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WEEK OF September


What's New

HIMSS North American Vice President Carla Smith named one of Top 10 most influential women in healthcare IT
Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, Executive Vice President, HIMSS North America, was named as one of the 10 most influential women in health IT by Fierce Health IT, a daily newsletter focused on health information technology.

Carla, as the other honorees, was selected with the help of reader nominations. She joins entrepreneurs and innovators, of which she is one, as well as providers, patient advocates and public officials.

Assistant Director, Cyber Division, FBI, to keynote at Boston Privacy & Security Forum
In his Dec. 2 keynote, “Know Your Adversary: Cybersecurity Trends and Emerging Threats,” James Trainor, FBI, will give an up-to-the minute overview of the cybersecurity landscapes and bad actors out to steal healthcare data. He’ll also review lessons learned from past breach investigations, explaining how and why they happened, and what could have been done to prevent them. Click here to register today.

Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum to feature Tuft’s Psychologist
At the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum in Boston, Nov. 5-6, Sam Sommers draws on behavioral science and popular culture to explore the invisible forces influencing life. By understanding the powerful influence context has on daily existence, one can rethink how you see the world and be more effective at work, at home and in regular interactions with others. And in a constantly changing field like healthcare, that ability has never been more important. Click here to register.

Geisinger to present the balancing act between technology and the personal touch
Chaning Wendling and Jonathan Slotkin, from Geisinger in Motion, will focus on how to balance face-to-face meetings and technology to improve engagement at the San Diego Patient Engagement Summit, Oct. 12-13. The leadership team at Geisinger is very concerned about the provider-patient human relationship and ensuring that technology supports that relationship. In this session, attendees will hear about the technologies and strategies Geisinger uses to engage patients, and how the system plans to maintain the human touch in an increasingly digital world. Click here to learn more or to register.

Update on HIMSS Elections
HIMSS members will vote on bylaws changes and new board candidates 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.

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

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: 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. 17, 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 and emerging SMART implementations. Register Now!

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

Cloudy with a Chance of Rain: The Future of Healthcare Analytics
A HIMSS webinar, on Wednesday., 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!

The CAHIMS Review Course
The CAHIMS Review Course spans three broad knowledge categories involving each topic area in the CAHIMS Exam. This live, instructor-led, online course consists of four two-hour sessions covering nine modules on Oct. 6, 8, 13, 15 from 1 – 3 p.m. CT, and provides an interactive, fast-paced overview of these competency areas with a variety of tools and resources.

Strategic, Technological and Financial Implications of Deploying Telemedicine
A HIMSS Virtual Webinar on Wednesday., Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., CT, helps you discover the impact of telemedicine on your organization’s business models and identify key trends for the future. Hear directly from the experts who will highlight the importance of using telehealth technology to enhance quality, workflow, and continuity of care. Register Now!

Calling All Members

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.


HIMSS Connected Health Conference. 3 summits, at one time, in one place! November 8 - 11, Washington DC


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National Health IT Week
Oct 5-9, 2015

HIMSS Federal Health IT Buisiness Development Workshop
Oct.6, 2015

HIMSS Policy Summit
Oct. 7-8, 2015



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

Sept. 30
Virtual briefing: Mission Critical Business Continuity Planning: Thrive, Survive or Stay Alive?

Oct. 7
Virtual event: An hour-long HIMSS webinar on the future of healthcare analytics


The Nebraska Chapter of HIMSS Is having its 2015 Fall Meeting on Sept. 28 in Omaha from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., CT. Click here for more information.

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