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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: Share Your Voice on Immunization-related Software Capabilities in EHRs; Nominate Someone for HIMSS North America Board of Directors; HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report for July 2017

What's New

Share Your Voice on Immunization-related Software Capabilities in EHRs
Share your perspective on including immunization-ready applications in electronic health records or health IT systems by answering this four-question survey from the Immunization Integration Program (IIP).

As background, under a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), CNIADV-in collaboration with HIMSS-is advancing the integration of immunization capabilities with EHRs, by identifying and gaining input on such capabilities and advancing a software product recognition program.

2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey Indicates Promising Trend Toward Cybersecurity Preparedness
Healthcare organizations are taking steps to enhance their cybersecurity programs to a greater degree than anticipated, according to the newly released 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. The majority of organizations measured (71 percent) allocate specific budget toward cybersecurity. Additionally, 80 percent of IT leaders measured indicated their organization employs dedicated cybersecurity staff.

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.

Upcoming Pharmacy Informatics Town Hall Sessions:
In collaboration with the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), the Pharmacy Informatics Town Hall Series purpose is to increase awareness, identify the impact and promote the advancement of pharmacy and technology by bringing thought leaders and content to the Pharmacy Community.

Digital Solutions to Fight Medication Non-adherence: Electronic Formulary, Real-Time Benefit Check and Electronic Prior Authorization
August 31, 2017

Specialty Pharmacy and Patient Experience  
September 6, 2017

Blog: A Framework for Measuring Digital Health Interoperability
Working in concert with the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange (I & HIE) Committee, the HIMSS Standards Advisory Task Force, which is comprised of specialized multi-stakeholder industry experts, reviewed and commented on the ONC’s Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework.

Keep up with the Interoperability Showcase! Join our newsletter.
Join the Interoperability Showcase monthly newsletter and receive updates on participation, demonstrations and volunteer opportunities! Be the first to know when updates are posted and stay in the know to plan your HIMSS Annual Conference experience. Join today

Share your health IT story and make a difference.
Personal stories are powerful - and they matter. The business and technical elements of health IT can sometimes prevent us from understanding why our stories are so important. Put simply, technology better enables us to care for each other and ourselves. And we think that’s a notion worth sharing.

Your personal story can help demonstrate the value of health IT - and help inspire the work we still need to do. Have a story to share? Submit it here, or post it on your own blog and share it on your favorite social networks using #IHeartHIT and #NHITweek.

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

Be sure to read personal accounts of the ways other people’s lives have been touched by health IT. Check back often for new stories leading up to and during National Health IT Week, October 2-6, 2017.

Upcoming Women in Health IT Webinar:
Maximizing Minority Voices of Women in Health IT
Panelists discuss the barriers they have overcome and share best practices to lead an inclusive and diverse workforce. Hear how minority women leaders in the health sector achieve their goals despite workforce disparities. Join the webinar on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:00am EST

  • Determine practical approaches to attract, recruit, and retain a diverse workforce
  • Explore issues facing minority women at work and find out how to solve them
  • Identify what steps can be taken to build an inclusive organization

Infoway Partnership Conference Registration Now Open! Early Bird Rates in Effect
Join Canada Health Infoway (Infoway) at the 2017 Infoway Partnership Conference, an annual interoperability event designed to create a forum for knowledge exchange, debate and discussion through a showcase of digital health thought leadership and best practices. This year’s conference will be held in Calgary, Alberta on November 14 and 15. The innovative two-day format features a leadership day designed to set the foundation for deeper discussions in: medication management, interoperability and consumer health solutions.

Infoway is pleased to announce that Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project, is confirmed as the closing keynote speaker. She will offer valuable insights for building nationwide health data-sharing initiatives that enable exchange across disparate geographies, vendors, technologies and networks! Learn about opportunities to showcase your organization, complete your early bird registration, and stay up-to-date about the conference on Twitter @Infoway and #ThinkDigitalHealth!

Meet Our Newest HIMSS Approved Education Partner

Chatham University
Chatham University offers a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics which blends key concepts and theory related to healthcare, data management and technology. The graduate program is fully online and designed for working adults in the healthcare, IT, or business arenas. The program culminates in a health informatics immersion project, carried out under the guidance of an external mentor in the field of informatics. Each of the 10-courses build on one another, amplifying students' mastery of healthcare, technological advances and project management. If you’re working in healthcare, IT, or business, you are well-poised to take advantage of this 18-month, online program.  Click here to learn more about Chatham University’s program.

The Value Brief

Explore Findings of the HIMSS 2017 Cybersecurity Survey Results

Join Rod Piechowski, senior director, health information systems, and Lorren Pettit, vice president, health information systems, On Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET for a webinar during which they will discuss the findings of the HIMSS 2017 Cybersecurity Survey. The study examined how healthcare is managing the current cybersecurity environment, current trends around management, frameworks and other tools used to protect an organization today. Register for the webinar.

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

Tools & Resources

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.

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


Download TIGER’s Informatics Definitions 2.0 Document Today!
In the fall of 2015, TIGER Committee members compiled interprofessional informatics definitions.  The purpose of creating this document was to collaboratively define and document core health informatics terminology in an effort to provide context to the global TIGER interprofessional, interdisciplinary community for consideration when terms are referred to on the TIGER’s main landing page on, in official documents, and within the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  Our intention is for this resource to serve as a helpful tool for those learning about informatics and informatics competencies.

As the field of informatics and competencies grow and change, so will the terms defined within this resource. With this in mind, an update will be provided to this document annually. We are pleased to share that version 2.0 is now available for download - click here to access and download today!

Do you have a term, not currently listed, to share?  Email TIGER with your feedback and proposed inclusions.

Launch of TIGER’s Scholars Workgroup
In FY18, TIGER will launch a Scholars Workgroup, Chaired by TIGER Committee member, Dr. Stephen Burrows, DPM, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, CPHIT, Chair & Program Director, Healthcare Informatics, Sacred Heart University and liaised by Ruth Schleyer, MSN, RN-BC, COI, Senior Program Manager, Informatics Education, Providence St. Joseph Health. The Scholars Workgroup will provide a professional community that will inform and enhance current educational practices through:

  • A network of like-minded professionals within informatics programs
  • Sharing of knowledge and best practices to advance the discipline
  • Networking with colleagues who share similar opportunities and challenges
  • A place to convene, share, and learn about state-of-the-art approaches and best practices in education and training within the academic informatics community
  • Will launch a TIGER Scholars Program - stay tuned for more details!

Are you are interested in becoming a part of this dynamic Workgroup? Please share your bio and CV via email to by August 30th.  

TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Stories
This summer via the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) webinar series & archive, we have been showcasing VLE curriculum adoption stories to inspire you on how to leverage resources and encourage you to join us on the journey of education reform.

On June 14th, we shared the SUNY Plattsburgh’s TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Stories shared how two faculty from the RN-BSN program utilized the TIGER VLEresources in their Nursing Informatics classes in the fall of 2016 and spring 2017. The fall class was taught in a hybrid format, in which 50% of the instruction was online and 50% was face-to-face, in the RN-BSN program while the other utilized the TIGER VLE as the primary resource for an online RN-BSN course taught in the spring of 2017. Click here to access the event recording.


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

HIMSS Chapter Events

2nd Annual Summer Social | Arizona Chapter of HIMSS Aug 25, 2017 5:30pm - 9:00pm MST


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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