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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: Veterans Career Services Webinar: Transitioning Your Career to Healthcare IT; HIMSS18 General Education Call for Proposals; Population Health -- Making it Work

What's New

Veterans Career Services Webinar: Transitioning Your Career to Healthcare IT
Transitioning from the military to a civilian career in HIT can be challenging, but through this presentation attendee will gain the skills and insights needed to be more successful.  They will also learn where the opportunities are in today’s evolving healthcare market.

  • Describe the steps taken from others who have transitioned from military to civilian healthcare IT
  • Identify the keys to career success in HIT
  • Understand the HIT landscape and emerging career opportunities
  • Learn useful tips to successful networking, building your brand and an effective resume

Special June 2017 Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable: Creating a Community of Care:  Lessons from the Trenches
Thursday, June 8 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET
Over the last several years, the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership has focused on creating a collaborative, community-wide approach to improving health care for the low-income uninsured and Medicaid population of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. By leveraging the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN). Learn more and Register Now!

Show your Support of Health IT - Join us as a Partner of National Health IT Week, Oct. 2-6, 2017
National Health IT (NHIT) Week, Oct. 2-6, 2017 is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT. Each year, NHIT Week Partners come together to educate industry and policy stakeholders on the value of health IT for the US healthcare system. Partners engage by announcing their support, attending or hosting events, participating in social media and virtual marches, sharing #IHeartHIT stories, and more. Demonstrate your support of health IT through Partnership of this important week. If your organization has participated in the past, confirm your support by emailing If you are new to NHIT Week, fill out the Partner Sign-Up Form to participate.

Visit HIMSS at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses NTI 2017 Houston, TX | May 22-25
Share the experience of AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) with your colleagues, May 22-25, and take home new evidence-based knowledge to make an impact at the bedside. With more than 37.5 continuing education contact hours, the outstanding and diverse learning opportunities and inspirational gatherings promise to reignite your commitment to your practice and our profession. Visit HIMSS at Booth 3857 for sessions on Transitions of Care in the ICU, Optimizing Technology for Addressing the Triple Aim, Improving Care Coordination, Organizational Competencies, Exploring TIGHER, and the Role of Nursing Informatics. Learn more.

HIMSS18 General Education Call for Proposals opens Monday June 12, 2017 -  Monday July 17, 2017
 We also have scheduled a webinar, open to anyone, entitled “Creating a Sound Proposal for HIMSS18: A Detailed Overview” for Tuesday May 16th from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Central Time. Register for the webinar.

Population Health -- Making it Work
Many physician practices are implementing a population health strategy. The Marshfield Clinic Health System has been on this journey for more than ten years. Join the HIMSS Clinical & Business Community on May 25th as presenters Kori Krueger, MD, MBA, Medical Director, Marshfield Clinic Health System and Kate Konitzer, MA, Chief Informatics Architect, MCIS, Inc. share their approach in implementing system-wide health initiatives while engaging physician care teams. The presenters also demonstrate how to make population health work in a practical manner. Register now for this event.

HIMSS Approved Education Partners

We are halfway through our series in which we have been recognizing our current participants in the HIMSS Approved Education Partner program.  This week we share information on our partners; Pinnacle Center for Professional Development and Walden University.

Pinnacle Center for Professional Development
The mission of Pinnacle Center for Professional Development is to create a confident, competent, motivated and inspired Health Information Technology (HIT) workforce. Pinnacle helps fill the growing need for HIT knowledge and education by offering programs that impart knowledge, experiences, and apprise clinicians, IT staff, and administrators of current and advance developments in the HIT environment. HIT is a uniquely rewarding complex field, and as such, Pinnacle helps prepare HIT team members for success by offering face-to-face, classroom-based programs, as well as a robust portfolio of web-based courseware which are delivered at any of Pinnacle’s locations or at a site convenient to you. Click here to learn more about Pinnacle Center for Professional Development.

Walden University
Walden University’s program offerings in the field of informatics can prepare professionals to use electronic data to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare. Walden offers a diversity of program offerings to support the professional development needs of informatics professionals. Specially, students in Walden’s, Certificates in Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Informatics, Master of Science in Health Informatics, or Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Informatics are equipped with the skills to help reduce healthcare costs, increase patient access to care, and improve the diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of disease. HIMSS members are eligible to receive a 20% reduction on tuition for Walden programs. For more information, visit Click here to learn more about Walden University.

Tools & Resources

Blog: Interoperability Standards Advisory: Helping People Have a Voice in Their Health Story Want to know how to get involved in a process that converts patient stories into the power to influence policy and inspire innovation? If you make health IT policy decisions or develop health IT technology for patients and consumers, you need to know what the ISA is and how it is evolving to help people have a voice in creating their health story. Read more.

STEPS to Value Episode #33: Is it Time for A Health Data Spring Cleaning?
In this episode, we will explore the impact the digitization of healthcare data has had on clinicians and the patients they care for with Patricia Sengstack, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer at Bon Secours Health System. Listen to STEPS to Value Episode #33: Is it Time for A Health Data Spring Cleaning?

Code Red Episode #8: Finding Strength from Vulnerabilities in the Networked Age
In today’s episode, we will discuss how ARcare, a Davies award recipient and EMRAM Stage 7 non-profit that provides medical and dental care to residents in rural Arkansas responded to a recent cybersecurity breach with Greg Wolverton, CIO of ARcare and Chair of the HIMSS User Experience committee. Listen to Code Red Episode #8: Finding Strength from Vulnerabilities in the Networked Age

Continuing the Conversation: Tearing Down Interoperability Barriers - Real Life Impact on Business, Technology & People
Monday, June 5 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Interoperability continues to be an issue that stakeholders across the health and healthcare ecosystem find difficult to address. In this session, our panelists will continue the conversation that began at HIMSS17 on the remaining barriers and opportunities surrounding the complex topic of interoperability. Learn more and Register Now!

Blog: ONC’s Updated Interoperability Standards Advisory Format Creates Ongoing Feedback Loop
Today’s health IT environment is constantly changing. New stakeholders are joining the health and healthcare landscape; new standards are emerging with the next solution to solving interoperability; new technologies are entering the market to improve the delivery of care. With all of this change, ONC has recognized. Read More.

Blog: Why All the Hype around Analytics?
In just a few short years, jobs in analytics have become some of the most competitive postings in health IT. Recent iterations of Gartner's Hype Cycle have placed “big data” and “advanced analytics with self-service delivery” at the peak of inflated expectations; “machine learning” now sits at the top of the curve. Read more..


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HIMSS Chapter Events


Privacy & Security Forum | May 11-12 | San Francisco, CA
Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum | May 15-16 | San Francisco, CA
Precision Medicine Summit | June 12-13 | Boston, MA 
BrandHIT | June 15-16 | Las Vegas, NV


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