Finalize your plans for HIMSS14 this weekend • Annual call for HIMSS Committee Volunteers open through March 6 • Reflections on the 5th anniversary of the HITECH Act
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Register for the World of Health IT Conference
European and IT healthcare leaders will descend on Nice, France, for the World of Health IT Conference & Exhibition 2014, to discuss how IT can improve the safety and quality of care of patients. Presenters from Europe and beyond will share successful and innovative eHealth solutions that make it possible for patients and providers to access healthcare everywhere. Once you have registered, sign up for a special tour of IBM’s Global Healthcare Center of Excellence in LaGaude, France, on April 2.
Geisinger Health CEO to Keynote Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum
Geisinger Health CEO Glenn Steele, MD, PhD, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum, April 16-17, in Washington DC. Steele has been President and CEO of Geisinger since 2001 and is widely recognized as one of the most influential leaders in healthcare. The Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum is a two-day educational event is designed to provide implementation-level information to healthcare organization executives to help them plan for and execute a transition in both clinical and business operations through the effective use of data and analytics driven insights.
Participate in the Leading Forum to Achieve the Triple Aim
The National Healthcare Innovation Summit, May 13-15, in Boston, will feature real-world, scalable innovations that address core components of the Triple Aim: Improving healthcare outcomes, reducing costs, and driving better patient experiences. Hear from outstanding keynote speakers and network with peers.
Learn More About HIMSS Global Solutions
HIMSS is a vibrant, vital community that drives the improvement of patient care and fosters health IT innovation across the globe. We are a caused-based, non-profit organization focused on better health through IT. HIMSS helps our individual, corporate and government-affiliated members explore the IT opportunities, obstacles and innovations that are shaping health and healthcare today, and in the future. HIMSS offers thought leadership, resources, and forums that help drive health and the healthcare ecosystem forward. Globally, HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using IT in various ways. Learn more about HIMSS events, membership and opportunities globally.
HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers
The HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers for the 2015-2016 fiscal year is now open through March 6. Serving on a HIMSS Committee is an excellent opportunity for professional development, networking and active engagement around key health IT topics, settings, and constituencies. 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.
On-Site Orientations a Compass to HIMSS14
Every year, nearly half of all attendees to the Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition are visiting the event for the first time. The staff at HIMSS has put together two on-site orientations at the Orlando Convention Center for our first-time attendees, as well as those conference vets in need of a refresher. Staff will be on hand to offer valuable tips for making the most of your conference experience. All the technological resources available to make your conference experience focused and successful will be reviewed. Both orientations will begin in Room 209-A in the Orlando Convention Center. Click the links below to automatically add either to your schedule.
7 Ways to Advance Your Career at HIMSS14
That the world of health IT is rapidly changing is not exactly breaking news. Federal and state legislation coupled with potentially revolutionary innovations in technology and care delivery promises to overhaul the American healthcare system. Healthcare organizations are recognizing the need not just for new health IT professionals, but also the continued development of the existing workforce. HIMSS14 in Orlando is an ideal place to develop your career in health IT, transition to a new opportunity or grow in your current position.
A Hacker's Guide to #HIMSS14
Eager to get the complete HIMSS14 experience? Not everybody can make it or attend all of the events on the agenda, but luckily there are resources online to make connecting to health IT's premiere event easy. There’s an abundance of ways to put your hacker chops in to high gear and get more out of the show than you ever have before.
Getting Around the HIMSS14 Exhibit Hall
With more than 1,200 exhibits at HIMSS14, it is important to have a plan for spending time on the Exhibition Floor. There are several tools to help attendees search for and identify exhibiting companies and plan meetings and booth visits.
Author Signings at the HIMSS14 Bookstore
The HIMSS14 Bookstore, located in Lobby C, will feature two book signings, including Views from the Top speaker Martin Makary, MD, MPH, and CIO/health IT blogger John D. Halamka, MD, MS. Be sure to stop by to pick up a copy of their books and meet the authors.
Visit the Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion at HIMSS14
The Federal Health IT Solutions Pavilion in the HIMSS14 Exhibition Hall offers opportunities to learn more about the health IT portfolios at several federal agencies and gain insights into their perspective on the programs they administer.
Take Part in Venture+ Forum and Startup Showcase
This is your last chance to register for the HIMSS14 Venture+ Forum. Come see live company demos and meet top innovators from 20 of today’s most promising early- to mid-stage companies. Join our expert judging panel for what promises to be an exciting pitch competition, Hear from leading healthcare investors and industry experts and discover investment trends and latest market opportunities in health IT. In addition, visit the Startup Showcase in Hall E, Booth 7293. Take a tour through the Showcase to meet with exhibiting startup companies. Find your favorite and vote by texting their company number and be entered to win daily prizes, including a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, Kindle Fire, AppleTV, or MisFit Wearable. Enjoy a full line up of over 25 presentations from the showcase exhibitors over three exhibit floor days.
Earn CPHIMS/CAHIMS CE hours at Cisco’s Community for Connected Health Summit
Attend the 7th Annual Community for Connected Health Summit on Feb. 25, at HIMSS14 to earn 3.25 CE units toward fulfilling the continuing education requirements for CPHIMS or CAHIMS. This half-day meeting, which includes a complimentary lunch, provides a forum for networking, innovation and best practice sharing unlike any other. Call HIMSS14 registration customer service at 800-465-1272 and have the Cisco event (code CCCINV) added to your registration.
HIMSS Continuity of Care Maturity Model Launches at HIMSS14
HIMSS is pleased to introduce the Continuity of Care Maturity Model on Thursday, Feb. 25, at HIMS14. This is 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 and beyond, this model evaluates technology implementation and usage, data collection and analytics, and patient empowerment in optimizing clinical and financial outcomes. The Model will be presented by John Hoyt, MHA, FACHE, FHIMSS, of HIMSS Analytics.
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.
Tools & Resources
NEW! Happy Birthday, HITECH
Five years ago, on Feb. 17, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The “Stimulus Bill” included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. HITECH codified into law the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and created the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program—aka the Meaningful Use plan.
NEW! Indiana Health Information Exchange Overview
The Indiana Health Information Exchange has been providing services to its participating organizations since 2004. This overview will discuss a bit of our history, services that we are currently offering to our participating organizations, Meaningful Use services, and plans for the future. Register for this webinar, which will be held on Friday, March 14, from 12 pm-1 pm (CT).
Interoperability Knowledge Center
Engage communities, leverage analytics and make informed decisions through strategic interoperability. For many organizations today, making legacy IT systems interoperable has become a strategic imperative. The resources in this Interoperability Knowledge Center show how interoperability will enable your organization to coordinate care with engaged communities; manage population health by leveraging active analytics; optimize outcomes with increased data access; and make key decisions with complete information.
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.
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: How VistA Keeps Reinventing Sexy
Times are changing for healthcare organizations, driven by the fact that public and commercial payers are changing how they pay for healthcare services. Traditional fee-for-service, volume-based payment models are being replaced by emerging "value-based" models. This technology shift means healthcare organizations must become more accountable for the cost and quality of the care they provide their patients. Providers, therefore, are banding together to form more efficient models of healthcare delivery, not just to improve the quality of care they deliver, but also to reduce their own costs and to preserve their profitability. Learn more in this white paper from DSS Inc.
NEW! Corporate Member White Paper: Converting Social Avatars to Healthcare Members
Health plans will face many challenges from the arrival of Health Exchanges, one of which is to transition information/ transaction-based functionalities to a holistic, user experience driven perspective. Conventional thinking says that it is the Gen X and Y populations who are tuned into the digital universe. However, data show that an increasing number of older people, seniors included, are using smart phones, tablets and even social media quite routinely. Health plans need to recognize this trend and take advantage of it. Consumer acquisition is another challenge. Consumer engagement in the digital world has evolved rapidly and markedly and the trend is likely to continue. Read more in this white paper from Infosys Public Services.
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.
Solutions Solve Critical Challenges, Create Opportunities, and Deliver Quality Care
Please join Intel, Dell, InterSystems, McAfee and Motion Computing in our complimentary workshops that cover a range of critical topics – from analytics to mobility to BYOx to cloud computing and more. See the variety of sessions being held in Suite W340C at HIMSS14. Here you will find the abstracts for each workshop, and can select those you would like to attend. All sessions will be held in Suite W340C, located on Level III. The suite can be accessed by using the West E/F Lobby escalator or elevator (on the main concourse). The Suite is located on the North end.
Keeping Data in Motion: How HIPAA Affects Electronic Transfer of Protected Health Information - Part 1
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.
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.
Calling All Members
Davies Ambulatory Award of Excellence Call for Submissions
In a continued effort to share the most exciting stories about how health IT is being leveraged to improve quality and patient safety, HIMSS Davies Ambulatory Award of Excellence has opened a call for submissions by ambulatory practices that have utilized innovative health IT-enabled workflows to improve patient outcomes. Since 1994, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence is HIMSS highest recognition of outstanding achievement in the implementation and value from health information technology. The Awards program promotes EHR adoption through sharing information and lessons learned on implementation strategies, financial return on investment and value of the EHR to improve patient care and outcomes. For more information and to discuss possible submissions, please contact Jonathan French, Director of Healthcare Information Systems. To be recognized as a 2014 Davies winner, case studies must be submitted by July 1.
Call for Health Business Solutions Committee Volunteers
HIMSS is seeking volunteers to serve on the HIMSS Health Business Solutions (HBS) Committee. Formerly known as the Medical Banking and Financial Systems Committee, HBS addresses critical areas that affect financial performance of healthcare organizations, including revenue cycle improvement, financial privacy and security and ICD-10. The HBS Committee has strong representation including: providers, payers, financial institutions, software/service vendors, clearing houses and consulting companies. If interested in serving, contact Jon Melling, FHIMSS, Chair, HBS Committee, at the link above.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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
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Dr. Jonathan Teich, MD, PhD, Teich is chief medical informatics officer for Elsevier Health Sciences. He has been active in medical informatics and health information technology for over 20 years. Teich’s responsibilities include a combination of vision, strategy, and broad product design for the continuing transformation of Elsevier’s content base and publication resources into multi-level electronic reference, highly interactive clinical decision support (CDS), and other knowledge-based tools to support direct clinical practice and healthcare delivery.
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