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

In this issue: HIMSS cybersecurity survey open • Innovation Committee looking for input • Los Angeles Privacy & Security Forum hosting presentation on importance of staffing and security

What's New

Take the HIMSS 2016 cybersecurity survey
Recent cyberattacks on healthcare organizations have been highly disruptive and publicly embarrassing for the industry. Please click here and to take part in the 2016 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey, sponsored by FairWarning, to help identify how healthcare organizations are mitigating the risk of being the next victim. Individual responses will remain confidential, and aggregate results will be compared to previous year’s findings and released later this year in a report. All participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards.

The Talent Shortfall: Cultivating the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals
Michael Kaiser, CEO, National Cybersecurity Alliance, will discuss what could be argued is the most important facet of a strong cybersecurity program - the people implementing it - at the May 11-12 Los Angeles Privacy & Security Forum. Kaiser will address the challenges in developing this workforce, including a lack of understanding of the cybersecurity field and the unique challenges and opportunities in building the next generation of professionals. Register today for this unique opportunity to hear from Kaiser and over 20 other cybersecurity leaders.

Get Real: Authentic Storytelling Propels Pop Health
Author and lecturer, Christoph Trappe, who runs the website,, is speaking at Pop Health Forum 2016 on May 19-20 in Boston about the importance of authentic stories in healthcare and hospitals and why they are critical to engaging patients and providers alike. Trappe, who wrote the book on authentic storytelling, will share his tips on how to empower frontline staff and patients to share your story and their stories in the most meaningful way. There’s a saying that if you don’t tell your story, it dies. Register now for Trappe’s and over 30 other speakers from leading healthcare institutions.

Infographic: Improving Patient Care through an HIE
This infographic illustrates the work effort and information differences between an HIE-enabled provider and one who is not. The contrast is designed to stimulate the reader on how access to patient information is critical to providing the best possible care and outcomes. We encourage you to view and share our infographic throughout your network of colleagues.

HIMSS looking to hear from you about innovation hubs
The HIMSS Innovation Committee would like to hear about your Innovation Center/Organization. Please take this brief survey, open until May 4, so we can better understand where innovation centers are located, contact information, mission, processes, and case studies published. The Committee will review each submission and develop a resource for access to all HIMSS members. Click this link to take the survey.

Exhibit at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase at NI2016, June 25-29, Geneva, Switzerland
The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ during Nursing Informatics 2016 offers health IT solution providers the chance to play a critical role in leading the evolution of healthcare while connecting with qualified, engaged decision makers. Explore how your organization can exhibit in areas ranging from Home Care, Connected Patients, Handoff, API, Telehealth and more. View a complete list of benefits and packages. Questions? Contact Bronwen Watkins-Pitchford

Tools & Resources

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.

Other Resources: April 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable
Join us on Monday, April 4, 12 -1 p.m. ET, to learn about Transport Mechanisms: Making It Possible to Share Your Health Story. Take a deeper dive into the data interoperability landscape to discuss some of the technologies available to transport CDA® documents between disparate systems. A panel of industry experts will discuss transport mechanisms available today to facilitate secure exchange of CDA® documents. Register today!

Spring 2016 HIE Community Roundtable
Join us on Thursday, April 21, 12 - 1:30 p.m. ET, to learn about Meeting the Demands for Interoperable HIE presented by David Kibbe, MD, MBA and to discuss the Learning Health System with Joshua Rubin, JD, MBA, MH, MPP. Register today!

Virtual Event: HIMSS & NCPDP Pharmacy Town Hall Series: Part I - e-Prescribing Quality
The adoption of e-prescribing has been an industry success story. Now mainstream, leadership and cross industry collaboration must focus on optimizing e-prescribing quality. The creation of best practices and enhanced message transactions is underway. Learn the next steps that the healthcare industry is taking to optimize the quality and utility of e-prescribing. Join HIMSS & NCPDP Thursday, April 21 from 12 – 1 p.m. ET for Part I of the Pharmacy Town Hall Series, sponsored by Surescripts. Register today!

Calling All Members

HiMSS Chapters: The US Roadmap to Interoperability and Transforming Florida's Healthcare Delivery
The Central & North Florida Chapter of HIMSS is presenting a unique look at the next five years in healthcare through the prism of meaningful use. A panel made up of leading healthcare providers from around the state and country will discuss the roadmap going forward. The event will be held at Gateway Health in Tampa on April 8, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Click here to register now.

Wisconsin Dairyland HIMSS Chapter networking event: Cybersecurity
Join the Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS for their upcoming 2016 Regional Networking Event on April 13 from 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. at the Milwaukee School of Engineering Todd Wehr Conference Center in Milwaukee. The event’s topic is cybersecurity and will feature a discussion about how to protect your information, ways to build security into patient and employee experience and working with credentials. Click here to register now.



Experience tomorrow's health system today at the HIMSS innovation center.


April 8
The Central & North Florida Chapter of HIMSS Five-year Roadmap

April 13
Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS Networking Event

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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