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WEEK OF February



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

In this issue: New HIMSS16 section • First-person account of IHE NA Connectathon • #HIMSS16 hashtag guide available

What's New
HIMSS16 Revenue Cycle Summit Features Clinically Driven Revenue Cycle Keeps 'the Lights on'
On Feb. 29, from 2:15 - 2:45 p.m., at HIMSS16, Director of Analytics, Jeff Fuller, from Carolinas HealthCare, will demonstrate how healthcare transitions to value-based reimbursement models and that organizations must have better awareness of the clinical effectiveness and cost of care. That is: How to provide the best care at the lowest price. That means finance and revenue cycle leaders increasingly need to better understand the relationship between clinical operations and cash flow. This is easier said than done – but not impossible. In this session, Fuller will discuss how Carolinas realized $18 million in savings by developing a clinical optimization program that brings together finance, analytics, quality, and physicians. This is just one of the several sessions in this day-long event. Register now.

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.

HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers
Looking for a way to give back through HIMSS? We're currently seeking trailblazers to serve on HIMSS North America Committees, with a two-year commitment leading and executing HIMSS’ strategic initiatives dedicated to the transformation of health through IT. The application period will be open until March 14. Apply now.

HX360 - Unparalleled Insights to Innovate Now
Join us at the HX360 Innovation Leaders Program held in conjunction with HIMSS16 on 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.

All Things HIMSS16
The Official #HIMSS16 Hashtag Guide
As excitement around The Annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition (#HIMSS16) continues to grow, so does buzz on Twitter. #HIMSS15 was tweeted a total of 88,990 times last year and if history repeats, we are about to embark on another year of hashtag record-breaking and social overload.

Introducing the #HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassadors - and Three Reasons to Follow Them
Since 2014, HIMSS has called on a class of health IT influencers to deliver a top-notch, expert-driven social media experience at its Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. In its biggest year yet, we're proud to announce an even more diverse and socially connected 2016 class of Social Media Ambassadors.

Find Networking Opportunities- Right for You- at HIMSS16!
Are you looking for networking events that meet your needs? Look no further! Connect with thousands of leaders and other health IT professionals at HIMSS16.

How to Feel Relaxed and Organized at HIMSS16
Ask any veteran conference attendee, the HIMSS Annual Conference can be overwhelming and downright chaotic. Past conference attendees know the secret to feeling relaxed and organized is to establish your conference objectives BEFORE you arrive in Las Vegas.

Continuing Professional Education: A HIMSS16 that Promises to Deliver
While finalizing continuing educational programming for HIMSS16, we are pleased that the breadth and depth of offerings that include continuing education are nothing short of amazing.

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 2 - Register today.

Innovation Matters
It Was the Place to Be… In Case You Missed It
Joyce Sensmeier, vice president informatics, HIMSS North America, pens a first-person account of her trip to the Jan. 27 IHE NA Connectathon at the Cleveland HIMSS Innovation Center and Global Center for Innovation.

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.

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.

Virtual event: Navigating Human Resources in the fields of Health Information Technology and Health Informatics
Andrew D. Boyd, assistant professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, has worked in both industry and academia and has applied for positions in both areas of Health IT. Register now for a program to help navigate the complex job postings from multiple companies. The program will help you pick out some key words and help to explain some of the challenges inherent in the field. It will help identify key job positions, discover new ways to envision a career and determine why many jobs list certifications. Register now for the Feb. 12 webinar from 12 - 1 p.m. CT.

Other Resources: New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-This Week's Episode- The Importance of Trust
In this episode, we focus on the role data security & privacy management plays in driving trust amongst clinicians and patients alike. We speak Sriram Bharadwaj, CISSP, CLSSBB, CPHIMS, Director, Information Services at UC Irvine Health & Chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Committee about the concept of trust in a health data security environment. We also sit down with Lee Kim, BS, JD, FHIMSS Director, Privacy & Security here at HIMSS about current health IT privacy & security trends.

Winter 2016 HIE Community Roundtable: Showing the Impact of HIE
Josh Vest, MPH, PhD joined us for the Winter HIE Community Roundtable. The body of evidence about the impact and effectiveness of HIE has grown dramatically in recent years. This session provided a critical overview of the evidence supporting HIE as an intervention to improve quality and cost. Watch the recording now.

Winter 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable: C-CDA Direct Messaging - Are We There Yet?
Presenters Cherie Price, Oscar Glorioso and Cindy Sunderman discussed Baylor Scott & White's real-life C-CDA implementation story, demonstrating their direct impact on the organization and patient care from the viewpoints of the implementation teams, clinicians and staff. Watch the recording now.

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
'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.

2015 Best Hospital IT Departments: Meet the Wisconsin Winners
Two Wisconsin organizations made the 2015 list of Best Hospital IT Departments, an annual list compiled by Healthcare IT News. Join the Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS on Feb. 18, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, as we hear from Nancy Birschbach, VP & CIO, Agnesian Healthcare and LaBebe Nickell, Senior Client Director, ITWorks, Fort Memorial Healthcare to learn about their best practices and what makes their hospital IT departments some of the best around. Register now.

Personalized Medicine - Transformations in Personal Health and Value Based Care
Join the National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS in Arlington, Virginia on Feb. 18, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, for their monthly education session. Personalized medicine is important because it may save your life someday - it also strengthens the value based reimbursement model in healthcare. Personalized medicine is a new and better approach to health care based on each person's unique genetic makeup. It promotes customized health management. By combining genomic and clinical information, more accurate predictions can be made about a person's susceptibility of developing disease, the course of disease, and response to treatment. Register now.


HIMSS16 - Transforming health through IT.
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Feb. 8
'No Matter Where' health documentary with the Indiana Chapter of HIMSS

Feb. 18
2015 Best Hospital IT Departments: Meet the Wisconsin Winners, Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS

Personalized Medicine - Transformations in Personal Health and Value Based Care National Capital Area 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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