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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: STEPS to Value Episode #33: Is it Time for A Health Data Spring Cleaning?; HIMSS HIE inPractice Feature: University of Michigan Learning Health System; Weigh in on Workforce Development - Receive a $100 Gift for Participating

What's New

STEPS to Value Episode #33: Is it Time for A Health Data Spring Cleaning?
In this episode, we will explore the impact the digitization of healthcare data has had on clinicians and the patients they care for with Patricia Sengstack, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Bon Secours Health System. Listen to STEPS to Value Episode #33: Is it Time for A Health Data Spring Cleaning?

HIMSS HIE inPractice Feature: University of Michigan Learning Health System
Joshua Rubin, JD, MBA, MPP, MPH is the Program Officer for Learning Health System Initiatives at the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Learning Health Sciences. He joins us to discuss the LHS, emphasizing the need for all stakeholders to work collaboratively and embrace rapidly changing technologies in order to achieve the goal of interoperable health information exchange for all.

Weigh in on Workforce Development - Receive a $100 Gift for Participating
Your voice is needed on an innovative eHealth workforce development survey. In partnership with TIGER and the HIMSS Foundation, the EU*US eHealth Work Project is surveying to identify global health IT/eHealth workforce development needs, trends and gaps. We need your feedbackto create the big picture, and to enable a highly skilled workforce regionally, across borders and on a global scale.If you share your email address at the end of the survey, you will receive project updates and automatically be entered to win one of three (3) $100 gift cards or a donation to your charity of choice. Click here to take the survey.

C-CDA Documents Provide the Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange
C-CDA Documents are a promising vehicle for interoperability, though misconceptions are common. Read Health Story Project member Nick Mahurin’s blog post on these documents, which can be leveraged for more meaningful data exchange. Many know and utilize the Continuity of Care Document (CCD), but Nick points to other document types that can better serve specific use cases for exchange. These various document templates are discussed in depth in a recent Health Story Project Roundtable. If you couldn’t attend, listen to the recording here!

Tools & Resources

Blog: The Potential for Blockchain Technology in Health IT
by Brian Behlendorf, Executive Director, Hyperledger
Blockchain technology first rose to prominence as the data and networking architecture underpinning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. We believe the decentralized ledger and smart contract features will have the most significant impact on society. Read More.

C-CDA Rendering Tool: A Demonstration of New Features
The Health Story Project invites you to watch this two-part video series with Intelsoft’s Bryn Lewis, PhD, the winner of the 2016 HL7/ONC C-CDA Rendering Tool Challenge, who created a tool to address physician needs for displaying C-CDA documents in a user-friendly format. Learn how this tool can address needs for other stakeholders leveraging C-CDA, download the open source tool, and share thoughts on how to continue to improve the usability of Intelsoft’s C-CDA Viewer.

The Health Interoperability Ecosystem Definition
The health interoperability ecosystem comprises individuals, systems and processes that want to share, exchange and access all forms of health information, including discrete, narrative and multimedia Read More.

HIMSS Dictionary of Health Information Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations, Fourth Edition
This significantly expanded and newest edition of the bestselling HIMSS Dictionary of Health Information Technology Terms, Acronyms, and Organizations has been developed and extensively reviewed by more than 50 industry experts. The fourth edition of this dictionary serves as a quick reference for students, health information technology professionals and healthcare executives to better navigate the ever-growing health IT field.


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