Nursing Informatics Symposium celebrates 10th anniversary at HIMSS14 • Discover the unique experience HIMSS14 Pre-Conference education has to offer • Nactional Coordinator DeSalvo to speak at HIMSS14
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Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum Early Bird Ends Jan. 31.
Early bird registration rates for the HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum ends Jan. 31. This two-day event will focus on best practices for leveraging health data and analytics to improve both clinical and business efficiency of healthcare organizations. The forum will be held at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in Washington DC, April 16-17.
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. 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.
ONC SAFER Guides Outline Best Practices
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides as part of the HHS Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan, which was issued in July 2013. The guides outline best practices for health care organizations to implement and utilize electronic health records and reduce the chance of an adverse event.
Senate Committee Reviews Government Employee Travel and Participation in Conferences
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing Jan. 14 on “Examining Conference and Travel Spending Across the Federal Government.” HIMSS submitted a statement for the record emphasizing the importance of federal employees engaging in continuing public dialog with industry and other stakeholders on important public policy issues, challenges, and advancements in topics such as health IT.
National Coordinator DeSalvo to Address HIMSS14 Attendees
Newly-appointed National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, will address attendees of HIMSS14 on Thursday, Feb. 27, prior to the morning’s keynote address from Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Marilyn Tavenner.
ONC Plays Major Role at HIMSS14
HIMSS14 will offer an extremely robust public policy agenda, with presentations ranging from the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, to the Department of Defense, and everything in between. Click the link above for the many offerings by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).
Opportunities Available to Participate in HIMSS Interoperability Showcase
The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase takes place at HIMSS14. Limited space is still available for health IT solution providers who would like to participate. Click the link above to learn more.
HIMSS14 Pre-Conference—Focused Knowledge, Intense Experience
HIMSS Pre-Conference Symposia and Workshops on Sunday, Feb. 23, allow attendees a dive deep into topics critical to their success. Click the link above to see five big reasons why attending a Pre-Conference Symposium or Workshop is critical to your professional and organizational success.
HIE Symposium to Focus on Value Through Innovation
Kick off your HIMSS14 experience by attending the 2014 HIE Symposium on Sunday, Feb. 23. The theme of this year’s HIE Symposium is Delivering on the Promise of HIE: Realizing Value through Innovation. Keynote speakers include Walt Disney World Chief Physician Michael Hankins, MD, MPH, Jessica Kahn, MPH, Technical Director, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Hunt Blair, Principal Advisor of State HIT-enabled Care Transition for the Department of Health & Human Services
Nursing Informatics Symposium Celebrates 10 Years
The Nursing Informatics Symposium, Feb. 22-23, will celebrate its 10th anniversary. “The Nursing Informatics Symposium provides the nursing informatics profession an important platform to present ideas, positions and developments that impact the transformation of healthcare in our country and around the world. It is truly a wonderful experience to be part of,” said Elizabeth Casey Halley, RN, MBA, FHIMSS, a member of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community.
Nursing Informatics Symposium Greatest Hits
Members of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community weigh in on what they consider the greatest success and the bright future of the Nursing Informatics Symposium, which will be held Feb. 22-23, at HIMSS14 in Orlando.
5 Reasons to Get Excited for HIMSS14 YourTurn
HIMSS14 features a wide array of topics and sessions designed to cover most areas of interest. But what if a topic you want to discuss isn't on the list? Breaking free from the standard conference fare, this year HIMSS is introducing an "unconference" event: a more flexible and less structured event where anybody can submit an idea and host a discussion around it. Called HIMSS YourTurn, it is a way for participants to bring attention to the issues and questions they care about most.
Register for the H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards Reception
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 complimentary reception will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The H.I.T. MEN & WOMEN Awards recognize nine leaders in healthcare IT – the people who are advancing the adoption of technology to improve the effectiveness of healthcare. This reception and networking event is exclusively for healthcare payers and providers and includes light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Register at the link above.
New Startup Showcase at HIMSS14
Visit 40 of today’s most promising health IT companies in the new Startup Showcase on the main exhibit floor of HIMSS14. In Partnership with AVIA, Springboard Enterprises and Startup Health—this 1,400-square-foot pavilion is dedicated to showcasing Venture+ Forum presenting companies and a select group of startup and early stage health IT companies. In addition to individual kiosks for each company, the Startup Showcase will feature a full schedule of company presentations during exhibit hours and will include special sessions by HealthLoop and Howard Burde Health Law LLC. There is still limited availability in the pavilion. If you are a startup and interested in showcasing your company at HIMSS 14 is a cost effective turn-key manner, contact Bonnie Knight at the link above.
Enhance Your Annual Conference Experience with HIMSS14 Online
If you can’t attend the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando—or, if you are and want an even broader experience—then register for HIMSS14 Online, the interactive, web-based extension of HIMSS14. For only $49, HIMSS14 Online offers attendees access to select portions of the conference, with live content and real-time interaction.
Navigate HIMSS14 Like a Pro: Attend an Online Orientation Sessions
HIMSS14 is a huge event with hundreds of offerings for health IT professionals. If you want to learn more about HIMSS14 or have pressing questions you need answered, then attend one of three online, pre-conference orientation presentations. Wednesday, Feb. 5 will feature an orientation for experienced Annual Conference attendees, and a second orientation geared toward professionals who are attending for the first time. On Feb. 12, an orientation will be hosted for professionals who are attending conference virtually. Live on-site orientations will be conducted on Sunday, Feb. 23, and Monday, Feb. 24. Click the link above to add these events to your schedule.
Tools & Resources
NEW! CDC Releases Report on Physician EHR Adoption
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a new data brief—"Use and Characteristics of Electronic Health Record Systems Among Office-based Physician Practices: United States, 2001–2013." The brief also reports trends on "physicians' intent to participate in the EHR Incentive Programs and their readiness to meet 14 of the Stage 2 Core Set objectives for meaningful use in 2013."
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.
HIMSS Books Launches Select Titles for Amazon’s Kindle
HIMSS Books recently launched select titles of its catalog of health IT books for Amazon’s Kindle eReader. Now HIMSS readers can quickly and easily access new and best-selling titles on the most relevant and challenging areas of health IT, including privacy and security, patient engagement, clinical decision support, medical informatics, EHR adoption, health information exchange, mobile health, business intelligence and much more. Also available on Kindle are HIMSS Books’ best-selling resources, such as the newly revised editions of the HIMSS Dictionary and the CPHIMS Review Guide. All of these titles and more are available in print and non-Kindle eBook editions. Several of our newest titles will be released on Kindle during the 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando next month. To see the complete listings of our Kindle offerings, click the link in the headline 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.
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.
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.
HIMSS14 Special Reception
IBM, Polycom and Otsuka invite you to a special HIMSS14 reception—Improving Economic Competitiveness and Vitality: A Smarter Approach to Economic Development—on Monday, Feb. 24, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Rosen Centre in Signature 1 Room. Join us in the conversation on how quality healthcare has become a vital factor for citizens and in achieving economic goals for communities around the world.
HIMSS14 Lunch & Learn—Smarter Care: Impact at the Point of Care
IBM and Otsuka invite you to the Smarter Care Lunch and Learn at HIMSS14 on Monday, Feb. 24, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in Room W202A. Join us for this Lunch and Learn session to hear more about new Smarter Care solutions and how they are improving outcomes today.
Intel Demos and Speaking Session at the HIMSS14 Mobile Health Knowledge Center
Intel will offer demonstrations and a speaking session at the HIMSS14 Mobile Health Knowledge Center, Booth 7745, in the Exhibit Hall. Demonstrations include BioLucid: Living Medical Environment with an interactive visual experience merging science and artistry in Station 5, and Box and IQMax: Secure Mobile Collaboration with Windows 8, in Station 6. Sessions include Collaborative Mobile Workflows, presented by Mark Blatt MD, MBA, on Tuesday, Feb 25 from 10:45 am to 11:15 am; and Windows 8 Mobile Health Solutions, presented by Ben Wilson, MBA, MPH, on Tuesday, Feb 25 from 1:45 pm to 2:15pm.
HIMSS Continuity of Care Maturity Model Launch at HIMSS14
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM ET
HIMSS is pleased to introduce the Continuity of Care Maturity Model, a global model that addresses the importance of interoperability, information exchange, care coordination, patient engagement and analytics with the ultimate goal of holistic individual and population health management. With seven stages that align with the HIMSS Analytics EMRAM maturity model, this model evaluates technology implementation and usage, data collection and analytics, and patient empowerment in optimizing clinical and financial outcomes. This session will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 am-9:30 a, (ET). The session will be presented by John P. Hoyt, MHA, FACHE, FHIMSS, HIMSS Analytics.
Calling All Members
HIMSS Seeks Innovator in Residence for Patient Data Matching Strategy
HIMSS is recruiting an Innovator in Residence 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.
NEW! HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (C&BI) Community
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 March 27, 2014. Register now. Join the Community today. For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the C&BI Community web site.
NEW! Davies Public Health Award Call for Submissions
The HIMSS Davies Public Health Award program has opened a call for submissions by public health organizations that have utilized innovative health IT-enabled workflows to improve population health. The Davies Public Health Award highlights the link between improvements in population health and health IT. Submission of case studies to the HIMSS Davies Public Health Award Program requires that applicants submit information which describes how implementation of their and EHR enabled changes in workflow improve the population health of the community they serve. Case Studies will be highlighted on the HIMSS Davies Award and HIMSS Value Suite websites and the HIMSS Blog. For more information and to discuss possible submissions, please contact Jonathan French, Director of Healthcare Information Systems. To be recognized as a 2014 Davies Public Health Award winner, case studies must be submitted by June 30.
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 opened on Jan. 2. 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.
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. 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 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
Jonathan Wald, MD, MPH, FACMI, director, patient-centered technologies in the Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology at RTI International, has more than 20 years’ experience in medical informatics and consumer-facing technologies. Wald’s work in academic, corporate and research settings includes clinical systems design, development, usability, and policy. His publications are focused on chronic conditions; preventive health; process improvements; patient computing; electronic medical records; personalized medicine; and technology adoption. Wald’s primary interest is technology use by patients and providers to improve communication, clinical decision support, clinical outcomes, and the patient care experience. For 10 years, he led patient portal development and design at Partners HealthCare, Boston. Wald is a fellow at the American College of Medical Informatics and is a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty.
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