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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: Join over 60 speakers for Boston Privacy and Security Forum • HIMSS 16 Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit Call for Proposals open • NInnovation Matters features virtual personality

What's New
Boston Privacy and Security Forum next week
Dec. 1-3, at the Westin Boston Waterfront, join 60-plus speakers from former White House cybersecurity advisor, the FBI, CERT, NIST, Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, Partners HealthCare and more as they dissect the field of cybersecurity in healthcare and provide best practices and solutions. Don’t miss this important event - there is still time to register.

Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit: Keep the cash flowing during EHR installation
Technology is rapidly changing in healthcare and organizations are often updating, or in some cases, completely revamping their EHR architecture. The question is, how do you keep the financial picture clear during the process. Fred Morgan, senior director of Physician Patient Accounting, at Mercy Health Systems, will discuss what Mercy learned during its yearlong Epic installation at the Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit, Dec. 7-8, at the Grand Hyatt, in Atlanta. Registration is still available.

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 Welcomes Virtual and Robot Presenters
The HIMSS Innovation Center is featuring a new personality: Jennifer, the virtual presenter. She's working at the Cleveland HIMSS Innovation Center to greet visitors, give directions and engage with guests. The virtual experience goes even further with VGo, a robot used for patient monitoring and remote patient visits in the healthcare environment. VGo facilitates virtual tours, security, inspections and interpreter services.

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.

Finding the Value in Health Information Exchange: Part I
Mari Greenberger, HIMSS Director of Informatics, and Rod Piechowski, HIMSS Senior Director of Health Information Systems, uncover the bright spots of how Health IT brings value to all healthcare stakeholders in this Part I of this blog series. Read more.

White Paper: ZeOmega
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: 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: 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
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.

2015 Gulf Coast Chapters Conference
The Gulf Coast HIMSS Chapters Conference is taking place on Dec. 3-4, at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Gold Resort. More information to come at ALHIMSS, LAHIMSS, and MSHIMSS.

Holiday networking event for Arizona Chapter of HIMSS
The Phoenix Country Club is hosting the Arizona Chapter of HIMSS on Dec. 4, from 6 - 9 p.m. Join fellow Arizona HIMSS members for cocktails and buffet dinner at our Annual Holiday Networking Social! The Arizona Chapter of HIMSS believes in giving back to our community and will donate a portion of the proceeds to Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, who works to help homeless families attain independence. Register now.


Webinar: Keep patients from falling through the cracks. Leveraging telemedicine technologies >>


Feb. 29-March 4, 2016
2016 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition—Las Vegas


Dec. 1-3
Boston Privacy and Security Summit

Dec. 7-8
Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit

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