View this email as a web page

Please add to your Safe Sender list
Leveraging EHR to Combat Hospital Acquired Infections. April 17, 2014. Register Now.
HIMSS Weekly Insider
In This Issue — April 9, 2014  

HIMSS Public Policy principles under review • FDASIA report released on regulating health IT • Join HIMSS at Health Datapalooza 2014

Have a question, comment, or idea? Please send them to Matt Schlossberg.

What’s New

HIMSS Public Policy Principles Under Review
HIMSS Public Policy Principles are published as guidance for all stakeholders in developing Congressional or state legislation, and for guiding federal and state regulations and policies relevant to advancing information technology for the betterment of healthcare. Additionally, the Board of Directors-approved Principles become a road map providing guidance, priories, and direction for HIMSS staff and members, and directing the organization’s continuing public policy and government affairs activities. Click the link above to learn more.

Add HIMSS Books’ ‘Big Data’ Collection to Your Health IT Library
Through April 30 save 20 percent on print or eBook versions of the “Big Data” collection, published by HIMSS Books. The collection of three best-selling titles includes, the Usability Evaluation Handbook for Electronic Health Records, and ideal volume for organizations seeking to purchase and customize EHRs; Developing a Data Warehouse for the Healthcare Enterprise: Lessons from the Trenches, Second Edition, a straightforward view of a clinical data warehouse development project, from inception through implementation and follow-up; and Implementing Business Intelligence in Your Healthcare Organization, an inside look at how healthcare organizations of all sizes can use business intelligence to consistently monitor and improve upon patient outcomes, workload and costs.

Join HIMSS at Health Datapalooza 2014
HIMSS will be exhibiting at Health Datapalooza 2014, the Health Data Consortium’s premier national conference on liberating health data to achieve better health outcomes, improve health care and lower costs. Join key health care influencers for this exciting event June 1-3 in Washington, D.C.  Keynotes include Jonathan Blum, Steven Brill, Jonathan Bush, Francis Collins, Elliott Fisher, Atul Gawande, Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt, Vinod Khosla, Adriana Lukas, Todd Park and Hon. Kathleen Sebelius. Follow @hdpalooza on Twitter for the latest updates on keynotes, app demos and more.

FDASIA Report Released on Regulating Health IT
On April 3, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released their FDASIA Health IT Report that introduces a proposed strategy for a risk-based regulatory framework for health IT. Click the link above to learn more.

Interoperability report reflects the IT challenge that lies beneath all the others
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have long been considered one of the potential linchpins of healthcare reform, but they are still very much a work in progress, with many questions yet to be answered. Recently, in his new role as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, former ONC director Farzad Mostashari took a close look at one of the ACOs, the central Florida-based Physicians Collaborative Trust ACO, LLC (PCT-ACO), that is participating in CMS’ Advanced Payment Model ACO demonstration. Read more here.

Registration Still Open for April Business Intelligence Forum
The pressures to manage costs while improving the quality of care will not disappear any time soon. By mining the large amounts of data being collected through healthcare organization and applying Business Intelligence, many providers are identifying opportunities to improve effectiveness in a number of ways, ranging from improving readmission rates to increasing patient engagement. To help providers take advantage of these opportunities, HIIMSS Media is presenting a two-day conference, the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum, April 16-17, in Washington, DC. The event will provide implementation-level information to help healthcare organizations gain insight by applying best practices in the use of Business Intelligence.

Tools & Resources

NEW! Meeting Your Patient-Facing Meaningful Use Goals
Join the HIMSS Connected Patient Community for this complimentary event on April 15. Hear speakers Stasia Kahn, MD, President of Symphony Medical Group, and Lori Posk, MD, Medical Director for MyChart the Cleveland Clinic's Personal Patient Portal. We will dive into how Meaningful Use Stage 2 has specific patient engagement requirements for eligible providers.  Hear how to increase patient activation levels, view/download/transmit, and how to utilize electronic messaging. Join the HIMSS Connected Patient Community here.

NEW! Lines We Liked—HIMSS Book of the Month: GeekDoctor
The April Book of the Month is the HIMSS14 best-seller GeekDoctor: Life as a Healthcare CIO. Based on his highly regarded blog, Life as a Healthcare CIO, this book by John Halamka, MD, MS, records his experiences with health IT leadership, infrastructure, applications, policies, management, governance, and standardization of data. Here are some of our favorite lines from the book:

  • My rule is that if more than three rounds of e-mail go back and forth about an issue, it’s time to pick up the phone or have a meeting.
  • When everything goes right, many people get the credit. When anything goes wrong, the leader is responsible.
  • My day is less about getting the technology working right and more about ensuring we’re using the right technology to meet the needs of business owners.

In addition to print, GeekDoctor: Life as Healthcare CIO is available in eBook and Kindle formats. Read an excerpt of the Kindle book.

NEW! Podcast for Meaningful Use Eligible Professionals
In this new podcast, Anita Somplasky, Executive Director for Pennsylvania’s Regional Extension Centers, discusses the alignment of Meaningful Use CQMs and PQRS, including timelines, workflow, exemptions, payment adjustments, preparing for Meaningful Use audits, and patient engagement.

NEW! Ask the Expert Series for Medical Practices
Scratching your head while trying to find the answer to your question about ambulatory practices? HIMSS’ member experts have researched, referenced and cited their responses to the following questions. Topics include: How are CAPHS Surveys Linked to PQRS and Payments; Patient Care Call Center – Is It Worth the Effort; What Tools Help Ensure Successful Transitional Care Management (TCM)? Can Orders Entered by Medical Assistants Count in Meeting Stage 2 Meaningful Use CPOE Requirements?; What's the Difference between the CMS EHR Certification Identification and CHPL Product Numbers? How Can I Engage Patients in Their Care to Meet My Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements? and What Is Meant by "View" for Meaningful Use Stage 2 Core Measure #7/Patient Engagement?

JHIM Seeks Abstracts on ACOs and HIEs
The HIMSS Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM) has opened an abstracts call for its Summer 2014 issue on accountable care organizations and health information exchange. JHIM is particularly interested in original analysis; solutions-based articles and position papers; and trends and strategic approaches; and realizing opportunities and challenges. To be considered, send all abstracts in a Word document to the e-mail link above. The abstracts should include a working title and 250-word synopsis for the proposed paper, as well as complete contact information for all potential authors. All abstracts to be considered for the Summer 2014 issue must be submitted by no later than Friday, April 18.

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, Sr. Manager, Health Information Systems at the link above.

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.

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.

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.

Sponsored Content

Keeping Data in Motion: How HIPAA Affects Electronic Transfer of Protected Health Information - Part 1
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.

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. 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 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 of most months from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Register today for our next event on April 24. Join the Community and help turn data into action.  For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the C&BI Community web site.

HIMSS Provider-Payer Community
The HIMSS Provider-Payer Community is bridging the gap between providers and payers to achieve collaborative care transformation. We are providing a neutral environment for cross-sector cooperation in our united pursuit of health transformation. 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). Register today to join our next meeting on April 17 for our presentation “Quality Management: Empowering Payers, Health Systems and Providers to Achieve Optimal Clinical Outcomes” with guest speakers John Khoury, PharmD, director of Clinical Solutions and Strategy at Lumeris, and S. Troy McMullin, PharmD, director of Clinical Informatics at Lumeris. The session will explore quality management through an integrated approach that fosters greater collaboration between payers and providers, engages physicians and patients in healthy behavior change, and drives optimization of quality metrics in any value-based care model. Join the Community and be a part of the movement from volume to value through collaboration. For more information and to review and listen to past events, visit the Provider-Payer Community website.

NEW! 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 third Wednesday of the month from 2-3 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.

Volunteer for Health IT Leadership Awards and Congressional Asks Work Groups
This year’s HIMSS Policy Summit will take place on September 17-18, as part of National Health IT Week (September 15-19, 2014).  Each year, Policy Summit activities are made possible through the participation of HIMSS volunteers. Member involvement is crucial in shaping the messages that HIMSS members carry to Capitol Hill during the annual Policy Summit, and in selecting award recipients for the Annual State, Federal, and Congressional Health IT Leadership Awards. Click the link to learn more.

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.

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.

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 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.

Putting Big Data to work. April 16-17, 2014 Renaissance/Washington DC. Click Here to Reserve Your Spot Today.

Chapter Events

April 22
New York HIMSS Chapter | CPHIMS Training Class

Texas HIMSS Chapters Regional Conference

Wisconsin HIMSS Chapter | Privacy and Secuirity Workforce Awareness Overview

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

April 11
Experiences Matter: How Usability is Changing HIT (and the World!)

April 16-17
Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum

April 22-23
2014 ICD-10/CAC Summit

April 24-25
Nursing Informatics Boot Camp

April 29-30
3rd Annual ILHIMA & GCCHIMSS HIE Advocacy Event

May 2
HIMSS Nursing Informatics Institute—hosted by Rush University Medical Center

May 5
Webinar—Protect Privacy and Leverage De-identified Data for Healthcare Innovation

May 6-8
mHealth Summit Europe

May 8
Beyond Stage One Meaningful Use Education

May 13-15
Second Annual National Healthcare Innovation Summit

May 16
HIMSS Clinical Informatics Institute—hosted by Denver Health

May 21
Virtual Briefing: Transforming Health Through Interoperability and Analytics

June 12
HIMSS Leadership Essentials Conference

Success Story: How Community Care Physicians earned $2.5 million in incentives. Learn how to implementing a new EHR system increased patient volume, revenue and satisfaction. Download The White Paper Now.

Corporate Members of the Week

HIMSS thanks its Corporate Members.

Read the Latest News from HIMSS Corporate Members

Get the latest updates from our HIMSS Corporate Members. New press releases and news announcements are updated daily on the HIMSS Web site.

Renew Your HIMSS Membership?
Login to the Member Center today to renew online or email if you need an invoice sent via email. Renew at the Regular Membership level ($160) for the opportunity to invite a colleague to join HIMSS complimentary for one year (colleague must be new to HIMSS). For more details click here.


Connect with HIMSS
Expand your network by connecting to HIMSS on these social media sites:

Connect With HIMSS on LinkedIn Like Us On Facebook Follow HIMSS on Twitter Connect With HIMSS on Google Plus

Corporate Member Spotlight

Orion Health's HIE and integration solutions connect communities by improving the sharing of healthcare data between and within organizations. Medecision is the leading provider of care cycle management solutions for risk-bearing healthcare organizations.

Omnicell is a leading supplier of comprehensive automation and business analytics software solutions for patient-centric medication and supply management across the entire healthcare continuum.

Visit Orion Health online

Visit Medecision online

Visit Omnicell online

OpenText provides solutions that allow healthcare organizations speed workflow, improve security and decrease costs associated with health information exchange. Ranked #15 in the Healthcare Informatics 100, Infosys Public Services, a U.S. based subsidiary of Infosys Limited , partners with healthcare organizations to look into the future, help transform today's enterprise into tomorrow's, and support clients through ever smarter operations with a culture of transparency, ethics and respect McAfee, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation, is the world's largest dedicated security technology company. We are relentlessly focused on constantly finding new ways to keep our customers safe.

Visit OpenText online

Visit Infosys Public Services online

Visit McAfee online

© 2014Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
The inclusion of an organization name, product or service in this publication should not be construed
as a HIMSS endorsement of such organization, product or service, nor is the failure to include an
organization name, product or service to be construed as disapproval.