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WEEK OF February



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

In this issue: HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers; Focus on Long-Term Good Health with Free Immunization Capability Testing; HIMSS17 TIGER VIP Tour of Interoperability Showcase

What's New

HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers
Looking for a way to give back through HIMSS? We’re currently seeking health IT architects, innovators and trailblazers to serve on HIMSS North America Committees, with a two-year commitment leading and executing HIMSS’ strategic initiatives dedicated to the transformation of health through IT. The application period will be open until Mar. 13. Apply now.

Focus on Long-Term Good Health with Free Immunization Capability Testing
Three (3) organizations working together - CNI Advantage, HIMSS and ICSA Labs, now invite health IT vendors to test their immunization-capable products in the Immunization Integration Program [IIP] supported by CDC. Participation is free of charge. Vendors who participate in this program will demonstrate that their product includes software capabilities that address provider and patient reminders and up-to-date demographics and immunization information.

HIMSS17 TIGER VIP Tour of Interoperability Showcase
The Interoperability Showcase at HIMSS17 is an event that demonstrates the power and availability of standards-based health IT solutions. In collaboration with IHE, this dynamic event will allow attendees to create a patient record and watch it move from system to system across a continuum of care. TIGER’s VIP tour of the Showcase on from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 will provide an up close and personal demonstration of how health information exchange impacts patient care. Over 100 live clinical information systems exchange health data within a wide breadth of care settings, including both acute and ambulatory workflows and the systems used therein. Explore vignettes designated for clinical and business scenarios, plus HIMSS Innovation Center services, government agencies, and stakeholders. Experience the latest cutting-edge technology - systems and devices that deliver interoperability today. Click here to RSVP today!

February 2017 Health Story Project Roundtable: C-CDA Documents: Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange
Feb. 6 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. While C-CDA (Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture) is regularly used in data exchange across the health IT community, the various types of C-CDA documents available for exchange are not well understood. This Roundtable will describe the 12 document types defined in C-CDA, highlight the similarities and differences of the sections within those documents, and show how C-CDA document and section templates can be leveraged as building blocks for more meaningful data exchange. Register Now!

HIMSS17 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Reception
Feb. 19, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Join the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community for a networking reception to meet other like-minded health IT and medical professionals and learn about the I & HIE Community's opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, problem solving and education through this central convening point for Interoperability and HIE. Register now!

Innovation Matters

Introducing the Medical Capital Innovation Competition
The Medical Capital Innovation Competition, a two-day long event, focusing on all things data in healthcare, will be held on Apr. 25-26 at the HIMSS Innovation Center at the Global Center for Health Innovation Center. The competition is open to professional and collegiate teams that concentrate on collection, management, analysis and optimization of healthcare data. Winners will receive access to mentoring from business advisors and a cash prize. Learn more about the event.

Tools & Resources

Medical Device Security in the Age of the "Internet of Things"
In this episode of Code Red, we discuss the impact that connected health will have on medical device security with HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee member Cathy Petrozinno, Principal, Cybersecurity Partnerships and Information Privacy at MITRE Corporation. Listen to previous episodes of Code Red

Free Course-Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics
 HIMSS is excited to be able to offer a free Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics course.  Earn 20 CE hours for use in fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the CPHIMS or CAHIMS by completing this online, self-paced course.  The course begins on March 12 and must be completed by May 20.  Registration is open now through March 12.  Learn more

HIMSS LTPAC Roundtable - De-coding 42 CFR Part 2: Understanding the New Regulations' Impact on Care Coordination
Join industry and government experts as they provide insights on the recently revised 42 CFR Part 2 regulations governing the confidentiality of substance abuse treatment and prevention records.

Never Fear, Help is Here: Pre-order the new edition of the HIMSS HIT Dictionary
Publication of the fourth edition of HIMSS HIT Dictionary is timely for helping us navigate this new and evolving space. This resource, which advances HIMSS’s mission of leading healthcare transformation through the best use of health IT, will first be available at HIMSS17.

Special February 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable: Carequality & The Health Data Sharing Tipping Point
Feb. 8, Providers will share their experiences implementing the nationwide Carequality interoperability framework in a panel discussion. By leveraging existing investments, healthcare leaders tripled the number of care sites enabled to share information across the entire healthcare continuum in just the first 90 days.

TIGER’s Virtual Learning Environment Enhances Informatics Curricula
TIGER’s VLE pilot partner, the University of Great Falls of Montana (sponsored by Providence Health & Services), uses this education portal as an important tool to supplement the curriculum of its new Applied Health Informatics (AHI) Certificate Program to ensure students learn with content that is current, relevant and pertinent. Written by Dr. Stephen C. Burrows, DPM, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, TIGER Committee Member, Clinical Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University, this blog post provides a real world example of how to leverage VLE resources as well as benefits for faculty and students. Click here to access the blog post.

Forecasting Informatics Competencies for Nurses in the Future of Connected Health
The 13th International Congress on Nursing Informatics (NI2016) Post Conference book, Forecasting Informatics Competencies for Nurses in the Future of Connected Health, is now available for online access; all of the chapter PDF’s can be downloaded for free. The TIGER chapter covers the international evolution of informatics competencies. Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, HIMSS Vice President of Informatics, recently shared, “the TIGER international competency synthesis project effort was perfectly poised to inform this book.” Many thanks to Dr. Ursula Hubner, TIGER International Committee Chair, Professor of Medical and Health Informatics, University of Osnabruck Applied Sciences in Germany, for spearheading this unique and impactful global project and all who have contributed along the way!  Click here to access the TIGER chapter directly.

History of the TIGER Initiative Available for Download
The TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) Initiative began as a grassroots initiative in 2006 within the nursing community, with support from over 70 contributing organizations including the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and HIMSS, two grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a personal endowment. Focused on better preparing the clinical workforce to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care, TIGER transitioned to HIMSS, effective Sep. 22, 2014 under Clinical Informatics with an interprofessional, interdisciplinary focus. Download today to learn more!


HIMSS 17 Interoperability and HIE symposium | Sunday February 19 | Orlando. Register now >>


Digital & Personal Connected Health 2017 | February 19 | HIMSS17 - Orlando, FL

Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit | February 19 | HIMSS17 - Orlando, FL

Cloud Computing Forum | February 19 | HIMSS17 - Orlando, FL

Pop Health Forum | April 3-4 |Boston, MA

BrandHIT Marketing Summit | June 15-16 |Las Vegas, NV


Feb. 9 2017 Regional Networking Event | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS

Upcoming Pharmacy Informatics Town Hall Sessions

Feb. 14 Integrated Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) Solutions: Electronic Health Records, Pharmacy Dispensing System Vendors and Web Portal Options

Mar. 28 Best Practices for Electronic Prior Authorization (ePA) Implementation and Adoption: Eliminating Barriers to Workflow Integration for Pharmacists and Providers



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