Check out the stellar pre-conference line-up at HIMSS14 • JHIM seeks abstracts on Big Data • HIMSS seeks innovator in residence
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Spring 2014 JHIM Seeks Abstracts on ‘Big Data’ and Pop Health Management
The Spring 2014 Journal of Healthcare Information Management will focus on Big Data and Population Health Management. How are healthcare organizations raising the quality of care and improving care coordination over a period of time longer than a single episode of care? JHIM is seeking abstracts on these and other areas of health IT. JHIM accepts original research, case studies, and literature reviews on any and all topics related to health IT. Please submit a word document with a 250-word synopsis of your paper. Include a working title and contact information for all contributors for the paper. All abstracts will be reviewed and decided upon once the call for abstracts closes. Please e-mail Matt Schlossberg, Manager, Publications, by Monday, Feb. 3, at the link above.
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.
HIMSS Mobile Survey Closes Friday
This year’s mobile 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.
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!
Pre-Conference Education Sets the Table
HIMSS Pre-Conference Symposia and Workshops on Sunday, Feb. 23, allow attendees a dive deep into topics critical to their success. Pre-conference education allows attendees to immerse themselves in full-day sessions and leave with the most up-to-date industry information from distinguished leaders on key topics. Click the link above to learn more, or click the Symposia and Workshop links for specific details on each session.
Power Networking Opportunities
It’s more than just meeting people, it’s connecting with the right people. Share knowledge, best practices, and make career connections with like-minded professionals at these events during HIMSS14. Check the HIMSS14 website to see if additional registration or fees apply. Click the link above to learn more.
Edward Marx Named CHIME-HIMSS 2013 John E. Gall, Jr. CIO of the Year
Edward W. Marx FCHIME, FHIMSS has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. Marx is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Texas Health Resources in Arlington, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. He will receive the award at the Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando on Feb. 25. Click the link above to learn more.
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.
Tools & Resources
NEW! Physician Community to Host Webinar Series
Join Informatics and health IT content experts in a complimentary virtual event that will be held monthly and offer continuing education hours. The series will cover a wide range of hot topics on medical informatics, HIEs, standards & interoperability, eMeasures and quality initiatives and more. The next session is Jan. 16. For more information, click the link above.
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.
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.
NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Agile in an FDA Regulated Environment
Software has become a key differentiating success factor in the industry, helping companies drive more rapid innovation and creating opportunity due to the increased flexibility and agility of software-based products. The importance of software as a driver of value creation is likely to be magnified by a series of interrelated, mutually amplifying trends. Read this corporate member white paper from Pathfinder
NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Putting the Meaningful in Meaningful Use
This white paper offers strategies for taking a patient-centered approach to Stage 1 and Stage 2 MU efforts. More specifically, it discusses how the use of robust technology – including data-enriched patient portals – can help organizations successfully meet MU requirements now and in the future, while still keeping focus squarely on what is important: sustaining meaningful relationships with patients. Read this corporate member white paper from Intelichart.
NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Corepoint OTB Solutions Vendor Selection
Selecting an interface engine for your healthcare organization is not a trivial matter. The decision you make will impact the reliability and flexibility of healthcare data delivery within and outside your organization for years to come. The costs are much broader than what you pay the software vendor; deployment, migration, training, and support hours required to adapt to a new engine are usually more than the software licensing fees. The importance of "fit" cannot be overstated; internal costs will vary widely depending on the engine's features and the context and culture of your organization. Read this corporate member white paper from Corepoint.
HIMSS Future Care Seeks Perspectives on Evolving Healthcare Models
In 2014, HIMSS Future Care will focus on the future of healthcare delivery around the globe by showcasing the ideas of more subject matter experts on how providers, payers, patients and policymakers can and should work to transform systems of care. Future Care’s mission remains to provide a forum for stakeholders and innovators from across the healthcare sector to discuss new and emerging ideas and innovations focused on lowering healthcare costs, enhancing outcomes and improving patient satisfaction with healthcare services around the globe. From Europe to Asia to Africa to the Americas, HIMSS Future Care provides news and opinions on the range of efforts underway to make healthcare work better for patients and providers alike. With that goal in mind, experts working across the sector are invited to share your ideas with a global community of colleagues. To learn more, or to propose ideas you’d like to share in this forum, contact Jeff Rowe, Future Care Editor.
Learn to Meet 21st Century Healthcare Challenges
Collaboration is nothing new to healthcare, but with more patients to care for, more stakeholders to coordinate, and limited funds; traditional paper, phone, and fax communications are woefully inadequate. This paper discusses collaborative workflows and information tools that better meet the demands of today’s complex healthcare environments. It shares examples, insights, and best practices from organizations that are using collaboration to deliver more coordinated, cost-effective care.
Easily Access EMRs from Your PC, Tablet or Mobile Device
You can maintain work-life balance with medical imaging on mobile devices, your iPad or your home PC. With the ability to interact with these images through a familiar point-and-click interface that is easy to navigate, you can make faster and better decision from your own home or office. Stop wasting your weekends coming into the hospital and review records on a device that lets you make an assessment no matter where you are. Click the link above to read more.
The Strategic Interoperability to Coordinate Care with Engaged Communities
Interoperability is critical to enabling care coordination and community engagement. Read this perspective including statistics from the HIMSS Analytics Strategic Interoperability Study to learn how to: 1) Coordinate care with strategic interoperability - 55.8% of survey respondents noted that the strategic value of interoperability in their organization lies in achieving care coordination; 2) Engage stakeholder communities - Studies show more informed and empowered patients who are engaged with their providers in care decision-making have better health outcomes.
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.
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 Jan. 23, for a presentation by Neal Ganguly, Vice President & CIO, JFK Health System and Dr. Raj Lakhanpal, CEO, SpectraMedix, “Reducing Readmissions with a Real-Time/Predictive Analytics Solution: Implementation, Challenges and Results.” This case study presentation will demonstrate how a hospital reduced preventable readmissions and improved Value-Based Purchasing and Core Measures scores using a real-time & predictive clinical analytics solution. The presentation will include actual results comparing readmission rates before and after integration, lessons learned during implementation and a ROI analysis, Register Now. Join the Community today. For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the C&BI Community web site.
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
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Michael Nusbaum, BASc, MHSA, FHIMSS is president, MH Nusbaum & Associates Ltd. Michael has been involved with HIMSS since the 1970’s, and Integrating the Health Enterprise (IHE) for the past decade. He is the former chair of the HIMSS EHR Steering Committee, and co-chair of planning for the IHE IT Infrastructure Domain. He is the president of IHE Canada, and has been on the IHE International Board since shortly after its inception in 1998.
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