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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: Health Datapalooza on for May • Selling cybersecurity to the board at LA Privacy & Security • HIMSS cybersecurity survey open

What's New
Health Datapalooza 2016
Join HIMSS at Health Datapalooza, May 8-11, in Washington, DC. It is the gathering place for people and organizations creating knowledge from data and pioneering innovations that drive health policy and practice, and generate market value. This conference, hosted by AcademyHealth, brings you even closer to the reality of using data, analytics, and technology to re-define how we deliver and pay for healthcare. Come learn how data sharing, use, and transparency fuels innovative applications and business models that are building momentum towards a vibrant health information economy that drives high value healthcare. Explore the online agenda and register today!

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. The survey is quick and your participation will help ensure that the study is as accurate as possible. 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. 

Selling Cybersecurity to the Board: How to Make Your Case
The Los Angeles Privacy & Security Forum, May 11-12 will feature over 25 industry speakers covering not just the blocking and tackling basics of cybersecurity but also practical ways to implement cybersecurity throughout your organization. One of the ways to see this through is making the case to the board for funding and support. Three speakers, Mac McMillan, CEO of CynergisTek, Inc., William Lazarus, CTO at UCLA Health and Anahi Santiago, CISO at Christiana Care Health System will host a panel that will dissect this challenge. Register today.

The Road Less Traveled: Applying Performance Concepts in Population Health
Measuring success. It's a simple yet elusive goal. Believing that you can’t manage what you can’t measure, Michael A. Stoto, Professor of Health Systems Administration and Population Health, Georgetown University will teach you how to gauge your population health efforts. By including all stakeholders and bringing them together to successfully measure and reach for a common goal, he'll give attendees a concrete picture of how this might look and offer ways to get there. Join us at the Boston Pop Health Forum 2016, May 19-20. Register here.

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

Innovation Matters

VIDEO: Take a Tour of the HIMSS Innovation Center
The HIMSS Innovation Center is the place to see how healthcare technologies contribute to safer, higher quality and more cost-effective care so that information gets to the right people at the right time to make informed decisions. See how innovation operates during this tour of the HIMSS Innovation Center.

Benefits of Health IT in Expanding Immunization Awareness
Health IT can increase the effectiveness of interventions that improve immunization rates using different technology applications. Focused on this and other benefits, CNI Advantage, LLC (CNIADV), HIMSS, and ICSA Labs announced during HIMSS16 in Las Vegas, a collaborative effort to publish, disseminate and advance implementation of immunization–related software capabilities to improve better outcomes, reductions in healthcare costs, and higher levels of productivity.

Tools & Resources

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.

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!

Other Resources: The CPHIMS Review Course: A Comprehensive Review of the CPHIMS Body of Knowledge
The CPHIMS Review Course, April 5, 7, 12, 14, 1 - 3 p.m. CT, spans three broad knowledge categories involving each topic area in the CPHIMS Exam. This live, instructor-led, online course consists of four two-hour sessions covering nine modules, and provides an interactive, fast-paced, detailed overview of these competency areas with a variety of tools and resources.

HIMSS16 Findings: How Clinical IT Strategy Can Help Hospitals and Health Systems Thrive in a Value-Based Payment System
Annual Conference is over and on Wednesday, April 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. CT, you can learn how developing value-based strategies allows innovative healthcare systems to shape forthcoming policy, process and technology as health IT investments demonstrate real value and improved outcomes for organizations and communities. Join our experts as they discuss successful clinical communications strategies and case studies that optimize population health and value-based care.

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!

Calling All Members

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.

New Technologies Assist with Heart Surgeries at Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center
The New Mexico Chapter if HIMSS is presenting a unique look at the how one New Mexico hospital is using technology to transform its operating rooms and workflow. On April 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. MT, at the Nusenda Credit Union Administrative Center in Albuquerque, $15 member, $20 non-member, Elisa Gugerty, nursing director of cardiovascular labs, will be speaking about this amazing story of how technology has improved healthcare. Click here to register.

Alabama Chapter of HIMSS 2016 Spring Conference
Join the Alabama Chapter of HIMSS for their upcoming 2016 Spring Conference in Huntsville on April 14, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT, at The Dowdle Center at Huntsville Hospital, $45 members, $45 non-members. The Alabama Chapter has arranged a special rate of $129/night at the Embassy Suites Huntsville for this event. A conference agenda will be available soon.


Dr. James Whitfill, is the chief medical officer for Scottsdale Health Partners, a clinically integrated network in Phoenix Ariz.
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April 8
The Central & North Florida Chapter of HIMSS Five-year Roadmap

April 13
Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS Networking Event

April 14
New Technologies Assist with Heart Surgeries at Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center

Alabama Chapter of HIMSS 2016 Spring Conference

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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