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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: Podcast highlights the imperative of nurses' voices in HIT; Story of a patient making a difference for HIT standards; HIMSS Longitudinal Gender Compensation Assessment

What's New

HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-Season 1 Highlights: The Imperative of the Nursing Voice in HIT
The conversation between clinicians and designers is integral when developing effective digital clinical technologies. In this episode we hear directly from thought leaders across the nursing field on the state of user experience for nurses today. Listen to the episode.

The Story of a Patient Making a Difference for HIT Standards
The August 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable features the stories of Lenel James and Lisa Nelson and their experience with the HL7 C-CDA care plan document standard and trial use in a multivendor team that included multiple EHRs and a payer care plan management system. Watch Now.

Evolving Payer-Provider Collaboration: What's Next on the Horizon?
An on demand virtual briefing focuses on providing organizations a choice in selecting the most comprehensive and innovative provider-payer service. Transform value-based care initiatives by exploring solutions that modify care for patients and improve healthcare technology for your organization. Register now.

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.

Still time to test immunization workflow online tools
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.

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.

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.

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS17 Evolving with New Opportunities
The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase has evolved to represent an ecosystem where a variety of standards-based health IT enables individuals to securely access, contribute, and analyze their own health data. Join this presentation on Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. to learn more about the "how" and "why" you and your organization should get engaged in our demonstrations. This year includes interactive Gateway Stations, enhanced Education Theater, targeted tours, innovative demonstrations and the Product Marketplace. Register now. #EmpowerHIT

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. Recipients will be honored at an awards gala at HIMSS17 in Orlando. Apply or nominate a fellow HIMSS member for an award today.

There is still time to submit for the 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.

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.

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 5 p.m. Aug. 12. 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 Aug. 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.

Innovation Matters

People, Processes and Technology: Working Together to Keep Healthcare Data Secure
Every healthcare organization is challenged by cybersecurity risks. Fortunately, organizations can use both manpower and technology to ensure that cybersecurity programs are robust and the best they can be. On Oct. 20, the HIMSS Innovation Center will introduce a new resource, the HIMSS Cybersecurity Command Center, to enable stakeholders to collaborate in addressing vital needs for health system architecture. This The interactive, Cleveland-based experience will help individuals understand, prepare, fight cyber threat and avoid data breaches as key requirements for any stakeholder. Learn more from Healthcare IT News.

Tools & Resources

HIMSS Longitudinal Gender Compensation Assessment
Leveraging nine years of data from the biennial HIMSS Compensation survey reveals that on average, female health IT workers in the United States have consistently been paid less than their male peers. The magnitude of pay disparities tend to vary under select conditions suggesting compensation equity is possible. This report summarizes the general directional findings of gender disparity in health IT. Learn more.

New HIMSS Analytics research and LOGIC dashboard look at the outpatient solutions market and adoption levels
After eight years of steady growth, there is now nearly universal adoption of outpatient PM & EHR solutions according to new HIMSS Analytics research. The global healthcare advisor announced the release of the new study last week. Also available as part of the Outpatient Solutions Bundle that includes access to a special dashboard of the Market Intelligence tool, LOGIC, the study looks at current and future adoption of PM & EHR solutions, potential reasons for replacement, confidence levels in solutions, and more. Get more about the study on our blog as well as a free snapshot report of the study and demo of LOGIC.

HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-Season 1 Highlights- The Imperative of the Nursing Voice in HIT
The conversation between clinicians and designers is integral when developing effective digital clinical technologies.  A health IT super user and key voice in that conversation is the nurse.  What technologies & processes are helping them perform their duties?  What effects do the usability & user experience of current health IT products have on nurses’ daily workflow?  In this episode we hear directly from thought leaders across the nursing field on the state of user experience for nurses today. Listen to the episode here: STEPS to Value EP18: The Imperative of the Nursing Voice in HIT

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.



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