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WEEK OF December



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

In this issue: Utah Health Information Network HIE inPractice Feature; New Alliance Focused on Best Practices for Mobile Health Applications; 2016 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey

What's New

Utah Health Information Network HIE inPractice Feature
Teresa Rivera, President & CEO of The Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) joins us to discuss the history of UHIN. She emphasizes the importance of keeping up with the pace of changing technologies and urges HIE organizations to work together to improve care for patients regardless of where they seek treatment.

New Alliance Focused on Best Practices for Mobile Health Applications
HIMSS joins with the American Heart Association, American Medical Association and DHX Group to form a multi-stakeholder organization known as Excertia. Announced (in a joint news release) at the 2016 Connected Health Conference at Gaylord National in the Washington, DC area, Excertia seeks to improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of mobile health applications (apps).

Improving the Quality of CDA Documents with Testing and Tooling
In keeping with Health Story Project's goal of promoting the value of the patient's story through the use of interoperable CDA documents, we were pleased to host Didi Davis of the Sequoia Project and Nagesh "Dragon" Bashyam, a senior consultant for the ONC, for our November 2016 Roundtable presentation. Read More.

Winter 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable
Wednesday, Jan. 18 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. join 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 Potential of Blockchain Technology in HIT. Register now.

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.

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.

Innovation Matters

Enabling Meetups for Open Source Innovation
The world needs tool of mass innovation. That’s one of the messages shared at the recent Cleveland Docker Meetup at the HIMSS Innovation Center located in the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.  Docker is an open source project that assists in packaging, deploying, and automating Linux applications with open interfaces and standards to enable simplified customization. Find out more.

Tools & Resources

The Financial Implications of Cybersecurity
In this episode of Code Red, we talk with Fred Cox, Director of Information Security at Varian Medical Systems about the financial implications of cybersecurity, including direct and indirect costs of security, the idea of "table stakes" and behavior analytics, and at which point the concept of cybersecurity's ROI can effectively be considered. Listen to Code Red episode #6: The Financial Implications of Cybersecurity

HIMSS Member Engagement Webinar | January 9, at 3:00 CT
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Find the right opportunities for you – attending events, volunteering, participating in a community, advancing your career and more! Take the next to step and register here.


HIMSS presents The Value of Health IT featuring ConCert by HIMSS


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

MobiHealthNews 2017 | February 19 | HIMSS17 - Orlando, FL

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


Women in Health IT. Most influential women in Health IT awards dinner. February 20, 2017. Register today >>


Agile Defense
ALERT Life Sciences Computing
Ambra Health
Amitech Solutions
BY LIGHT Professional IT Services
CDW Healthcare
Ciena Corporation
Client Outlook
Davita Healthcare Partners
Eli Lilly and Company
ESET North America
GE Healthcare
Iatric Systems
Liaison Healthcare
Lockheed Martin
LumiraDx, USA
Martin, Blanck & Associates
Mozaic Medical
Network Services Solutions
Pro-Change Behavior Systems
TeleTracking Technologies
Varian Medical Systems
Virtual Health

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

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