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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: AHIMA 89th Convention and Exhibit; What Is The Value of Digital Health?; Awards & Scholarships

What's New

Readying Your Voice for NHIT Week: October 2-6
Stay tuned for more information on how you can encourage your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support key health IT policy priorities during NHIT Week. Want to read more about NHIT Week events, click here.

Interoperability Showcase- What's New at HIMSS18
September 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET | Register
Sign ups for the Interoperability Showcase are already on their way and we want you to join us! Learn what’s new at HIMSS18 and take a look at our use case categories. Use cases change cases and evolve with your involvement so join our webinar and learn more about how to get started. The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase has evolved to represent an ecosystem where a variety of standards enables individuals to securely access, contribute, and analyze their own health data. Ask your questions and get answers! Roles are first come first serve!

Upcoming Clinical & Business Intelligence Community webinar event 
Register today for the C&BI Community September webinar event on data science and analytics presented by Damian Mingle, Chief Data Scientist for Intermedix. | Register for all upcoming C&BI Community events.

IT Connects the World at the IHE NA Connectathon & HIMSS Interoperability Showcase 2018; An Introductory Webinar
August 23, 2017 at 1:00-2:00pm CT | Download Slides | Listen to the Recording
Learn how your organization can advance standards-based interoperability and connect the world during this complimentary educational webinar. Bronwen Huron, HIMSS, Manager, Interoperability Initiatives and Celina Roth, HIMSS, Senior Manager, IHE NA Connectathon, will speak about new, innovative testing opportunities and features offered at the IHE North American Connectathon and HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. Learn what it takes to get involved, the benefits of participate and how to engage with IHE USA and HIMSS for their unique registration processes. 

Interested in Volunteering at the HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase?
Interested in assisting attendees at the Interoperability Showcase? The Interoperability Showcase is seeking engaging and passionate advocates for standard based interoperability to help guide our attendees at HIMSS18. Volunteers at the Interoperability Showcase volunteer their time for (2) half days during conference in exchange for an exhibitor registration to conference. Sign up for our newsletter and get notified right away when the application is posted. Applications will be posted in late September with selections made in late November.

Call for Proposals Poster Presentations for HIMSS18 is Now Open! 
HIMSS invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster at the 2018 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference will be held Monday, March 5, 2018 - Friday, March 9, 2018. If your poster is selected, it will be displayed in tandem with the HIMSS18 Career Fair on Wednesday, March 7 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Wynn Las Vegas. Poster presenters will be required to attend the Career Fair during a designated time to participate in a question and answer session regarding the poster being presented.  For HIMSS18 we are seeking proposals for two categories, Early Careerists and Students.  Please visit the website for more information. 

89th Convention and Exhibit
October 7-11 | Los Angeles, CA
AHIMA is rolling out the red carpet for the health information event of the year, in Los Angeles, CA: the "Entertainment Capital of the World." Join healthcare leaders and professionals from across the globe as we put the spotlight on health information with over 100 educational sessions on hot topics including payment reform, informatics, coding, information governance, and data analytics, plus networking opportunities, cutting-edge technologies and solutions in the exhibit hall, and inspiring general session speakers. Visit

30% Member Discount for Health 2.0 Fall Conference
Discover the newest technology in health care and hear some of the most anticipated industry speakers at this year's Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference. Join 2,000 decision makers including Sandra Hernandez, President and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation; David Brailer, Chairman of Health Evolution Summit; Aneesh Chopra, President of NavHealth; and more as they unveil what's to come in health care policy and technology.

Register today to access: 

  • 150 demos from companies developing new cutting-edge technologies across health care
  • 100+ thought leaders ranging from health providers to government
  • 10 new company launches debuting exclusively on the main stage 
HIMSS Members receive a 30% discount using promo code: Fall17HM before the September 4 discount deadline.

Member Discount for Events in Boston and Chicago
Join other HIMSS members for unrivaled networking, world-class speakers, and success strategies that can be put to work at your own organization. Get $200 off when you use the discount code HIMSS during registration:

Awards & Scholarships

Linking our Present with Health IT’s Future: HIMSS Foundation Scholarships
Did you know that the HIMSS Foundation is the link between the present and future of health IT? Founded in 1996 to advance the HIMSS mission of advancing health through IT, the Foundation has had the opportunity to work with our members and chapters to award scholarships to HIMSS student members who have achieved academic excellence and have the potential to be future leaders in the healthcare information and management systems community. The HIMSS Foundation has presented thousands of scholarship dollars in three major categories to students from all parts of the health IT community. This August, we announced the Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship, which recognizes the leadership and passion for innovation in digital health technology. Applications are now open for this prestigious scholarship, designated for a student pursuing a degree from an accredited collegiate undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral academic program. Read more here.
Read more about all available scholarships here.

Submit a Nomination for the CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award
HIMSS is accepting nominations for the CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. The John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award recognizes a CIO who demonstrates significant leadership in healthcare. The award is given for a lifetime of success and achievement as a CIO in the healthcare IT industry. The recipient is selected jointly by the Board of Directors of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Nominations will be accepted until Monday, September 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm CT. Additionally, a variety of health IT awards will be given in each of these categories:

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.

HIMSS Chapter Sponsored Veterans Career Services Scholarships
Are you a Veteran, Transitioning Service Member, Eligible Spouse or Survivor interested in a career in health IT and would like to attend HIMSS18? HIMSS Chapters are proud to sponsor these scholarships. The scholarship will cover HIMSS18 registration, airfare, lodging and honorarium.

Visit the Veterans Career Services for more information and to apply. Applications will be accepted until Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm CT.

The Value Brief

What Is The Value of Digital Health?

During the first “STEPS to Value” podcast recording, “Why Value? Why Now?” Rod Piechowski, senior director, health information systems, HIMSS spoke with Patricia B. Wise, RN, MS, MA, FHIMSS, COL (USA ret'd), vice president, health information systems, HIMSS about the importance of not only having digital health tools in place but making the most of these resources to benefit the organization and the patient.

Read excerpts from the interview, or listen to the full episode.

Learn more about the HIMSS Value Suite to discover opportunities to drive more value from people, processes and technology.

Tools & Resources

BLOG: Making the Case for Data Analytics. Big data and analytics could transform the healthcare sector, but the industry must undergo fundamental changes before stakeholders can capture its full value.  Learn more from HIMSS C&BI Committee Chair Ellen Harper about how the value of data is only understood when it is executed in a form to realize information and knowledge, with a moon shot toward wisdom. | #PutData2Work

Building a Successful Episode of Care Model
September 6, 2017
Part I of a III Part Series: The Importance of Having the Right Contractual Relationships
Join us to learn how one Acute Care hospital, is dealing with the challenges of Medicare’s pilot project, Episodes Payment Model, head-on.

Applying SOAP to Reveal the Storytelling Power of CDA
Health Story Project member Laura Bryan discusses the importance of storytelling in increasing the value of clinical information included in Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) clinical documents. She presents the concept of leveraging the existing SOAP framework to add valuable context to these documents, a topic discussed in the Health Story Project's recent Roundtable.

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.

Early Careerists Webinar: Making Strategic Sense of MACRA
Jonce Smith, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Management, Stoltenberg Consulting, Inc.

Delve into understanding how MACRA affects your organization, while strategically assessing how the newly proposed Quality Payment Program changes could translate into dollars for your physicians.  

  • Shed light on 2018 proposed rule nuances and how they affect differing providers
  • Assess QPP exemption opportunities for 2018 reporting
  • Consider implications of not participating
  • Discuss how to optimize data analytics for reporting success
  • Create a strategic roadmap for multi-year reporting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm Central
Register Now

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

In case you missed it... Download today the C&BI Community July webinar event, “Technology and Teamwork: An Award Winning Strategy for Improving Patient Care and Operational Efficiency.” Listen to presenters Dr. Todd Stewart and Andrew Eilers explore the journey of HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award winner Mercy through their 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. 


Healthcare Finance Strategy.
 November 2 - 3 in Boston.
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HIMSS Chapter Events

2017 Kick-off Reception | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS | September 7


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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