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WEEK OF November



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

In this issue: Two weeks left in the HIMSS North American election • How an EHR transformed one hospital’s revenue cycle • Boston Privacy and Security Summit examines trust and human behavior

What's New
Your vote counts in the HIMSS North America election
If you haven’t voted yet in the HIMSS North America election, you can still cast your ballot. The election is open, so take the time to share your opinion. As a HIMSS member, you can vote on the proposed bylaws changes and for members of the Nominating Committee. You should have received an email invitation with the link to the ballot. If not, please contact please contact user support by phone at 952-974-2300 or by e-mail at Visit the HIMSS website to access the bylaws, FAQ, proposed changes, and for other background materials. The election will close on Nov. 15, so cast your vote now.

How a new EHR leads transition to value-based care
When the leadership at Roper St. Francis Healthcare System decided to spend millions to implement a new enterprise EMR system, they did not do it in a vacuum. They created a multi-department team, including revenue cycle, to make sure that the benefits the new EMR delivered aligned with the 657-bed system’s strategic goal of transitioning to value-based care. Hear the lessons they learned, mistakes made and the end results at the Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit, Dec. 7-8, in Atlanta. Over 25 financial healthcare experts from the field will present their stories. Register now for this unique event.

Beyond usability and economics to trustworthiness
Safe, reliable and secure computing requires empowered users. Users must be empowered to distinguish between trustworthy and untrustworthy machines on the network. Of course, no machine that can be connected is perfectly secure. The capacity of humans as security managers depends on the creation of technology designed with understanding the behavior of human users. Thus, systems must not only be trustworthy, but must also be identifiable as trustworthy. In order for this to happen we must root system development in an understanding of the cues that humans use to determine trustworthiness. Jean Camp, professor at Indiana University will discuss the challenge of trust and security during the Dec. 1-3 Privacy and Security Forum in Boston, along with over 30 other leading cybersecurity experts. Click here to register.

Tools & Resources
Article: ConCert by HIMSS
ConCert by HIMSS is the industry’s only comprehensive EHR and HIE interoperability testing and certification program. Learn how your organization can achieve secure and reliable data exchange. Take action at

New Blog Post: Sharpening Our Focus – Next Steps for the HIMSS Health Story Project
The HIMSS Health Story Project is inspired to make every patient record a meaningful and complete health story that is consistent, connected, and consumable by all that rely on its content. Learn about what’s next for the HIMSS Health Story Project in this Blog Post.

HIE inPractice Feature: Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII)
In this HIE Non-profit Q&A, Deb Bass discusses her experience as CEO of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative, including the importance of creativity and persistence in achieving financial sustainability, avoiding politics and pressures, and keeping the patient in focus.

Virtual event: Ensuring Interoperability of EHRs to Achieve the Triple Aim
A HIMSS Virtual Briefing on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., CT, will help address obstacles to achieving interoperability. Let our experts guide you through EHR implementation by discussing challenges and best practices to ensure lower cost, high-efficiency EHR interoperability in your organization. Register now.

TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Webinar
Thursday, Nov. 5, 12 p.m. (ET), join the hour-long webinar, “Discover HITCOMP: An Interactive Tool for Developing Health IT eSkills.” Based on the interactive tool developed by the EU-US Workforce Development Workgroup, learn about the HITCOMP tool and how to utilize it to update health IT-focused competencies, assure current and future workforces have the required technology skills needed to be successful and enhance experience and performance within the eHealth/Health IT Ecosystem. Presented by Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA, CEO/President of Omni Micro/Omni Med Solutions, Inc., TIGER Committee Member and Scott Zacks, CHTS-CP, TR, PW, IS, Owner of Medical Business Solutions, TIGER International Committee Member. Contact TIGER with questions or for more information. Please note: VLE subscription required to attend this event.

Defending the Castle: Essentials of Secure Cloud Computing
Cybersecurity concerns are on the rise as organizations search for advanced methods to protect patient data, reduce costs and seek more cost-efficient security offerings. In this two-part virtual briefing, starting Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CT), discover the advantages of cloud computing as a first line of defense against cyber-attacks, safety breaches and natural disasters.

Beyond the ACA: Driving the Future of Population Health Management
How are you addressing population health in the care continuum? How can an evidence-based approach impact the Triple Aim? In this two-part virtual briefing, starting Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CT), get the latest approaches to population health including strategies and best practices to manage population health under the Affordable Care Act.

Mobilizing the Patient Experience through Digitization
On Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (CT), learn how having the right information at the right time is critical to delivering safe, affordable, and accessible patient care. While healthcare is noted for its regulatory requirements, the digital age has greatly enhanced workflow, mobility and connectivity, guiding patients and providers toward a richer healthcare experience.

OTHER RESOURCES: The GW Medical Faculty Associates ConnectER Program: Managing Follow-Up ER Visits with Telehealth Case Study
The Medical Faculty Associates’ ConnectER Program is a telehealth service for George Washington University Hospital Emergency Department follow-up visits. This program is designed to leverage telehealth for increased continuity of patient care, quality of care, patient engagement, and operational efficiency after a patient receives treatment in the emergency room. Don’t miss a panel discussion at the Nov. 8 Connected Health Summit, Nov. 8 –11, at the Gaylord National Resort in the Washington, D.C. discussing the case study.

Call for C-CDA Presentations
The HIMSS Health Story Project is collecting real-life Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation stories that demonstrate direct impact on your organization and patient care from the viewpoint of implementation teams, clinicians and the staff’s unique experiences. Share your story today!

Calling All Members
Call for C-CDA Presentations
The HIMSS Health Story Project is collecting real-life Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation stories that demonstrate direct impact on your organization and patient care from the viewpoint of implementation teams, clinicians and the staff’s unique experiences. Share your story today!

HIMSS Chapters
2015 Western PA Healthcare Summit, Western Pennsylvania Chapter of HIMSS
On Nov. 6, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, four leading healthcare business organizations will host a one-day summit to discuss the latest in cybersecurity vulnerability and data security and how to use data to enhance patient experience. Developed in collaboration with the Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Attendees can choose from two topic tracks: (1) Effective Healthcare Administration, and (2) Data Utilization Through the Patient Experience. Register now! For more information, click here.

Seventh Annual Health Reform Summit Greater Chicago Chapter of HIMSS
The seventh annual Health Reform Summit, held by the Greater Chicago Chapter of HIMSS is being held on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 5 - 9 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Naperville, Illinois. This year’s theme is Population Health - what does it really entail? What IT systems are needed to effectively manage health? Value Based Insurance Design – how do you operationalize that concept? The keynote is K. Bobbi Carbone, MD, MBA, executive vice president, Infinite Leap and former president and COO at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center, and a panel discussion will be held with leaders from local healthcare organizations. Register now!

Integrated Revenue Cycle Management and the Impact to Your Bottom Line
The Central and North Florida Chapter of HIMSS is holding an event "The Importance of Integrated Revenue Cycle Management and the Impact to Your Bottom Line." On Nov. 12, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Lake Sumter College (South Lake Campus), in Clermont, Florida. This event is for
CFOs, physicians, practice managers and any role responsible for the bottom line of an organization. The event is $10 for members and those interested can register now.

Enabling Patient Engagement
The Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of HIMSS is holding an educational session "Enabling Patient Engagement" on Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas. Join this respected panel from leading healthcare organizations as they discuss and demonstrate how they are successfully using health IT and other strategies to engage patients in their care. Register now!

You’ve done a great job implementing that new feature. Now what?
The New England Chapter of HIMSS is hosting its November 2015 Educational Social on Nov. 17 from 6 - 8 p.m. in Boston at Longwood Medical. Judy Remz, director, Electronic Health Record Operation for Atrius Health/Harvard Vanguard is presenting "You’ve done a great job implementing that new feature! Now what?" Members pay $10, non-members, $25. Register now.


Connie L. Saltsman, , Pharm.D., MBA, CPHIMS, Senior Director, Medication Management & Clinical Pharmacy Informatics, Pharmacy Services & Clinical Therapeutics, is a member of the HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC).
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Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit

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