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WEEK OF August



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

In this issue: HIMSS Names Harold “Hal” Wolf III as New President/Chief Executive Officer; HIMSS Launches Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship; Expand Your Knowledge of C-CDA and Realize the Storytelling Power of these Documents.

What's New

HIMSS Names Harold “Hal” Wolf III as New President/Chief Executive Officer
HIMSS has announced the appointment of Harold “Hal” Wolf III as its new president and CEO, starting September 2017.

Nominate Someone for HIMSS North America Board of Directors
HIMSS seeks health IT leaders with a demonstrated ability and aptitude for strategic thinking and experience in governance to consider candidacy for service on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors. Submit complete nominations (self-nominations or other) to Denise Ambrose by August 18, 2017. Please visit our website for complete information.

Nominations Now Open for HIMSS Nominating Committee
HIMSS seeks health IT leaders and strategic thinkers to serve in open positions on the HIMSS Nominating Committee. Candidates must be Regular or Life Members or the senior executive representative of a Corporate/Non-Profit Partner Member firm, and must have achieved advanced membership status (Senior Member or Fellow) prior to being slated. Submit complete nominations (self-nominations or other) to Denise Ambrose by August 18, 2017. For more information, visit our website.

HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report for July 2017
HIMSS just published the July 2017 issue (Vol. 13) of the HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report. Highlights from this report include the following: new SMB vulnerability (0 day), Win32/Industroyer malware, IoT ransomware attack, API security checklist, and upcoming Adobe Flash deprecation. This report may be freely accessed at The next report will be the July 2017 issue. Reports are published on a monthly basis. An RSS feed is also available on the web page.

Blog: Kicking off the 21st Century Cures Act
ONC recently convened several major interoperability efforts in discussions that intend to connect the health IT ecosystem. The 21st Century Cures Act requires a trusted exchange framework and common agreement provisions.

HIMSS Veterans Career Services Webinar: The Transition into the Civilian Workforce
John Reed, Senior Executive Director, Robert Half Technology This session will help veterans who are re-entering the workforce brush-up on job search tactics, the current hiring environment and understand their value and transferring their skills into a fulfilling career.

  • Review the basics around navigating through the job search, resume building and interview basics.
  • Discover the hiring environment right now for professionals entering or re-entering the workforce.
  • Learn what value veterans bring to the workforce, how to parlay the skills and attributes you've gained into a civilian career.
Wednesday, Aug. 9, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - last chance to register! Register Now.

Expand Your Knowledge of C-CDA and Realize the Storytelling Power of these Documents.
Monday, August 7, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET
When should each C-CDA clinical document type be leveraged? On this Health Story Project Roundtable, panelists will show how new CDA rendering options are revealing the storytelling value of C-CDA documents and increasing their relevance and pertinence in clinical settings.

Awards & Scholarships

Call for Applications for HIMSS Scholarships Now Open
HIMSS is now accepting applications for scholarships for student members who have achieved academic excellence and exhibit potential as future leaders in the healthcare information and management systems industry.

HIMSS Foundation Scholarships

Chapter-Supported Scholarships

Applications will be accepted until Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm CT.  Apply for a HIMSS Scholarship today! For more information, contact

Call for Nominations for HIMSS Awards Open
Lots of talented people work in health IT but few take the time to nominate someone. Make someone’s day by nominating them today! HIMSS is now accepting nominations for awards that celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the transformation of health through IT. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. CT

A variety of awards will be given in each of these categories:
Chapter Awards
HIMSS Service Awards
HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards (Nominations close on Monday, August 28, 2017)
Industry Service Awards
Publications Award

HIMSS Chapter Sponsored Veterans Career Services Scholarships
Are you a Veteran, Transitioning Service Member, Eligible Spouse or Survivor interested in a career in health IT and would like to attend HIMSS18? HIMSS Chapters are proud to sponsor these scholarships. The scholarship will cover HIMSS18 registration, airfare, lodging and honorarium.

Visit the Veterans Career Services for more information and to apply. Applications will be accepted until Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm CT.

Innovation Matters

HIMSS Launches Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship
The Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship, sponsored by the HIMSS Foundation, recognizes the leadership and passion for innovation in digital health technology of its namesake, HIMSS president and CEO for more than 17 years.

The Value Brief

Protecting Your Stakeholder’s Privacy With Information Sharing
In a recent blog post, Lee Kim, director, privacy and security, healthcare information systems, HIMSS North America, states thatinformation sharing is vital to the security and safety of the sector, and stakeholders within the sector.

Kim says Information sharing is useful for all types of incidents and threats. Whether there is a threat of something actually occurring or an incident has actually occurred, both threats and incidents have indicators to help determine what has occurred (in the case of an incident) or what may occur (in the case of a threat).

Read the full blog post to learn more about information sharing.

View the latest HIMSS monthly healthcare cybersecurity and cross-sector report.

Visit the HIMSS Value Suite site to learn more about how security plays  a vital role in patient care and safety. 

Visit the HIMSS Cybersecurity Hub to learn about the latest security issues, available solutions and ways to apply a variety of technologies to impact the safe and secure flow of health information.

Tools & Resources

Early Careerists Webinar: Making Strategic Sense of MACRA
Jonce Smith, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management, Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc.

Delve into understanding how MACRA affects your organization, while strategically assessing how the newly proposed Quality Payment Program changes could translate into dollars for your physicians.  

  • Shed light on 2018 proposed rule nuances and how they affect differing providers
  • Assess QPP exemption opportunities for 2018 reporting
  • Consider implications of not participating
  • Discuss how to optimize data analytics for reporting success
  • Create a strategic roadmap for multi-year reporting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm Central
Register Now

Register for the July C&BI Community Webinar event - Technology and Teamwork: An Award Winning Strategy for Improving Patient Care and Operational Efficiency Dr. Todd Stewart and Andrew Eilers will explore the journey of HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award winner Mercy  through the development of clinical pathways and the use of standardized automated tools, process metrics and adherence monitoring to accelerate performance in quality, cost and patient experience. 

In case you missed the May C&BI Community Webinar,  Population Health -- Making it Work, listen to 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. Access the recording here.

NEW! An Operating Model, Staffing, and Skills Guidance for Analytic Maturity
Healthcare is facing unrelenting demands for cost containment, quality, and safety. Proficiency in data and analytics is the new core competency. Analytics maturity will be critical for success. This guidance provides insights to help answer to some of the most common skills and staffing resources questions your organization might face along its journey to analytics maturity. | Learn More

NEW! Population Health Management and IT Capabilities Model
Interact with a new HIMSS population health management model that identifies population health domains and capabilities, and maps nearly 400 functions to Value-Based Care (VBC) payment models to help bring clarity to your population health efforts. Share your thoughts: We are seeking input and comments from the public for this draft version. | Learn More


HIMSS18. Where IT connects for health. March 5 - 9 2018 in Las Vegas.


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
Connected Health Conference | October 25-27 | Boston, MA


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