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In This Issue — October 9, 2013

Board of Directors and Nominating Committee elections begin next week • Apply to be a HIMSS14 Program Assistant • FDA commissioner to keynote mHealth Summit

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What’s New

HIMSS Innovation Center Opens in Cleveland Highlighting the Value of Health IT
HIMSS, the global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through IT, announced on Oct. 8, the opening of the HIMSS Innovation Center as part of the Global Center for Health Innovation, in downtown Cleveland. The 30,000-square-foot Innovation Center includes a Health IT Simulation Center testing health IT interoperability, and a Healthcare Technology Showcase demonstrating the value of IT and information exchange to patient care, clinician and patient satisfaction, population health, and the bottom line.  HIMSS WorldWide President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, was among the speakers at the ribbon cutting event held at 2 p.m. at the Global Center for Health Innovation, which displays the future of health and healthcare drawing international visitors to the space. Click the link in the headline to learn more.

Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Elections Begin Next Week
The annual election of the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee will begin on Oct. 15 and will run through Nov. 15. On Oct. 15, a voting instruction e-mail will be sent to all members who have an e-mail address on file with HIMSS. All others will be sent instructions via U.S. mail service. Please see the candidate list by clicking the link above.

Apply to be a HIMSS14 Program Assistant
This is an ideal opportunity for student members of HIMSS to take part in the largest health IT conference in America, and network with more than 30,000 health IT professionals and thought leaders. Click the link above to learn more and apply.

FDA Commissioner to Keynote mHealth Summit
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, FDA Commissioner, will present the keynote on Dec. 11, at the 2013 mHealth Summit in Washington DC. The timing of her keynote comes as the technology community, developers, innovators, investors, and providers as well as other stakeholders and policymakers are looking to gain insights and a better understanding of the critical pathways and implications of the eagerly awaited and recently issued FDA Guidance on Mobile Health apps. For more information, click the link above.

Join HIMSS at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit
Cleveland Clinic's 11th annual Medical Innovation Summit takes place Oct. 14-16. The Summit will bring together the biggest names in healthcare to discuss 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. 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.

Increase Your Organization’s Effectiveness through Enterprising Imaging
HIMSS has partnered with Agfa Healthcare to provide an educational breakfast focused on Enterprise Imaging on Oct. 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, CA.   There will be an opportunity to meet Dr. C.  Martin Harris, CIO of the Cleveland Clinic, and understand how imaging strategies can transform care. This exclusive program has been created specifically for healthcare provider CIOs, CMIOs, and other executive level staff. The program will allow you to discuss the ROI of clinically relevant imaging across the EMR and your patient’s care continuum; realize the benefits of having clinicians access and view images at point of care; and understand the nuts & bolts of Enterprise Imaging, such as patient matching integration. For complete details and to register for this exclusive, complimentary event, click the link above. E-mail Jessie Bird or call (312) 915-9202 with any questions. 

Tools & Resources

NEW! Accountable Care Organizations: Core IT Capabilities Defined
A new document from the HIMSS Accountable Care Task Force features a starter kit of IT capabilities needed and employed in an ACO. As ACOs grow and mature over time, so will the understanding of IT enablers and thus this list. Click the link above to access. To join the ACO task force and continue development of the capability framework, contact Shelley Price, HIMSS.

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
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. Harness the transformational value of IT within your organization with GIP modules available at the HIMSS eBookstore.

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 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. 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, contact Maggy Tieché, Manager, Research, HIMSS Analytics.Click 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.

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.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: How to Leverage Your Wi-Fi Infrastructure for Better Infant Protection–5 Practical Steps
Electronic infant protection systems have, to date, been department-level solutions. A new generation of Wi-Fi technology, however, expands infant protection hospital-wide, presenting new opportunities. This Stanley Healthcare white paper reviews the steps required for healthcare IT professionals to select, design and deploy a Wi-Fi Infant Protection solution, in cooperation with clinical and security peers.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Unified Approach to Sharing All Images and Records to Streamline Continuity of Care and Achieve Meaningful Use
Continuity of care, especially for patients that are transferred between organizations, suffers from the lack of any organized, efficient methodology of collecting and forwarding the required records and diagnostic images required for treatment. Healthcare organizations have been struggling with these problems for many years, and despite all of the digital technology and social media that connects us as individuals, our healthcare system remains broken. Rather than disparate and mostly unconnected solutions for transferring records and sharing images both inside and outside the organization, we desperately need a single, unified solution that will assure timely arrival of records and images to the caregivers that are responsible for the patient’s treatment. Read this white paper from eHealth Technologies to learn more.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: How a Business Intelligence Roadmap Saves Hospital and Health System Executives Time, Money, and Aggravation
More hospitals and health systems are recognizing that enterprise-wide business intelligence can put them in a stronger position to respond to the challenges presented by today’s world of pay-for-performance, Accountable Care Organizations, and Meaningful Use. Business intelligence refers to a hospital or health system’s ability to gather, aggregate, and analyze data from across the entire enterprise in a way that makes administrative, financial, clinical, and research information accessible to decision makers when and how they need it. Learn more in this white paper from Health Care DataWorks.

Calling All Members

NEW! Last Call—Nominate a Colleague for a HIMSS Award
HIMSS is accepting nominations for awards that recognize significant professional contributions to the field of health IT, through Oct. 15. 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. Winners will be honored at the Awards Banquet at HIMSS14. Nominate a colleague by visiting the link above.

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 from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Join the Community for our next meeting on October 24 for the presentation “Population Health Analytics: Learning from Your Own Employee Population.” Join the Community today. For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the C&BI Community web site.

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.

HIMSS Launches Provider-Payer Community
HIMSS is launching the Provider-Payer Community. Share your knowledge, ideas, and thoughts through monthly interactive webinars, two-minute drills to the community, and social media engagement. For more information, contact Nancy Devlin.

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. 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. 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.

HIMSS C&BI Data and Analytics Task Force Seeks Members
The HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence 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 from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Contact Nancy Devlin for further information.

HIMSS C&BI Population Health Task Force Seeks Members
HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (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). 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 second Wednesday of the month. To sign up for the Task Force, and to help us get to know each other’s background, skill set and interest, fill out this brief survey. Contact Nancy Devlin for more information.

HIMSS Value of Operationalizing the Data Task Force Seeks Members
The HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Value of Operationalizing the Data Task Force is accepting members to help create the tools and resources focused on industry use cases. The use cases highlight best practices and lessons learned by providers and provider organizations using information to drive improved business and clinical decision-making. The meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. (ET). To sign up for the Task Force, contact Nancy Devlin

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. We will host a series of monthly, informational webinars that meet on the second Friday of the month from 12 pm-1 pm (CT). If interested, 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.

Patient Engagement Technologies Task Force
Help providers learn how to leverage emerging patient engagement technologies to improve the health and overall well-being of their patients. The task force will meet on the third Monday of the month at 12 pm (ET). For more information, contact Valerie Knoke.

The Value of Patient Engagement Through Health IT 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 pm (ET). For more information, contact Valerie Knoke.

Patient Engagement/Social Media Task Force
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 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 12 pm (ET). For more information, contact Valerie Knoke.

Continuity of Care Task Force
The Continuity of Care Task Force will create resources and tools that promote and utilize IT to coordinate care among providers to realize 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, ACOs and within the patient-centered medical home. The task force meets on the second Monday of the month at 2 pm (ET). For more information, contact Valerie Knoke.

The Value of HIT and Meaningful Use Task Force
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 IT. This task force meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 1 pm (ET). For more information, contact Valerie Knoke.

Ambulatory Advocacy & Public Comment Work Group
Solicit and provide feedback on legislation and public comments on regulations impacting health IT in the ambulatory care setting. This work group meets via e-mail. All current HIMSS members may participate. For more information, contact Valerie Knoke.

Members In Action

Learn more about this week's featured member

Leigh C. Burchell, Vice President of Health Policy and Government Affairs at Allscripts, is vice chair of the EHR Association Executive Committee, former chair of the EHR Association Public Policy Workgroup, and a member of the HIMSS Public Policy Committee.

Burchell directs the government affairs function for Allscripts at both the federal and state levels, including legislative advocacy and regulatory interpretation and comment.  Her role includes advocating for the company’s 180,000 physician clients, 1,500 hospitals and 10,000 post-acute agencies to ensure that new legislation and administrative policies are supportive of the most efficient and scalable paths toward improvements in the healthcare industry. She has been with Allscripts for more than 13 years.

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Chapter Events

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Midwest Gateway
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LA HIMSS 2012 Louisiana State Conference

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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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