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In This Issue — January 8, 2013

Take part in the Nursing Informatics Workforce survey • Education, exhibits and more at HIMSS14 • Check out new tools and resources produced by HIMSS communities

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What’s New

HIMSS Seeks Innovator in Residence for Patient Data Matching Strategy
Through the Innovator in Residence (IIR) program, HIMSS and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services are collaborating to move forward on the creation of a nationwide patient data matching strategy. HIMSS is currently recruiting an IIR to develop a vision, strategy, and implementation plan for the near-term deployment of consistent patient data matching in health that builds on the body of work from HHS’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and healthcare community partners. The person hired for this two-year opportunity will be a HIMSS employee who will work onsite in the office of the HHS Chief Technology Officer, to foster further collaboration with stakeholders across the healthcare community and in collaboration with ONC. Click the link above to learn more and to apply.

Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey Closes Jan. 9
Participation in the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey will close Jan. 9. The survey captures data on the profession’s job titles, salary requirements, education and training, career satisfaction, and barriers to success. Initial results will be released at the Nursing Informatics Symposium, Feb. 22-23, at HIMSS14. The results also will be made available on the HIMSS Nursing Informatics website. Click the link above to take the survey, and please feel free to forward this information to colleagues.

Are You Being Paid What You’re Worth?
Results of the 2013 HIMSS Compensation Survey are in, leading to the loaded question “Are you being paid what you’re worth?” Some of the findings aren’t too surprising. In general, men earn more than women, company heads have the highest salaries and almost every respondent receives some type of benefit from their employer. The surprising points are found when you compare bonuses, raises and salaries among positions, regions or businesses. All HIMSS members have access to an exclusive salary calculator in which they can compare salaries for key healthcare IT positions, by region, gender, years of experience and other variables.

Take Part in the HIMSS Mobile Survey
For the first time in 2011, HIMSS Analytics explored the use of mobile technology to improve access to the information needed on a day-to-day basis in a healthcare setting. The study was designed to collect information on an array of items related to mobile device usage. Questions assess organizations’ general use of mobile technology, access to patient data, means for securing information, and the benefits and barriers around the use of mobile technology. This year’s survey is built around the six topics of the mHIMSS Roadmap: New Care Models, Technology, ROI/Payment, Legal/Policy, Standards & Interoperability, and Privacy & Security. As a thank you for participating, the first 200 respondents working for a provider organization to complete the entire survey will receive $25 off their 2014 mHealth Summit registration. Additionally, all respondents have the option of being entered to win a 32GB Tablet. Complete the survey by Jan. 17. Watch for the Mobile Technology Survey Results to be released at HIMSS14 in Orlando.

Final Rules for Stark Exemptions and Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors for EHRs Released
On Dec. 23, 2013, CMS and the HHS Office of the Inspector General released final Stark and Anti-Kickback rules extending the sunset date for the Stark electronic health records (EHR) exception and fraud abuse safe harbors, which were scheduled to expire at the end of 2013, to Dec. 31, 2021. In a statement, HIMSS Vice President of Government Relations Tom Leary was pleased to see the rules come out prior to the expiration of the previous exemptions. “Although we encourage the elimination of the sunset provision, we appreciate the extension of the program to 2021 to provide certainty to stakeholders.” Click the link to learn more and to access a HIMSS Fact Sheet.

Workshop on Mobile App Development and FDA Regs
The MMA Roadshow, co-sponsored by mHIMSS, will dive deeply into the regulatory issues associated with bringing new mobile apps into the healthcare space. The four-hour program will be hosted across the country in January, March, May and June. If you are a HIMSS member and part of the mHealth Community, you are eligible for a registration discount by e-mailing mHIMSS@HIMSS.org. Click the headline above to dates, locations and the agenda. Register here.

Registration Open: Second Annual National Healthcare Innovation Summit
Join Summit Co-chairs, Dr. Molly Coye, Chief Innovation Officer, UCLA Health System and Dr. Wendy Everett, President, NEHI at the Second Annual National Healthcare Innovation Summit. The Summit will be held May 13-15 at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. HIMSS is working collaboratively with NEHI and AVIA to organize and host the event. The Summit will explore demonstrated, high-value innovations that support the Triple Aim—with an emphasis on identifying and reducing the costs of care. At the Summit, innovative leaders from across the health sector will share proven and real-world approaches, first-hand experiences and lessons learned from the accelerated transformational path they follow. Keynote presentations feature executives from leading health systems, payers, public policy, foundations and think tanks, as well as private sector developers and investors. Register today!

ONC Announces Dr. Karen DeSalvo as National Coordinator for Health IT
On Dec. 19, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced Karen DeSalvo MD, MPH, MSc as the new National Coordinator for Health IT.  DeSalvo currently serves as the City of New Orleans Health Commissioner and Senior Health Policy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Attend the IHE NA Connectathon Conference 2014
The IHE North American (NA) Connectathon Conference 2014 is a one-day educational conference held in conjunction with the IHE NA Connectathon on Jan. 29. Attendees gain critical best practices and learn from health IT’s top thought leaders and organizations as they converge in downtown Chicago. Click the link above to learn more, register and view the complete agenda.

HIMSS14—Orlando

Register and Vote for the H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards
Healthcare IT News’ annual H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards Reception will be on Feb. 24, at the Hyatt Regency (formerly the Peabody Hotel) in Orlando, as part of HIMSS14. The reception will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards recognizes nine game changers and trailblazers in health IT—the people who are advancing the adoption of technology to improve the effectiveness of healthcare. Please join the more than 300 healthcare IT executives expected to attend this reception and networking event. Click the link above to register. You can vote for the 2014 H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards until Jan. 20 here.

5 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss HIMSS14
The Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition is one of the biggest weeks of the year in the health IT industry. Every winter, the Annual Conference is attended by tens of thousands of health IT professionals from across the world and features innovative solutions from the world’s top companies. Click the link above to check out the latest buzz on HIMSS14.

7 Trends Healthcare Experts Anticipate in 2014
HIMSS14 has a powerful lineup prepared for Views from the Top education sessions. Speakers include healthcare innovators, a New York Times bestselling author, CIOs and the chief physician of Disney Parks. Who better to ask for insight on trends in store for 2014? Click the link above to see what the experts are expecting in the new year.

Shaping the Program for HIMSS14—Insights from the HIMSS Annual Education Conference Committee
Find out more about the work of the HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC) for HIMSS14 from Committee Chair Brian Dixon, MPA, PhD. In this first of two podcasts on the ECEC and HIMSS14, Dr. Dixon discusses how this committee selected the educational sessions for the conference from the more than 780 proposals received this year. He shares background on the composition of the committee, what committee members will be doing onsite in Orlando, and how became involved with HIMSS.

What to Expect at HIMSS14? Educational Sessions and More
Hear from Brian Dixon, MPA, PhD, FHIMSS, chair of the HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC) on the different categories of programs and some of the more intriguing topics at HIMSS14. He also shares his tips on selecting sessions to attend. And for anyone thinking ahead to HIMSS15 in Chicago, Dr. Dixon has guidance on submitting a proposal for the upcoming conference in 2015.

Discover Latest Solutions, Hottest New Companies at HIMSS14
Inspired by innovation? Interested in shaping—or helping to launch—a transformative health information technology solution? If so, the HIMSS Venture + Forum and the Start-up Showcase on the HIMSS Exhibit Hall floor should be at the top of your HIMSS14 must-see list. The next generation of the popular IT Venture Fair, the Venture+ Forum is this rebranded one-day, pre-conference event brings together several hundred entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors, strategic planners, technical experts and healthcare industry leaders who will shape the next wave health IT solutions. Click the link above to learn more.

HIMSS14 Exhibit Hall—Making ‘Big’ Manageable
When it comes to managing your Exhibit Hall experience at HIMSS14, a little context explains a great deal about the need to prepare for the task. The HIMSS Exhibition Hall is known as the launching site for cutting-edge products and services in the health IT industry. More than 1,200 exhibitors and over 350 newly launched innovative products and services are on display year to year. Click the link above to learn more.

The Connected Patient Learning Gallery at HIMSS14
The Connected Patient Learning Gallery is a new feature on the exhibit floor at HIMSS14. It is a hands-on, interactive area which will showcase health IT products and services that assist providers improve patient care by e-Connecting with patients in their health and healthcare. The Gallery will include four areas on the themes of health management, wellness social and behavioral, financial health and home health. There is also a theatre area for a great lineup of speakers including: Jan Oldenberg and Brad Tritle presenting an update on the HIMSS Book of the Year Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Health IT (print/eBook/Kindle); Lygeia Ricciardi from the ONC on Blue Button; Kate Christiansen, MD, and more. On Monday, Feb. 24, there will be a Tweet Chat at the Learning Gallery at 12:15 p.m. to bring together those interested in HIT Social Media and patient engagement. On Tuesday, there will be an invitation only reception at the Gallery for 200 industry Executives. Interested in sponsorship? Contact Rob Bailey or call 312-915-9285.

Tools & Resources

NEW! HIMSS Emerging Professionals Webinar: Accountable Care Analysts and Administrators
The number of ACOs is growing. There is an increasing need for analysts that can combine clinical & claims data, and administrators that understand the complex ACO operating environment. Understand the accountable care revolution and need for analysts and administrators to support it. Understand the skill sets required. Understand ACO opportunities for emerging professionals. This webinar will occur on Jan. 10, from 12–1 p.m. (CT). Click the link above to register.

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.

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.

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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.

Calling All Members

NEW! What Usability Projects Are You Working On?
HIMSS is reaching out to Weekly Insider readers to find out what usability-related projects you or your organization are working on. If you have any formal or informal usability-related projects currently in production, please let us know more by contacting Adam Bazer, Senior Manager, Health Information Systems at the e-mail link above.

HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers
The HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers for the 2015-2016 fiscal year will open on January 2, 2014.  Serving on a HIMSS Committee is an excellent opportunity for professional development, networking and active engagement around key health IT topics, settings, and constituencies. The application will be available through March 6. Committee participation is open to all HIMSS members who are not currently serving in other leadership positions within the Society and who have maintained active membership for at least the past 12 consecutive months.  If you have questions regarding serving on a Committee please contact Carrie Subelsky at the e-mail link above.

Clinical Engineer- IT Town Hall Presentation Survey
The Clinical Engineer-IT Community would love to hear your feedback regarding presentation topics for upcoming Town Hall webinars.  Please participate in this brief survey and forward to colleagues of interest. Click the link above to access the survey!

NEW! Connected Patient Community—Call for Members
Join providers, payers, decision makers and other thought leaders for monthly presentations on how clinicians can e-engage with patients. Experts will share case studies and industry highlights on topics such as: 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, education, and networking. The next event is Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. (ET). Sign up at the link in the headline 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 Jan. 16. 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.

Members In Action

Learn more about this week's featured member

Dr. Luann Whittenburg, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-C, CPHQ, CPHIMS is the chief nursing informatics officer at Medicomp Systems. Previously, she was a consultant to the Office of the Chief Information Officer for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). She served as editorial chair of the third edition of the HIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information Technology Terms, Acronyms, and Organizations (print/eBook/Kindle) and Chair of the HIMSS Standards Taskforce. Dr. Whittenburg is a Clinical Care Classification System terminology expert and has served as vice-convenor in the International Organization for Standardization on Health Informatics (ISO/TC215). Currently, Dr. Whittenburg is a U.S. delegate to the Technical Committee on Traditional Chinese Medicine (ISO/TC249). She has a doctorate from George Mason University, Va. and Master of Science from Marymount University, Va. 

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