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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: Participate in the HIMSS 2016 Leadership and Workforce Survey; New STEPS to Value Podcast Episode; Winter 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable

What's New

Participate in the HIMSS 2016 Leadership and Workforce Survey
Your voice is needed! As part of HIMSS’ ongoing health IT research efforts, we are asking you to share your thoughts on your IT staffing needs and experiences as well as the issues driving your clinical IT efforts in the coming year. The link to our survey will remain open through Monday, Dec. 12. Please be assured all responses are confidential and results will only be presented in the aggregate. Share your experiences by completing the survey.

New STEPS to Value Podcast Episode: Honoring Humanity During Technological Change
In this episode of STEPS to Value, we are going to discuss how technological, regulatory and operational changes over the past ten years has affected the healthcare industry with Dr. Ferdinand Velasco, HIMSS North America Board member and Chief Health Information Officer at the Davies award-winning Texas Health Resources.  We also hear from Dr. Velasco on how his Annual Conference experience has changed over the 15 years he's attended the event. Listen to Honoring Humanity During Technological Change

Winter 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable
Jan. 18 from 11:30 - 1:00 pm Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD from the University of Michigan, will present A National Perspective on Interoperability Progress and Challenges, and Brian Behlendorf from Hyperledger will present on The Impact of Blockchain Technology on HIT. Register Now!

2016 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey
Since 2004, HIMSS has surveyed the nursing informatics community to gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the informatics nurse professional. We need your feedback to complete the big picture for 2016. This survey will capture current professional status, salary and practice trends, while identifying changes that have occurred over the years in the nursing informatics workforce. Share Your Insights.

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 using this link.

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.

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 who want to broaden their career choices. For more information, please contact Trisha Pongco, Coordinator, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS NA. To sign up, click here.

Corporate Member Focus Groups
Participate in a Corporate Member focus group at HIMSS17 to share your opinions and gain insight from other participants - and walk away with a $100 eGift card! With 70+ sessions available, ranging from topics on precision medicine to population health management to cloud services, your valuable input will help guide and influence vendor decisions.

Tools & Resources

Upcoming HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Webinar on the National Cyber Incident Response Plan
The HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Community is pleased to announce that a speaker from the US Department of Homeland Security will give an update on the status of the National Cyber Incident Response Plan. The WebEx webinar will be held on Dec. 13 from 3-4PM. To register, please visit our community web page at Questions? Please contact

HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Environmental Scan Report for November 2016
Earlier this week, HIMSS published the November 2016 issue of the HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Environmental Scan Report. Highlights from this report include malware trends affecting connected devices, cybersecurity predictions for 2017, botnets, tracking technology, and more. This report may be freely accessed at


HIMSS17 Preconference symposia. February 29, 2016 Orlando, FL. Arrive one day early. Continue with a competitive advantage. Get the details >>


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

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


Dec. 6 2016 Holiday Luncheon | Utah Chapter of HIMSS

Dec. 6 Medical Device Product Development for Startups - The Bitter Pill | New Mexico Chapter of HIMSS

Dec. 6 2016 Regional Networking Event | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS

Dec. 7 2016 Holiday Reception | Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS

Dec. 8 2016 Winter Social | Delaware Valley Chapter of HIMSS

Dec. 8 9th Annual CIO Forum | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS


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Arista Networks
Booz Allen Hamilton
CACI International
Citrix Systems
Dell Healthcare & Life Sciences
Doc Halo
Enovate Medical
Extreme Networks
Hospira, a Pfizer Company
Lantana Consulting Group
Lifepoint Informatics
Philips Wellcentive
QPID Health, an eviCore company

Take a closer look at the industry news and Health IT resources from our HIMSS Corporate Members.

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Note: The inclusion of an organization name, product or service in this publication should not be construed as a HIMSS endorsement of such organization, product or service, nor is the failure to include an organization name, product or service to be construed as disapproval.


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