How organizations can attain analytics competency • Attend live and virtual events from HIMSS • Leverage your expertise at one of HIMSS’ many volunteer opportunities
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HIMSS Accepting Nominations for NA Board of Directors and Nominating Committee
Nominations are 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.
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: ‘Organizations Need Governance Practices for Analytics Competency’
Editor Raymond A. Gensinger discusses his new book Analytics in Healthcare and the best practices every forward-thinking healthcare organization needs to know. Read more>>
Tools & Resources
FUTURE CARE: July 23rd Twitter Chat: integrating clinical and social programs
Add your thoughts and opinions to the conversation as we discuss the opportunities and challenges of greater collaboration between social and clinical programs. To access the chat at 12 PM, EST, on July 23rd, go to www.twubs.com/futurecare.
NEW! UPCOMING EVENT: IBM Health and Social Programs Summit
This event 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. Save the date and register now. This event is supported by HIMSS Future Care.
NEW! WEBINAR: The Road to Certification: CPHIMS & CAHIMS
Attend this informational session on various aspects of obtaining the CPHIMS and CAHIMS credentials. This webinar occurs on Aug. 8. Register>>
NEW! Attend the HL7 Payer Summit
The two-day summit was created specifically with payers in mind and features influential industry speakers offering strategic direction and practical information on interoperability for healthcare payers, including hot topics such as ADT, mobile health, the regulatory environment and the HL7 FHIR® standard. The event occurs Sept. 18-19, in Chicago. Read more>>
Save 20% on HIMSS Books ‘CDS’ Bundle
Save 20 percent through July 31 when you purchase HIMSS Books’ clinical decision support bundle, featuring two best-selling titles that will help you and your organization implement or refine a CDS program. Purchase here>>
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 better understand HIEs. Learn 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. Read more>>
WHITE PAPER: Clinic-in-a-Box
The acquisition of specialty services or physician practices by hospitals, is an attractive decision for a hospital's board of directors. However, for the people tasked with integrating these organizations and businesses into the IT infrastructure of the hospital, the challenges can be daunting. This white paper examines how hospitals can rapidly get new sub-acute facilities on-line with minimal hassle.
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: Similarity and Predictive Analytics Drive Evidence-based Insights that Improve Outcomes
Health and social care expenditures are soaring. Meeting the demands of changing expectations, new competition, legislative reform and decreasing reimbursements and funding is hampered by several different issues. Find out how IBM Advanced Care Insights supports a person-centered approach to health and social care.
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.
Calling All Members
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. Become a Partner>>
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. The survey closes July 25. Read more>>
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>>
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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>>
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.
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.
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.