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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: Updated HIMSS16 material • More Connectathon updates • Pop Health Forum 2016 proposals being accepted

What's New
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell Opens HIMSS16
The 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition will bring together 43,000+ attendees to hear from leading speakers, view more than 1,300 exhibitions and benefit from networking opportunities during their five days in Las Vegas.

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.

Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit at HIMSS16
Join together with financial decision makers on Feb. 29 at HIMSS16 from provider and payer organizations from across the country for a great day of networking, thought leadership and conversation. Whether you are a VP of finance, revenue cycle manager, CFO or other executive, you’ll uncover innovative approaches, best practices and valuable tools to help you optimize your payment process and improve financial outcomes. Agenda is online and registration is still open.

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.

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.

Call for proposals are open for HIMSS Media West Coast Spring events
The June 14-15 Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum at the Grand Hyatt Union Square, San Francisco is 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.

Look, Listen and Learn: Education on the HIMSS16 Exhibition Floor
With more than 300 educational sessions at HIMSS16, this program is packed with many outstanding opportunities to learn about so many different components of healthcare and IT.

Easy Tracking for Your Continuing Education Credits
You've worked hard to earn your professional certification. Now, HIMSS16 makes it easy for you to maintain your credentials by offering sessions with continuing education credits.

A Fork in the Road: Healthcare Privacy and Security
Privacy and security in healthcare are both at a major crossroads. Events over the past couple of years have shown that neither privacy nor security at levels needed to adequately protect what is arguably an individual's most sensitive information. The known shortcomings place privacy and security at an opportune moment for reform and shaping for the future.

How Future-Proof HIT Infrastructure Supports Data Sharing
Contrary to popular belief, successful HIT system interoperation examples are prevalent in pockets of healthcare. Speakers, John Halamka and Jonathan Bush address questions on how future-proof HIT infrastructure supports data.

Innovation Matters

Interoperability is Advanced through Collaboration during IHE Connectathon Week
The spirit of collaboration to improve patient care through high quality, interoperable health information technology (IT) was in the air in Cleveland, Ohio when the IHE North American Connectathon Week 2016 kicked off on January 25 at the co-located facilities of the Cleveland Convention Center, the Global Center for Health Innovation, and the HIMSS Innovation Center.

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.

ConCert by HIMSS Announces Successful Completion of Pilot with Certified Products
ConCert by HIMSS™ today announced that four products have received the ConCert by HIMSS mark after completing a comprehensive pilot program that tests and certifies electronic health record (EHR) and health information exchange (HIE) vendors.

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.

HIMSS HIE inPractice Feature: Christine Sakuda, Hawai'i HIE
Christine Sakuda discusses her experience as Executive Director of the Hawai'i Health Information Exchange, where the need for physicians to connect is one of the few constants in a rapidly evolving health care environment.

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.

New HIMSS Podcast: STEPS to Value - The Value of Exchange: How HIEs Drive Value
In this episode of STEPS to Value, we explore benefits and challenges of interoperability with Robert Cothren, PhD from the California Association of Health Information Exchange (CAHIE) and 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award winner Brian Yeaman, MD. We also get an overview on the work HIMSS is doing to drive interoperable nation-wide health information exchange with Mari Greenberger, Director of Informatics here at HIMSS.

New STEPS to Value Podcast Episode: The Hidden Value of Your Supply Chain
While almost eighty percent of items used by a hospital cost less than $20 each, thousands of dollars are spent capturing consumption of those items. Have you untapped the hidden value in your supply chain? In this episode we will talk with three healthcare supply chain thought leaders about how healthcare organizations can optimize their supply chain and move it from a cost center to a revenue generator. We talk with Drex DeFord & Charles Hodge about supply chain lessons learned at Seattle Childrens Hospital. We hear about supply chain market trends from Karen Conway, Executive Director-Industry Relations at GHX.

Architecting a Next Generation Data Platform: An Information and Analytics Blueprint

Join the HIMSS Clinical & Business Community on Feb. 18, 1 - 2 p.m., ET, as Jason O'Meara, Director, Analytics Architecture for Quest Diagnostics, Healthcare Technology and Analytics Solutions, explores how a Big Data Analytics Platform and Information Management Strategy was designed to support highly curated insights-driven products and services, decentralized self-service models for advanced exploration and discovery, and connectivity to the broader healthcare information technology ecosystem partners. Register now for the event and join the C&BI Community to learn more about upcoming events.

Other Resources: 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

New TIGER VLE adoption journey
Frontier Nursing University's TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Journey, will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11, from 12 - 1 p.m., ET. Frontier Nursing University began integrating VLE resources, with a focus on the HIMSS courses tied to certificates of completion, into curriculum for their Evidence Based Practice and Information Technology course for their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students in the fall of 2015. You'll also get to hear from DNP students who will share their inspiring final project stories. Presented by Diane John, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor/Faculty Mentor, Frontier Nursing University and Julie Marfell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Dean of Nursing, Frontier Nursing University. Moderated by Toria Shaw, MSW, HIMSS TIGER Staff Liaison, Manager of Clinical Informatics. : Click "Add to Calendar" to reserve your spot.

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

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.


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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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