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In This Issue — September 18, 2013

Two weeks remain for the HIMSS Books Fall Sale • Share you feedback on innovation • Learn more about proposed changes to 2013 HIMSS Bylaws

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

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.

Share Your Feedback on Innovation
As a healthcare leader, you are shaping the future of the industry. Find out what other leaders are doing to build new technology-enabled care delivery models by taking a few minutes to complete the below survey. HIMSS, in collaboration with AVIA—an innovation accelerator for healthcare providers—has launched a short survey to better understand providers' innovation and technology priorities. All respondents will receive a detailed report, approximately eight weeks after the survey close date, outlining the results for specific provider segments. Individual responses are confidential and will not be reported. Please share your feedback by taking the HIMSS/AVIA Healthcare Innovation Survey at the link above.

Learn More about Proposed Changes to 2013 HIMSS Bylaws
HIMSS members will vote on bylaws changes and new board candidates from Oct. 15-Nov. 15. Now, with time before the election opens, spend some time to learn more about the proposed bylaws revisions. Sign in at the HIMSS Member Center at the link above to access information on the proposed changes. Contact  with questions about the proposed changes to the 2013 HIMSS Bylaws. Be ready to cast your vote when the election begins in mid-October.

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.

IHE NA Connectathon Registration Opens Sept. 23
Take part in the largest interoperability testing event in North America—the IHE NA Connectathon 2014, Jan. 27-31, 2014, at The Hyatt Regency Chicago. Prepare for registration, open from Sept. 23-Oct. 18. Click the link above to learn more.

Upcoming HIMSS Privacy & Security Forum to Focus on Security Issues Facing Providers
At the 2013 Privacy & Security Forum Veracode CTO Chris Wysopal will present a entitled “Want to Know Where Hackers are Finding Gaps in Your Security?” Wysopal, a former hacker, will detail the vulnerabilities hackers are exploiting today and how they plan to attack in the future. The event, taking place in Boston Sept. 23-24, will provide attendees valuable information around privacy and security critical topics, including developing security programs; responding to breaches; mobile devices; developing compliance programs; gaps in security infrastructure; managing security risks; and creating an effective BYOD program. For registration and more information, click the link above. Be sure to also take advantage of a 20 percent discount on HIMSS Books’ privacy & security collection through Sept. 30. Titles include Information Privacy in the Evolving Healthcare Environment (print/eBook); Implementing Information Security in Healthcare: Managing Risk (print/eBook); and Implementing Information Security in Healthcare: Building a Security Program (print/eBook).

AOL Co-Founder Steve Case and Ether Dyson to Join mHealth Summit Fireside Chat on The Re-Imagination of Healthcare
StartUp Health CEO, Steven Krein will moderate a fireside chat at the 2013 mHealth Summit featuring Steve Case and Esther Dyson - two luminary figures in the entrepreneur/investor space. Don’t miss this dynamic exchange which will explore how the Golden Age of Entrepreneurship is creating an innovation landscape for entrepreneurs and investors like we've never been seen before in healthcare, and why this is creating an epic decade of transformation and progress that will impact innovation in healthcare.  There has never been a more exciting time to be an entrepreneur or investor in the digital health and wellness space.  The healthcare industry is being transformed and disrupted as we know it through a digital and mobile health revolution which is rapidly changing the future of healthcare and our health and wellness. For summit registration and more information, click the link above. Be sure to also take advantage of a 20 percent discount on HIMSS Books’ best-seller mHealth: From Smartphone to Smart Systems (print/eBook) through Sept. 30.

Tools & Resources

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.

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.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: The Value of the Laboratory in the New Healthcare Model
Dan Scully, CEO at Buffalo Medical in New York, calls it “the 50 million dollar question”: as healthcare reform necessitates a shift from a fee-for-service reimbursement model to a value-based model, does the laboratory offer enough value in service and speed of results to convince practice administrators that it needs to stay safely ensconced within the facility? “Right now,” Dan says, “I absolutely see the value of keeping the lab on-site for the service level it provides. But the question becomes, over time, for that convenient service, can we continue to make that a profitable part of our practice as market forces continue to change?”

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: The Key Ingredient for the Success of ACOs
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are structured or designed to reduce the cost of healthcare by improving the quality of patient care through coordinated care delivery. ACOs bring healthcare providers together to show improvement in care quality and reduction in health care cost thereby enabling them to get incentives from the Centre for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Sponsored Content

Managing the Exponential Leap in Healthcare Data Growth: Achieving Compliance and Operational Efficiency
Healthcare data is growing exponentially, largely as a result of the meaningful use of health IT—EHRs in particular. As data grows, so does the need for storing, managing, accessing and protecting these critical assets. To gain insight into the complex challenges of data and information management in healthcare, HIMSS Media surveyed 416 healthcare professionals in December 2012 and January 2013. This white paper outlines these survey results, and also looks at the applications and business needs that are driving healthcare providers’ data growth, and the areas within their organizations that will receive infrastructure investments in 2013.

From Evidence to Insight: Achieving Outcomes That Matter
The global healthcare industry is at a pivotal point to transform, reinvent and realign to a more vital and evolving new model. There is broad recognition that cost increases are unsustainable, yet results remain inadequate. Buyers of care, including governments, employers and individual consumers, are demanding better performance in both quality and outcomes. Yet the challenge cannot be met by continuing attempts to extract greater productivity from the industry's existing structure.

Big Data in Healthcare: Tackling Challenges, Pursuing Opportunities
The concept of big data has been around for decades, but it has become a hot topic in the healthcare industry in the last year.  While the deluge of data may seem overwhelming, the promise of what can be done with the data is real. Recent reports estimates that big data can save up to $450 billion in reduced healthcare spending.  Download the white paper today to explore how big data setting the stage for clinical analytics and how you can assess the future impact of big data to come out ahead of the market in actualizing business and clinical intelligence.

Calling All Members

NEW! Call for HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook Content Reviewers
Would you like to share your knowledge and expertise within the ICD-10 topic area? The HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook Content Review Work Group is looking for HIMSS members to review contributed content before it is posted on the ICD-10 PlayBook.This is a great opportunity for you to see what the industry is thinking and to help HIMSS post outstanding content to our PlayBook viewers! Hopefully, you are already familiar with the ICD-10 PlayBook—the tool that provides critical information to assist hospitals, ambulatory centers, practitioners, and their staff in transitioning to ICD-10. Contributors send their articles, papers, fact sheets, and other document formats to HIMSS for review before posting to the ICD-10 PlayBook. Currently, there are very few content reviewers and we receive approximately one document per week to review (usually around 5-8 pages). We anticipate this number will increase as the ICD-10 deadline date gets closer. If you are interested in becoming an ICD-10 PlayBook Content Reviewer, please contact Joanne Bartley.

Volunteer for the IHE NA Connectathon 2014
IHE USA is seeking volunteers for the IHE NA Connectathon 2014 Monitor Team. Monitors use their skills and expertise to review and verify interoperability tests performed by participating organizations at the North American Connectathon: Jan. 27-31, 2014, in downtown Chicago. Learn more about IHE USA’s Monitor team and requirements for application at the link above.

Interoperability Challenges? Submit New Work for 2013-2014 IHE Publication Cycle
Demand for interoperable systems is gaining national attention. Is your organization pressured to find an effective solution? IHE International has been developing interoperable based standards, IHE Profiles, for the HIT industry since 1998. Today, IHE is looking for your organization to speak up. Submit your challenges to IHE and become a part of the solution. IHE International’s call for new work items closes Sept. 29. Click the link above to learn more.

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 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 “An Analytics Framework for Evaluating the Return on Health for Deployment of an Enterprise EHR”.  Many health systems are deploying certified EHR technology in order to address the changing regulatory and reimbursement landscape. Duke Medicine has created an analytics team dedicated to evaluating the benefits and unintended consequences of an enterprise EHR deployment across 2 community hospitals, several hundred clinics, and an academic medical center.  You will learn how to create strategic objectives for benefits realization, align a benefits realization workgroup to other organizational analytic activities, and understand the challenges in scoping projects while managing a small analytics team. 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, 1-2 p.m. (ET). Our next meeting will be Oct. 15. 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 Oct. 8. 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 Oct. 9, 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.

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.

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 Sharon D. Davis, PMP, CPHIMS, is a health IT project manager in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with over 13 years of experience in implementing health IT applications and technologies for healthcare providers and vendors. Davis is the chair of HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR), and the vice-chair of the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Recognition Program. She lives in Plano, Texas with her husband and two children.

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Chapter Events

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Fall Symposium: Connected Patient Care: It’s a Team Sport

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

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LA HIMSS 2012 Louisiana State Conference

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Privacy and Security Forum—Protecting Data Assets and Managing Risk

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

Dec. 9-11
mHealth Summit

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