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In This Issue — October 2, 2013

Join HIMSS at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit •Provide the latest health IT knowledge to your entire staff with the HIMSS eBooks Subscription Program • Lend your expertise to a number of HIMSS task forces and work groups

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What’s New

Join HIMSS at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit
Cleveland Clinic's 11th annual Medical Innovation Summit takes place Oct. 14-16. It convenes 1,100 great thinkers and leaders for a candid exchange on new medical technology, its future, recent breakthroughs and continuing challenges. Many regard the meeting as among the premier healthcare gatherings in the United States. The 2013 Summit is bringing together some of the biggest names in the industry to discuss investable innovations that will lead to more effective treatments for Obesity and Diabetes. Speakers include the CEOs of Cardinal Health, Aetna, Novo Nordisk, AstraZeneca, WellPoint and more. While at the Summit, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the HIMSS Innovation Center. Register at the link in the headline and receive a discount using promo code HIMSS13.

IHE NA Connectathon Registration Open Now
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 thru Oct. 18. Click the link above to learn more.

mHealth Summit HOTSPOT Lineup Announced - Register Today!
The 2013 mHealth Summit will include nine optional events or HOTSPOTS.   Make the most of your time and register for one today!  The mHealth Summit brings you the best programming in the mobile health space!  Thanks to our key partners, you can customize your experience by attending sessions presented by National Institutes of Health, Wireless Industry Partnership, America Bar Association,, Health 2.0, Fierce Mobile Healthcare, M2M Now, Games for Health and HIMSS Media.  Each HOTSPOT is available as a standalone event or you may bundle a HOTSPOT with your mHealth Summit full registration pass to receive a discount of $100 or $150 by adding two or more.  For more information, click the link above.

Learn. Network. Connect at Partners HealthCare 10th Annual Connected Health Symposium
Where health and technology intersect, the Connected Health Symposium is a global destination event, a high-profile gathering of the most interesting thinkers on the planet.  Partners HealthCare’s 10th Annual Connected Health Symposium will take place on October 24-25, 2013 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, Boston MA.  Hear highly-polished keynotes, debates on the toughest questions in healthcare, probing interviews with news-makers, rapid-fire demos of new technologies and enjoy full access to the exhibit hall and scheduled networking events.  Symposium 2013 will showcase the latest global developments and innovations in healthcare and policy. Join a capacity crowd of 1,500 health plan leaders, hospital executives, community-based practitioners, large employers, government policymakers, investors, academics, patients and caregivers.  For more information, click the link above.

Tools & Resources

HIMSS Analytics: Paper-Based Strategies Critical to Information Exchange
HIMSS Analytics released a new report, sponsored by ASG, on the barriers, challenges, and opportunities of healthcare information exchange (HIE). The report examines the current state of information exchange among U.S. hospitals and explores the opportunities for improving the collection and exchange of patient data. To attend the Oct. 14 webcast about the report, click the link in the headline.

Good Informatics Practices (GIP) 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. Six of these modules, are available as eBooks. 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 eBookstore.

HIMSS Provider-Patient Engagement Resource
Most consumers’ use of personal health IT is done outside of health systems, offices and information systems. Learn how activated, engaged consumers are already working to improve their health outcomes, and providers’ clinical success.

Share Your Feedback on Innovation
Find out what healthcare leaders are doing to build new technology-enabled care delivery models by taking a few minutes to complete the HIMSS innovation survey. 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.

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 on the link above to take the survey.

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 eBooks 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 eBook 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, click the e-mail link above.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Building Future-Ready IT Platforms
Few industries face the magnitude of change that healthcare is undergoing today. Accelerated in the United States by sweeping and ongoing reforms, a radical transformation is taking place globally, driven in large part by the well-documented rise in chronic diseases and aging populations. These demographics, combined with rising costs, are colliding with fiscal realities, causing healthcare spending to consume an ever-increasing portion of the world economy, widely seen as unsustainable. Click the link above to read more.

Sponsored Content

EMR Voice Overlay Technology vs. Dictation : Understanding the Difference
For decades when the healthcare industry thought of speech recognition, it meant only one thing - dictation. Now voice and speech recognition technologies are taking a more active role on the front lines of patient care to boost clinician efficiency and patient satisfaction.

Voice Enable Your Clinical Workflows & EMR
For the first time ever, clinicians can have “a conversation with their EMR” while being completely mobile and free to focus first on patient care.  Read how voice overlay on EMRs from VoiceFirst boosts clinical workflow efficiency, clinician morale, and patient satisfaction.

Is It Time for Healthcare to "Cut the Cord" on Keyboards?
Smart, hands-free, mobile, voice solutions have arrived in the healthcare industry and progressive CIOs are taking the power of voice to the front lines of patient care.   Surveys show that greater than 97% of patient-facing clinicians, nurses and doctors want to step away from the keyboard and leverage intelligent voice solutions to capture patient data in real time, at the point of care.  Is your IT team ready to respond to the call for voice? Here are 5 healthcare metrics that may help you decide.

Calling All Members

HIMSS Volunteer Opportunities: ICD-10
With the October 2014 ICD-10 deadline just one year away, there are many opportunities for HIMSS members to share their knowledge and expertise in any of the areas listed below. If you are interested in becoming involved or contributing content on ICD-10, please contact Joanne Bartley, Manager, Business Centered Systems, via e-mail or 312-915-9251. Volunteer opportunities include adding content to the HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook and two ICD-10 work groups.

HIMSS Launches Provider-Payer Community
After four year of bringing providers, payers, and health IT solutions together through the HIMSS Patient-Centered Payer Roundtable to explore payer-provider-IT collaborations and solutions that improve health and value, and foster collaboration and trust, HIMSS is expanding its efforts by launching the Provider-Payer Community. The community is set to launch this fall. Share your knowledge, ideas, and thoughts through monthly interactive webinars, two-minute drills to the community, and social media engagement. Join the Community and let your voice be heard. For more information, contact Nancy Devlin.

Nominate a Colleague for a HIMSS Award
HIMSS is now accepting nominations for awards that recognize significant professional contributions to the field of health IT. Each year, HIMSS gives 15 awards in four categories: industry service, HIMSS service, publications and chapters. Recipients are volunteers and leaders in the field who have contributed to the improvement of healthcare through the use of information systems and management. Nominate a colleague by clicking the link above. Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 15. Winners will be honored at the Awards Banquet at HIMSS14.

Scholarships Available for Students in Health IT
HIMSS is pleased to announce that 12 scholarships will be made in 2014 to student members studying in a program related to health IT. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15. Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship and an expense-paid trip to HIMSS14 in Orlando. Seven HIMSS Chapters have sponsored scholarships this year to support the academic aspirations of their members. The New England, South Florida, Central and Northern Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North California chapters will each be offering one scholarship, while the New York Chapter will provide two scholarships. The HIMSS foundation will award four scholarships. Scholarship applicants must be Members of HIMSS National and of their regional chapter, as appropriate. Undergraduate applicants should be junior level or above. Graduate and PhD candidates are encouraged to apply as well. More information and the online application form can be found at the link above. Scholarship winners will be honored at the Awards Banquet on Feb. 25 at HIMSS14.

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 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.

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Chapter Events

Oct. 8
HHS HIPAA Final Rule Compliance & Cyber Attacks: Are you Prepared?

Oct. 11
Midwest Gateway
Social Media and Healthcare

Nov. 9
LA HIMSS 2012 Louisiana State Conference

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

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

Dec. 9-11
mHealth Summit

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