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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: TIGER website moves to HIMSS • Take part in HIMSS cost accounting survey

What's New
It's Official - TIGER Website Migrates to
We are so excited to share that the TIGER website has officially migrated to! You can now find us at Here is a rundown of the newly created TIGER pages for you to peruse:
  • TIGER landing page: Are you an academic professional, student, adult learner, or clinical educator seeking tools/resources for curriculum and staff development, or to advance your skill set? Explore this page for information about TIGER and how we are working to advance the integration of health information.
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE): This page provides a complete overview of the VLE along with information on the Webinar Series & Archive, certificates of completion, how to become a VLE institutional partner, and details on how to purchase subscriptions to this impactful education portal.
  • TIGER Initiative Reports: Are you in need of an overview of specific topics on education reform and interprofessional community development?

Share Your Opinion: Health Provider Readiness for Value-Based Payment Models
Healthcare providers in all settings can participate until Dec. 31 in the HIMSS Cost Accounting Survey an industry-leading effort aimed at gauging the readiness of providers to participate in value-based payment models. Survey results will be released and presented in aggregate at the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibitionto be held Feb. 29 - March 4, in Las Vegas. Read the news release to learn more.

Keynote speaker announced for IHE North American Leadership Conference
Michael J. McCoy, MD, FACOG, chief health information officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will be the opening keynote speaker at the IHE North American Leadership Conference on Jan. 27. The conference is part of IHE North American Connectathon Week 2016: five days of industry collaboration, interoperability testing and education taking place at the Cleveland Convention Center and HIMSS Innovation Center.

HIMSS Innovation Exchange
The HIMSS Innovation Community presents the 2015 HIMSS Innovation Exchange on Dec. 17, 2 - 3 p.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.

Innovation Matters
Innovation Matters: Become a Champion of ConCert by HIMSS™
HIMSS is hosting a webinar on Concert by HIMSS and the opportunity to become a champion on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m., CT. Do you support secure, reliable transfer of data across organizations and state boundaries? Do you want to be a leader in the process to streamline certification of EHRs, HIEs and HISPs? Now you can join a growing number of organizations to support a comprehensive interoperability testing and certification program for EHR and HIE vendors. As an organization that strives to transform health through IT you can join like-minded professionals to serve as a Champion of the ConCert by HIMSS Certification Program in an effort to simplify the vendor selection process for providers. Champions are expected to promote ConCert by HIMSS through various communication tools and participate in virtual education and in-person events. In return, Champions are recognized on the ConCert by HIMSS website and at the HIMSS Innovation Center, as well as in various promotional materials. HIMSS is hosting a webinar on Concert by HIMSS and the opportunity to become a Champion on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m., CT. Sign up to attend.
Tools & Resources

Are today's CDA Documents fulfilling the vision set by the Health Story Project?
The Health Story Project vision is fulfilled by an electronic patient record that hold a meaningful and complete health story, but what does that mean for an implementer of Clinical Document Architecture (CDA®)? A provider? A patient? Is the information in electronic health records relevant and pertinent? Is the information accurate? Is it authentic? Read more.

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

Finding the Value in Health Information Exchange: Part II
In the second part of this blog series, Mari Greenberger, HIMSS Director of Informatics, and Rod Piechowski, HIMSS Senior Director of Health Information Systems focus in on real-world examples to further demonstrate why technical capabilities and participation in HIE activities are essential to building a nationwide learning health system.

White Paper: Netskope - 3 Cloud Healthcare Data Policies You Can’t Live Without
Healthcare organizations are adopting the cloud. Whether you’re a provider of services, payer, or producer of medical products, your users are accessing cloud apps to collaborate, share information, and increasingly conduct business-critical activities.

Virtual event: HIMSS LTPAC opportunities. Wait. What?
After years of being relegated as a market afterthought, the Long Term/Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) provider community is fast emerging as the frontline of health IT's next growth frontier. In recognition of these market dynamics HIMSS is pleased to announce the launch of an LTPAC Roundtable series beginning January 2016. The Roundtable meetings are scheduled for the second full-week Tuesday of each month, with the inaugural meeting slated for Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2 – 3 p.m., CT. The first meeting will focus on IT Staffing and Professional Development within LTPAC organizations featuring JoAnn Klinedinst, vice president, Professional Development, HIMSS, providing an overview of HIMSS' current Professional Development efforts and offerings, and Lisa McCracken, senior vice president, Senior Living Research and Development, Ziegler, reviewing findings of an LTPAC IT Staffing study conducted earlier this year. Apply now to participate in this free webinar series. For more information about the LTPAC Roundtable and how your organization could be a part of this effort, please contact HIMSS staff liaison, Lorren Pettit.

The CAHIMS Review Course: Online - last course
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. 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: STEPS to Value Podcast Episode #3
Know Your STEPS- Treatment/Clinical Value In this episode we examine the "T STEP" of the HIMSS HIT Value STEPS framework, Treatment and Clinical. This category is well represented in Value Suite data collection, and covers topics such as efficiencies, quality of care and safety issues. For more information on the HIMSS STEPS™ framework, visit here. Share your thoughts, your own value story or ask a question.

Calling All Members

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 -1:30 p.m., ET, to discuss Showing the Impact of HIE with presenter, Joshua R. Vest, Ph.D, MPH. Register 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.

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.

HIMSS Chapters
Making Connections: The Internet Of Things In Healthcare
Join the Heart of America HIMSS ChapterHeart of America HIMSS Chapter for their event, Making Connections: The Internet of Things in Healthcare on Jan. 14, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Polsinelli Law Firm in Kansas City, Missouri. The chapter will have industry experts address preparing the strategy and governance, present actual IoT applications in use today as well as the impact this has on the healthcare infrastructure that is already dealing with a myriad of challenges with interoperability, regulatory compliance, security and the ability to manage the exponential growth of the volume of data that will be brought into their systems. Register now.

2016 CIO Roundtable at Globe Life Park
Join the Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter of HIMSS for their 2016 CIO Roundtable on January 22nd at Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas on Jan. 22, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Speakers includes Leah Miller, HCA North Texas Division, Chris Belmont, MD, Anderson Cancer Center, Matthew Chambers, Baylor Scott & White Health and more. Register now.


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Jan. 14
Heart of America HIMSS Chapter, Making Connections: The Internet of Things in Healthcare

Jan. 22
Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of HIMSS, 2016 CIO Roundtable at Globe Life Park

Jan. 25-29
IHE North American Connectathon Week 2016

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

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