host a webinar to demonstrate SANS’ expertise in security training on Sept. 10, at 2 p.m. (ET). This webinar will explore how, in order to remain competitive, organizations are making enterprise applications accessible through mobile devices. But how do we audit mobile devices that contain confidential data? This webinar will provide a practical, streamlined approach to auditing endpoint security on mobile devices and will give attendees practical steps for securing devices in their organizations. Attendees will walk away from the presentation not only with an appreciation of the threat but with practical tools to be able to better secure their data. Register today.

NEW! Learn HIMSS’ Priorities for Congress
Whether you’re able to join us in Washington or not, mark your calendar for an important HIMSS webinar on September 4th at Noon ET. In this brief 30-minute webinar, you’ll learn about HIMSS top three “Asks” that Policy Summit attendees will bring to Congress, ways that constituents can effectively influence their Members of Congress, and how organizations around the country are recognizing National Health IT Week. Click the link to learn more and to register.

NEW! Attend Health IT 101 Basic Training during National Health IT Week
National Health IT Week is just around the corner (September 16-20, 2013).  Learn about health IT policy and programs from the ground up by participating in the Health IT 101 Basic Training on Wednesday, September 18th, 1:00-3:30 pm, in Washington, DC. This informative learning opportunity, a collaboration of HIMSS and the e-Health Initiative, is free and open to the public.  Click the link above for more information and to register.

Good Informatics Practices Guidance: Six Modules Available as eBooks
Fueling the Life Sciences Innovation Engine, Good Informatics Practices (GIP) Guidance is an implementable IT system and process guidance for life sciences executives, technology practitioners and auditors designed to optimize and build a trusted IT ecosystem. By providing tools for measureable risk mitigation and return-on-investment, and support for a more rapid adoption of validated and trusted IT solutions, these GIPs enable you to have a common reference of trusted IT methodologies, framework and language directly associated with mitigating risk to public health. Each GIP Guidance module contains a rich body of resources, including Regulatory requirements (GLP, GMP, GCP and Part 11); standards, best practices and case studies; and employable tools such as sample documents, check lists, standard operating procedures, methodologies and specific best IT practices that support governance and compliance for an IT department. The GIP Guidance is a comprehensive online body of GIP modules, each topically oriented and containing a rich body of resources and aggregated information arranged into modules. Harness the transformational value of IT within your organization with GIP modules available at the HIMSS Bookstore.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Gwinnett Hospital System, Inc. Recognizes ChartWise:CDI Software as Key to CDI Program Improvements
As Medicare reimbursement standards tighten and projected losses in productivity associated with ICD-10 conversion loom larger, HIM professionals, hospital administrators and industry decision-makers are realizing that Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) solutions alone won’t suffice in meeting the specificity of documentation required under ICD-10. An impactful, comprehensive Computer-Assisted Clinical Documentation Improvement (CACDI) program can significantly enhance a coder’s documentation efficiency while ultimately impacting the organizations’ bottom line through optimized reimbursements. Click the link above to read this Corporate Member white paper.

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Calling All Members

NEW! HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Community
Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) has the power to help you positively impact patient care, delivery, health outcomes, and business operation.  The HIMSS C&BI Community supports activities that promote peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing and education. Through membership, you will obtain practical knowledge and guidance to help you effectively manage and use data. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events on the fourth Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Join the Community for our next meeting on Sept. 26. Guest speaker Monica Horvath, PhD, Duke University will present “Duke Maestro Care Benefits Realization Project Framework,” which will describe the Duke Maestro Care business case for Duke Medicine; define the outcome and process metrics attributable to the Duke Maestro Care Software, workflows, and deployment decisions and seek to understand what factors shape these metrics (data mining & modeling); and explore the lessons learned in developing a benefits strategy in an environment of extreme change. Join the Community today. For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the C&BI Community web site.

HIMSS C&BI Data and Analytics Task Force Seeks Members
HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) efforts empower members with practical guidance and unbiased information about how to harness the power of healthcare data. The HIMSS C&BI Data and Analytics Task Force is accepting members to help create the tools and resources providers and provider organizations need to manage, integrate and aggregate the necessary information to support robust data and analysis that will facilitate effective reporting by translating data into meaningful knowledge, resulting in improved quality, clinical and financial outcomes. Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, 1-2 p.m. (ET). Our next meeting will be Sept. 17. 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. Contact Nancy Devlin for further information.

HIMSS C&BI Population Health Task Force Seeks Members
HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) efforts empower members with practical guidance and unbiased information about how to harness the power of healthcare data. The new HIMSS C&BI Population Health Task Force is accepting members to help create the tools and resources – including tactical C&BI strategies around data and analytics, and strategies for organizational planning and patient engagement – to help healthcare organizations use C&BI to execute population health management initiatives. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, 2-3 p.m. (ET). Our first meeting will be Sept. 10. 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. Contact Nancy Devlin for further information.

HIMSS Accountable Care Task Force Seeks Members
The Accountable Care Task Force is accepting members to help create tools and resources providers, hospitals, integrated delivery networks, health plans and other stakeholders need to achieve the industry transition from volume to value based healthcare through Accountable Care Organizations. The meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be on Sept. 11, from 2-3 p.m. (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. Contact Nancy Devlin, for further information.

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 include 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); or any one physician at medium to large practices (greater than 10 physicians at the practice). 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. Contact her directly by e-mail 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.

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Chapter Events
Sept. 10
Iowa Chapter of HIMSS Chapter Meeting

Sept. 10-11
Michigan HIMSS Fall Conference

Sept. 17-18
HIMSS Chapters Summit of the Southeast

Sept. 26
8th Annual Georgia Healthcare Trade Faire & Regional Conference

Nov. 9
LA HIMSS 2012 Louisiana State Conference

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

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National Health IT Week

Sept. 18-19
HIMSS 12th Annual Policy Summit

Sept. 23-24
Privacy and Security Forum—Protecting Data Assets and Managing Risk

Nov. 1
HIMSS Nursing Informatics Institute, Hosted by Boston Children’s Hospital

Dec. 9-11
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