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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: Vote for New Members of the HIMSS North America Nominating Committee; Join New HIMSS Nursing Informatics Education & Networking Task Force; Join New HIMSS Nursing Informatics Job Descriptions Workgroup

What's New

Vote for New Members of the HIMSS North America Nominating Committee
During the Oct. 14 - Nov. 14 election period, HIMSS members may choose between six candidates to join the HIMSS Nominating Committee. The three new members will serve a two-year term from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31.Learn more about the HIMSS North America Nominating Committee. Cast your vote now.

Join New HIMSS Nursing Informatics Education & Networking Task Force
The new HIMSS Nursing Informatics Education & Networking Task Force will help structure the education and networking opportunities in the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community and target vital industry topics and emerging trends related to Health Information Technology and Informatics Community. For more information, contact Trisha Pongco, Coordinator, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS NA. To sign up, click here.

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.

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.

Become a “TIGER” Today by Joining Our Listserv
TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform)is a grassroots initiative focused on education reform and interprofessional community development. The spirit of TIGER is to maximize the integration of technology and informatics into seamless practice, education and research resource development. By signing up to the listserv, you will become a “TIGER” and receive the latest community news and opportunities firsthand. Our bi-weekly newsletter, which highlights the most up to date community happenings, headlines, case studies articles, and more, will also be delivered directly to your inbox. Become a TIGER today!

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.

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.

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.

HIMSS17 Preconference Symposia
Getting to HIMSS Conference & Exhibition a day early gives you the opportunity to be immersed in the health IT topic area of your choice while gaining insights from industry leaders, sharing knowledge with peers, and acquiring information that will have a true and immediate impact on your organization. Topics include physician, nursing, business of healthcare, innovation, and interoperability/health information exchange. Preconference events will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19. Learn more.

Innovation Matters

Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit Showcased the Power of Virtual Reality
On Oct. 25, former F-18 Fighter Pilot, Ben Kohlman, and member of Special Operations Brian Ferguson, discussed how virtual reality technology can be leveraged to build elite teams in the most challenging medical environments during their session, “The First Principles of Elite Performance: Ethos, Fear, and Leveraging VR to Build Stronger Teams” at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, which was held at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

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 Hidden Menace in the Body of the Healthcare “Internet of Things”
This blog post explores the potential for healthcare cybersecurity breaches through connected medical devices in light of the Oct. 21 attack during which hackers attacked major components of the internet’s infrastructure through internet-connected webcams, temporarily bringing down dozens of major spaces and services, including Twitter, PayPal, Amazon Web Services.

Interview Captures the Evolution of the TIGER Initiative
HIMSS President and CEO, Stephen Lieber, CAE, and Elsevier's Chief Professional Practice Officer, Michelle Troseth, MSN, RN, DPNAP, FAAN, discuss at length the TIGER Initiative: its beginnings, evolution, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), and what the future holds for inter-professionalism. This interview was taped during the HIMSS Asia Pacific conference in Bangkok, Thailand this August 2016. Click here to access the interview.

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.

Blog: Three Takeaways on Future Efforts for Interoperability
On Oct. 5. the CommonWell Health Alliance convened its Fall Summit and Annual Meeting outside of Boston. The event brought together members from across the health IT vendor industry, some seasoned to these meetings and many new to the CommonWell experience. Read more.

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.

The 2016 Election Results: Exploring the Impact on Health IT Policy
A webinar on Nov. 15 helps you educate newly elected officials on the importance of health IT. Join experts from HIMSS as they examine the election from the presidential, congressional and state levels, and explain the potential impact of the election on healthcare and policy. Questions are encouraged during this webinar. Register now.

Adventures in Precision Medicine: The Good, the Ugly and the Real
A webinar on Nov. 16 examines creating a tailored approach that improves patient treatment options and lowers the cost of care. Our experts will discuss how two organizations are using genetic research to support clinical decisions, and assess concerns around patient security during the shift to personalized therapies. This event is part of the Precision Medicine Channel. Register now.

Enhancing the Patient and User Experience in a Hybrid Environment
A virtual briefing on Nov. 29 helps you get equipped with the necessary resources to offer quality, seamless IT services that improve user experiences from the patient and provider side. Join our experts as they assess the future of the user experience and steps you can take to ensure success. Register now.

Integrating Informatics Competencies into the Philippine Nursing Specialist Programs
This Nov. 17 webinar will share key characteristics identified along with health informatics components infused into country specific nursing programs. Theories and models associated with Informatics Nursing practice will also be described. This webinar will illustrate the findings of this country specific case study included in the TIGER International Committee's competency synthesis project. Presented by John Francis Faustorilla Jr., DNS, University of the Philippines, Manila and moderated by Toria Shaw, MSW, HIMSS TIGER Staff Liaison, Manager of Clinical Informatics.


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