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WEEK OF December



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

In this issue: Atlanta Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit next week • Be a part of special Health IT edition of Bloomberg Businessweek • New Innovation Matters column

What's New
Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit starts Monday
The Atlanta Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit kicks off on Monday, Dec. 7 at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta. Join close to 30 speakers from leading healthcare institutions around the country as they discuss the financial challenges met and overcome and the solutions applied in today’s unique financial environment. registration is still available.

HIMSS Innovation Exchange
The HIMSS Innovation Community presents the 2015 HIMSS Innovation Exchange on Dec. 17, 2 - 3p.m. ET. This event will showcase the 2015 Venture+ Forum winners from the Connected Health Conference. Join Nicholas Assad, senior vice president of Business Development, CirrusMD and Anne Weiler, co-founder, CEO, Wellpepper to hear about their winning innovations around closed loop virtual care solutions and a clinically-validated mobile patient engagement platform. Click this link to register today.

Special Section on Health IT Innovation with Bloomberg Businessweek
HIMSS Corporate Members have an opportunity to be part of a special 2016 Custom Section on Transforming Health through IT, published with Bloomberg Media and Bloomberg Businessweek. This section, which will be published in the Feb. 22 issue of the global edition, will reach more than 980,000 subscribers. Extra printed copies of this section will be distributed at HIMSS16 as well. Participating advertisers will be interviewed and featured within the section — a powerful opportunity to reinforce your innovation and leadership to Bloomberg Businessweek’s premier audience of business decision makers and the over 40,000 attendees at HIMSS16. If you would like more information about how your company can participate, please contact Jody Shue, a Bloomberg Businessweek representative, at The commitment deadline is January 5.

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
Moving Beyond the Basics with HIMSS Innovation Center Collaborators
Four HIMSS Innovation Center collaborators shared their insights on, and vision of, healthcare innovation in the Nov. 23 Crain’s Cleveland Business newsletter. Some common themes these healthcare leaders cited included:
  • Attention to quality patient outcomes;
  • Exceptional customer service; and
  • Value of data analytics to improve patient outcomes.
Read the entire article to learn more from Dell, Direct Consulting Associates, Inc., OnX Enterprise Solutions, and ScriptPro, the four collaborators that responded to questions HIMSS posed.

Tools & Resources
Article: HIE inPractice Nonprofit Partner Feature: KHIE
In this HIE nonprofit Q&A, Polly Mullins-Bentley, RN, RHIT, CPHQ, State Health IT Coordinator for HIE Nonprofit Partner KHIE, shares some of her lessons learned in overcoming obstacles to leverage state and national-level initiatives, and encourages other HIE organizations to stay positive and look toward advancing HIT for the improvement of overall health outcomes.

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.

Virtual Event: 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 Interoperability Workshop at the 2016 IHE NA Connectathon
Register now to dive deeper into the technical activities, tools, standards and certifications necessary to achieve interoperability through health information exchange at this one-day, interactive educational event. This event takes place on Jan. 28, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland.

Winter 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable
Join us on Jan. 11, 12 to 1 p.m., ET, to learn about Baylor Scott & White’s Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) implementation story successes, challenges and lessons learned. Register today!

Winter 2016 HIE Community Roundtable
Join us on Jan. 21, 12 to 1:30 p.m., ET, to discuss Showing the Impact of HIE with presenter, Joshua R. Vest, Ph.D, MPH. Register today!

Register to Volunteer with the HIMSS16 Interoperability Showcase
HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, in collaboration with IHE, will feature interoperability initiatives from Healthcare Stakeholders, public policy decision makers, and the industry. HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, Nevada will be the best yet and we need your help! Apply to volunteer with the HIMSS16 Interoperability Showcase.

Become a member of the Health Story Project Roundtable
Join the Health Story Project Roundtable to take an active role to advance the patient's story. Click the "Join Roundtable" button and login with your HIMSS username and password to view your HIMSS Participations. Then click "Edit Participations" select "Health Story Project," and save your updated settings.

Defending the Castle: Essentials of Secure Cloud Computing
On Demand
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, discover the advantages of cloud computing as a first line of defense against cyber-attacks, safety breaches and natural disasters.

HIMSS Chapters
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.


Mark Parkulo, MD, Chair, Meaningful Use Coordinating Group, Mayo Clinic, is a division chair of the HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee (ACEC).
Read the full interview

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