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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: MACRA webinar continues • Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum one month away • Participate in HIE survey  

What's New

HIMSS HIE Measures and Enterprise Survey
We are inviting all HIMSS members who are interested parties in Health Information Exchange to participate in an anonymous, 10-minute online survey about your organization’s experiences with health information exchange. Click this link to complete the survey. We will be sharing aggregated statistical results to all HIMSS members as a thank you for your time and to help you better understand the national landscape of health information exchange.

Present Information Clearly, Accurately and Attractively
The Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum in San Francisco, June 14-15, presents over 30 speakers and thought leaders on how to best implement and utilize big data and analytics in healthcare. Teresa Larsen, director of The Foundation for Scientific Literacy, speaking Tuesday, June 14, says in healthcare, disseminating the information is critical, especially if you’re trying to convince a physician or C-suite leader that your analytics report is accurate and trustworthy. If they can’t understand what you are showing them, if it requires a long explanation, you’ve lost them. Your data visualization must past the “blink test.” You want your audience to view your graph and charts and say immediately, “I get it!” Don’t miss this critical event. Register now to learn how to pass the blink test.

One Voice, One Vision: Show Your Commitment to Health IT
Save the date for National Health IT Week 2016 held Sept. 26 – 30.  National Health IT Week is an independent, Partner-driven virtual awareness week made up of local, regional and national events that offer all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite in support of the benefits that health information technology (HIT) can bring to U.S. healthcare.  

Healthcare Transformation and Shifting to Value Payments: A HIMSS MACRA Webinar Series
Join us for part two and three of our webinar series focused 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 series continues on May 25 and June 1 from 1– 2 p.m. CT.

Navigate the Interconnected World of Healthcare Technology
 Join HIMSS at AAMI 2016 held June 3 – 6 in Tampa. Healthcare technology management professionals from across the nation and around the world will come together to expand our knowledge, connect with your peers, and see the latest innovations, upgrades, and advances in healthcare technology. Education sessions and workshops will focus on six themes to help you on the job, as well as control costs, reduce risks and provide enhanced support to physicians, nurses and other clinicians. Learn more and register today.

Introductory Glossary and Brochure: Health Information Exchange
From the HIMSS HIE inPractice Task Force: This resource outlines some of the key terms all healthcare consumers should know as well as questions to ask about how their information will be used.

Immunization Integration Program – Technical Advisory Panel
Call for Participation open through May 20, 2016 - Apply Now The Immunization Integration Program is a collaborative effort announced in a Press Release on March 3 at the HIMSS16 Annual Conference & Exhibition. This program is supported by CNI Advantage, HIMSS and ICSA Labs. Learn more about the program here. To advance these goals, HIMSS is establishing the Immunization Integration Program Technical Advisory Panel to determine and execute methods for ongoing maintenance of immunization-related software capabilities, guidance, and test scripts. Applicants should be well-respected thought leaders from the health IT, provider and public health communities.

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.

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 Pays Homage to Florence Nightingale
On Thursday, May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday, as well as Nursing Informatics Awareness day, the HIMSS Innovation Center unveiled a tribute display to the founder of modern nursing. The display features a letter written by Florence Nightingale, as well as a letter she wrote. Maureen Mitchell, EdD, RN, loaned the articles to the HIMSS Innovation Center. She is associate professor, graduate program director, School of Nursing, Cleveland State University. Read the full article.

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: The Value of Exchange: How HIEs Drive Value
With over 70% of doctors’ offices now utilizing electronic health records, the important first steps involved in laying the groundwork for true interoperability of protected health information have been taken. The successful establishment and maintenance of Health Information Exchanges are an important part of this fluid landscape, and can drive very specific value from your health IT capital and process investments. In this episode of STEPS to Value, we explore benefits and challenges of interoperability with Robert Cothren, PhD from the California Association of Health Information Exchange (CAHIE) and 2015 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award winner Brian Yeaman, MD. We also get an overview on the work HIMSS is doing to drive interoperable nation-wide health information exchange with Mari Greenberger, Director of Informatics here at HIMSS.

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.

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: Q&A Podcast: HIPAA’s Patient Access Requirement
Produced by the AMA and HIMSS, listen to Dr. Salvatore Volpe, a physician in solo practice, and Adam Greene, an attorney in Washington DC and former regulator at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for determining how HIPAA rules apply to health information technologies, discuss HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule requirements, information on patient portals, and whether Certified EHR technology can be HIPAA compliant.

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

Military Health System Electronic Health Record – The Transformative Journey, National Capitol Area Chapter of HIMSS
The National Capitol Area Chapter of HIMSS presents “Military Health System Electronic Health Record – The Transformative Journey” on May 19 from 3 - 8:30 p.m. in Arlington, Virginia. 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, May 20, from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Salt Lake City. Register Now.

2016 Spring Conference, Minnesota Chapter of HIMSS
Meet up with the Minnesota Chapter of HIMSS for their 2016 Spring Conference in Plymouth on May 24 from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Plymouth. This event will offer three educational tracks: Hospital Care, Clinic Care and Community Care (home, devices, long term care, etc.) There will be a total of six breakout sessions, or two sessions per track. Register now.

Healthcare Trade Faire & Regional Conference, Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS
The countdown to the NOHIMSS Spring Conference has started! Please mark your calendars and register for the Northern Ohio Healthcare Trade Faire & Regional Conference sponsored by NOHIMSS. This is an all-day conference to be held on May 26 at the Cleveland Convention Center. From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The agenda is loaded with executives from Ohio’s top health systems speaking on topics including: security, mobility, interoperability, innovation, governance, population health, and meaningful use amongst other topics. Register Now!


Help shape education for thousands of health IT professionals.


May 19
Military Health System Electronic Health Record – The Transformative Journey, National Capitol Area Chapter of HIMSS

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

May 24
2016 Spring Conference, Minnesota Chapter of HIMSS

May 26
Healthcare Trade Faire & Regional Conference, Northern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS

June 13
MobiHealthNews 2016

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

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