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

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Save the Date! HIMSS National Nurses Week 2017
Join HIMSS in celebrating the nurses of our nation, who are at the forefront of improving patient care and transforming healthcare. National Nurses Week raises awareness of the value of nursing and helps educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans. HIMSS joins the American Nurses Association, Alliance for Nursing Informatics, and numerous other partners throughout May 6-12. Two webinars will be featured throughout the week. Registration is free and both webinars are open to the public.

Nursing Informatics 101: Encompassing the Value of Nursing Informatics through the Past, Present, and Future l May 9
Learn about the history of the first Nursing Informatics pioneers, the current role of the Nurse Informaticist, the factors contributing to the growth of the specialty, and an overview of the 2017 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey. Patricia Mook, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CAHIMS, Chief Nursing Information Officer, Inova Health System, current HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee chair and Mary Beth Mitchell, MSN, RN, BC, CPHIMS, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Texas Health Resources, former HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee chair, will lead this presentation.

The Evolution of Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform: The TIGER Initiative l May 12
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. Join us to learn more about TIGER and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), projects and discover ways to get involved in this impactful global initiative.

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.

Participate in the HIMSS 2017 Cybersecurity Survey
Your voice is needed! As part of HIMSS’s ongoing health IT research efforts, we are asking you to share your thoughts on the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, which gauges the perceptions and practices of U.S. healthcare organizations on a number of cybersecurity topics facing the health sector. This year’s survey builds off the baseline cybersecurity posture of healthcare organizations established in previous surveys and explores critical security themes and emerging cybersecurity threats. Responses from all healthcare cybersecurity professionals are welcome. Share your experiences by completing the survey.

The Foundations of Interoperability: Perspectives from the Nursing Informatics Community and IHE
Wednesday, May 3, 12:00 p.m. l Register Here
In this joint collaboration between the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community and IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) Community, viewers will have the opportunity to see Interoperability in the works from both communities’ perspectives. From this presentation, viewers will be able to define interoperability, discuss the current state of standards organizations, and identify the benefits and challenges to interoperability. Led by presenters Denise Maxwell-Downing, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a Perioperative Informatics Nurse Specialist at AORN Syntegrity, Inc and Cathy Ivory, PhD, RNC-OB, RN-BC, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University, HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee Member.

Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth - Blog from the NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
by Rick Schadelbauer, NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association, a HIMSS nonprofit partner
Rural Americans face a number of very dramatic health challenges. They tend to be older, less affluent, and subject to higher instances of chronic disease than their urban counterparts. Despite the fact that the United States as a whole spends more on healthcare than any other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development country, rural Americans continue to face lower life expectancies than those living in urban areas. Learn more.

Innovation Matters

Winners Announced for Medical Capital Innovation Competition
For two days in Cleveland, from April 25-26The Medical Capital Innovation Competition brought together 27 teams from across the globe. These IT and healthcare innovators presented to a panel of judges at this inaugural event, produced by local and national stakeholders The Global Center for Health Innovation (GCHI)Cuyahoga CountyBioEnterprise, and HIMSS. HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith announced the six winning teams whose innovations may be among future solutions to ensure the right information gets to the right person at the right time to make informed decisions.

Tools & Resources

HIMSS Member Engagement Webinar | May 17, 2017 @ Noon
Make HIMSS Professional Development Resources Work for You
Take advantage of HIMSS resources designed to meet your specific professional goals - whether it's building your professional network, identifying new career opportunities, positioning yourself to receive a promotion, developing professionally, or simply increasing your earning potential. Register/learn more here.

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!

Health Story Project Roundtable:
Health Stories Co-Produced: Emerging ISA Use Cases Position Patients as Collaborators
Recording Now Available The ONC’s Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) raises awareness of standards and implementation specifications that stakeholders across the healthcare industry can use to address interoperability needs. ONC is using the ISA to guide innovation that empowers patients within the health information technology (HIT) ecosystem. Watch the Webinar Now!

Unlocking the Hidden Power of Communications Analytics
Recording Available
 Andrew Mellin, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Spok and Jared Stanger, MHA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Business Process Manager, Riverside Health System, demonstrate the clinical and economic value of communication in health systems. The presenters also identify opportunities and challenges to instrument and measure the communication processes. Access the recording here.

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..

Code Red Podcast Episode #9: Strengthening Your Organization's Cybersecurity Culture
In this episode of Code Red, we talk to Defense Health Agency (DHA) Cyber Security Policy Branch Chief and HIMSS17 speaker Servio Medina, CISSP about what we can all do to effectively create a company-wide culture focused on cybersecurity. Listen to previous episodes of Code Red

STEPS to Value Episode #36: Driving Health IT Value Across the Globe
In this episode, we will talk to one of 2016’s Most Influential Woman in Health IT, Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA.  Rachelle discusses the value of engagement with the complexities of this glorious system we call life, and of the systems we have built to sustain it. Listen to STEPS to Value Episode #36: Driving Health IT Value Across the Globe

Recording now available: Spring Quarterly 2017 Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable
This Roundtable highlighted the topics of the HHS IT Strategic Plan, the HIMSS 2017 Leadership and Workforce Survey and The Effects of Health Information Exchange Access on Healthcare Quality and Efficiency: An Empirical Investigation. Watch 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


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HIMSS Chapter Events

May 10 2017 Annual Conference | Oregon Chapter of HIMSS

May 11 2017 Spring Conference | New England Chapter of HIMSS

May 12 2017 Spring Leadership Conference | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS

May 12 Becoming Accountable: Achieving Success in Population Health Management | Michigan Chapter of HIMSS


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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