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WEEK OF January



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

In this issue: HIMSS Media events open submissions for two spring events • IHE North American Connectathon starts next week • New Innovation Matters column

What's New
Marc Probst to keynote HIMSS16 Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit
As the CIO of Intermountain Healthcare, Probst oversees the IT department at one of the most innovative healthcare systems in the world, processing over $5 billion in gross patient revenue, including 22 hospitals and about 1,400 primary and secondary care physicians at more than 185 clinics. In his opening keynote, Probst surveys the changing healthcare landscape and the ongoing transition from volume to value, declining reimbursement, and the rise of consumerism. Probst will explain how a technology-driven revenue cycle, with the proper strategy, helps drive that success. Register now.

HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers
We are pleased to announce the application period for HIMSS Committees is now open. For these key positions, available for a term of two fiscal years, HIMSS seeks health IT trailblazers to play instrumental roles in leading and executing HIMSS’ strategic initiatives. Leave your mark on the health IT revolution. Apply now.

Executive-level interoperability education, networking in Cleveland, Jan. 27
The IHE North American Connectathon Leadership Conference, on Wed., Jan. 27, brings success stories and best practices from organizations achieving healthcare information exchange and improving health outcomes through better patient care at this one-day educational and networking event. The conference is part of five days of industry collaboration, interoperability testing and education taking place at the Cleveland Convention Center and HIMSS Innovation Center. View the full agenda, including session descriptions, learning objectives as well as the Networking & Award Reception and register by Jan. 25.

Call for proposals are open for HIMSS Media West Coast Spring events
The May 11-12 Privacy & Security Forum at the Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City, Los Angeles and the June 14-15 Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum at the Grand Hyatt Union Square, San Francisco are both accepting submissions for speakers and sessions through early February. Don’t miss the chance to present at these two first-rate events alongside leaders and luminaries at the forefront of the healthcare IT community.

HX360 - Unparalleled Insights to Innovate Now
Join us at the HX360 Innovation Leaders Program held in conjunction with HIMSS16 on Feb. 29 – March 2 in Las Vegas. Learn how healthcare leaders are shifting their business models, leveraging and investing in emerging technology and building innovation capacity to solve persistent, costly problems in healthcare. Register today.

Implementing Healthcare Cyber-Hygiene with the Critical Security Controls
Many of today's most pressing cybersecurity challenges can be addressed with a prioritized list of cyber-hygiene best practices. Join us at HIMSS16 on March 3 for the Implementing Healthcare Cyber-Hygiene with the Critical Security Controls Workshop offered by SANS, which will introduce participants to the Critical Security Controls, which are rapidly becoming accepted as the most recognized action plan to secure your organization. The Critical Security Controls were selected and defined by the U.S. military as well as other respected security experts in government and private organizations. Attendees will receive information on actual attacks that could have been stopped or mitigated through implementing good cyber-hygiene practices while focusing not only the best way to block known cyber-attacks but also best practices on mitigating the damage from attempted cyber-attacks. Register today!

TIGER Expands Integration of Technology and Informatics with International Competency Synthesis Project
In 2015, the TIGER International Committee, with representatives from 21 countries, began comprehensive activities to compile recommendations for core international informatics competencies reflective of multiple countries, scientific societies, and research projects. The Committee is taking a unique approach with this project, since it’s the first to collect various competencies across countries to identify global commonalities and differences. Finally, harmonization will help determine how the Committee moves forward in the future. To view the official press release, please click here. To read the country specific case studies, click here.

The HIMSS16 First-Time Attendee: Navigating the Landscape Successfully
A webinar on Feb. 10 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. helps first-time HIMSS16 conference attendees take an important step toward future health IT development. Join us as HIMSS leaders highlight the many programs and educational offerings at HIMSS16. We'll give a demo of the HIMSS16 Mobile App, review the show floor plan and schedule, and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of your conference experience.

The HIMSS16 Experienced Conference Attendee: Getting the Most Out of Your Experience
A webinar on Feb. 10 from 1 - 2 p.m. allows returning conference attendees to further cultivate their health IT future through a personalized and innovative experience. Join us as members of HIMSS staff highlight new HIMSS16 programs and educational offerings, and provide tips and techniques for getting the most out of this year's conference.

Innovation Matters
IHE USA North American Connectathon Week 2016
From Jan. 25-29, more than 500 software engineers will come together at the Cleveland Convention Center and the HIMSS Innovation Center, at the Global Center for Health Innovation, for the inaugural IHE USA North American Connectathon Week. #EmpowerHIT.

Tools & Resources
HIE inPractice Feature: Dan Chavez, San Diego Health Connect
Dan Chavez, Executive Director of the San Diego Health Connect, shares his experiences and advice for other HIEs including using a pragmatic approach to onboarding providers. Among the challenges faced and lessons learned, he discusses the changing landscape of healthcare technology, the importance of a willingness to share, and striking a balance in the governance and leadership of an HIE.

Leveraging the Best Available Standards for Today, Tomorrow, and the Future
Joyce Sensmeier, VP of Informatics, HIMSS, writes about the guidance given by the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory and advocates that now is the time to take advantage of opportunities to implement ongoing efforts to advance the goal of interoperability. Read more.

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: Care Team Transformation for Population Health Management
Join the HIMSS Clinical & Business Community on Jan. 28, 1 – 2 p.m., ET, as Karen Handmaker, VP, Population Health Strategies for Phytel, describes the imperative for care team transformation in the context of population health and new incentives; provides a framework on how health systems are empowering care teams; and offers examples of how health IT applications power care team workflows today and what we can expect in the near future. Register now for the event and join the C&BI Community to learn more about upcoming events.

Other Resources: New STEPS to Value Podcast Episode- Know Your STEPS
In this episode, we complete our exploration of the HIMSS STEPS value framework, looking at the topic of savings. We talk with Hilo Medical Center and their Davies award winning efforts to drive utilize their EHR to drive revenue for this leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care in Hawaii. Jonathan French also joins us again to highlight Davies award winners who have gained value through savings-focused projects. Listen to the episode here.

Calling All Members
IHE NA Connectathon Leadership Conference 2016
Join us as Michael J. McCoy, Chief Health Information Officer at ONC, keynotes an exciting line up of industry experts at IHE USA’s one-day educational and networking event focused on exploring success stories and best practices from organizations achieving healthcare information exchange and improving health outcomes through better patient care. This event takes place Jan. 27, from 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland.

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 Spot Presentation: The ABC's of TIGER & the VLE
This presentation, on March 3, from 12:45 - 1:30 p.m., PT, at the HIMSS Spot, will provide an overview of TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - a dynamic and unique one-stop education portal for academic professionals, students, adult learners, and clinical educators. We’ll provide a demonstration of the education portal, talk about our newest offerings, and help you discover the benefits of being a pilot partner. Most importantly, walk away with information on how you can engage in this international education initiative focused on informatics and health IT.

TIGER VIP Tour of the HIMSS16 Interoperability Showcase™
The Interoperability Showcase™ at HIMSS16 Interoperability Showcase™ at HIMSS16 is an event that demonstrates the power and availability of standards-based health IT solutions. In collaboration with IHE, this dynamic event will allow attendees to create a patient record and watch it move from system to system across a continuum of care. The TIGER VIP tour of the Showcase, on March 1, 9:15 - 10:30 a.m., PT, will provide an up close and personal demonstration of how health information exchange impacts patient care. Over 100 live clinical information systems exchange health data within a wide breadth of care settings, including both acute and ambulatory workflows and the systems used therein. Explore vignettes designated for clinical and business scenarios, plus HIMSS Innovation Center services, government agencies and stakeholders. Experience the latest cutting-edge technology - systems and devices that deliver interoperability today. Please RSVP to TIGER by Feb. 22.

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
2016 Innovation Conference and Showcase
The Northern California Chapter of HIMSS is holding its fourth annual Innovation Conference and Showcase on Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., PT, at the Intel Auditorium in Santa Clara, California. As healthcare’s business model turns upside down, the feverish pace at which the industry is exploring clinical-grade digital health and traditional HIT innovations is not seen as slowing in the near future. This search for advanced tools and technologies is aimed at delivering faster and better care while reducing healthcare costs. Yet with all of the potential benefits of these advancements, there is still a remarkably low adoption rate and certainly no unicorns have appeared yet. For questions, send email here, or register now.

2016 Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter of HIMSS CIO Roundtable
The Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter of HIMSS is hosting its 2016 CIO Roundtable on Jan. 22, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., CT, at the Global Life Park, Jack Daniels Club, Arlington, Texas. Speakers include Chris Belmont, CIO, MD, Anderson Cancer Center, Matthew Chambers, CIO, Baylor Scott & White Health, Leah Miller, CIO, HCA North Texas Division, Aaron Miri, CIO, Walnut Hill Medical Center and Joey Sudomir, SVP, CIO, Texas Health Resources. Save the date and register now.

2016 Florida HIT Days, Central and North Florida & South Florida Chapters of HIMSS
Please join the Central and North Florida & South Florida Chapters of HIMSS for their upcoming 2016 Florida HIT Days in Tallahassee on January 25-26.

Program Includes:

  • Monday, January 25, 6 p.m.: Dinner and speakers at Andrew's, 228 S Adams St., Tallahassee.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 7:30 a.m.: Breakfast and nationally recognized Speakers at Tallahassee Community College Capitol Center, 300 W. Pensacola Street, Tallahassee.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 12 p.m.: Tour of the Capitol and personalized meetings with our Florida lawmakers. Witness a resolution affirming Health IT Week in Florida.
Register now! If you have questions, please contact Sherry de Cuba

2016 Annual Healthcare IT Conference, Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
Please join the Southern California Chapter of HIMSS for their 2016 Annual Healthcare IT Conference, Jan. 26, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Covel Commons on the UCLA campus. Learn from experts who will inspire you to “Stay Ahead of the Curve” and motivate you to tackle “What’s Next in Healthcare.” Sponsors interested in demonstrating your innovative healthcare app in the Mobile App Lab, please contact for more information. Register now.

The 5 Components of Telemedicine, New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS
Join the New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS for The 5 Components of Telemedicine webinar on Jan. 26, 12 - 1 p.m. Keith Nelson, senior business development manager and healthcare strategist at Ingram Micro will discuss telemedicine and define the 5 Components of Telemedicine/Telehealth, discuss the advantages and pitfalls of leveraging telemedicine technology and comment on the current legislation and reimbursement status. For more information and to register, click here.

2016 Winter Dinner, North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
Please join the North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS for a thought-leadership discussion during their annual Winter Dinner on Jan. 28 at the Winston-Salem Marriott, 425 North Cherry St., Winston-Salem. We are hosting industry experts who will discuss elements of Information Privacy and Security. NCHIMSS welcomes and encourages members and aligned professionals to participate in this informative and educational discussion. Register now.


Erin Sparnon engineering manager at ECRI Institute, is the the 2014 ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Information Technology Synergies Award recipient.
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Jan. 21
Northern California HIMSS Chapter Innovation Conference and Showcase

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

Jan. 25-26
2016 Florida HIT Days

Jan. 25-29
IHE North American Connectathon Week 2016

Jan. 26
2016 Annual Healthcare IT Conference, Southern California Chapter of HIMSS

The 5 Components of Telemedicine, New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS

Jan. 28
2016 Winter Dinner, North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS

Feb. 29
Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit, Las Vegas

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

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