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HIMSS Weekly Insider
In This Issue — July 2, 2014  

HIMSS accepting nominations for NA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee • Show your commitment to National Health IT Week • HIMSS Book of the Month explores healthcare analytics

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What’s New

New HIMSS North America Board Members Take Office
New members of the HIMSS North America Board of Directors begin their terms on July 1 each year.  Now, as the new HIMSS North America Board Chair, Paul Kleeberg, MD, FAAFP, FHIMSS, leads this group of dedicated and experienced directors through June 30, 2015. Read more>>

HIMSS Accepting Nominations for NA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee
Nominations are now being accepted for the positions on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. To find out more, visit the HIMSS website. All nominations are due to Joan Flagg no later than Aug. 22.

Long-time HIMSS Volunteer Passes Away
We are sorry to note the passing of long-time HIMSS volunteer, Robin Raiford, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS.  She was a Senior Research Director at The Advisory Board Company’s Health Care IT Advisor. Read more>>

PUBLISHING: JHIM Innovation Deadline Tomorrow
July 3 is the deadline for submitting abstracts for the “Innovation” issue of the HIMSS peer-reviewed Journal of Healthcare Information Management (JHIM). JHIM accepts case studies, literature reviews, industry analysis, and informed, researched essays. Read more about the topic and requirements>>

BOOK OF THE MONTH: Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction
Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction is the HIMSS Book of the Month, and until July 31 you can save 20 percent off print and eBook editions. In this essay, editor Raymond A. Gensinger, Jr., MD, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, explores the healthcare industry’s quest to identify efficient and effective methods of capturing and exchanging data in a meaningful way. Read more>>

Tools & Resources

NEW! Save 20% on HIMSS Books ‘CDS’ Bundle
Through July 31 save 20 percent on HIMSS Books’ clinical decision support bundle, which includes two authoritative titles that will help your organization implement or refine a CDS program. The books include Implementing Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer’s Guide, 2nd Ed. and Improving Medication Use and Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support. Purchase here>>

NEW! Clinical Engineer-IT Town Hall
Join the HIMSS Clinical Engineer-IT Town Hall presentation, “Where Have We Been and Where Are We Headed?” presented by Stephen Grimes, FACCE, FAIME, FHIMSS, on July 7. Hosted by HIMSS, ACCE and AAMI, this presentation will discuss the current health IT landscape and changes that have occurred over the past five years and assess current and future medical device adoptions trends, integration with EMRs and connectivity. Register>>

NEW! PUBLICATION: Online Journal of Nursing Informatics Releases June 2014 Issue
View OJNI’s most recent issue, which contains articles and editorials geared towards the latest emerging trends and hot topics in nursing informatics. OJNI is a free, peer-reviewed publication that supports all functional areas of nursing informatics. Read the issue>>

NEW! WEBINAR: Improving the Health of High Risk Populations with Mobile Technology
This physician webinar on July 17 explores the use of mHealth in helping patients with unmanaged chronic conditions access healthcare outside of the high-cost envornment of the emergency department. Register>>

NEW! WEBINAR: Physician Community EHR Usability Pain Point Survey Results
Usability is one of the major factors-possibly the most important factor-hindering widespread adoption of EHRs. The HIMSS Physician Community developed a survey targeting working physicians who utilize EHR systems on a regular basis to give insight on EHR usability. View results>>

NEW! Physician Community Blog
The HIMSS Physician Community has developed a blog series on hot topic items of importance to physicians. Read different perspectives on EHR usability today. Read more>>

NEW! FUTURE CARE: Tech Competition Drives Healthcare Innovation as Much as Need Does
As tech giants increasingly jockey for position in the healthcare market, the options for providers and patients will keep expanding.

NEW! Industry Heavyweights Headline Fall Privacy & Security Forum
Jim Routh, Aetna’s CISO, and Ed Marx, CIO for Texas Health Resources and the 2013 HIMSS/CHIME CIO of the Year, will deliver keynote addresses at the annual Privacy & Security Forum in Boston, Sept. 8-9. The forum, presented by HIMSS Media and Healthcare IT News, offers attendees  the chance to discover new solutions and best practices to today’s most pressing privacy and security challenges, including, among others, cyber security, meaningful use security audits, insider threats, BYOD, and HIPAA compliance. Read more>>

TOOLS: New Resources for Medical Practices
HIMSS volunteer subject matter experts created new tools and resources to address the challenges and opportunities that are unique to medical practices. These include a pre-and post-payment Meaningful Use audit podcast series; an "Ask the Expert" series, which includes topics such as Meaningful Use, care coordination and patient engagement; the Electronic Medication Reconciliation (Med Rec) Resource Center, a HIMSS library that will teach you everything you need to know about electronic medication reconciliation and includes toolkits, general resources, incentive program guidance, and studies and analysis; and blogs.

Sponsored Content

WEBINAR: Innovation in Action: Next Generation Imaging: A Transformation from Volume to Value
Join the Center for Connected Medicine and executives from UPMC as they share their vision of the Next Generation Imaging (NGI) platform. They discuss some of the current trends in healthcare and challenges in imaging and offer new perspectives on reimagining imaging to improve patient outcomes.

INFOGRAPHIC: PULSE CHECK: How Desktop Virtualization is Changing the Healthcare Industry
Desktop virtualization gives healthcare professionals quick, secure access to patient information - saving time, improving security, and impacting an organization's bottom line. With desktop virtualization, the healthcare industry's landscape is changing.

VIDEO: Peconic Bay Medical Center Case Study
PBMC’s CEO, CIO and clinicians discuss how desktop virtualization has significantly increased efficiency and reduced the burden on clinicians. Find out how tap and go access to information allows for more time with patients resulting in greater clinician and patient satisfaction.

WHITE PAPER: 5 Steps to Success with Stage 2 Meaningful Use
What does Stage 2 Meaningful Use involve for providers? The simple answer is that it raises the bar across the board on what it means to “meaningfully use” an EHR: there are more core measures, new menu measures, and higher reporting thresholds. In addition, the focus of Stage 2 Meaningful Use shifts away from recording and reporting towards care coordination and patient engagement.

WHITE PAPER: Redesigning Healthcare Delivery through Strategic Initiatives
As interoperability grows and strengthens in organizations, so grows the ability to collect and aggregate more complete data. Read how the sharing of this data can enhance the quality of the American healthcare system and heighten the ability to do so efficiently and cost-effectively.

Calling All Members

NEW! Show Your Commitment to National Health IT Week
National Health IT Week 2014 (Sept. 15-19) is an independent, partner-driven virtual awareness week made up of local, regional and national events that offer all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite in support of the benefits of health IT. Last year, more than 375 organizations participated in this virtual awareness week. Join this year’s celebrations. Learn more>>

VOLUNTEER: HIMSS mHealth Community
The HIMSS mHealth Community is seeking members for the upcoming fiscal year. The Community provides critical updates on mobile health IT policy, industry thought leadership and the opportunity to network with stakeholders across the mHealth ecosystem. Join us on July 1 at 12 pm (ET), to hear about numerous existing resources, opportunities to engage, and exciting pending resources. E-mail us at for registration.

VOLUNTEER: 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 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 or learn more and review past events by visiting the C&BI Community website.

VOLUNTEER: 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 or learn more and review past events by visiting the Provider-Payer Community website.

VOLUNTEER: 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).

VOLUNTEER: Call for Health Business Solutions Committee Volunteers
HIMSS is seeking volunteers to serve on the HIMSS Health Business Solutions (HBS) 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.

Attention Corporate Members!
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Members In Action

Learn more about this week's featured member

Lynn Witherspoon, M.D., is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, Wis. He trained in internal medicine and nuclear medicine at the Ochsner Medical Institutions in New Orleans, La., and Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. He is board certified in both fields. 

Read The Full Interview

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Chapter Events

July 25

Engaging the Patient

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

July 3
Fall 2014 JHIM Abstracts Due

July 17
Improving the Health of High Risk Populations with Mobile Technology

July 22
VIRTUAL EVENT: Challenges for Next-Generation Workforce Development and Diversity in Health IT

July 30
VIRTUAL EVENT: Navigating Changes that Impact Financial Information Systems and Health Insurance Marketplaces

Thru July 31
HIMSS Books CDS Sale

Thru July 31
HIMSS Books Analytics in Healthcare Sale

Thru Aug. 22
HIMSS Nominations—NA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

Thru Sept 4
EVENT: Virtual Conference On-Demand

Sept. 8-9
Privacy & Security Forum

Sept. 15-19
National Health IT Week 2014

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