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Hello {{lead.First Name:default=Subscriber}} welcome to this week's edition of The HIMSS North America Weekly Insider.

In this issue: New board members for HIMSS North America; Call for C-CDA presentations; Blending data for healthcare from inPractice Task Force

What's New

HIMSS North America Announces New Board Members
Effective July 1, four new members will be joining the HIMSS board of directors for three year terms. Mike Zaroukian, MD, PhD, MACP, FHIMSS, chief medical information officer, Sparrow Health System, will also begin his tenure as chair of the board and Beth Casey Halley, RN, MBA, FHIMSS, principal advisor, MITRE Corporation, will begin her term as vice chair. Read the full article.

HIMSS and PCHA Executive Leaders: Align New Technologies with Consumer Needs
Carla Smith, HIMSS executive vice president, and Patty Mechael, PCHA executive vice president, comment on mobile health and digital technologies in the current health IT market. #Engage4Health. Read more about it.

Blending Structured and Unstructured Data to Develop Healthcare Insights
This paper from the FY16 HIE inPractice Task Force: (1) introduces the concepts of unstructured and structured data in healthcare, (2) provides a process illustration of their data flow, (3) discusses mini-case studies demonstrating new insights that can come from blending these types of data and (4) outlines recommendations for next steps for processing the growing volumes of electronic health data to improve patient care.

CLOSING SOON! HIMSS HIE Measures and Enterprise Survey
We are inviting all HIMSS members who are interested parties in Health Information Exchange to participate in an anonymous, 10-minute online survey about your organization’s experiences with health information exchange. Click this link to complete the survey. We will be sharing aggregated statistical results to all HIMSS members as a thank you for your time and to help you better understand the national landscape of health information exchanges.

Apply or nominate a fellow HIMSS member for an award today
Many dedicated and talented people work in health IT, but there aren't many opportunities to acknowledge them. HIMSS is now accepting nominations for awards that celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the transformation of health through IT. Make someone's day by nominating them for an award today!  Applications will be accepted until Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. CT. Recipients will be honored at an awards gala at HIMSS17 in Orlando. Apply or nominate a fellow HIMSS member for an award today.

Call for applications for HIMSS Scholarships now open
HIMSS is now accepting applications for scholarships for student members who have achieved academic excellence and exhibit potential as future leaders in the healthcare information and management systems industry. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. CT. Recipients will be honored at an awards gala at HIMSS17 in Orlando. Apply for a HIMSS scholarship today.

HIMSS chapter sponsored veterans career services scholarships
Are you a veteran, transitioning service member, eligible spouse or survivor interested in a career in health IT and would like to attend HIMSS17? HIMSS chapters are proud to sponsor scholarships for Veteran Career Services guests to attend HIMSS17. The scholarship will cover HIMSS17 registration, airfare, lodging and per-diem stipend. Apply today.

Nominations Now Open for HIMSS North America Nominating Committee
HIMSS North America seeks health IT leaders and strategic thinkers to serve in open positions on the HIMSS North America Nominating Committee. Candidates must be Regular or Life Members or the senior executive representative of a Corporate/Non-Profit Partner Member firm, and must have achieved advanced membership status (Senior Member or Fellow) prior to being slated. Submit complete nominations (self-nominations or other) to Denise Ambrose by Aug. 12. For more information, visit our website.

Subscribe to the HIMSS Information Xchange
The HIMSS Information Xchange e-newsletter features extended coverage of all aspects, issues and topics pertaining to interoperability and standards leading to health information exchange. Subscribe today.

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.

Share your HIT story for 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. Share your story to support National Health IT Week (September 26-30). National Health IT Week 2016 is an independent, Partner-driven virtual awareness week made up of local, regional and national events that offer all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite in support of the benefits that health information technology (HIT) can bring to U.S. healthcare. We hope your organization can join - there is no cost for HIMSS members to become Partners of National Health IT Week 2016. Become a Partner in National Health IT Week 2016 today.

Boston's Privacy & Security Forum accepting calls for proposals
Healthcare IT News and HIMSS are accepting speaker proposals for the Privacy & Security Forum in Boston, Dec. 5-7. The deadline to submit is Aug. 12, 5 p.m. Click here to submit your proposal and for additional information. Submissions are limited to security professionals and experts from healthcare provider and payer organizations, government agencies and academic institutions. Case studies are a priority and presentations should be practical, actionable and solutions-based. The forum provides healthcare security professionals with tools, real-life solutions, best practices and expert insights into how to better manage risk and protect data assets. Click here to learn more or submit today.

HIMSS Revenue Cycle Summit: Call for Speaking Proposals
Healthcare Finance News, Healthcare IT News, and HIMSS are accepting topic and speaker proposals for the Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit in Boston Dec. 6-7.
The agenda for this event fills up quickly so don't delay. Click here to submit your proposal and for additional information. The deadline to submit is August 12, 5 p.m. EST. This two-day event will focus on the key issues and challenges that healthcare providers and payers face as the industry transitions to Obamacare and other new value-based/risk-sharing reimbursement models. A key focus will address how providers are using health IT to drive improvement and efficiency throughout the revenue cycle, especially with data and analytics.

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.

August 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable: The Story of a Patient Story That's Making a Difference for HIT Standards
On August 1, 12 - 1 p.m. Lenel James and Lisa Nelson will share the story of their experience to date with the HL7 C-CDA Care Plan Document standard and its trial use in a multi vendor team that included multiple EHRs and a Payer Care Plan Management System. Register now.

Taking Immunization Workflow Mainstream
The Immunization Integration Program (IIP), a collaborative effort between Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. (CNI), HIMSS and ICSA Labs - takes immunization workflow mainstream, streamlining and improving overall vaccine administration and management process. Learn more here and check out the FAQs for more information.

HIMSS Approved Education Partners
The HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP) designation shows the HIT and academic community at large that an organization provides a world-class, effective health IT and healthcare education program. This exclusive designation signifies that a program exceeds educational expectations in the field of HIT. The current Approved Education Partners are: Belmont University College of Pharmacy, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin HIMT, Kepner-Tregoe, University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics, Roberts Wesleyan College, University of Maryland, Premier, Inc., and Pinnacle Center for Professional Development. Check out the great education our Approved Education Partners provide. Learn more on how your program can become an Approved Education Partner during the June 30 Webinar.

Innovation Matters

Finding the Balance Between Security and Access for Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity attacks are on the rise. While it is important to protect patients’ privacy, it is also vital that doctors are able to easily access information to provide care quickly and efficiently. Three major trends are emerging in the field, which could make it easier to minimize the risk of a security breach. Learn more about these trends in a recent article published in Healthcare IT News.

Tools & Resources

Telehealth connects University of California
University of California Davis - The University of California, Davis Health System is an integrated academic health system with a mission to improve lives and transform health care through bold innovation to achieve a healthier world. The organization employs a robust connected health strategy leveraging telehealth, clinical informatics and patient engagement to create a continuum of care.

HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-Season 1 Highlights- The Importance of Trust: Health Data Security
In this episode, we focus on the role data security & privacy management plays in driving trust amongst clinicians and patients alike. We speak with Sriram Bharadwaj, CISSP, CLSSBB, CPHIMS, Director, Information Services at UC Irvine Health & Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee about the concept of trust in a health data security environment. We also sit down with Lee Kim, BS, JD, FHIMSS Director, Privacy & Security here at HIMSS about current health IT privacy & security trends. Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value EP9: The Importance of Trust: Health Data Security.

Advanced Digital Imaging Strategies
An on demand virtual briefing focuses on helping organizations develop enterprise-wide medical imaging strategies through use of technology and resources that capture digital images. Get the tools and solutions to share healthcare information across multiple devices to improve workplace efficiency, cut costs, and improve the quality of patient engagement. Register now.

Health IT in Action Podcast; An Introduction to TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform)
TIGER Committee Co-Chairs, Marion J. Ball EdD, Senior Advisor, Healthcare Informatics, Center for Computational Health, IBM Research, IBM Industry Academy Member, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University and Michelle R. Troseth, MSN, RN, DPANAP, FAAN, Chief Professional Practice Officer, Elsevier Clinical Solutions, discuss the TIGER Initiative and how participation benefits members and the patients that they care for. Click here to play the podcast.

Other Resources: Q&A Podcast: HIPAA's Patient Access Requirement
Produced by the AMA and HIMSS, listen to Dr. Salvatore Volpe, a physician in solo practice, and Adam Greene, an attorney in Washington D.C. and former regulator at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for determining how HIPAA rules apply to health information technologies, discuss HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule requirements, information on patient portals, and whether Certified EHR technology can be HIPAA compliant.

Being Accountable: The Evolution to Value-based Care
The shift from a fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model represents as big of a change for the healthcare industry as the shift from paper to electronic medical records. As policy & the marketplace adjusts to this new reality, this week's episode brings insights from the field on how alternative payment models are transforming the care experience. Listen to Being Accountable: The Evolution of Value-based Care here.



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