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In This Issue — December 11, 2013

HIMSS supports Stage 2 extension • Get the latest updates on HIMSS14 • Check out new tools and resources from HIMSS • Volunteer your expertise to new HIMSS initiatives

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

What’s New

HIMSS Supports Stage 2 Extension, Call to Action Still Needs to Be Addressed
HIMSS is gratified that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have heard concerns from health stakeholders and extended Meaningful Use Stage 2 by one year. This additional time to attest offers an opportunity for increased feedback and analysis on technology implementation, eClinical Quality Measure reporting, and progress toward interoperability that will enhance the ability of eligible hospitals and eligible professionals to meaningfully use health IT, and thus improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care. Click the link above to read more.

HIMSS Innovation Center Welcomes New Collaborator
This week, the HIMSS Innovation Center welcomed new Collaborator CareFusion. CareFusion partners with their customers to help them improve medication management, lower costs in procedural areas, reduce risk of infection, advance the care of ventilated patients and turn the endless amount of data generated in healthcare into actionable information. For more information on collaboration and the HIMSS Innovation Center, click the link above.


HIMSS14 Education Now Live on Website
Education sessions for the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition are now live on the HIMSS14 website. Continuing education is the best way for you and your organization to stay competitive and up-to-date on the latest topics in the ever-evolving world of health IT. At HIMSS14 you have you pick of more than 300 education sessions provided in a variety of formats. Core topics at HIMSS14 include clinical & business intelligence, ICD-10, Meaningful Use, mHealth, patient engagement, and the value of health IT. Click the link above to begin your search for the topics that fit your areas of interest.

Vote for the 2014 H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards
Voting is now open for Healthcare IT News’ 2014 H.I.T. MEN & Women Awards. The annual H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards honor the game changers and trailblazers in health IT—the people who through their vision, talent and perseverance are advancing the adoption of technology to improve the effectiveness of healthcare. Click the link above to vote.

Attend the H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards Reception
Healthcare IT News’ annual H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards Reception will be on Feb. 24, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla., as part of the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exposition. The reception will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards recognize the game changers and trailblazers in healthcare IT – the people who are advancing the adoption of technology to improve the effectiveness of healthcare. Click the link above to register for this event.

Increase Your Organization’s Effectiveness through Enterprising Imaging
HIMSS has partnered with Agfa Healthcare to provide an educational breakfast focused on Enterprise Imaging, Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7:00am at HIMSS14. 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.

Attend HIMSS14 Pre-Conference Symposium on Rural Health
Healthcare providers in rural communities experience a variety of challenges in funding, implementing and sustaining the use of health information technology (health IT). This pre-conference symposium—Health IT and Rural Healthcare: Embracing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges—will bring together policymakers, researchers and healthcare organizations to provide an overview of available programs, tools and best practices that rural providers can leverage to adopt and gain value from health IT. Click the link above for the agenda and to register for this event.

HIMSS14’s Value to Clinicians—It’s More Than a Shopping Trip
By Cheryl D. Parker, PhD, RN-BC, FHIMSS, CNIO at Rubbermaid Healthcare
When I received the assignment to write this article the stated purpose was to show the value of HIMSS conference for clinicians when they are not “shopping” for something. That description set me to reflect about the many shopping trips I have taken over the years. Certainly, there is the focused trip but there is also the social shopping trip, which is about much more than buying something. That is how I see the HIMSS Annual Conference. Click the link above to read the rest of this blog post.

Networking at HIMSS Annual Conference
By Christel Anderson, MA, Director of Clinical Informatics, HIMSS
Each year for the HIMSS Conference sneak peek issue we have a contributor tell us their tips & tricks for the Conference. Explore this year’s article for previous entries and what still holds value today. Click the link above to read the rest of this blog post.

Tools & Resources

NEW! Analytics Across the Ecosystem: A Prescription for Optimizing Healthcare Outcomes
Two-thirds of the healthcare ecosystem have analytics strategies in place, yet only one-fifth of these are driving adoption across the entire enterprise, let alone the entire ecosystem. When information is shared across the entire ecosystem, organizations can improve patient outcomes. Deriving meaningful insight from the wealth of information available will be a necessity to achieve competitive advantage. Visit HIMSS Future Care to read more about the three areas of focus that can have a dramatic impact on your organization and entire ecosystem.

NEW! Improving Economic Competitiveness and Vitality: A Smarter Approach to Economic Development
Creating attractive and competitive business environments is key to the success of cities, regions and nations. Whether a mature or emerging economy, locations that manage to create positive business environments stand to gain tremendously from increased economic growth, job creation and prosperity. To accomplish this, governments and agencies must become agile – striking a delicate balance among business, talent and technology – to facilitate sustainable growth. Visit HIMSS Future Care to learn more about the drivers of economic development, as well as new opportunities for a smarter planet and smarter healthcare.

NEW! Strategic Interoperability: The Clinical and Business Imperative for Healthcare Organizations
A recent HIMSS Analytics survey reveals that hospitals and health systems are focusing on achieving interoperability with their information systems in order to deliver high-quality, safe patient care. As these initiatives are being implemented, healthcare organizations are beginning to understand the importance of strategic interoperability. Not only will strategic interoperability meet current needs, including meaningful use Stage 2 and participation in accountable care organizations, but it will position hospitals and health systems to be able to meet unanticipated and future needs for securely sharing patient information – all with the goal of driving high-quality, cost-efficient, patient-centered care and improved clinical outcomes. Visit the Strategic Interoperability Knowledge Center to learn more.

NEW! You’re Invited to a HIMSS Future Care Twitter Chat
Future Care is excited to invite you to participate in a Twitter chat on Dec. 17 at 12 p.m. (ET) to discuss the role of analytics in healthcare. Using the #FutureCare hashtag, Future Care Editor Ben Harris (@BHarris_HITN) will host the chat with guests Heather Fraser (@HeatherEFraser) and one more to be announced. Read more here to learn about what topics will be discussed.

HIMSS Regulatory Chart Tracks Health IT Regulations
The HIMSS regulatory chart offers an at-a-glance snapshot of all health IT-related regulation HIMSS has been following in 2013. The chart includes links to proposed and final regulations and to HIMSS comments and position statements, along with anticipated timelines.

Survey for Nurses Regarding Electronic Personal Health Records Acceptance
A survey from the University of Maryland School of Nursing is circulating to better understand factors associated with ePHR acceptance and use among nurses for your own personal health management. If you choose to participate in the 15-20 minute survey you have the opportunity to enter into a drawing to win an iPad Mini. The deadline to participate in this survey is Dec. 16.

HIMSS Provider-Patient Engagement Resource
Check out the new HIMSS Provider-Patient Engagement resource—Using Personal Health IT (PHIT) to Transform Healthcare. Most consumers’ use of PHIT 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. Click the link above to learn more.

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.

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

NEW! Cloud Security: Top Providers Make Encryption a Best Practice
The increased cyber threats of hackers and data theft presents a strong case for employing encryption and infrastructure that both secures data while delivering strong computing performance for optimal data reliability. In this white paper, different types of encryption are discussed for data at rest and in transit, as well as the use of encryption in the cloud and recommendations for outsourcing the encrypted cloud.

NEW! Reversing Hidden Patient Safety, Data Security and Compliance Risks Unique to Medical Devices
Healthcare providers who fail HIPAA audits, put patients and their data at risk often share a common oversight: They’ve failed to identify, assess and secure medical devices that capture, maintain and transmit ePHI — from pulse oximeters to CT scanners and infusion pumps. From data loss to patient misdiagnosis and the hefty penalties that follow, in this white paper, you'll learn how to pinpoint and counter the risks that have impaired data security and compliance for many of your peers.

NEW! Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Solving the Unstructured Data Dilemma with Enterprise Content Management
Health systems have struggled for years trying to manage all the unstructured data that does not reside in a patient’s EHR, such as financial records and billing data. About 10 years ago, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) just wanted to gain control over the mountain of paper forms. Medical practices in the Penn health system use Epic for documentation, but HUP wanted a complimentary solution that offers clinicians and staff a deeper dive into patient records. Read this case study to find out how HUP employees are using an enterprise content management solution that brings order to the chaos and has met Penn health system’s needs on various levels.

Keeping Data in Motion: How HIPAA Affects Electronic Transfer of Protected Health Information—Part 1
It is difficult to overestimate the impact that HIPAA has had on healthcare organizations. Patients have no doubt benefited from its security and privacy provisions, but the HIPAA regulations have also posed significant challenges – and risks – for hospitals, insurers, medical practices, individual clinicians and a variety of related businesses. In order for an organization to meet those challenges and reduce the risk of penalties, it has to fully understand how the HIPAA law impacts the transfer of protected health information (PHI) during day-to-day operations. This white paper - part 1 of a 3-part series - will discuss how HIPAA affects electronic transfer of protected health information.

Keeping Data in Motion: The High Cost of HIPAA Non-compliance—Part 2
In Part 1 of this series, we outlined how HIPAA regulations impact the transfer of protected health data and how  those rules apply to fax transmission. In Part 2, we will look at the high cost of noncompliance of HIPAA regulations. According to Rebecca Herold, an expert on information security and privacy, at Rebecca Herold & Associates, LLC, “The Department of Health and Human Services is increasingly aggressive and effective” in enforcing HIPAA regulations. Her assessment of the landscape emphasizes one key point: Managing paper-based medical records is not for the faint of heart. Part 2 of this white paper series will take a closer look at how your organization can reduce the risk of making mistakes - which can save your job, or even keep you out of prison.

Keeping Data in Motion: Demanding HIPAA Regulations Require Top-Notch Software Solutions—Part 3
Keeping patient data moving through the healthcare system while maintaining its privacy and security is no easy task. Just ask the many hospitals and medical practices that have paid substantial penalties for missing the mark. As discussed in Part 2 of this series, several covered entities have paid hefty fines and suffered embarrassing media attention for losing laptops, mishandling fax transmissions and a host of other missteps. However, while some providers have been stung, many more have managed to get it right – with the help of the right administrative and IT teams and the right software solutions. In this final part of a 3-part white paper series, we'll review some top-notch software solutions and show real-world uses.

The Time to Replace Your Legacy EMR Solution Is Now
Thousands of practices around the country are considering replacing a legacy EMR, however key questions are holding them up.

  • Is EMR replacement too expensive?
  • Will replacing my EMR disrupt my practice?
  • How do I pick the right solution?

Find answers to these questions and more today by downloading “Regret-free EMR replacement,” a brand new white paper on EMR replacement.

Calling All Members

Connected Patient Community
The HIMSS Connected Patient Community brings providers, payers, health IT decision makers and other industry thought leaders together on a monthly basis to share case studies and industry highlights, with a focus on equipping clinicians with education, tools and resources to effectively e-engage patients. Community webinar topics may include patient engagement requirements for Meaningful Use and ACOs, health management, behavioral and social health, home health technologies, and financial health. Current HIMSS members can participate in monthly webinar discussions, problem-solving and solution sharing, and education and networking. Sign up at the link above.

Be Recognized for EHR-Enabled Quality Improvement: HIMSS Stories of Success!
The HIMSS Stories of Success program has been expanded to accept submissions from Ambulatory and Community Health Organizations. As a stepping stone towards the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, Ambulatory Stories of Success highlight the link between improvements in healthcare quality and patient safety and health IT. For more information, contact Jonathan French, Director of Healthcare Information Systems. To be recognized as a 2014 Stories of Success winner, case studies must be submitted by May 1, 2014. For more information, click the headline.

HIMSS Value of Operationalizing the Data Task Force
The HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Value of Operationalizing the Data Task Force is looking to add new members to help create and take part in writing industry case studies. These case studies will facilitate effective reporting by translating data into meaningful knowledge, resulting in improved quality, clinical and financial outcomes. The case studies are published on the HIMSS website and 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 at the e-mail link above.

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 Jan. 23. Sign up for the Community and learn how to turn data into action. For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the C&BI Community website in the headline link.

HIMSS Launches Provider-Payer Community
After four years 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. Share your knowledge, ideas, and thoughts through monthly interactive webinars, two-minute drills to the community, and social media engagement. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events the third Thursday of most months from 4-5 p.m. (ET). Join the Community for our next meeting on January 16, 2014.  Sign up for the Community and be a part of the movement from volume to value through collaboration. For more information, contact Nancy Devlin or visit the Provider-Payer Community website.

HIMSS C&BI Data and Analytics Task Force
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 more 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 more 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 from 3-4 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, fill out this brief survey. Contact Nancy Devlin for more information.

HIMSS Volunteer Opportunity for Veterans
The HIMSS Veterans Career Service Initiative is looking for veterans who made successful transitions into the world of health IT. Our vMentor (veteran mentor) program aims to host questions from veterans currently re-integrating into the civilian workforce on topics related to career and professional development within health IT. If you are a veteran who would like to share your experiences, lessons learned, answer questions, and provide advice as a vMentor, contact Amy Justice at the e-mail link above.

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