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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: More HIMSS16 updates • List of keynote speakers for HIMSS16 • Big Data call for proposals closes Friday

What's New
Access the HIMSS16 Onsite Pocket Guide Before You Get to Conference
Get a preview of all HIMSS16 has to offer with the online version of the pocket guide. Check out all the education sessions, special exhibit areas, exhibitor listings, networking and more. Take a look at the schedule and review the floor plans, room numbers, maps and locations for activities. And use this information to help plan your conference activities before you get to Las Vegas.

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.

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.

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.

Big Data Call for Proposals ending Friday
Friday is the last day to submit proposals to present at the June 14-15 Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in San Francisco. Don't miss this opportunity to present to what will likely be over 200 of your peers at the leading edge of healthcare analytics.

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.

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.

Patient Engagement 2.0: Your Checklist to Activate Patients Anywhere, Anytime on Any Device
Raj Toleti, CEO and HealthGrid co-founder says statistics show 60 - 70 percent of patients are ready to engage with their healthcare provider. Read on to learn how your organization 'stacks up' in the new age of population health.

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.

Navigate #HIMSS16 with the Mobile App
Join the #HIMSS16 conversation in Las Vegas from Monday, Feb. 29 - Friday, March 4, where more than 43,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibiting companies come together focused on improving health with the best use of IT.

Outstanding Keynote Speakers Come to HIMSS16
Enjoy keynote presentations on Monday, Feb. 29 and Friday, March 4, at HIMSS16.

The Value of Health IT at HIMSS16
Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, Executive Vice President at HIMSS, highlights major themes at the upcoming HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, including innovation, the value of health IT, and cybersecurity.

HIMSS16 Brings Updates to EMRAM
HIMSS Analytics EMRAM, the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, entered the scene about 10 years ago and had a profound impact on health IT. When I hear EMRAM, 'change' comes to mind. Although change is often thought of in a negative way, it doesn't have to be.

Interoperability and HIE Preconference Symposium at HIMSS16
Join us for the Interoperability and HIE Preconference Symposium entitled On the Road to Interoperability: Accelerating Through the Curves on Feb. 29, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Sands Expo Center.

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.

Innovation Matters

HIMSS16 Educational Opportunities: A Glance Across the Conference
Join the innovation community on Feb. 23, from 4 -5 p.m., to gain a glimpse into the many opportunities awaiting HIMSS16 attendees that will position each to make a difference in their health IT professional role while we also spotlight innovation specific events. Click this link to register today.

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: 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.

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

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.


Ron Bissetta, partner, Optimity Advisors, is a member of the Revenue Cycle Improvement Task Force.
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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

Trinity health expands 
 Meeting analytics demands.


BluePrint Healthcare IT
CommVault Americas
Elekta, Inc.
eTransX Inc.
Fukuda Denshi
Health Data Management
Infosys Public Services
Insight Direct USA, Inc.
Mach7 Technologies
ONYX Healthcare, Inc.
Premier, Inc.
RF IDeas
Spectrum Medical, Inc.
Suncoast Solutions

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