HIMSS14 breaks attendance records • Extend your HIMSS14 experience with HIMSS14 Online • Annual call for HIMSS Committee Volunteers open through March 6
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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. HIMSS also will be hosting a one-day mHealth Symposium on April 2.
Register for mHealth Summit Europe
mHealth Summit Europe, May 6-8, in Berlin, Germany, provides an unmatched international thought leadership program on how we can fulfill the mHealth promise of healthcare transformation through mobile technology. The event addresses opportunities and challenges unique to Europe, as well as strategies for taking mHealth from pilots to true implementation. A distinguished faculty of international experts and opinion leaders will address and discuss themes such as mobility in chronic disease management, mobility in elderly care management and privacy and security of data.
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.
HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers
The HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers for the 2015-2016 fiscal year is now open through March 17. 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.
HIMSS14 Closed with Record-Breaking Attendance
HIMSS14 ended on Thursday, Feb. 27, with record-breaking attendance of more than 38,000 attendees and with 1,233 exhibiting companies. Hear from Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President, HIMSS, in this video interview. And—save the date for HIMSS15 in Chicago, April 12-16, 2015.
Extend Your Annual Conference Experience with HIMSS14 Online
The 2014 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando may be over, but you extend and broaden your experience by registering 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. Be part of the conversation with the HIMSS14 Online networking lounge. Archived sessions are available on demand for 90 days (through May 24), and CPHIMS and PDU CE units are available for all sessions.
Tools & Resources
NEW! HIMSS Patient Engagement Publication Named HIMSS Book of the Year
Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement was named (print/eBook/Kindle) winner of the 2013 HIMSS Book of the Year Award. Edited by Jan Oldenburg, Dave Chase, Kate T. Christensen, MD, and Brad Tritle, CIPP, this book explores the benefits of digital patient engagement, from the perspectives of physicians, providers, and others in the healthcare system, and discusses what is working well in this new, digitally-empowered collaborative environment. Chapters present the changing landscape of patient engagement, starting with the impact of new payment models and Meaningful Use requirements, and the effects of patient engagement on patient safety, quality and outcomes, effective communications, and self-service transactions. The book explores social media and mobile as tools, presents guidance on privacy and security challenges, and provides helpful advice on how providers can get started. Vignettes and 23 case studies showcase the impact of patient engagement from a wide variety of settings, from large providers to small practices, and traditional medical clinics to eTherapy practices.
NEW! IHE USA Infusion Interoperability Workshop
IHE USA and CareFusion present a 1.5 day workshop dedicated to Infusion Interoperability. Attendees gain critical best practices and learn from industry leaders and organizations achieving infusion interoperability. The workshop takes place March 25-26, at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland OH.
Sponsored by CareFusion. View the agenda.
NEW! IHE USA Publishes Certification White Paper
In a joint initiative, IHE USA & ICSA Labs publish a white paper to explain the current state of industry conformance to IHE frameworks and the need for rigor, precision, and proof of correctness that certification achieves. IHE USA certification carries with it a broad range of benefits to clinical users, their IT vendors, and policy-makers who are aware of how crucial IT integration is to coordinating and improving people's health.
NEW! Attention Corporate Members
HIMSS has expanded to every region of the globe. Learn more about HIMSS events, membership and marketing opportunities globally. Special offers also available for a limited time for HIMSS14 exhibitors! Visit HIMSS Global Solutions today.
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. 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.
Keeping Data in Motion: How HIPAA Affects Electronic Transfer of Protected Health Information - Part 1
Keeping Data in Motion: The High Cost of HIPAA Non-compliance - Part 2
It is difficult to overestimate the impact that HIPAA has had on healthcare organizations. Patients have no doubt benefited from its security and privacy provisions, but the HIPAA regulations have also posed significant challenges – and risks – for hospitals, insurers, medical practices, individual clinicians and a variety of related businesses. In order for an organization to meet those challenges and reduce the risk of penalties, it has to fully understand how the HIPAA law impacts the transfer of protected health information (PHI) during day-to-day operations. This white paper - part 1 of a 3-part series - will discuss how HIPAA affects electronic transfer of protected health information.
In Part 1 of this series, we outlined how HIPAA regulations impact the transfer of protected health data and how those rules apply to fax transmission. In Part 2, we will look at the high cost of noncompliance of HIPAA regulations. According to Rebecca Herold, an expert on information security and privacy, at Rebecca Herold & Associates, LLC, “The Department of Health and Human Services is increasingly aggressive and effective” in enforcing HIPAA regulations. Her assessment of the landscape emphasizes one key point: Managing paper-based medical records is not for the faint of heart. Part 2 of this white paper series will take a closer look at how your organization can reduce the risk of making mistakes - which can save your job, or even keep you out of prison.
Keeping Data in Motion: Demanding HIPAA Regulations Require Top-Notch Software Solutions - Part 3
Keeping patient data moving through the healthcare system while maintaining its privacy and security is no easy task. Just ask the many hospitals and medical practices that have paid substantial penalties for missing the mark.
As discussed in Part 2 of this series, several covered entities have paid hefty fines and suffered embarrassing media attention for losing laptops, mishandling fax transmissions and a host of other missteps. However, while some providers have been stung, many more have managed to get it right – with the help of the right administrative and IT teams and the right software solutions. In this final part of a 3-part white paper series, we'll review some top-notch software solutions and show real-world uses.
Calling All Members
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 March 20, 2014 for a discussionof “HIMSS14 After Conference Review: Rev Up for the Revolution – An Overview of Key Education Sessions and Keynote Addresses”. The Healthcare Revolution begins. Our guest speakers will present a round-robin of 2 education sessions and keynote addresses. We encourage your comments during the discussion along with your conference session highlights and experiences. Register today.
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.
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 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
Learn more about this week's featured member
Louis H. Diamond, MBChB, FCP (SA), FACP, FHIMSS, president of Quality in Health Care Advisory Group, LLC (QHC), will act as moderator for the “Beyond Stage One Meaningful Use Education” event, taking place on March 19 in Dover, Del.
He is an expert in the use of methodologies for measuring and improving quality and also involved in the development of public policy through projects focused on patient safety, health system financing, physician payment reform, quality measurement and reporting, and performance improvement.
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