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WEEK OF November



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

In this issue: HIMSS Innovation Community: December Event; YourTurn at HIMSS17; Building an Analytics "Center of Gravity" - Making the Most of a Distributed Analytics Environment

What's New

HIMSS Innovation Community: December Event
Join us on Dec. 2 for this free webinar event as Ted Tanner Jr., Co-founder & CTO of PokitDok will reveal how blockchain can fundamentally change the way consumers, providers, and payers interact in the healthcare system. He'll discuss how to prepare for blockchain's inevitable impact on the industry and cite early use cases. Register today!

YourTurn at HIMSS17
YourTurn at HIMSS17 is a chance for you to help identify the topics discussed at this year's conference. The top submitted proposals have been selected by a HIMSS team of reviewers. Now it is up to you to vote on the sessions you would like to attend at HIMSS17. The topics with the most votes will be selected to be featured in unstructured, 60-minute sessions designed to generate a lively and spontaneous dialog. Voting will take place from Nov. 7 - Dec. 5, and can be found on the YourTurn Webpage.

Building an Analytics "Center of Gravity" - Making the Most of a Distributed Analytics Environment
Join the HIMSS Clinical & Business Community on Nov. 17 as Stephan Blackwelder, PhD, Chief Analytics Officer, Duke Health, provides insights on how a well-constructed central analytics team can serve as an analytics “hub,” and improve the quality and efficiency of the organization’s information-driven decision making. Register now for the event.

A Path Toward an Interoperable Health Record
The HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange (I&HIE) Committee convened a specialized Work Group that consisted of industry thought leaders, vendor representatives and subject matter experts to review the Draft 2017 ISA and formulate comments to the ONC before the Final 2017 ISA is issued in Dec. 2016.

HIMSS Submits Comments on 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory
In an Oct. 23 letter to Dr. Vindell Washington, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), HIMSS submitted its comments in response to the 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory.

Join New HIMSS Nursing Informatics Job Descriptions Workgroup
The Nursing Informatics field is growing substantially. As these roles vary throughout healthcare organizations, it is vital to have job descriptions that can be referenced for needed competencies. This workgroup will explore careers within Nursing Informatics to create standardized job descriptions that can be utilized to educate and expand the knowledge of individuals-from new nurses who want to learn about Nursing Informatics careers to existing Nursing Informaticists who want to broaden their career choices. For more information, please contact Trisha Pongco, Coordinator, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS NA. To sign up, click here.

Innovation Matters

Enjoy an Online Tour of the HIMSS CyberSecurity Hub 
On Tuesday, Oct. 25, during the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, which was held at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Chuck Webster, MD, provided a periscope tour of the new HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub.

Tools & Resources

HIMSS Innovation Community: November Event
Join us for this free webinar event as we take a journey through past, current, and future technologies, identify healthcare trends, and ways to leverage technology in order to achieve your organizations business goals. Click this link to register today.

The Path to Fact-based Patient Engagement Improvement Starts from Technology 
This white paper from ScienceSoft reviews the opportunities that open up when patient engagement is supported by technology.

Clinical Analytics & The Power of Perspective
This episode explores the current & future state of clinical analytics with HIMSS North America Board member Ruben Amarasingham, President & CEO of PCCI.  Ruben also discusses how PCCI's mission-driven approach to pay equity has been a market differentiator for recruiting top talent.  James Deren, Director of IT Planning for CareTech Solutions, will also share insights on health IT trends as part of HIMSS Innovation Community. Listen to Clinical Analytics & The Power of Perspective

Marching to the New Drum Beat of Value through Population Health Management
BLOG: "Triple Aim." We are beating that term to death.  But whether we are tired of it or not, the core concepts of patient engagement, quality improvement, and population health are the new paradigm in healthcare.  We have barely gotten our collective arms around EHR adoption and meaningful use requirements, let alone efficient and effective use of the enabling technologies. Read more.

Improving Patient Safety - Two Part Webinar Series
Learn from thought-leading provider organizations how to support patient safety initiatives. Part one of the series is on Dec. 13 will define best practices to utilize health IT in patient safety initiatives and processes to incorporate into clinical workflows. Part two will continue on Jan. 10  and discuss how to improve the effectiveness of information governance in relation to patient safety and related change management.


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Oct. 24-25 | Boston, MA
Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum

Dec. 5-7 | Boston, MA
Privacy & Security Forum

Dec. 11-14 | Washington, D.C.
Connected Health Conference


Nov. 17 Interoperability: The Key to Data Sharing | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS 

Nov. 17 2016 Fall Networking Social | Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter of HIMSS

Nov. 18 8th Annual Golf Tournament | Arkansas Chapter of HIMSS


A look at trends in population health. A HIMSS webinar. November 29th. Register today >>


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Citra Health Solutions
ForeScout Technologies
Harris Healthcare
Healthlink Advisors
MAP Health Management
Meridian Medical Management
NextGen Healthcare
Optimum Healthcare IT
Oracle Corporation
Samsung Electronics America
SPH Analytics
Taylor Healthcare
Viterion Corporation
Zebra Technologies Corporation

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