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HIMSS Weekly Insider
In This Issue — May 28, 2014  

JHIM seeking abstracts on Innovation • mHealth Summit to debut Intelligent Medical Home and Global Forum • Download report on mHealth apps

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What’s New

JHIM Seeking Abstracts for Fall 2014 Issue on Innovation
The HIMSS peer-reviewed Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM) is seeking abstracts for the Fall 2014 issue on “Innovation in Health IT: Bringing Creativity to the Industry’s Most Pressing Challenges.” JHIM accepts case studies, literature reviews, industry analysis, and informed, researched essays. Read more about the topic and requirements>>

EVENT: Kaiser CSO Set as Opening Keynoter of Privacy & Security Forum
As chief security officer and chief technology risk officer of Kaiser Permanente’s 38-hospital health system, Jim Doggett and his 300-person team are charged with safeguarding the health information of more than 9 million Kaiser members. Doggett, who will deliver the opening keynote address at the HIMSS Media & Healthcare IT News Privacy & Security Forum, June 16-17, in San Diego, said a position involving this kind of scale “calls for the rigor and vigilance of not only the technology teams but of every staff member across Kaiser Permanente.” Click here to read the Healthcare IT News interview with Doggett.

Prepping for CPHIMS? Save 20% on Must-Have Pubs
Save 20 percent thru May 31 when you purchase the HIMSS Books Resource Bundle, which includes two best-selling titles, the HIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations, 3rd Edition, and the CPHIMS Review Guide. Both books have been long-time essentials for veteran and emerging health IT professionals seeking a better understanding of the industry terms and best practices. Both books are ideal prep tools for CPHIMS certification. Click here to learn more and to purchase.

mHealth Summit to Launch Global Forum
The Global mHealth Forum will debut Dec. 10-11 at the mHealth Summit. This two-day, co-located event, presented in partnership with the mHealth Working Group and USAID, will focus on mobile and connected health in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
Read more>>

Intelligent Medical Home to Debut at mHealth Summit
This new pavilion will represent the continuum of health and wellness in the home through the latest connected technologies. Position your company and showcase smart home technologies as well as clinical technologies that successfully connect the home, hospital, caregiver, nursing home and assisted living facilities. Join as an exhibitor and sponsor today! Read more>>

In spite of confusion, ACOs have staying power
Debates over the differences between Medicare-based and private ACO models aren’t enough to bury the concept of creating accountable care models built on quality markers and provider incentives.

Halamka Closing Keynoter at the HIMSS Virtual Conference
John D. Halamka, MD, MS, will be the closing keynoter at the HIMSS Virtual Conference. Dr. Halamka is a popular blogger, and, most recently, author of the HIMSS Books best-seller GeekDoctor: Life as a Healthcare CIO. On-demand access to the HIMSS Virtual Conference begins June 4 and will remain available to attendees until Sept. 4. Click here to register and learn more.

Tools & Resources

BOOK OF THE MONTH: Using Texts to Change Behavior
In this HIMSS Group LinkedIn discussion, Tina Koro, MPH, of Santech, explores text messaging as a vehicle for behavior change in patients, as well as the key factors in developing a scalable text messaging program for your organization. The discussion is based on Koro’s chapter in the HIMSS Book of the Month for May, mHealth Innovation: Best Practices from the Mobile Frontier.

MULTIMEDIA: Baker and Chopra on the Future of Health IT
Click the link above to access HIMSS Vice President for Government Relations Tom Leary’s blog and a podcast of his Federal News Radio discussion on the value of health IT with former VA CIO Roger Baker and former US CTO Aneesh Chopra. Both men are members of the Honorary Advisory Panel for this year’s Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for June 17-18.

FACT SHEET: MU Certification Flexibility
On May 20, CMS and ONC announced the release of a proposed rule that will allow some flexibility for EPs, EHs, and CAHs attempting to attest to the Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Program in 2014. Click here for HIMSS' fact sheet.

CASE STUDY: Weight Management Text Program
A lack of compliance to care plans by patients is a major barrier to successful chronic disease management. Geisinger Health System implemented a text message program to better engage patients and improve the quality of care. Read the study published by mHIMSS. Click here to find out how they achieved a decrease in BMI and greater patient satisfaction.

FUTURE CARE: In Spite of Confusion, ACOs Have Staying Power
Debates over the differences between Medicare-based and private ACO models aren’t enough to bury the concept of creating accountable care models built on quality markers and provider incentives.

WEBINAR: Welcome to the Wonderful Field of Health IT
Health IT is a flourishing field with many opportunities, rewards, and challenges. The purpose of this session on June 13, is to orient and welcome the newcomer to this exciting and growing and changing field, highlight the many possibilities, and explain why the field is so important to healthcare today and in the future. Register now.

EVENT: Energy & Commerce Committee Member to Address Government Health IT Conference
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), a physician, will offer a keynote address to attendees of the Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition in Washington DC on June 18th, providing a Congressional perspective on the potential of health IT. Registration for the conference is free for government employees and veterans (veterans should contact Amy Justice).

REPORT: Download Updated Mobile Health IT Roadmap on Apps
An updated version of the Mobile Health IT Roadmap from the HIMSS mHealth Community dedicates itself to mobile apps. Complete the brief demographic form to download Mobile Health Apps: A Practical Guide for Healthcare Stakeholders. To participate in the mHealth Community, e-mail your interest to

ONLINE: HIMSS Member Discount for PMI’s Essentials of Project Management
This online, self-paced course will benefit anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of managing projects, with a focus on preparing for the CAPM credential exam. Successful completion of this course provides the contact hours needed to meet the credential application requirements. As a HIMSS member, you can take the course at the discounted rate. For complete details, login to the HIMSS Member Center, listed under Special Offers.

EVENT: HIMSS Leadership Essentials Conference
The HIMSS Leadership Essentials Conference on June 13 is a one-day educational program that will explore the major core competencies essential to leading a well-run and effective health IT organization today. Nationally recognized speakers will present on topics fostering the development of a successful and rewarding career in healthcare technology while becoming a well-rounded and effective leader in the industry.  We will also offer a CPHIMS Review Course on June 12. Complete agenda and registration are now available.

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Calling All Members

Nominations Sought for Federal and Congressional Health IT Leadership Awards
The HIMSS Health IT Leadership Awards Work Group is seeking nominations from HIMSS members for the Federal and Congressional Leadership Awards. Click the link to view the list of award criteria and instructions to submit a nomination.

Call for Presentations Open for 2014 mHealth Summit and Global mHealth Forum
Presentation proposals are now being accepted for the mHealth Summit and the Global mHealth Forum. Don’t miss out on being part of the premier domestic and international conference and expo for the exchange of research, ideas, innovations and opportunities in mobile and connected health. Click here to view topic areas and submission guidelines. The submission deadline is June 27. mHealth Summit is Dec. 7-10, and the Global mHealth Forum is Dec. 10-11, in Washington, DC

HIMSS15 Call for Proposals & Reviewers
The Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition is seeking thought leaders to present educational content and peer reviewers to ensure the integrity and relevance of 300+ education topics at HIMSS15. The call for proposals is open until June 16. HIMSS15 will take place in Chicago April 12-16.Learn more about submitting a proposal. Learn more about becoming a reviewer. For questions contact Deb Clough, Manager of Annual Conference Education.

HIMSS Provider-Payer Community
The HIMSS Provider-Payer Community is bridging the gap between providers and payers to achieve collaborative care 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). 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.

HIMSS Connected Patient Community
The Connected Patient Community is where volunteer leaders, providers, payers, consultants, vendors, HIT decision makers and industry thought leaders all come together. Our focus is to equip providers, provider organizations, and ACO leaders with information through education, tools and resources to effectively e-engage patients. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events the third Tuesday of most months from 2-3 p.m. (ET).

HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence (CBI) 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). 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.

Volunteer for HIMSS Leadership Awards Workgroup
For a short-term commitment with a high level of impact, consider volunteering for the HIMSS Health IT Leadership Awards Workgroup to consider nominations of federal leaders and state legislators who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health IT to improve healthcare. For more information click the link above, or contact Evan Yeckley.

Call for Peer Reviewers—Online Journal of Nursing Informatics
OJNI is currently seeking experienced peer reviewers to review manuscripts to enhance nursing informaticist knowledge for nurses working in diverse settings. Time commitment is limited to 4-6 hours per manuscript. Peer reviewer qualifications include previous peer review/publication experience; familiar with APA; Masters-level education; and nursing informatics expertise. If you would like to receive more information about becoming a peer reviewer, click here!

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.

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.

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Members In Action

Learn more about this week's featured member

Herb Smaltz, Ph.D., FHIMSS, FACHE, founder, president and CEO of CIO Consult, LLC, works with healthcare provider and vendor organizations to provide CIO-level professional services focused on information technology (IT) strategy, IT governance, interim CIO services, RFI/RFP planning and oversight, project management office planning and evaluation, CIO and IT staff coaching and mentoring and other services to improve and enhance organizational performance.

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Chapter Events

May 29
New York
3rd Annual Western New York HIT Conference

May 29
North Dakota
2014 ND HIMSS Chapter Spring Conference

June 3
PHM Panel Discussion and Networking Reception

June 6
Northern Ohio
The Winds of Change: The Impacts of Information Technology on the Economy of Healthcare & Patient Outcomes

June 7
Nursing Informatics Boot Camp

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

June 1-3
Health Datapalooza 2014

June 4
HIMSS Virtual Conference

June 13
HIMSS Leadership Essentials Conference

June 13
HIMSS Innovation Center—Mobile App Workshop

June 16-17
Privacy & Security Forum

June 17-18
Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

June 30
Deadline: Davies Public Health Award Call for Submissions

July 1
Deadline: Davies Ambulatory Award of Excellence Call for Submissions

HIMSS15 Annual Conference & Exhibition April 12 - 16, 2015 Chicago, IL. Call for Reviewers. Learn More. Opens May1 - Closes June 16, 2014.

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