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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: Boston Privacy & Security Forum two weeks away • Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit Call for Proposals open • New weekly column, Innovation Matters, highlights the HIMSS Innovation Center

What's New
Learn critical defenses from Richard Clarke in 2 weeks at the Privacy & Security Summit
We live in unnerving times, with new threats arising at every turn. Knowing where to focus your cyber security strategy is as essential as it is daunting. Former former White House cybersecurity czar and counter terrorism expert Richard Clarke (who has recently been seen offering his opinion on several news talk shows about the events in Paris) spoke with Healthcare IT News about worst-case scenarios in a large-scale cyber attack and how the healthcare industry can prepare. Clarke joins over 70 speakers to illustrate the challenges, potential dangers and answers to cybersecurity’s growing role in healthcare as the industry leans more and more on digital information. There are only two weeks left so register now.

Intermountain leader to speak at Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit
Todd Craghead, VP of revenue cycle at Intermountain Healthcare, was the first executive at Intermountain to hold his position. His mandate was simple: reorganize the system's revenue cycle. He'll share how he centralized the revenue cycle process across a group of hospitals that were operating more or less independently. And while Intermountain is a large system with more resources than most, the lessons learned from its journey to revenue cycle improvement can benefit all. Don't miss Craghead and the rest of this two-day event highlighting what is becoming more and more important in the changing healthcare financial picture. Register here.

HIMSS16 Unveiled: Maximizing Your Attendee Experience
Discover everything that places HIMSS conference above the rest. During this virtual event, on Dec. 9, 1 - 2 p.m. (CT), let HIMSS leaders guide you through the show floor, highlight learning and program objectives, and offer tips and techniques to help you cultivate a definitive conference experience.

Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit: Call for proposals
HIMSS and Healthcare Finance are accepting topic and speaker proposals for the Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit, Feb. 29 in Las Vegas at HIMSS16 Annual Conference. The one-day event will dive into how healthcare IT supports the modern healthcare delivery system by providing the tools and solutions needed to drive improvement throughout the revenue cycle. Click here to submit your proposal and for additional information. The Summit focuses on peer-to peer education and delivers information to healthcare revenue cycle and finance professionals. Presentations should be practical, actionable, and solutions-based. Case studies are a priority for this event. Submissions from vendors are not accepted.

Innovation Matters
HIMSS Innovation Center hosts 11 students
Eleven students from John Carroll University spent time at the HIMSS Innovation Center on Thursday, Nov. 12, learning more about the value of and need for innovation in healthcare. John Carroll University, located in suburban Cleveland, is one of the 21 collaborators at the HIMSS Innovation Center. Elena Manilich, PhD, assistant professor, department of mathematics and computer science at the university, facilitated the class visit.

Tools & Resources
Article: Designing an eVisit
This resource is designed to provide guidance on how the design and implementation of virtual encounters or "eVisits" can be created. This SlideShare covers the utilization of telehealth products and services by healthcare organizations, as well as the reasons driving their adoption. This resource is focused on reasons to adopt telehealth as a service line, the types of technologies widely deployed, and the financial implications associated with offering care in a virtual setting.

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.

HIMSS Submits Comments on 2016 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory
In a November 5th letter to Dr. Karen DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), HIMSS submitted its comments in response to the Draft 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. The HIMSS letter offers support of the new structural changes to the way in which the content is organized and presented in the Draft 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. Read more.

ZeOmega White Paper
Predictive analytics has been in the population health management (PHM) space for a couple of decades. Predictive modeling vendors have come and gone, and risk scoring has been somewhat commoditized. What’s next? What should PHM leaders expect to help advance program effectiveness and efficiency?

Virtual Event: HIMSS16 Unveiled: Maximizing Your Attendee Experience
Discover everything that places HIMSS conference above the rest. During this virtual event, on Dec. 9, 1 - 2 p.m. (CT), let HIMSS leaders guide you through the show floor, highlight learning and program objectives, and offer tips and techniques to help you cultivate a definitive conference experience.

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.

The CAHIMS Review Course: Online
Don’t miss the last opportunity to sign up for the CAHIMS Review Course this year. This live, instructor-led course consists of four two-hour sessions, Dec. 8, 10, 15, 17, from 1 - 3 p.m. (CT), covering nine modules, and provides an interactive, fast-paced overview of CAHIMS competency areas with a variety of tools and resources. You must have met the minimum requirements as a candidate for the CAHIMS exam before taking this course.

Other Resources: 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!

Other Resources: New HIMSS Podcast "STEPS To Value": Episode 2- Know Your STEPS
Satisfaction Description: In this episode, we begin our exploration of the HIMSS STEPS value framework, starting with the topic of satisfaction. We talk about patient and staff satisfaction with Greg Wolverton, CIO for ARcare, a Davies & EMRAM Stage 7 Community Health Organization. Jonathan French joins us again to highlight Davies award winners who have gained value through satisfaction-focused projects, and Margaret Schulte shares the value stories of the week. Listen to this episode here.

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 Fall Educational Event, Maryland Chapter of HIMSS
Join the Maryland Chapter of HIMSS for their upcoming 2015 Fall Educational Event, "Health IT Innovation in Maryland: The Next Frontier" on Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in speaker Q&A sessions and an interactive panel discussion discovering the Next Frontier of Health IT Innovation. Learn about life and livelihood after electronic health records implementation as we explore Health IT innovations that aid in coordinating a patient's care across providers and connecting consumers with that care. Register now.

Learn the Secrets of the World's Leading Innovators
Learn the secrets of the world's leading innovators on Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CT) in Houston, Texas with the Houston Chapter of HIMSS who are presenting Gautam Gulati, a global leader and innovator. New innovations in technology are forcing organizations - from education to finance to healthcare to hospitality and beyond- to reimagine new possibilities and discover new opportunities. With the customer at the center, we are challenged with finding new ways to create transformational innovation and collaborate at the speed of change. It is becoming paramount for organizations to understand how to thrive in such an unpredictable environment, or risk being irrelevant. For more information, click here.

The Future of Information Technology in Military Health
The National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS is holding its monthly educational session on Nov. 19 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Key Bridge Marriott, Arlington, Virginia. The program this month is The Future of Information Technology in Military Health, highlighting the Defense Health Agency (DHA). The DHA is responsible for driving greater integration of clinical and business processes across the Military Health Systems (MHS). Register now! For more information, please contact Laura Bennett.

Northern California Chapter of HIMSS hosts first meet up
The Northern California Chapter of HIMSS will be holding their first Meetup in the South Bay at San Jose’s Prysm, Inc., on Nov. 19 from 6 - 9 p.m. Come and enjoy refreshments, a drink or two and meet healthcare IT professionals, providers, and thought leaders in the area. NoCal is excited to tell you about CAHIMS/CPHIMS certifications and upcoming Chapter events. Membership not required, but sign up forms will be available. Register now!

Greater Chicago Chapter of HIMSS December webinar
Join the Dec. 1 webinar from 12 - 1 p.m. (CT) hosted by the Greater Chicago Chapter of HIMSS. The webinar is based on the best-selling book, Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work. The Financial Times of London praised the book as having "practical suggestions for employers who want to change their organizational culture.” Connection Culture has been honored or recognized as one of the best business books of 2015 by organizations included The Institute for Management Studies. In this webcast you will learn three types of relational subcultures in every organization; six universal human needs to thrive at work and five elements of a connection culture that helps individuals and organizations thrive and more. Register now!

Southern California Chapter of HIMSS 8th Annual CIO Forum
Join the Southern California Chapter of HIMSS for their 8th Annual CIO Forum on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. Register now! For more information, email Toon Prasertsit.


Jaime B. Parent, FCHIME, CPHIMS, is associate CIO and vice president of information services at Rush University Medical Center. He also serves as assistant professor, health systems management, College of Health Sciences at Rush University. A retired lieutenant colonel from the Air Force Biomedical Services Corp, Parent is a current member of the Veterans Career Services Advisory Council, and served as the chair for the first 18 months of the program.
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2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition—Las Vegas


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Boston Privacy and Security Summit

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Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit

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