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WEEK OF September


What's New

Cybersecurity Czar Richard Clarke to keynote at The Privacy & Security Forum - Boston
Having counseled three consecutive Presidents on national security in the information age, published seven books and consulted globally on the subject, Richard Clarke knows today’s cybersecurity threats are dire and mounting. Clarke gives us an inside look at the evolution of cybercrime, espionage and cyber warfare, and tells us what we can do to protect our national interests. Register now for the Dec. 1-3 event and use code HWI for $200 off!* (new registrations only).

Patient Engagement Summit to Feature Mayo Clinic
The way Mayo Clinic’s Angela Puffer and Eric Manley see it, the best way to engage patients is to meet them in their own space, or, as Manley says, “if you want to succeed at patient engagement, you need to reach the patient, where, when and how they prefer.” They will present their work on population health and patient engagement at the Oct. 12-13 Patient Engagement Summit in San Diego. Click here to register or learn more.

HIE inPractice Feature: MetroChicago Health Information Exchange Q&A
Charles Cox, Director, Health Information Technology for MetroChicago HIE, shares his thoughts on their unique HIE governance structure and offers advice on how to create a solid foundation for a community-based HIE.

Upcoming Quarterly HIE Roundtable - SMART on FHIR: Apps for Health
Joshua Mandel from Harvard Medical School will be presenting on “SMART on FHIR: Apps for health” on Thursday, Sept. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CT, this session will focus on the SMART Health IT app platform, which enables third-party apps that plug into electronic health record systems. We will talk about how SMART leverages open standards including HL7's Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources standard (FHIR), OAuth 2.0, and OpenID Connect. We will also discuss emerging SMART implementations including the Argonaut Project's Implementation Program. Finally, there will be a demonstration on a set of SMART apps that take advantage of the platform. Register Now!

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

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.

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

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.

VIRTUAL EVENT: Cloudy with a Chance of Rain: The Future of Healthcare Analytics
A HIMSS Webinar, on Wed., Oct. 7, from noon to 1 p.m., CT, asks you to embrace the forces that are changing the healthcare landscape and challenge your perspective of the supply chain function. In this hour-long webinar, discover the implications of analytics and big data on the next five years of cost, quality, outcome (CQO) performance. 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!

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

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!

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!

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.


Jim Younkin is the Information Technology Director, Geisinger Health System, and Director of Keystone Health Information Exchange.
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mHealth Summit. Now part of the HIMSS Connected Health conference. Register today >>




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


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.

Milwaukee Regional Networking Event | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS

2015 Clinical Informatics Boot Camp, Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS

Central Pennsylvania
Clinical Informatics, Meaningful Use and the Triple Aim Outlook for 2016 | Central Pennsylvania Chapter of HIMSS

Using Health Information Technology to Improve Patient Outcomes | Mississippi Chapter of HIMSS

Northern California
2015 Clinical Informatics Boot Camp | Northern California Chapter of HIMSS

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Panasonic System Communications Company
Vecna Technologies


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