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In This Issue — September 4, 2013

Save 20 percent at the HIMSS Books Fall Sale • Check out the offerings during National Health IT Week • Get the latest updates on the mHealth Summit

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What’s New

Save 20% at the HIMSS Books Fall Sale: All Print Books, eBooks and Reports
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’ 2013 Congressional Asks
The HIMSS Congressional Asks Task Force met throughout the summer, and this month the Public Policy Committee approved its recommendations for the top three priorities HIMSS Policy Summit attendees will take to Capitol Hill: Consistent nationwide patient data matching strategy; alignment of healthcare quality reporting requirements across federal programs; and consistent adoption of health IT exchange standards and implementation guidelines. These ‘Congressional Asks’ are consistent with HIMSS’ Board of Directors-approved Public Policy Principles. Click the link above to learn more about this year’s Asks.

Rep. Murphy to Keynote HIMSS Policy Summit
Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) has confirmed his availability to address attendees of HIMSS’ 12th Annual Policy Summit on Thursday morning, Sept. 19. The morning program will also feature a panel of experienced Congressional staff. Click the link above to learn more about Murphy, who has long been active in healthcare and health IT issues.

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase to be Featured at Capitol Hill Health IT Showcase
As in recent years the HIMSS Foundation’s Institute for e-Health Policy will be hosting its annual Health Information Technology Showcase during National Health IT Week. This year’s event will include two days of health IT demonstrations to show several hundred Members of Congress and their staff, federal agency staff, and the public the impact of technology on healthcare and progress on interoperability. The event will feature the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, including demonstrations from HIMSS Innovation Center Collaborators, showing how products and services integrate to enable major initiatives such as Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), Healtheway, and Meaningful Use. Click the link about for locations and schedule.

Attend Health IT 101 Basic Training During National Health IT Week
National Health IT Week is just around the corner (Sept. 16-20). Learn about health IT policy and programs from the ground up by participating in the Health IT 101 Basic Training on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 1-3:30 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.

Registration Now Open for the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Institute hosted by Boston Children’s Hospital
Save the date for the next HIMSS HIMSS Nursing Informatics Institute, hosted by Boston Children’s Hospital, on Friday, Nov. 1. Learn from the nation's leaders in Nursing Informatics at this one-day educational event. Build on your career portfolio and enhance your knowledge of the role of nurses in implementing information technology to enhance nursing workflow, promote patient safety and yield outcomes that improve patient care. Registration is now open. For more information and to register, 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.

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.

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 and 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.

mHealth Summit to Host Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Roundtable on Dec 11
The mHealth Summit will convene pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, providers, payers, and patient/caregiver advocates in a first-of-its-kind forum to explore the utilization of mobile technology and innovation to improve health outcomes and transform healthcare delivery. The invitation-only roundtable will serve as an industry platform for open dialogue and knowledge exchange and will seek to identify opportunities for cross-sector commitments, collaboration and the development of new initiatives that integrate mHealth technologies to improve patient care and health outcomes. Highlights and outcomes from the roundtable will be summarized in an industry resource to foster the adoption of mobile technology and the development of a comprehensive and efficient technology-enabled healthcare delivery model. For summit registration and more information, click the link above.

Tools & Resources

NEW! Emerging Professionals Webinar: HIMSS Health IT Value Suite
Attendees will learn about the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite and the framework that enables a discussion of value of IT applications. This event takes place on Friday, Sept. 13, and will be hosted by Patricia B. Wise, RN, MS, MA, FHIMSS, COL (USA ret’d), Vice President, Healthcare Information Systems, HIMSS. Click the link above to register.

NEW! HIMSS and SANS Collaboration Offers Discounted Training to Members
HIMSS is proud to announce its collaboration with the SANS Institute. As a result of this collaboration, SANS is offering significantly discounted training to HIMSS members. HIMSS members will be able to access world-class security training to help better equip themselves and their organizations. Training offered includes “Securing the Human End User” security-awareness training and other on-demand technical courses at deeply discounted rates. This discounted training is available through HIMSS through Oct. 31. Click the link above to learn more. In addition, HIMSS will host a complimentary webinar on “Practical Steps for Assessing Tablet and Mobile Device Security” on Sept. 10.

Purchase HIMSS Books Subscriptions for Your Entire Organization at One Low Price
Access a library of knowledge for your entire organization in the palm of your hand—Introducing the HIMSS Books Subscription Program. Purchase a subscription to our entire eBook library or customized packages for your company, community or organization. The Subscription Program allows for concurrent knowledge delivery—allowing you and your staff to learn, grow and apply as a team. To learn more about the program and our competitive rates, contact or download the order form at the link above.

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.

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Calling All Members

NEW! Share Your Career Story
HIMSS is looking for health IT leaders who are willing to share their “pearls of wisdom” and advice with our Emerging Professionals group via a monthly webinar series. To facilitate the adoption of the meaningful use of health IT, projections by the U. S. Department of Labor estimates that over 50,000 new professionals will be added to the already existing complement of health IT professionals. HIMSS has placed great emphasis on the HIT Emerging Professional, those with five years or less work experience in health IT, by creating the HIMSS Emerging Professionals group. We will host a series of monthly, informational webinars that meet on the second Friday of the month at 12 p.m.-1 p.m. (CT). If interested in presenting, send your contact information and a short description (30-50 words) of your presentation to the e-mail link above. To view recordings of past webinars, click here.

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.

Members In Action

Learn more about this week's featured member

Marlowe Schaeffer, JD, DO Marlowe Schaeffer, JD, DO, is a speaker for the HIMSS virtual event, “Ensuring Accountability of Care: Understanding and Overcoming the Legal Barriers to Care Delivery,” which will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Her presentation, “The Journey Towards Accountability: Ensuring Effective Health IT Management Practices,” will address effective health IT management practices. Registration for this event is free of charge.

As both a practicing physician and attorney in the Philadelphia area for the past 20 years, and as Founder of Medlawguard, LLC, (a medico-legal risk mitigation strategy consultancy for the digital age) Schaeffer has participated in the developing coalescence of law, medicine and technology in the arena of health IT.

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Information and collaboration around the global enhancement of individual care.

Chapter Events

Sept. 9
North Carolina HIMSS Chapter free breakfast meeting at NCHICA’s 19th Annual Conference and Exhibition

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

Sept. 16-20
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
mHealth Summit

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Corporate Member Spotlight

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