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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: New Pop Health Forum 2016 call for proposals now open • New Innovation Matters column • HIMSS16 Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit to feature HFMA director

What's New
Dell Joins HIMSS Innovation Center as an Industry Collaborator
Dell has joined major players in health information technology (IT) by participating in the HIMSS Innovation Center as an industry collaborator. Within the 30,000-foot facility on Cleveland's lakefront, Dell can further showcase its end-to-end technology solutions for the healthcare industry. Dell's interactive display at the center asks, "Is your organization future ready?" Dell Healthcare solutions can help turn data into knowledge and transform healthcare with proactive prevention, effective population health management and personalized precision medicine.

Pop Health Forum 2016: Call for proposals
Healthcare IT News and HIMSS are accepting topic and speaker proposals for the Pop Health Forum 2016, May 19-20, in Boston. The event is intended for healthcare payers and providers. Attendees prefer case studies and are eager to learn how their peers are addressing common challenges and pain points. Proposals should focus on three key areas - the cornerstones of population health; Data and analytics; coordinating care and patient engagement.
Click here to submit a proposal and for more information. The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 p.m. EST, Feb. 12.

Tomorrow is Data Privacy Day
Privacy is everyone's business - Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust! HIMSS joins the National Cyber Security Alliance and numerous other Champions in celebrating Data Privacy Day, held annually on Jan. 28. Learn more and make sure to check out the newest tools and resources to better prepare you for security issues, such as Practical Tips of Safeguarding Patient Privacy tip sheet. Do your part and become a champion.

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.

The Search for a Common Language between Health IT and Finance
Join James Landman, director, Healthcare Finance Policy, Perspectives & Analysis, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), at the Feb. 29 Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit at HIMSS16. His presentation will cover the struggle providers face while struggling to maintain positive margins in the face of rising costs, decreased payments and an increased emphasis on quality. This session provides insight into understanding the vocabulary used in daily operations; creating a unified message to the entire organization, explaining the need to transform the delivery system and the harnessing the tools available to achieve goals and explain the common themes that drive value from the perspectives of the various stakeholders. Register here.

HX360 - Unparalleled Insights to Innovate Now
Join us at the HX360 Innovation Leaders Program held in conjunction with HIMSS16on February 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. HX360 Innovation Leaders program delivers on high value areas of clinical care: diabetes, behavioral health, aging, primary care, end-of-life care with innovators from AARP, AHA, Omada Health, myStrength, UCLA, Stanford and others. What do patients want from health self-management technologies? How do they define top customer service from providers? Come to HX360 Innovation Leaders Program to find out. Register today.

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.

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!

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.

Venture+ Forum: Exceptional Leaders Transforming Healthcare: The Journey Continues
The Venture+ Forum presented by HIMSS, supports new health technology companies seeking funding, visibility, networking and growth opportunities at HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition. Entrepreneurs face off in competition. Meet top innovative health tech companies. Gather with investors, deal-makers and key health industry partners. Don't miss this dynamic event as industry entrepreneurs, movers and shakers pitch and compete for the chance to advance to the Venture+ Forum Final Pitch Competition at HIMSS16 on Wednesday, March 2nd - register today.

Innovation Matters

HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith to Chair Global Center Advisory Council
Carla Smith, Executive Vice President, HIMSS, has been named chair of the Global Center for Health Innovation Executive Advisory Council by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. Smith heads up the North American business unit for HIMSS, a 64,000-member global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT) and one of the nation's largest healthcare associations.

Tools & Resources

ONC Releases the Final 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory
Russell Leftwich, MD, FAAAI, FCCP discusses the release of the 2016 ONC Final Interoperability Standards Advisory and the impact of standards maturity, level of adoption and importance of implementation specifications. Read the HIMSS response to the 2015 ISA to further understand the changes between the 2015 and 2016 Advisory.

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.

Workflow Redesign in Support of use of HIT in Healthcare Toolkit
This paper provides basic information on workflow improvement concepts, theories and components as well as software applications that can be used to support analysis of the way people work. Case studies from ten organizations who have participated in workflow redesign activities are also included.

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

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 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.

'No Matter Where' Healthcare documentary, Indiana Chapter of HIMSS
Join the Indiana Chapter of HIMSS for their upcoming movie screening of the healthcare documentary "No Matter Where." This event will be held on Feb. 8, from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Keystone Art Cinema & Indie Lounge, 8702 Keystone Crossing in Indianapolis. A panel discussion and refreshments will be available after the screening. Register today.


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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

May 11-12
Privacy and Security Forum, Los Angeles

May 19-20
Pop Health 2016 Forum, Boston

June 14-15
Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum, San Francisco

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Add-On Data
Allen Technologies, Inc.
Amazon Web Services
CliniComp, Intl.
Cybage Software, Inc.
Edge Hosting, LLC
Fortinet, Inc.
Habif, Arogeti, & Wynne, LLP
Indiana Health Information Exchange
Intermountain Healthcare, Inc.
Lenovo (United States), Inc.
Levi Ray & Shoup Inc
ManTech International Corporation
MedData, Inc.
MediQuant, Inc.
Otter Products
PDS Inc.
Sensogram Technologies, Inc.
Tente Casters, Inc.
The HCI Group
Vormetric, Inc.
Zayo Group

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