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WEEK OF October


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Celebrating National Health IT Week
This week marks the ten-year anniversary of National Health IT Week, a nation-wide, partner-driven awareness week focusing on the value of Health IT. HIMSS is proud to join over 400 Partners to demonstrate our support for a better U.S. healthcare system through information technology. Over 35 Partner events are being held this week across the US; view all NHIT Week Activities. There is still time to show your support of Health IT.

  • You can change your social media profile to the IHeartHIT Image.
  • Let your voice be heard. Participate in the HIMSS Virtual March to reach out to your representatives and bring this important cause to the forefront of the nation’s attention. Learn more about this year’s Congressional Asks.
  • Share your #IHeartHIT Story. Inspire progress and contribute the discussion how HIT can effectively engage patients and achieve better health outcomes. HIMSS will continue to highlight stories here.
  • In addition to NHIT Week, HIMSS is excited to celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) this October. This collaborative effort between government and industry was created to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

Make a Difference – Cast Your Vote in the HIMSS Election
The opening day of the upcoming election for HIMSS North America - Oct. 15 - is just a week away. HIMSS members will vote on the proposed bylaws changes and for members of the Nominating Committee. You will receive an email invitation with the link to the ballot.  If you have questions about using the voting website, please do not hesitate to contact user support by phone at 952-974-2300 or by e-mail at It is easy to find more information on the proposed bylaws revisions. Visit the HIMSS website to access the bylaws, FAQ, proposed changes and for other background materials. The elections open on Oct. 15 and close on Nov. 15; take the time now to review the materials and be ready to cast your vote.

Peyton Manning Slated as Closing Speaker at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, will be the closing keynote speaker at HIMSS16. He takes to the podium at 1 p.m. PDT, on Friday, March 4. The HIMSS Conference & Exhibition ranked as the largest medical conference in North America during the first half of 2015 (Trade Show Executive, September 2015).

Thinking Big: Engaging the chronically ill to live healthier lives
Chronic illness can strain not only patient’s lives but also hospital resources and time. Cindy Gaines, COO at Borgess Medical Group in Michigan, will present at the Patient Engagement Summit in San Diego, Oct. 12-13, how Borgess attacked the problem with key tools for tracking, monitoring and reporting patient information ­– and how it helped improve the health of at-risk diabetes patients across 10 counties. Borgess’s new automated approach employs an EHR interfacing with a population health solution. The technology allows Borgess to rapidly identify at-risk patients and gaps in treatment. Hear Gaines and over 30 other speakers from leading healthcare and academic institutions discuss their strategies and approaches to patient engagement. Click here to register.

Interactive Step-by-Step Guide Assists Transitions to ICD-10
The HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force has developed ICD-10 Step-by-Step, an interactive guide to assist health care providers who have not yet completed the transition to the ICD-10 code set for submitting claims to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other payers. Incorporated into the HIMSS ICD-10 Playbook, the step-by-step guide assists providers that don't have ICD-10 in place, or who have ICD-10 in place but are still having difficulty receiving reimbursements. Read more.

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.

HIMSS Health IT Value Suite
Get to know the maximum potential of your organization’s health IT value. The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite offers a comprehensive view of the critical components necessary to manage and achieve the most effective implementation of your health IT investment. Discover strategies to improve patient engagement, receive guidance on the road to meaningful use, get plans to maximize your health IT ROI through Pathways to Value, and uncover key elements to help your organization build a powerful healthcare strategy with the Value STEPS. Find out more about the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite today.

Connected health takes center state in November
Join us at the recently launched HIMSS Connected Health Conference, an all-inclusive conference featuring three innovative events – the mHealth Summit, now in its seventh year, and the new CyberSecurity Summit and PopHealth Summit – all taking place simultaneously Nov. 8 –11, at the Gaylord National Resort in the Washington, D.C. For more information on the HIMSS Connected Health Conference and to register, visit

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.

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.

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.

Fall 2015 Health Story Project Roundtable
Presenter, Lisa Nelson, MS, MBA will focus on the mechanisms available in standard CDA documents to share human readable information and the associated machine processable data during this virtual event on Monday, Nov. 2 from 12 – 1 p.m. Register here to join.

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: Mission Critical Business Continuity Planning: Thrive, Survive or Stay Alive?
This on-demand HIMSS virtual briefing explains how to create an action plan in the event of a disaster to continue offering the best patient care if your systems go down. In this three-part virtual briefing, get the latest technological developments to ensure healthcare preparedness and get real solutions to guarantee business continuity and data recovery. Register now.

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.

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.

Behind the Numbers: Top Trends and Key Factors Driving Premium Digital Health Valuations
Join the HIMSS Innovation Community on Friday, Oct. 23, 2 – 3 p.m. ET, as Andrew Colbert, Managing Director Ziegler Healthcare, presents an overview of capital markets activity in today’s Healthcare IT landscape, identifies key differentiators and best practices to achieve successful outcomes.

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!

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!

OTHER RESOURCES: Physicians of the future can benefit from the TIGER VLE
Our next live TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) webinar will take place on Friday, Oct. 9 from 2- 3 p.m. EST. Based on the popular blog entry, “Physicians of the Future” Can Benefit from the TIGER VLE, explore how medical students, as well as interdisciplinary colleagues, can benefit from utilizing this online education portal to expand skillset and knowledge on important health IT/informatics topics. Discover the connection between medical education and health information technology (HIT) and learn about the New to Medical Informatics Workgroup’s Career Profile series. Presented by Layth Dahbour, second year medical student at the University of Toledo, and Naveed Farrukh, MPH, second year medical student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Moderated by A. Peter Catinella, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Information Officer at the University of Arizona, HIMSS Physician Committee Member. Click “Add to Calendar” to reserve your spot, contact TIGER with questions or for more information.

The GW Medical Faculty Associates ConnectER Program: Managing Follow-Up ER Visits with Telehealth Case Study
The Medical Faculty Associates’ ConnectER Program is a telehealth service for George Washington University Hospital Emergency Department follow-up visits. This program is designed to leverage telehealth for increased continuity of patient care, quality of care, patient engagement, and operational efficiency after a patient receives treatment in the emergency room. Don’t a panel discussion at the Nov. 8 Connected Health Summit, Nov. 8 –11, at the Gaylord National Resort in the Washington, D.C. discussing the case study.

Calling All Members

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.

Call for C-CDA Presentations
The HIMSS Health Story Project is collecting real-life Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation stories that demonstrate direct impact on your organization and patient care from the viewpoint of implementation teams, clinicians and the staff’s unique experiences.  Share your story today!

Join the 4th Edition HIT Standards Dictionary Work Group
The new Interoperability & HIE Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with the revision of the 4th Edition of the HIMSS Dictionary of Healthcare Information Technology Terms, Acronyms, and Organizations which will be released during HIMSS17 annual conference. To become a member of the work group email us at

Register to Volunteer with the HIMSS16 Interoperability Showcase™
Each year, the HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM draws thousands of Healthcare Industry Leaders to the Exhibition floor! HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™, in collaboration with IHE, will feature interoperability initiatives from Healthcare Stakeholders, public policy decision makers, and the industry. HIMSS16 in Las Vegas will be the best yet and we need your help!

Ten Years Later: How Healthcare IT has evolved since Hurricane Katrina
As we prepare for National Health IT Week this month, the Louisiana HIMSS Chapter wants to take time to reflect on the recent 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, an event that forever changed the New Orleans and southeast Louisiana. Please join the Chapter on Thursday, Oct. 8 from 5 -7 p.m., at the newly opened University Medical Center New Orleans, conference room J, as we take a look at how far we have come in Healthcare IT over the last decade.
The reception will feature light refreshments followed by our panel of New Orleans-area Healthcare IT leaders who will discuss the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, advances made by their organizations to improve patient care in our region and some of the challenges that remain. Register now.

New Hampshire/Vermont Annual Fall Event
Join the New England Chapter of HIMSS on Friday, Oct. 9 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. in West Lebanon, NH, for their annual New Hampshire/Vermont event as NEHIMSS collaborates and celebrates the National Health IT Week with a regional twist! Topics for the day include telemedicine, interoperability and secure information exchange. Member cost $10 and non-members $50. Register Now! Event contact information.


Eric Raffin, FACHE, FHIMSS, Chief Information Officer, San Mateo County Health System, is the chair of the HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee.
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Save The Date

National Health IT Week
Oct 5-9, 2015

HIMSS Policy Summit
Oct. 7-8, 2015



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

Oct. 12 – 13
Patient Engagement Summit, San Diego

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

Nov. 8-11
Connected Health Summit, Washington, DC

Dec. 1-3
Boston Privacy and Security Summit


Secure access.
 Control in healthcare.
 Balancing the user experience.


Bridgeways Software
Delaware Health Information Network
Ensure Technologies
Futura Mobility
InfoGard Laboratories
Insight Direct USA
MITRE Corporation
Quammen Health Care Consultants
SCC Soft Computer
Sentry Data Systems
Symantec Corporation
Truven Health Analytics
Vâlant Medical Solutions
Wellsoft Corporation
Zynx Health


Take a closer look at the industry news and Health IT resources from our HIMSS Corporate Members.


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