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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: LA Privacy & Security Forum features IoT presentation • Boston Pop Health Forum 2016 speaker examines physician buy-in • Join HIMSS in Orlando for 3-D printing in medicine program

What's New

Held Hostage: Understanding Ransomware and What to Do About It
Are you interested in improving your healthcare organization’s cybersecurity posture and connect and engage with your peers to hear about what they are doing with their cybersecurity programs? If so, please join our HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Community. We have monthly webinars, generally occurring on the fourth Thursday of each month from 2-3 p.m. ET.  Our next webinar will be on Thursday, April 28 with Kevin Johnson, CEO of Secure Ideas will be speaking about ransomware. In this presentation, Kevin Johnson will walk attendees through the various types of ransomware being seen today. We will explore why it happens, how it got into the organization and how organizations can improve their defenses easily. Please visit the HIMSS Healthcare Cybersecurity Community page to register.  HIMSS members and non-members are welcome to join. 

Register: HIMSS National Nurses Week Webinars
In light of National Nurses Week 2016, we would like to invite the entire HIMSS Community to attend two webinar presentations that will be featured on May 9 and May 12 entitled Nursing Informatics Pioneers and Nursing Informatics 101. Registration is free and both webinars are open to the public. Click here to register!

HIMSS Communities - Join like-minded health IT colleagues
Transforming healthcare through technology will take all of us working together. Find your niche and start contributing your ideas to one of HIMSS vibrant communities, such as Clinical & Business Intelligence, Healthcare Cybersecurity, HIT User Experience, and more.  Our professional communities offer peer-to-peer networking, problem solving, solution sharing, education and more. Login into the HIMSS Member Center, update your community participation in the “My Involvement” tab under “participation” and get involved.

Save the Date! HIMSS National Nurses Week
HIMSS joins the American Nurses Association, Alliance for Nursing Informatics and numerous other partners in celebrating National Nurses Week, held May 6-12. The purpose of this week-long celebration is to raise awareness of the value of nursing and help educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of Americans. Join us in celebrating the nurses of our nation, who are at the forefront of improving patient care and transforming healthcare.

Securing the Internet of Things, Medical Devices, and other core issues
It would be an understatement to say that as the chief information privacy & security officer of the $4.7 billion Henry Ford Health System, Meredith Phillips has a lot on her plate. In this session at the May 11-12 Los Angeles Privacy & Security Forum, Meredith sits down with Healthcare IT News Managing Editor Bill Siwicki for a wide-ranging discussion on how she manages privacy and security (a rarity for one person) at this large and highly respected organization. Meredith will also discuss her approach to network security, identity and access management, P&S risk management, medical device security, building a skilled workforce and more. There’s still time to register for this important event.

Building Evidence for 3-D Printing in Medicine - RAPID
Join HIMSS at SME's Building Evidence for 3-D Printing in Medicine - RAPID held May 19-20 in Orlando.  The program gathers leaders in the medical community and additive manufacturing as part of an ongoing initiative to address challenges and increase the impact of 3-D printing for patients worldwide. Participants will discuss clinical studies, share best practices and identify effective research methodologies. Learn more and register today.

High-Precision Predictive Analytics: Case Studies for Payers and Providers
The Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in San Francisco, June 14-15, Dr. Sriram Vishwanath, data scientist at the University of Texas, Austin, will present case studies that illustrate how sophisticated predictive analytics can improve both care management and overall risk management within the healthcare ecosystem. Viswanath will present two case studies, highlighting how prediction enables a common goal and identifying patients, physicians and facilities where proactive engagement and targeted interventions can significantly reduce costs while improving health-outcomes. Registration is open for this cutting-edge event.

It's About Quality: Engaging Physicians To Drive Financial Performance
At the Pop Health Forum 2016 in Boston, May 19-20, attendees will learn how Yale New Haven Health System embarked on a multi-year journey to benchmark services and identify areas of variation for targeted cost and value improvements. Steve Alegretto, vice president, analytic strategy & financial planning, will demonstrate how robust cost-accounting data allowed leaders to see variation related to clinical processes, outcomes, and cost of care. He’ll identify how quality variation indicators (QVIs) can help finance leaders have meaningful conversations with clinical leaders about quality, not just cost. Register now.

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. 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 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.

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 click here 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

Cleveland Clinic Case Competition Comes to the HIMSS Innovation Center
The third annual Cleveland Clinic Case Competition, held April 7-8 at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, offered graduate level students in health administration the opportunity to apply their coursework to a real-world situation by developing recommendations for a team of executives at an internationally recognized health system. Find out more.

Tools & Resources

elehealth 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: 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: Being Accountable: The Evolution to Value-based Care
The shift from a fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model represents as big of a change for the healthcare industry as the shift from paper to electronic medical records. As policy & the marketplace adjusts to this new reality, this week’s episode brings insights from the field on how alternative payment models are transforming the care experience. Listen to Being Accountable: The Evolution of Value-based Care here.

HIMSS Response to the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory
In a March 21 letter to Dr. Karen DeSalvo the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), HIMSS submitted its comments in response to the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory. Take a moment to check out our final HIMSS 2016 comments.

Health Story Project Roundtable Recording: Transport Mechanisms: Making it Possible to Share Your Health Story
On April 4, 2016, presenters Michele Darnell, Theresa Bell and Didi Davis discussed transport mechanisms, demonstrating their direct impact on an organization and how these tools make it possible to share a complete health story. Watch the recording now.

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.

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.

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

May 2016 Health Story Project Roundtable
Join us on Monday, May 2, 12 - 1 p.m. ET for a presentation on Standards for Health Information Governance. This webinar will provide an overview of the AHIMA-IHE collaborative approach to support implementation of Health Story Project applications and enabling Information Governance practices in healthcare. Register Now!

Calling All Members

Education Session- Barriers of Interoperability, My Role as an Advocate
The Dallas/Fort Worth HIMSS Chapter is hosting an education session, Barriers of Interoperability; My Role as an Advocate on April 21 from 3:30 - 5 p.m. CST at the Great Wolf Lodge, 100 Great Wolf Dr., Grapevine, Texas, with a HIMSS social to follow from 5 - 7 p.m. Join Sharon D. Davis, PMP, CPHIMS, SA and Billy W. Hensley as they discuss what you can do to tackle the challenges of interoperability. Click here to register or learn more about this event.


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