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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: Pop Health Forum starts next week • MACRA webinar addresses changing federal policy • Believe it or not, HIMSS17 is already looking for proposals  

What's New

Pop Health Forum 2016 next week
This two-day event in Boston, May 19-20, takes a deeper dive into identifying high-risk populations, data and analytics, care coordination and patient engagement. It features case studies, actionable strategies and best practices from some of the nation’s top thought leaders who have tackled pop health’s biggest challenges. Over 30 speakers from leading healthcare organization from around the country will be presenting their best practices, lessons learned and how they took the necessary steps forward to meet their population health goals. Register now.

Healthcare Transformation and Shifting to Value Payments: A HIMSS MACRA Webinar Series
This upcoming webinar series focuses on new regulations that must be implemented to achieve programmatic and payment reform for government and healthcare communities. Let our experts help you navigate the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), and get the tools you need to move into the next phase of participation for the Quality Payment Program, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and alternative payment models (APMs). This three-part webinar series takes place from 1 – 2 p.m. CT on May 17, 25, and ends on June 1.

Do You Have Your Big Data Basics Covered?
The Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum next month, June 14-15, in San Francisco, will cover your basic big data basics. Hear Advocate Health Care’s Tina Esposito, VP, Center for Health Information Services, discuss four key principles of Big Data success. And learn from 31 other national healthcare experts who will discuss how to turn big data into information that improves care and reduces costs. Spots are still available, register today.

HIMSS17 Call for Proposal open until 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.

Become a TIGER VLE Ambassador
If you love the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) help us spread the word. Bring your TIGER spirit because we’re inviting you to become a TIGER VLE Ambassador. As an ambassador, we’ll equip each of you with a toolkit of VLE materials to share with colleagues, students, faculty, etc.  As a token of our appreciation, we’ll be providing TIGER VLE Ambassadors with 20 percent off VLE renewals and 20 percent off to your colleagues/friends during the month of May 2016. During the month of May, we are also offering 20 percent off new VLE subscriptions! SUBSCRIBE TODAY!Interested in helping us spread the word? Contact TIGER for more information!

HIMSS17 Call for Reviewers open until 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.

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.

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.

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

HIMSS Innovation Center Collaborators Advance Healthcare with IT
The HIMSS Innovation Center, a state-of-the-art, testing, exhibition and conference facility, allows collaborators to provide visitors with a live, interactive demonstration of health IT in action, where they can see how patient health information can be securely shared so the right person receives the right information at the right time to make informed decisions. Read the full article that appeared in Crain’s Cleveland Business Newsletter.

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: Health IT in Action Podcast; An Introduction to TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform)
TIGER Committee Co-Chairs, Marion J. Ball EdD, Senior Advisor, Healthcare Informatics, Center for Computational Health , IBM Research, IBM Industry Academy Member, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University and Michelle R. Troseth, MSN, RN, DPANAP, FAAN, Chief Professional Practice Officer, Elsevier Clinical Solutions, discuss the TIGER Initiative, and how participation benefits members and the patients that they care for. Click here to play the podcast.

New HIMSS Podcast STEPS to Value-This Week’s Episode - The Imperative of the Nursing Voice in HIT
National Nurses Week is May 6 - 12. The conversation between clinicians and designers is integral when developing effective digital clinical technologies. A health IT super user and key voice in that conversation is the nurse. What technologies & processes are helping them perform their duties? What effects do the usability & user experience of current health IT products have on nurses’ daily workflow? In this episode we hear directly from thought leaders across the nursing field on the state of user experience for nurses today.

Nursing Informatics 101
 A virtual event on Thursday, May 12, 12  – 1 p.m., CT focuses on the genesis of nursing informatics leading up to current roles, the factors contributing to the growth of the nursing informatics specialty, and the future of nursing informatics in today's healthcare. Register now.

Spring HIE Community Roundtable Recording
On April 21 David Kibbe, MD, MBA and Joshua Rubin JD, MBA, MPH, MPP Joined the HIE Community to present on Meeting the Demands of an Interoperable HIE, iHIE:  Options and Opportunities 2016 and The Learning Health System:  Democratizing Health Together. Watch the webinar now.

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.

TIGER VLE Certificates of Completion for HIMSS Courses
Did you know that Certificates of Completion are tied to the HIMSS courses within the VLE? Certificates are awarded once all course modules have been accomplished and completed assessment with a passing score of 80 percent. Use these certificates to promote health IT and informatics knowledge expansion on your CV/resume, LinkedIn profile, etc. Contact TIGER today with questions or for more information. Have you shared information about the VLE with colleagues or students/adult learners? Share today. Find us on Twitter at @AboutTIGER. To catch up on our latest tweets, explore our TIGER hashtags: #tigersightings and #tigervle.

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.

Calling All Members

2016 Texas Regional Conference
Join the Austin, Dallas/Ft Worth, Houston, Lubbock & San Antonio Chapters of HIMSS for their upcoming 2016 Texas Regional Conference at the Westin Galleria in Houston.  The Texas Chapters of HIMSS will hold a one and a half day educational conference in Houston, Texas on May 12-13. The theme of this year's conference is “Houston...We Have A Solution”. This is the 8th Annual Regional Conference with an anticipated 600 healthcare IT professionals in attendance. Register now!

3rd Annual HIE Forum: eHealth Exchange | Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS
The Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS is continuing the theme of “Connecting Missouri & Beyond”, with this year’s focus on National Health Information Exchange which is now known as eHealth Exchange on May 13, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at SSM Integreated Health Technologies. The goal is to provide Missouri’s HIE stakeholders with information about eHealth exchange participation, benefits, challenges and best practices.  We are very excited to welcome speakers from SSM Health and The Sequoia Project.  Lunch will be provided at noon free of charge to all attendees. Register now!

Oregon Chapter of HIMSS, 2016 Spring Conference
Join the Oregon Chapter of HIMSS for their upcoming 2016 Spring Conference in Portland on May 17, 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Downtown, Portland. Register now.

Georgia Chapter of HIMSS presents 7th annual Golf Classic and Fundraiser
Join the Georgia Chapter of HIMSS for their 7th Annual Golf Classic and Fundraiser on May 17, Atlanta National Golf Club, Alpharetta. 

2016 Spring Leadership Conference, Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS
Join the Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS for their upcoming 2016 Spring Leadership Conference on May 19, at the Wilderness Hotel & Resort, Wisconsin Dells, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Register Now!

Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament, Arizona Chapter of HIMSS
Join the Arizona Chapter of HIMSS for their Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club on May 20, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Proceeds benefit Arizona Chapter scholarships for healthcare information technology education. Register Now!

2016 Annual Spring Conference, Utah Chapter of HIMSS Media
Keynote speaker, Brent C. James, MD, M.Stat., Executive Director Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Vice-President Medical Research and Continuing Medical Education, Intermountain Healthcare, presents “Improving Performance Through Innovation” at the 2016 Spring Conference from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City. Register Now.


Beth Halley, RN, MBA, FHIMSS, is a principal advisor for the MITRE Corporation.
Read the full interview

HIMSS17 Call for proposals is open!


May 17
Oregon Chapter of HIMSS, 2016 Spring Conference

Georgia Chapter of HIMSS presents 7th annual Golf Classic and Fundraiser

May 19
2016 Spring Leadership Conference, Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS

May 20
Inaugural Charity Golf Tournament, Arizona Chapter of HIMSS

May 19-20
Pop Health 2016 Forum, Boston

May 20
2016 Annual Spring Conference, Utah Chapter of HIMSS Media

June 13
MobiHealthNews 2016

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



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