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WEEK OF September


What's New

Boston Privacy & Security call for proposals deadline
The Privacy & Security Forum in Boston, Dec. 1-3, is still accepting proposals for presentations. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 7 for this three-day event. Proposals should be practical, actionable and solutions-based. Case studies and best practices are a priority for this event.  

Education Discount Programs: Take Control of Your Career
HIMSS has collaborated to offer university program and certificate discounts. HIMSS members are eligible for a $4,600 scholarship on Brandeis University’s online Master of Science in Health and Medical Informatics or a $6,400 scholarship on the online Master of Science in Bioinformatics program. Learn about new and expanded offerings from Brandeis University, Drexel University, PMI Institute, as well as many university offerings through University Alliance

2015 Medical Innovation Summit
Join HIMSS and more than 1,700 senior executives, investors, entrepreneurs and clinicians in Cleveland to discuss the future of neurosciences and the overall state of healthcare innovation at the 2015 Medical Innovation Summit - “Memory. Mood. Movement.” on Oct. 25-28. The Medical Innovation Summit brings together global investors, clinicians and technologists in healthcare to discuss new technologies and network. Members of the HIMSS receive a discounted flat rate of $625.  Please register as an attendee and enter HIMSS15 at check-out.

Inspire progress with your #IHeartHIT story during National Health IT Week
We are at a critical point on the path to healthcare transformation in the U.S. Policymakers want to know if we are making progress on health IT interoperability. Your stories can inspire a collective discussion on how to realize the full potential of health IT and health information exchange to improve access to quality care, more effectively engage patients and achieve better health outcomes.  Tell your story to be highlighted during National Health IT Week (#NHITweek).

Update on HIMSS Elections
HIMSS members will vote on bylaws amendments and new Nominating Committee members from Oct. 15-Nov. 15. Now, with time before the election opens, spend some time to learn more about the proposed bylaws revisions. Visit the HIMSS website to access the 2013 HIMSS Bylaws and for more information.

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.

TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) certification
Certificates of completion are now available for HIMSS courses within the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Certificates are awarded once all course modules have been accomplished and an assessment completed with a passing score of 80 percent. If eligible, you will receive the printable version of the certificate within your VLE account. For more information, contact TIGER today!

New ConCert by HIMSS Program Takes Interoperability Testing and Certification to Next Level
New testing and certification program, announced at HIMSS15, accelerates interoperability of EHRs and HIEs, creating a market-based standard. ConCert by HIMSS testing and certification program assures secure and reliable transfer of data among electronic health records, health information exchanges, and health information services providers within and across organizational and state boundaries. Click here to learn more.

HIMSS16 AMDIS/HIMSS Physicians' IT Symposium Poster Session: Call for Proposals
The call for HIMSS16 AMDIS/HIMSS Physicians' IT Symposium Poster Sessions has officially opened! Exploring advances in health IT and clinical informatics, posters should address practical implications, innovations, and clinical informatics roles. View the Poster Guidelines for further details. Poster presentation sessions will be held Feb. 29 in Las Vegas in tandem with the AMDIS/HIMSS Physicians' IT Symposium. Please contact Kerry Amato with any questions.

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.

White Papers: Measuring IT Effectiveness: Your Community Hospital’s First Step To Operational Excellence
Today's community hospitals often overspend on technology and receive little value. Strategically planned and implemented IT helps hospitals reach operational and financial goals and deliver excellence in patient care.  Learn more in this white paper from ICE Technologies.

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 payer and regulatory guidelines (MU, PCMH, etc.). Read more in this white paper from Meridian Medical Management

Top 10 Connected Health Trends
As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, consumers remain at the center of the transformation. Consumer engagement continues to be a high-priority for healthcare organizations and connected health tools are the key to empowering healthcare consumers.

Transforming the Intranet into a Powerful Engagement Platform for Providers and Health Plans
The healthcare industry is operating in a time where increasing calls for quality are coupled with a rapidly changing regulatory and market environment. This places great demand on the healthcare enterprise where communities of employees must work efficiently in an environment where complex tasks meet arduous clinical and business processes.

The Right Analytics Engine is the Gateway to Effective Alarm Management
This report highlighted the systemic issue of alarm fatigue—how the incessant sound of multiple monitors beeping can lead to indifference on the part of healthcare workers, or result in errors when clinicians try to reduce the noise by permanently silencing alarms.

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.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Mission Critical Business Continuity Planning: Thrive, Survive or Stay Alive?
A HIMSS Virtual Briefing will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., CT, to help ensure your organization has a survival plan in the event of an emergency. In this three-part virtual briefing, get the latest technological developments to facilitate healthcare preparedness and discover solutions in business continuity and data disaster recovery. Register now!

Managing Performance Across Complex Environments: It’s Both an Art and a Science
A HIMSS on-demand Virtual Briefing asks if your organization can successfully balance operational efficiency and monitor health IT system capacity? In this four-part virtual briefing, you'll examine the critical components needed to maintain agile data center infrastructure standards for today's fast-paced healthcare 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. 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!

Embracing Telehealth – A Case Study
Presented by Jacques Orces, DO, CMIO, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, this complimentary session on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 12 p.m., CT, will explore how Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is leveraging patient-centered, safe and cost-effective resources to deliver care remotely to a growing international population. Dr. Orces will also share lessons learned on their telehealth journey.Register today

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!

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.


2015 IHF Chicago 39th World Hospital Congress. Where world healthcare leaders meet. October 6 - 8 in Chicago.



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


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


Austin Post Texas Legislative Session Wrap-up
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thompson Conference Center, Lunch and learn event with Tony Gilman.

IT Security Education Session Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
Friday, Sept. 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., join the Dallas/Forth Worth chapter for their upcoming IT security education session at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel with Ron Mehring, CISO from Texas Health Resources and others.

mHealth Summit. November 8th - 11th, 2015. The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Washington DC.


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