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WEEK OF August


What's New

HIMSS Introduces Connected Health Event
The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in the Washington, D.C. area, Nov. 8 -11, HIMSS introduces the Connected Health Conference with three events: industry-leading mhealth Summit, Cyber Security Summit and Population Health Summit. Click here for information.

Clinical Informatics Insights August Issue
The August issue of Clinical Informatics Insights explores healthcare in the virtual world by sharing case studies and trends in telehealth, cell phone use for medication reconciliation and eICUs.

Request for Improved Outcomes in Interoperability
HIMSS Institute of e-Health Policy 2015 summer interns are seeking information from providers to educate Congress on the advances and improvements of health IT to promote funding, positive policy and advocacy. Submit information that shows the use of interoperability yields a positive clinical, financial or operational outcome.

An Interoperability Use Case Repository and Narrative
The HIMSS Interoperability Maturity Model Task Force is pleased to announce a new web-based use case repository that also includes a narrative entitled, An Interoperability Use Case Narrative.

TIGER VLE Seeking Institutional Pilot Partners
TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) is seeking institutional pilot partners to join us on our journey of education reform.  Pilot partners will integrate the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) health IT modules, assessments and resources in benefit of clinicians, students and adult learners and be invited to publish their story of TIGER adoption through HIMSS international publications.

HIMSS Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit: Last call for Proposals
If you’re a provider or payer organization with a great story to tell about you’ve begun to remake your revenue cycle to navigate the change mandated by healthcare reform, here’s your chance to share that success. Healthcare Finance News and HIMSS are accepting topic and speaker proposals for the Revenue Cycle Summit in Atlanta from Dec. 7-8. Click here to submit your proposal. The deadline to submit is Friday, August 14, 5 p.m. ET. 

Managing Performance Across Complex Environments: It’s Both an Art and a Science
A HIMSS Virtual Briefing will be held Wednesday, August 26, 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., CT. With the convergence of voice, data and video travelling across a variety of mediums, health IT professionals must ensure operational efficiencies and performance while balancing compliance. Discover the critical components of unified and data center infrastructure management as well as capacity management in today’s dynamic environment. 

HIMSS Awards and Scholarships Applications Now Open
HIMSS is now accepting applications for awards and scholarships celebrating significant contributions to the field of health IT until Friday, August 28, 5 p.m. CT. Recipients will be honored at an awards gala at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. Nominate a HIMSS member for an award or apply for a scholarship today.

HIMSS Boston Privacy & Security Forum: Call for Proposals
Healthcare IT News and HIMSS Media are expanding December’s Privacy & Security Forum in Boston from two to three days, and the call for speaking proposals is now open. The forum will be held Dec. 1-3 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Click here to submit a proposal. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m., Friday, August 21.

Tools & Resources

FUTURE CARE: Twitter Roundtable Tackles Connected Health
In a chat sponsored by the organizers of the 2015 mHealth Summit, participants discussed the possibilities and challenges of plugging patients into their care. #mHealth15

Article: The Role of Team-based Care on the Path to Healthcare Transformation
This new content from HIMSS’ Patient-Centered Care Teams Task Force describes the evolution of population health and care teams, how healthcare is in flux, how primary care is changing and the role of health information technology as an enabler. It's

ON-DEMAND WEBINAR: Physician Community Webinar Series “Ingredients for a Healthier Population”
C. Martin Harris, MD, MBA, CIO, Cleveland Clinic, presents a case study on how to manage variations in the practice of medicine by utilizing distance patient education, care path development, clinically integrated networks and the practical, operational realities of evidence based medicine.

White Papers: Using Analytics to Effectively Manage Clinical and Financial Operations in an ACO
An easy-to-use analytics tool allows clinical and operations staff to easily extract, analyze and monitor data, and take action to meet ACO, and other payor and regulatory guidelines (MU, PCMH, etc.). Read more in this white paper from Meridian Medical Management.

Laboratory Point-of-Care Testing: A Future Outlook
Laboratories possess valuable clinical data that can be used in medical analytics to promote overall organization-wide savings and improve patient outcomes. Read this white paper to hear the results of successful collaborative projects at the University of Mississippi Health Center -- combining lab data with other data sets to save money and improve care.

7 Ways RTLS Increases Patient Volume and Improves Satisfaction   
Recent federal healthcare reforms call for higher quality, safer patient care delivery with improved customer service. At the same time, declining reimbursements threaten clinic profitably and fuel the need to see more patients in less time. Caught in the middle are medical practice managers, physicians and nurses struggling to realize the promised efficiencies of electronic health records (EHRs) while maintaining high levels of care.

Why Patient Engagement is Critical to Revenue Cycle Management
The revenue cycle has historically focused on maximizing insurance reimbursements but increased patient responsibility means engaging patients in the billing process. This paper details the benefits derived after implementing an EMR application to overcome challenges like: Revenue Leakages, Productivity, Patient Engagement & Integration.

Secure Mobile Communications in the Healthcare Industry: Supporting New Healthcare Delivery Models
This report presents an overview of secure mobile communication solutions used in healthcare facilities within the U.S., highlighting key success factors for secure mobile communication solution providers and offers strategic recommendations for hospitals wanting to implement a secure mobile communication solution.

BYOD Strategy is the Key to Achieving the Five Rights of Clinical Communication
Mobile devices are transforming the efficiency of healthcare communication and care coordination, while also creating new challenges for many information technology (IT) leaders at hospitals and health systems. From security concerns to support issues, the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend can threaten an organization if the right policies and communication platform are not in place.

Care Transitions: Emerging Models of Care
Today’s healthcare environment is shifting away from fee-for-service delivery and financial models geared toward value-based purchasing models. New models include bundled payments, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and government programs that promote value-based purchasing, all features of a new approach designed to improve continuity and coordination of care and reduce healthcare costs overall.

The Importance of Human Actors and Ergonomic Principles in Computerized Cart Design
While computerized carts have become staples in healthcare settings to improve workflow, the importance of considering the human factors and ergonomics (HF&E) of their use is often not fully understood. Read more in this white paper from Metro.

Turning Documents into Data
The concepts of scanning and capture aren’t new, as most organizations continue to work to reduce the amount of paper processed. But scanning is only step one towards creating processes with a multitude of benefits. By automatically capturing, validating and interpreting data from scanned documents, organizations can eliminate the need for costly process steps.

Beyond the ROI of Virtualization
Healthcare organizations enabling virtual desktop infrastructures (VDI) have a tremendous opportunity to impact their patient care. This paper highlights the results of a series of clinical and IT staff interviews HIMSS Analytics conducted in March 2015 to highlight the quantitative ROI of VDI.

Top 5 Reasons to Move from Document Management to ECM
While a document management system provides the basic storage and retrieval of content, businesses need to automate workflows, mitigate risks, manage multiple content types and work between different business applications. Read this paper to learn how an ECM solution reduces manual processes and streamlines workflow, all while improving user adoption.

Don’t Let ECM Projects Become Despised Legacy Apps
When selecting ECM solutions, many IT departments face pressure to keep costs down and decrease the time it takes to see the benefits. Therefore, many IT departments play it safe when choosing an ECM system. Discover how involving IT in the buying process allows organizations to select a solution that leads to success.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Complimentary Webinar: Clinical Informatics – the New Norm in Medicine?
The ever-changing health care environment has created many opportunities for the advancement of medicine. It has becomg increasingly visible that physicians are entrenched in medical informatics more every day. Join us Thursday, August 13 at 12 p.m. (CT) as we highlight the diverse pathways and preparations taken in clinical informatics and why it is so important to have physician involvement in this changing and growing field. Register today.

TIGER VLE August Webinar
Our next live TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) webinar takes place on Thursday, August 20 from 12 to 1 p.m. (CT). Informatics Competencies in the Schoolhouse debuted at HIMSS15 and will teach us how one educational institution has applied and turned the TIGER informatics principles, theories, and concepts into reality. Presented by Theresa (Terri) Calderone, EdD, MEd, MSN, BSN, RN-BC and Julia Greenawalt, PhD, RNC.

Making an Impact on Care with Telemedicine
Podcast from the American Medical Association and HIMSS collaborated to produce the Making an Impact on Care with Telemedicine podcast. To shed some light on the benefits and current state of telemedicine, HIMSS and the AMA partnered to host Dr. Karen Rheuban, Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, and Director of the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth to answer some of the more challenging questions around telemedicine.

Calling All Members

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. The Community holds monthly Virtual Events on the fourth Thursday of most months from 1-2 p.m. (ET). Register now to join our event on August 27 “When Data Becomes Knowledge with guest speaker Sheri Zink, SVP, Chief Data & Engagement Officer, BCBS Tennessee. Join the Community and help turn data into action.

HIMSS C&BI for Population Health Task Force Seeks Members
The new HIMSS C&BI for Population Health Task Force is accepting new members. The Task Force is focused on the creation of resources and tools to help healthcare organizations (providers, hospitals, integrated delivery networks, health plans and other stakeholders) use C&BI to harness, use and analyze data captured in healthcare to execute population health management initiatives and improve care and health outcomes. The Task Force is open to all current HIMSS members. Contact Nancy Devlin, for further information.

Nominate a member
HIMSS is now accepting applications for awards and scholarships celebrating significant contributions to the field of health IT until Friday, August 28, 5 p.m. CT. Recipients will be honored at an awards gala at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. Nominate a HIMSS member for an award or apply for a scholarship today.

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Explore the career pathway George Wu, MD, took to become involved in medical informatics
The Member Profile Series showcases the various journeys physicians take to becoming medical informaticists and why EHR usability resonates with physicians. In the latest Profile showcase, Dr. George Wu shares his journey from Transplant Surgeon to Informaticist.

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On-demand Webinar
Population Health: The Attribution Challenge - Town Hall Series Part 1

Population Health Management: Care Coordination and Data Workflow - Town Hall Series Part 2


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