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WEEK OF August


What's New

Deadline Approaching to Apply for HIMSS North America Board of Directors
Until Friday, August 21, HIMSS is seeking health IT leaders with a demonstrated ability and aptitude for strategic thinking and experience in governance to consider candidacy for service on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors. Please visit our website for complete information. Submit complete nominations (self-nominations or other) to Denise Ambrose by August 21.

Don’t Delay: Apply Until August 21 for HIMSS Nominating Committee
HIMSS is seeking health IT leaders and strategic thinkers to serve in open positions on the HIMSS Nominating Committee. Candidates must be Regular or Life Members or the senior executive representative of a Corporate/Non-Profit Partner Member firm. Candidates must have achieved advanced membership status (Senior Member or Fellow) prior to being slated. Submit complete nominations (self-nominations or other) to Denise Ambrose by August 21. For more information, visit our website.

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.

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.

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. 

There’s Still Time to Apply for HIMSS Awards and Scholarships
HIMSS is accepting applications for awards and scholarships celebrating significant contributions to the field of health IT until Friday, August 28, at 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!

'Physicians of the Future' Benefit from the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
As medical students and HIMSS interns, it was puzzling to us why it was difficult to find a crossroads between medical education and health information technology (HIT). When we came to HIMSS there was instant information overload and a huge learning curve. Nonetheless, we quickly saw the value, relevance, and interest in HIT. Seeing the potential and practice of clinical decision support, health information exchange, population health management and telehealth we quickly became excited to be "physicians of the future." However, we knew after completing a year of medical school that it was going to take a lot to learn and teach the physicians of tomorrow - and that is where the beauty of the TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative comes in.

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: 5 Factors to Figure Into Your Analytics Solution Search
Learn five key factors to consider when setting out to find the best solution for your practice's mounting analytics needs. Read more in this whitepaper provided by Meridian Medical Management.

Frost & Sullivan Market Insight- Remote Health Monitoring Solutions- More Choices, More Value
Remote health monitoring holds great promise and merits increased attention from today’s North American healthcare sector. Read more in this whitepaper from Sprint.

Telehealth: The Top 3 Obstacles Facing Clinicians Today
Effective telehealth solutions must be reliable, secure, and deliver a user-friendly experience. Learn more in this whitepaper from Yorktel.

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 whitepaper 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
Hospital and Health System IT Leaders Share Insights on the BYOD Trend 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 whitepaper 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.

VIRTUAL EVENT: 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. The convergence of voice, data and video travelling across a variety of mediums like satellite, copper, optic fiber or cellular communications, means 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 fast-paced, ever-changing and dynamic enterprise-wide environment. Register now!

The CPHIMS Review Course: A Comprehensive Review of the CPHIMS Body of Knowledge
The CPHIMS Review Course, on Sept. 8, 10, 15, 17, 1 to 3 p.m., CT, spans three broad knowledge categories involving each topic area in the CPHIMS exam. This live, instructor-led, online course consists of four two-hour sessions covering nine modules, and provides an interactive, fast-paced, detailed overview of these competency areas with a variety of tools and resources. The CPHIMS Review Course is not an exam preparation course – it instead offers an advanced review to exhibit your mastery of the material. The instructor will include practice questions at the end of each module and will answer frequently asked questions about the exam at the conclusion of the course. Register now!

Going Mobile and Getting Smart: Access Patient Information Securely with Trusted Identities
A HIMSS Virtual Briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., CT, will tackle challenges and embrace the opportunities of mobile smart card technology. In this three-part virtual briefing, you’ll discover HIPAA-compliant privacy and security implementation for mobile devices, the introduction of trusted identities in improving patient care and productivity, and best practices for mobile and smart card privacy and security to enhance clinical decision making. Register now!

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.

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.

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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


August 20
TIGER VLE August webinar from 12 to 1 p.m.

August 21
Boston Privacy & Security Forum Call for Proposals

Deadline for nominations to HIMSS Board of Directors and Nominating Committee

August 28
Deadline to apply for HIMSS awards and scholarships

Feb. 29-March 4, 2016
2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition—Las Vegas

Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit. December 7 - 8. Register by October 25th and save $200


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Stanson Health
Teksoft Ventures


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