HIMSS accepting nominations for NA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee • HIMSS Analytics releases 2012 U.S. Hospital IT Data • Book of the Month: Growing analytical maturity
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HIMSS Accepting Nominations for NA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee
Nominations are being accepted for 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 by Aug. 22.
HIMSS Analytics Releases 2012 Year-End U.S. Hospital IT Data in the Dorenfest Institute for Health Information
The Dorenfest Institute for Health Information, managed by the HIMSS Foundation, has made available its 2012 year-end HIMSS Analytics® Database. Read more>>
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Growing Analytical Maturity
In this article, James Gaston, author of a chapter in HIMSS Book of the Month Analytics in Healthcare: An Introduction, explores analytical maturity. Save 20 percent off the price of the book throughout July. Read more>>
Privacy & Security Forum Early Bird Registration Ends July 18
Save $100 when you register before July 18 for the Privacy & Security Forum. A two-day event that offers new solutions and best practices to today’s most pressing privacy and security challenges, including cyber security. Learn more and register>>
One Voice, One Vision: Show Your Commitment to Health IT
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 that health IT can bring to U.S. healthcare. There is no cost for National Health IT Week 2014 Partnership, but your organization must be a member. Your participation will be highlighted in our promotions across the industry. Become a Partner>>
Take the HIMSS 2014 Nurses in HIT Vendor Survey
HIMSS is seeking insight about nurses employed by a vendor organization in the health IT field. The survey will explore job responsibilities, organizational information and barriers to success of nurses employed in vendor organizations. The results will be made public on the HIMSS Nursing Informatics website. The survey will close July 25. Take the survey>>
HIMSS Members Receive 10% AHIMA Conference Discount
Join HIMSS along with providers, payers, vendors, consultants, and secondary data users at the AHIMA 86th Convention & Exhibit, Sept. 27-Oct 2, in San Diego. HIMSS members are encouraged to attend and receive a special 10% discount. Use code: AHIMACON2 when you register.
HIMSS Members Save $50 by Attending AHDI Healthcare Documentation Integrity Conference
At the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) Conference, July 23-26, in Las Vegas. HIMSS Members save $50 off the list price of registration. Use coupon code HDIC1450 at checkout. Download the full conference brochure.
Attend IHE International World Summit
Join IHE International for the World Summit, a two-day educational conference in Chicago, Sept. 11-13. The conference will feature a technical track for developers and implementers of IHE Profiles. View the full conference agenda and register online today!
Tools & Resources
BOOK: Save 20% on HIMSS Books ‘CDS’ Bundle
Through July 31, save 20% when you purchase HIMSS Books’ clinical decision support bundle, featuring two best-selling, authoritative titles that will help you and your organization implement of 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! WEBINAR: Changing Career Paths
This webinar on July 11 explores possible career paths in health IT and how, why, and when to change career paths. The webinar is free, but you must register>>
NEW! DISCUSSION: Mobile Health Community Open Mic
On July 25 the mHealth community of HIMSS will host its monthly Open Mic session. This month features a discussion on Demonstrating Value in Mobile: C Suite Interactions & mHealth. We will be joined by Juan Sequra, CEO of 1EQ. Registration is free. Register>>
NEW! TOOLKIT: Public Health & HIE Toolkit
HIMSS and the National Association of County and City Health have collaborated to produce the Public Health & HIE Toolkit, which will help public health departments understand what HIE services are and what types of organizations providing them; how a health department might use or support such services; and how to assess whether the value of participating in HIE will be worthwhile. Learn more>>
NEW! WEBINAR: Challenges for the Next Generation Workforce Development
This HIMSS Virtual Briefing on July 22 will help attendees define trends and highlight barriers in the health IT workforce, as well as highlight success factors to develop a career in health IT. Register>>
NEW! WEBINAR: Navigating Changes that Impact Financial Information Systems and Health Insurance Marketplaces
The October ICD-10 implementation date may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the delay. Get the tools you need to create a plan of action that ensures a successful transition to ICD-10 in your organization during this HIMSS Virtual Briefing on July 30. Register>>
NEW! WEBINAR: Innovation is the Cornerstone of Launching a New Hospital
Are you looking for state-of-the-art approaches to enhance the quality of patient care in your new healthcare community? Join this August 6 webinar and discover the critical impact of innovation in launching a new hospital. Register>>
NEW! UPCOMING EVENT: IBM Health and Social Programs Summit
This event, Oct. 19-22, convenes a global network of thought leaders, industry experts and practitioners to discuss industry trends and directions, and compare best practices and leading technology innovations in the fields of Health and Social Programs. Attendees will gain new perspectives and potential strategies for achieving better, more sustainable health and social outcomes at lower costs. Save the date and register now. This event is supported by HIMSS Future Care.
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.
FUTURE CARE: July 23rd Twitter Chat to explore intersection between clinical and social programs
Add your ideas to the conversation as we look at how clinical and social stakeholders can team up to improve outcomes for all.
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! OPEN CALL: HIMSS15 Poster Presentation Submissions
HIMSS invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster session at HIMSS15 in Chicago, IL. The conference will be held April 12-16, 2015. The call for proposals will be open until Aug. 1. Learn more and apply>>
NEW! VOLUNTEER: HIMSS Medical Practice and Community Health Center Community
Learn about the unique health IT challenges and opportunities faced by medical practices and CHCs during quarterly webinars. The Community unites volunteer leaders, providers, REC staff, consultants, vendors, HIT decision makers and industry thought leaders on topics such as Meaningful Use, patient engagement and workflow. Community membership is open to all current HIMSS members. Contact Valerie Griffen to register.
NEW! VOLUNTEER: HIMSS Rural Health IT Community
Join industry experts for an in-depth look at the expanding role of health IT for rural health clinics, critical access hospitals, networks and medical practices during this quarterly webinar series. Areas of focus will include HIE, meeting incentive program objectives, quality initiatives and healthcare reform. Community membership is open to all current HIMSS members. Contact Valerie Griffen to register.
NEW! VOLUNTEER: Care Coordination Task Force
Thanks to Meaningful Use (MU), Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) and other incentive programs, care coordination is becoming a key focus for many medical practices. This task force will develop resources and tools on how care coordination and care transitions measures can be achieved to improve patient outcomes and maximize cost-effectiveness with health IT. This task force meets monthly via WebEx. Contact Valerie Griffen to register.
NEW! VOLUNTEER: Value of HIT and Meaningful Use Task Force
This task force provides feedback on Meaningful Use public comment periods for eligible providers. It also publishes business cases and success stories that highlight the improved patient care, cost-effectiveness and efficiencies that can result from EHR implementations and achieving Meaningful Use. This task force meets monthly via WebEx. Contact Valerie Griffen to register.
NEW! VOLUNTEER: Value of Provider-Patient Engagement Task Force
Help create resources and online discussions to promote the value and application of provider-patient engagement in healthcare settings/environments. Task force members build tools, resources and provide industry leadership while focusing on the four "pillars" of successful provider-patient engagement. This task force meets monthly via WebEx, and all current HIMSS members may participate. Contact John Sharp for more information.
NEW! VOLUNTEER: Patient Literacy and Health IT Work Group
The task force looks at reading literacy, primary and secondary languages and familiarity with using IT tools to engage. Areas of Focus will include the impact of low literacy on patient engagement, the value of evaluating literacy in patient populations, new technologies and policy trends. This task force meets monthly via WebEx, and all current HIMSS members may participate. Contact John Sharp for more information.
NEW! VOLUNTEER: Connected Patient Community
The HIMSS Connected Patient Community brings together HIMSS providers, payers, HIT decision makers and industry thought leaders and focuses on equipping clinicians with education, tools and resources to effectively e-engage patients to improve outcomes and achieve incentive programs. Topics may include patient engagement strategies, emerging technologies, social media and case studies. Register>>
NEW! VOLUNTEER: Patient-Generated Health Data Task Force
PGHD Task Force members educate HIMSS members and the industry on the vital role played by patient-generated health data plays in effective health management by individuals, caregivers, and health care teams through resources (e.g., blogs, ask the expert) and online discussions (e.g., Twitter). This task force meets monthly via WebEx, and all current HIMSS members may participate. Contact Ian Hoffberg for more information.
NEW! VOLUNTEER: Patient Engagement with Patient-Centered Care Teams Task Force
This task force focuses on how to utilize health IT to enhance the patient engagement through a patient-centered care team approach. Task Force members create tools and resources to promote quality, cost-effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness, safety and access to healthcare through patient-facing health IT. This task force meets monthly via WebEx, and all current HIMSS members may participate. Contact John Sharp for more information.
NEW! VOLUNTEER: Social Media Task Force
Task force members create resources (e.g., blogs) and lead online discussions (e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn) to promote the value and application of social media use and patient engagement in healthcare settings/environments. Areas of focus include best practices, value stories, new technologies, policy trends and new uses of social media in health care. This task force meets monthly via WebEx, and all current HIMSS members may participate. Contact John Sharp for more information.
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. E-mail mHealth@HIMSS.org for registration.
2014 mHealth Summit Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Join us this year as an exhibitor and consider a general, product, pavilion or event sponsorship to maximize your exposure and ROI. We will work with you to create a package for any budget and to help position your company in front of our audience representing all 50 states and 65 countries. Contact Paul Samargedlis at or 781-762-4122 to discuss a sponsorship package tailored to your needs.
Attention Corporate Members!
HIMSS has expanded to every region of the globe. Learn more about ways to connect with a unique influential audience, access a world of health IT, and opportunities around engagement, insight, branding and more. Visit www.himssglobalsolutions.org today.