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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: Learn why patient engagement is essential for population health • HIMSS17 Call for Proposals open • Interoperability showcase comes to HIMSS Innovation Center

What's New

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 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!

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, 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.

No patient engagement? Then goodbye pop health
Without patient engagement, your population health efforts will likely fall short. But how do you engage patients in their care? Find out at the Pop Health Forum, May 19-20 in Boston. Learn how Carolinas HealthCare System, Mayo Clinic and others are taking on patient engagement to drive clinical outcomes in a serious way. Hear 34 topic experts address the building blocks of pop health – analytics, care coordination and patient engagement. Attend your choice of 27 thought-leadership sessions and 7 strategic networking opportunities. All in one place. Register now.

HIMSS17 Call for Proposal Open May 2 - June 13
The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition seeks compelling stories – demonstrating insight, thought leadership, diversity, expertise and lessons learned on the optimal use and value derived from health IT to be presented at HIMSS17. Apply to be a HIMSS17 speaker, and share your success and challenges with our attendees. Tell us how IT is transforming the quality, safety, access and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare, what your health IT journey has taught you, how your experiences are valuable to others and how you have overcome challenges and obstacles. Register today and if you have any questions, please participate in a webinar on Tuesday, May 10, 1 -2 p.m., CT on creating a sound proposal for HIMSS17. Visit the HIMSS Annual Conference Call for Proposal Webpage or contact Deb Clough, Manager of Annual Conference Education if you have any questions.

NIST fellow to keynote Privacy & Security Forum
Ron Ross, fellow at The National Institute of Standards and Technology said in a recent Healthcare IT News article that NIST is poised to deliver new cybersecurty guidance. At the Los Angeles Privacy & Security Forum, May 11-12, Ross, principal architect of the organization’s Risk Management Framework, will offer some perspective on the new framework and expert advice on the work that must be done to achieve good cyber hygiene. Ross is the opening keynote for a two-day event featuring over 30 speakers from leading organizations and companies around the country. Click here.

HIMSS17 Call for Reviewers Opens May 2 - June 13
Help shape the education for thousands of health IT professionals. The HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition – health IT's largest event – is known for its exceptional education. The search is on for peer reviewers to ensure the quality, integrity and relevance of 250+ education topics at HIMSS17. Peer reviewers must be HIMSS members in good standing. Reviewers are more than just subject matter experts – they are mentors to speakers throughout their presentation preparation. Visit the HIMSS Annual Conference Call for Reviewers Webpage or contact or contact Deb Clough, Manager of Annual Conference Education.

How to Become a Successful Learning Health System
By creating a comprehensive Center for Informatics and Analytics, the $1.6 billion University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has reinvented itself as a knowledge-driven organization. The Center’s CMIO, John Showalter and Manager of Enterprise Informatics and Analytics for the Center for Informatics and Analytics, Alexa Castillo will be at the June 14-15 Big Data and Analytics Forum in San Francisco to discuss how they enabled the university medical center to utuilize data in such a unique and practical way. Registration for the event is now open. Please click here to register for this unique two-day event.

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.

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.

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

Demonstrate How Your Organization Transforms Healthcare through IT
In 2013, HIMSS opened the HIMSS Innovation Center, which is the only physical and virtual, state-of-the-art, testing, exhibition and conference facility that offers real-time demonstration of how healthcare technologies contribute to safer, higher quality and more cost-effective care and ensures that information gets to the right people at the right time to enable informed decisions.

The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ Comes to The HIMSS Innovation Center
In an effort to spread the message of the importance of health information exchange, the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase has brought a booth presence to the HIMSS Innovation Center at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio. The booth provides year-round access to content from HIMSS16, the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, IHE USA and ConCert by HIMSS™. New content is constantly being added, in order to provide attendees with current and engaging information. Visitors are able to gain unique perspectives on interoperability, through participation from Leadership Sponsors from HIMSS16. Vendors share their thought leadership through their experiences at the showcase and information on how they support standards based interoperability. Read more.

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.

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: 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.

Mark Your Calendar - Next TIGER VLE Webinar on May 3
Three programs were developed for the completion of an informatics nurse specialist track using the specialization path of the National Nursing Career Progression Program in the Philippines. The basic, advanced, and informatics nurse specialist programs were prepared to contain (1) a program description, (2) pre-requisite requirements, (3) program objectives, (4) course outline based on the competencies identified, and (5) expected competencies to be met. Presented by John Francis Faustorilla Jr., DNS, University of the Philippines, Manila. Moderated by Toria Shaw, MSW, HIMSS TIGER Staff Liaison, Manager of Clinical Informatics. Join the hour long May 3 webinar at 6 p.m. CT by visiting the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment. Click here to add to your calendar.

Invitation to the NI2016 TIGER Workshop in Geneva, Switzerland
The international TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) community would like to invite you to share your expertise and knowledge with us during our nursing/interprofessional informatics education focused workshop at NI2016. Our workshop, Towards Implementing a Global Competency-Based Nursing and Clinical Informatics Curriculum: Applying the TIGER Initiative, will take place on Tuesday, June 28.  During this event, we will present the results of our international core competency synthesis project. We will also discuss local, regional, national and international issues faced by clinicians today. This workshop is a part of the international TIGER activities to develop a framework for informatics core competencies, to derive recommendations for education, and finally, to show best practice examples on how to make use of these recommendations. Names of all workshop participants will be included into the recommendations to give credit for all contributions.  If you would like to participate in this workshop, please RSVP to Toria Shaw by Friday, June 10.

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.

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.

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

Rapid Evolution of Cybersecurity in Healthcare with Maryland HIMSS Chapter
Plan to meet up with the Maryland Chapter of HIMSS on Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, for their upcoming 2016 Spring Educational Event titled, "Rapid Evolution of Cybersecurity in Health Care."  Healthcare has been identified by the Federal Government as lagging behind when it comes to cybersecurity. How do we assess our cyber security practices and technology and begin to rapidly implement required standards to protect our patient data? Register Now!

FHIR Connectathon, Indiana Chapter of HIMSS
Join the Indiana Chapter of HIMSS for their upcoming event titled, "Fast Healthcare Inteoperability Standard (FHIR) Connectathon" at the Rapp Family Conference Center, 720 Eskenazi Avenue, Indianapolis, Saturday and Sunday.  The connectathon aims to build the next generation of integrated, interoperable innovative solutions. We are looking for innovative solutions and creative ideas built upon the Epic FHIR sandbox. This event is organized by the Indiana HIMSS Chapter, Eskenazi Health and Epic.

2016 Annual Spring Conference, Kansas Chapter of HIMSS
Save the date for the 2016 Annual Spring Conference hosted by the Kansas Chapter of HIMSS. This two-day event will be held April 28-29 in Wichita at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview. For more information, contact Donna Garwood or Mary Matzke.


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April 22
Rapid Evolution of Cybersecurity in Healthcare with Maryland HIMSS Chapter

April 23-24
FHIR Connectathon, Indiana Chapter of HIMSS

April 28-29
2016 Annual Spring Conference, Kansas Chapter of HIMSS

May 11-12
Privacy and Security Forum, Los Angeles

May 19-20
Pop Health 2016 Forum, Boston

June 13
MobiHealthNews 2016

June 14-15
Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum, San Francisco

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