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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: 2017 HIMSS Joint LTPAC and Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable; Activating Healthy Lifestyles at the HIMSS Innovation Center; Save 20% off TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Subscriptions in June

What's New

2017 HIMSS Joint LTPAC and Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable
Dori A. Cross, BSPH from the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan presented on Investing in Post-Acute Care Transitions: Electronic Information Exchange Between Hospitals and Long-Term Care Facilities. Watch now!

Hospital Readmissions from a Health Information Exchange Perspective - Blog from the Nebraska Health Information Initiative
by Deb Bass, chief executive officer, Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) - a HIMSS Nonprofit Partner and ConCert by HIMSS Champion With concern on readmission penalties and frequency of patient readmission to a variety of hospitals, it seems that health information exchange offers both needed information and reduction - or elimination - options for readmission penalties. Learn more.

Innovation Matters

Activating Healthy Lifestyles at the HIMSS Innovation Center
Global Wellness Day, founded by Belgin Aksoy Berkin in 2012, celebrates annual worldwide health and wellness. On June 10, HIMSS Innovation Center joined forces with over 44 leading community stakeholder organizations to celebrate wellness and promote awareness through educational training about how to lead a health-conscious lifestyle.

The Value Brief

In the latest STEPS To Value episode, “How CHOC Drives Value through an Optimization-Focused Culture,” host Rod Piechowski speaks with James Cappon, MD, chief quality officer, and Caroline Steele, MS, RD, CSP, IBCLC, director, clinical nutrition and lacation, from the 2016 Davies Award winning Children’s Hospital of Orange County.  Cappon and Steele discuss how they were able to optimize the people, processes and technologies tasked to care daily for one in 100 kids in the United States.

Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how health IT brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site.

TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

The Evolution of the TIGER Initiative
TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) began as a grassroots initiative in 2006 within the nursing community, with support from over 70 contributing organizations including the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and HIMSS, two grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a personal endowment. Focused on better preparing the clinical workforce to use technology and informatics to improve the delivery of patient care, TIGER transitioned to HIMSS, effective September 22, 2014 under Clinical Informatics with an interprofessional, interdisciplinary focus. This article details the initiative’s history leading up to where TIGER’s mission has advanced to in 2017. Click here to access the full CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing article.

Save 20% off TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Subscriptions in June
Powered by HIMSS, the TIGER VLE is a one-stop online health IT education portal for academic professionals, students, adult learners, and clinical educators. The VLE contains resources reflective of core international competencies designed to take you from A to Z in Health IT:

  • Easily integrate health IT modules and resources into your curriculum
  • Earn CPHIMS and CAHIMS credits; prepare for the CAHIMS certification
  • HIMSS courses tied to certificates of completion
  • Access the VLE through a one-year, unlimited access $40 subscription that includes the webinar series and archive.
Don't overlook this low cost, high value online health IT learning solution designed to expand skillset and knowledge base on important health IT and informatics topics. Receive 20% off subscriptions throughout June by entering the TIGERVLE20JUN in the Discount Code box on the VLE registration page. Click here to subscribe today!

TIGER VLE Webinar Series and Archive
The VLE Webinar Series is designed to get to know leaders in the health IT field and is ideal for knowledge expansion and staff development/training. CPHIMS/CAHIMS enduring credits are designated for 1 hour per event. Webinar events are recorded live and then archived in the VLE’s Events Theatre for on-demand watching. Here are the next event details:

Professional Development in Clinical Informatics
Tuesday, July 11 | 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
This research project examined current orientation and professional development processes; reviewed and revised orientation and professional development documents; created competencies for CIs; formalized these competencies into a Competency, Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation (CAPE) tool; and integrated the use of the CAPE tool to record ongoing professional development for CIs. Presented by Melisa Gregorio, RN, MSN and Ricki-Lee Prestley, RN, BSN. Click “Add to Calendar” to reserve your spot *

If you missed the SUNY Plattsburgh’s TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Stories webinar on June 14th, click here to access the Event recording.

EU*US eHealth Works to Improve Global Workforce Development
The EU*US eHealth Works to Improve Global Workforce Development white paper discusses the ways in which the EU*US eHealth Work Project, in cooperation with its Consortium members and a large stakeholder community, will work to measure, inform, educate and advance development of a skilled eHealth workforce throughout the European Union, United States and globally. The overall project goal is to create a legacy of digitally empowered health care professionals now and in the future.

The project began Sept. 1, 2016, and will span 18 months, culminating in Feb. 2018.  Consortium members are: Omni Micro Systems/Omni Med Solutions UG (Germany), EHTEL (European Health Telematics Association (EHTEL) (Belgium), University of Tampere (Finland), University of Applied Sciences Osnabruck (Germany), Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (Germany) and HIMSS Foundation (project execution by the TIGER Initiative).

Learn how the EU-US eHealth Work Consortium was formed to uniquely answer is call - click here to download the white paper today!
Tools & Resources

HIMSS Approved Education Partner Program Webinar
Wednesday, June 28 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Is your educational institution or training program interested in being part of an exclusive group authorized to offer HIMSS-approved review courses and training programs? If so, look no further than the HIMSS Approved Education Partner (AEP) program. Join us as we:

  • Define the components of the Approved Education Partner program.
  • Identify the ways that your organization will benefit.
  • Discuss the AEP application process.
Learn More and Register Now!

Women in Health IT Webinar: June 26 A physician's story: A clinician’s career transition from bedside to boardroom
Women in Health IT share stories of how they changed their career path, expanded their skillset to make an impact, and transformed what it means to be a physician across the healthcare continuum. As leaders in the field, these women share their unique perspectives on healthcare policy, clinical experience, transitioning to executive work, and taking advantage of new learning opportunities.

Dr. Geeta Nayyar, MD, MBA, Chief Healthcare & Innovation Officer, Femwell Group Health, Inc.
Dr. Milisa Rizer, MD, MPH, FHIMSS, CPHIMS, Chief Medical Information Officer, The Ohio State, University Wexner Medical Center
Dr. Carol Steltenkamp, MD, MBA, FAAP, FHIMSS, Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Kentucky HealthCare, Professor of Pediatrics, UK College of Medicine

HIMSS Innovation Community Webinar:Health Care Investment Pulse Check: The Venture Capitalists' Mid-Year Review
June 28, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Join our panel of venture pundits in this Do-Not-Miss half-time huddle as we discuss a mid-year review of digital health investments, what we thought we knew, what we know now, and what to expect in the second half of 2017.

Interoperability & Standards Webinar Panel: Continuing the Conversation: Tearing Down Interoperability Barriers - Real Life Impact on Business Technology & People
Interoperability continues to be an issue that stakeholders across the health and healthcare ecosystem find difficult to address. In this session, our panelists continue the conversation that began at HIMSS17 on the remaining barriers and opportunities surrounding the complex topic of interoperability. Watch the recording now!

Recording now available! Creating a Community of Care:  Lessons from the Trenches
This Special 2017 Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Community Roundtable highlighted the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership efforts to create 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). Watch now!


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HIMSS Chapter Events

June 22 Interoperability: Policy and Practice | Austin Chapter of HIMSS

June 30 2017 Patient Experience Forum | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS


Healthcare Security Forum | September 11-13 | Boston, MA
Pop Health Forum | October 2-3 | Chicago, Ill.
Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum | October 23-24 | Boston, MA


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