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WEEK OF September


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Are you satisfied with your EHR? 
The readers of Healthcare IT News were asked to rate their EHR platforms on interoperability, support and overall design. See what readers said and the ratings.

Irrationality in healthcare: Why we do what we do?
Douglas Hough, associate scientist, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, speaks from his latest book Irrationality in Health Care: What Behavioral Economics Reveals about What We Do and Why, at the Patient Engagement Summit in San Diego, Oct.12 -13. Through the lens of behavioral economics, Hough's research looks at the state of American healthcare and dissects many healthcare anomalies to more clearly diagnose the ills of healthcare today. Click here to register.

Boiling the ocean: How to address infinite information demand requests
On Nov. 5-6 at the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum in Boston, Eran Bellin, MD, VP of clinical IT research and development at Montefiore Medical Center will share how she has helped Montefiore become a data-driven organization and a leading Pioneer ACO. Starting with an electronic medical record capturing information for more than 500,000 people annually, Montefiore’s goal was to create a discovery system that turned individual patient data into compelling longitudinal information, transforming care delivery. Click here to register.

Boston Privacy and Security Forum leadership panel
The Boston Privacy and Security Forum, Dec. 1-3, will welcome three healthcare institutions leaders to the stage on Wed. Dec. 2. Cris Ewell, CISO at Seattle Children’s Hospital, James Noga, CIO at Partners HealthCare and John Houston, VP, privacy and information security and associate counsel at UPMC will discuss the challenges, obstacles and ways to stay ahead in the healthcare cybersecurity realm. Click here to register.

Inspire progress with your #IHeartHIT story to support 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, so that the right information is available to the right person, at the right time, on the right device, in the right format to empower the right health decisions. 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. Share your story to support National Health IT Week (October 5-9, 2015). 

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.

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.

HIMSS C&BI for Population Health Task Force Seeks Members
The new HIMSS C&BI for Population Health Task Force is now accepting 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 the healthcare setting to execute population health management initiatives and improve care and health outcomes. The Task Force will be chaired by Karen Golden Russell, FHIMSS, MA, MBA, Vice President, Population Health, Verisk Health and Michelle Vislosky, Sales Executive, Caradigm. The Task Force is open to all current HIMSS members. Contact Nancy Devlin, for further information.

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.

HIMSS Innovation Center at Global Center for Health Innovation
Downtown Cleveland offers your organization a state-of-the-art facility to host events and meetings. The space boasts seating for 150; break-out areas, technology showcase demonstrations, AV, gourmet catering and views of Lake Erie. For more information email innovation

Learn from Leaders at the HIMSS Connected Health Conference
From the FBI to connected hospital systems to experts on mobile health trends, the HIMSS Connected Health Conference offers valuable insights on mobile health, population health and cyber security.  Attendees can register for any of the three Summits:  CyberSecurity Summit mHealth Summit, Global mHealth Forum and Population Health Summit, and gain access to the complete HIMSS Connected Health Conference. Registration for any one of the Summits grants access to all three events at the new HIMSS Connected Health Conference, which will host education, exhibits and networking events. The HIMSS Connected Health Conference will be held from Nov. 8-11 at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in the Washington, DC area.  Register now.

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: Medical Device Innovation: From Ideas to FDA Navigation
Join the HIMSS/PCHA Connected Health Community “open mic” on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12 – 1 p.m. Our innovation focuses on electrocardiogram (ECG) technology, the gold standard for diagnosing a cardiac disorders, including myocardial infarction or heart attack. While developed over a century ago, there remain critical challenges around timely ECG data transmission to the appropriate interventional cardiology providers. We will describe the logistics around device and software development to convert static machines to wireless, cloud-based devices.

Going Mobile and Getting Smart: Access Patient Information Securely with Trusted Identities
A HIMSS on-demand virtual briefing looks at how you 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.

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 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!

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 Wed., 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!


NEW Resources Added to the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE):
Interoperability for Dummies, IHE Edition eBook offers practical solutions to successfully implement and realize true interoperability. It guides you through the technical language to understand the role of IHE in securely sharing clinical information, and to emphasize the value of standards-based, interoperable health IT in your organization. You can find this resource in the Basic Health IT Competencies folder within the TIGER VLE Resource Library – targeted at Learner Level 1. Sign up and explore the TIGER VLE today!

Calling All Members

Have you ever wondered how your salary compares to your peers?
The HIMSS Compensation Survey answers that question for you. We are conducting a survey with the goal of providing HIMSS Members with a simple tool that will calculate salary information by title, region, and other variables so you can determine your value in the industry. Respond to the HIMSS Compensation Survey now. It only takes a few minutes of your time to help us provide you and all our members this qualitative and quantitative data at your fingertips.
As always your information will remain confidential and only be shared in aggregate.

Interoperability Roadmaps Compare and Contrast Summary and Matrix
The HIMSS Interoperability & Standards Committee created a matrix and corresponding summary document for the Interoperability and Standards Toolkit in order to provide ongoing visibility into the current and emerging interoperability roadmaps and pathways as well as an easy way to understand the key domains, or pillars, that make up the various roadmaps.

Blog: The HIMSS HIE Community gets SMART on FHIR®
Last week, the HIE Community hosted Josh Mandel to learn about SMART on FHIR®. This blog recaps the important points raised in the roundtable, provides links to helpful resources including the recording of the event, and sets the stage for further discussion of this topic within the community.

HIMSS C&BI for Population Health Task Force Seeks 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


Save The Date

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

Oct. 12 – 13
Patient Engagement Summit, San Diego

Nov. 5-6
Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, Boston

Dec. 1-3
Boston Privacy and Security Summit


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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