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HIMSS Weekly Insider
In This Issue — October 16, 2013

Board of Directors and Nominating Committee elections underway •HIMSS Innovation Center provides insights on the value of health IT • FDA commissioner to keynote mHealth Summit

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What’s New

Board of Directors and Nominating Committee Elections Underway
The annual election of the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee began yesterday and will run through Nov. 15. On Oct. 15, a voting instruction e-mail was 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.

Save 20-30% at the HIMSS Books Resource Sale
From now through November 30, HIMSS Books is offering a 20 percent discount on all the best-selling books Preparing for Success in Healthcare Information and Management Systems: The CPHIMS Review Guide, 2nd ed. (print/eBook) and the HIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations, 3rd ed. (print/eBook), both completely revised and updated in 2013. Save 30 percent when you purchase the books as a collection (print/eBook)!

HIMSS Innovation Center Provides Insights on the Value of Health IT
The HIMSS Innovation Center opened in downtown Cleveland on Oct. 8 with 30,000 square feet of space to highlight the value of health IT. This week, from Oct. 14-16 during the 2013 Medical Innovation Summit sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic, the HIMSS Innovation Center opens its doors for tours offering more than 1,200 Summit attendees the chance to see first-hand the value of health IT with hands-on and interactive demonstrations on the value of health IT. In this space, the Health IT Simulation Center tests health IT interoperability, and a Healthcare Technology Showcase demonstrates the value of IT and information exchange to patient care, clinician and patient satisfaction, population health, and the bottom line.

Last Chance to Submit 2013 HIMSS Award Nominations
HIMSS is accepting nominations until Oct. 22, for its annual awards recognizing 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. Winners will be honored at the HIMSS Awards Banquet on Feb. 25, during HIMSS14 in Orlando. Visit the HIMSS Awards page at the link in the headline for more information.

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.

IHE NA Connectathon Registration Open Thru Friday
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 Friday. Click the link above to learn more.

Tools & Resources

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.

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.

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: The Vital Nature of the Operational/Clinical Cooperative
No one can argue that EMRs aren’t important for your hospital’s mission and the patient’s well-being. There can be no question that a fully informed physician, with the help of decision-making support software, can make a better call on the patient’s health. And who can argue against a vast database that shows which patient treatments work best and which don’t? Yet, while the adoption of electronic health records is good for care coordination and patient safety, it does very little, if anything, to drive margin. And, of course, without margin, there can be no mission.

NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Five Places in Your Hospital Where Enterprise Content Management Can Help
In any given department, there are documents and data not managed by a core application, making the information in those applications difficult to securely access, process and share. This unmanaged information is known as “unstructured content.” It’s the paper, faxes, forms, photos, clinical images and other content that comes from multiple sources (devices, patients, referring physicians, etc.) that your EMR, HIS, billing system or ERP don’t handle well.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 Oct. 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 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

As HIMS Applications Director for the Banner Health system, Jason Bickford provides technology leadership support for the following functional teams: Acute Care Coding, Ambulatory Coding, Coding Compliance and Education, HIMS Operations, Forms Management, EMPI, Transcription, RAC Denials Management, and Release of Information.

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

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Corporate Member Spotlight

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As the leading Canadian provider of innovative IM/IT solutions, Healthtech delivers practical efficient solutions based on clinical experience. BridgeHead Software provides solutions to hospitals, worldwide, to help them store, protect and share their clinical and administrative data. LDM Group, LLC is a leading provider of behavior based prescription management programs. LDM provides timely and clinically relevant healthcare messaging through its patented process which serves to improve patient compliance and outcomes, while preserving privacy.

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