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

In this issue: C-CDA Documents Provide the Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange; Special February 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable - Recording now available; The Health Interoperability Ecosystem Definition

What's New

C-CDA Documents Provide the Building Blocks for Meaningful Exchange
C-CDA Documents are a promising vehicle for interoperability, though misconceptions are common. Read Health Story Project member Nick Mahurin’s blog post on these documents, which can be leveraged for more meaningful data exchange. Many know and utilize the Continuity of Care Document (CCD), but Nick points to other document types that can better serve specific use cases for exchange. These various document templates are discussed in depth in a recent Health Story Project Roundtable. If you couldn’t attend, listen to the recording here!

Special February 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable - Recording now available
Carequality & The Health Data Sharing Tipping Point: Providers shared 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. They shared best practices in implementing the leading interoperability framework, and insights for the future of health data sharing among and between providers, payers, and patients.

The Health Interoperability Ecosystem Definition
The health interoperability ecosystem comprises individuals, systems and processes that want to share, exchange and access all forms of health information, including discrete, narrative and multimedia. Read More.

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.

Tools & Resources

Special Episode: HIMSS 2017 Davies Award Application Process- An Overview
Gain insights on the new application process for the 2017 HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence from Jonathan French, Senior Director, Health Information Systems at HIMSS. Listen to HIMSS 2017 Davies Award Application Process- An Overview

STEPS to Value Episode #31: Leveraging Analytics to Solve Data Mysteries
In this episode, we will explore the impact of clinical and business intelligence in the delivery of care with Kyle Johnson, System Vice President & CIO at Eastern Maine HealthCare. Kyle also shares with us her experiences at the HIMSS Annual Conference and how it has supported her professional life.

C-CDA Rendering Tool: A Demonstration of New Features
The Health Story Project invites you to watch this two-part video series with Intelsoft’s Bryn Lewis, PhD, the winner of the 2016 HL7/ONC C-CDA Rendering Tool Challenge, who created a tool to address physician needs for displaying C-CDA documents in a user-friendly format. Learn how this tool can address needs for other stakeholders leveraging C-CDA, download the open source tool, and share thoughts on how to continue to improve the usability of Intelsoft’s C-CDA Viewer.

HIMSS Dictionary of Health Information Technology Terms, Acronyms and Organizations, Fourth Edition
This significantly expanded and newest edition of the bestselling HIMSS Dictionary of Health Information Technology Terms, Acronyms, and Organizations has been developed and extensively reviewed by more than 50 industry experts. The fourth edition of this dictionary serves as a quick reference for students, health information technology professionals and healthcare executives to better navigate the ever-growing health IT field.


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