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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: HIMSS CEO pens innovation column • List of keynote speakers for HIMSS16 • Everything you need to prepare for HIMSS16

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.

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.

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.

Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit at HIMSS16
Come 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.

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.

Keep Track of Must-See Sessions at HIMSS16
The countdown is underway, with less than two weeks until the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas on Monday, February 29 - Friday, March 4. Join more than 43,000 attendees at HIMSS 16, and ensure that these education sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities are on your must-see list!

Education at HIMSS16
JoAnn Klinedinst, Vice President of Professional Development at HIMSS, previews the topics and approach for education sessions at HIMSS16 and how attendees can access session recordings online after the conference in the newly redesigned HIMSS Learning Center.

3 Critical Focal Points for CMIOs and CIOs at HIMSS16
During HIMSS16, you should expect to see more conversations around how the patient, and their user generated data, plays into healthcare going forward. Learn how Intel is approaching HIMSS16 with a critical eye on three areas they believe are focal points for CMIOs and CIOs: precision medicine, health IT and medical devices, and consumer health. All are patient-focused.

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.

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.

Your Sneak Peek into Connected Health Technologies at HIMSS16!
Tom Martin, Ph.D, Director HIMSS North America and PCHA, provides a sneak peek into connected health technologies at HIMSS16 by sharing insights into the new Connected Health Experience, a centralized location for digital health topics on the exhibition floor, and Patient Engagement Symposia, which covers best practices that help providers and patients understand how they can improve their health and focus on prevention.

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.

Prepare for HIMSS16!
Elli Riley, Director for Exhibits and Meeting Services at HIMSS, offers a brief overview of what attendees at HIMSS16 can expect from educational sessions to the expansive exhibit floor.

First-Time Attendee: Navigating the Landscape Successfully
In case you missed it, 500 webinar attendees met with Karen Malone, VP Meeting Services & Sales, HIMSS; JoAnn Klinedinst, VP, Professional Development, HIMSS North America and Joe Haddock, VP, Digital Strategy, HIMSS Media, to gain insight on how to navigate and prepare for HIMSS16, the largest healthcare tradeshow in North America. The 60-minute webinar on Feb.10 highlighted helpful resources for first-time attendees at the HIMSS16 Annual Conference and the HIMSS pillars of education, exhibition and networking.

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 Thursday, 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!

Innovation Matters

Leadership Matters: Insights on Innovation
Take a moment to catch up on health IT trends with insights on interoperability, cybersecurity and more from HIMSS President and CEO H. Stephen Lieber, CAE.

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.

Telehealth connects University of California
University of California Davis - The University of California, Davis Health System is an integrated academic health system with a mission to improve lives and transform health care through bold innovation to achieve a healthier world. The organization employs a robust connected health strategy leveraging telehealth, clinical informatics and patient engagement to create a continuum of care.

Leveraging Emerging Standards for Patient Engagement
Patients are playing an increasingly important role in creating relevant healthcare data about themselves using mobile devices and applications. It is important this data can move with them securely throughout a healthcare ecosystem. The increased use of medical devices and mobile applications opens the dialogue around open source and non-proprietary standards with complementing policies.

Designing an eVisit
This resource highlights best practices when implementing an eVisit program to address today's healthcare industry challenges associate with providing virtual access to care. Developed by the HIMSS Connected Health Community, this information offers considerations to address while implementing a virtual visit or "eVisit" program.

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 the HIMSS Conference: Tips for Conference Attendees
The HIMSS Annual Conference connects, educates and informs 40,000-plus health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the world each year. With hundreds of education sessions, miles of exhibition halls, and a cornucopia of networking opportunities, the choices offered at the HIMSS conference can be overwhelming when planning for the event. In this episode of STEPS to Value, hear tips & tricks directly from HIMSS staff on how you can get the most out of your HIMSS Annual Conference experience.

Other Resources: Health Story Project Interoperability Showcase Theater Session
On Tuesday, March 1, 1:30 - 2 p.m. PT at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ Theater - Exhibit Hall G, Booth 11954.

Discover the True Value of a Patient’s Comprehensive Health Story
Join us to learn more about the Health Story Project's cause to improve the completeness and interoperability of electronic health records, collaborate and network with Health Story Project supporters and to find out how to participate on upcoming Health Story Project Roundtable sessions.

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.

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 will be the best yet and we need your help. Apply to volunteer with the HIMSS16 Interoperability Showcase.


Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a member of the HIMSS HIT User Experience (UX) Committee.
Read the full interview

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 Move forward at the speed of healthcare with a Masters of Health Administration.


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