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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: HIMSS APM Infrastructure Task Force looking for volunteers • Boston Big Data Forum call for proposals open • MARCA webinar series continues

What's New

Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum Call for Proposals
The Boston Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum, Oct. 24-25, is accepting proposals. Proposals should focus on the role analytics can play in helping provider and payer organizations transition from volume-based to value-based healthcare. Presentations that clearly demonstrate how healthcare payers and providers are using data and analytics to improve and standardize clinical care, reduce costs, achieve population health, and make better strategic decisions for their organizations are a priority. The deadline to submit is June 7. Visit here to submit or learn more.

Get the Big Data know-how you need
How does the largest pediatric facility in the nation manage pop health? Join the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum on June 14 to hear Dr. Charles Macias, Director of the Evidence-Based Outcomes Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, take you through it. From data management strategies and process improvement to best practices on analytics and QI, you’ll get it all at the HIMSS and Healthcare IT News Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum. Register now.

Call for Volunteers: HIMSS Alternative Payment Model (APM) Infrastructure Task Force
The HIMSS Healthcare Cost Accounting Survey was designed to check the pulse of provider readiness for making the transition from fee-for-service to pay-for-value and provide a better understanding of how the industry can help providers manage this major challenge. Responses to the survey indicate that although hospitals and provider organizations are willing to embrace value-based payment models, few believe their organization is prepared to do so.  Healthcare providers and delivery systems are looking to the industry to help them develop a consistent approach to the terminology/definitions and business processes and tools used to support these new payment models and to build the technical infrastructure necessary to facilitate the underlying activities. The HIMSS Alternative Payment Model (APM) Infrastructure Task Force will address these and other important issues related to the business side of administering APMs. We are looking for healthcare payer, provider, vendor and association professionals with direct cost-accounting, provider-payer contracting, quality reporting and revenue cycle management experience to join this effort. Our first meeting will be held in July 2016. If you are interested, please contact Pam Jodock at (312) 507-9924 or, or Joanne Bartley at (312) 915-9251 or

Learn from the digital health pros at MobiHealthNews 2016
Looking for best practices around remote patient monitoring or patient-generated health data? Want to keep up with digital health market trends or better leverage data to manage chronic disease? Join MobiHealth News in San Francisco on Monday, June 13, at MobiHealthNews 2016 to hear from leading institutions that have embraced digital health, as they share lessons learned and key strategies for moving forward. Register now.

Interoperability & Standards Webinar: Addressing the Challenges to Achieve Secure Interoperable Exchange of Patient Data
Did you miss the HIMSS16 Interoperability & Standards Breakfast Panel? Back by popular demand on June 14, 12 -1 p.m. ET, join us for this webinar to learn about this topic from the comfort of your own home or office! Join other like-minded health IT and medical professionals for a conversation with health information exchange and interoperability thought-leaders who are making an impact in data exchange through innovative and impactful ways.

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.  

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.

Healthcare Transformation and Shifting to Value Payments: A HIMSS MACRA Webinar Series
Join us for part 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 June 1 from 1– 2 p.m. CT.

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.

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.

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’s Collaborators Improve Patient Care with IT
Three of the HIMSS Innovation Center collaborators share their insights on how they explore the various uses of health IT, to improve healthcare outcomes and patient satisfaction. Read the full article featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business eNewsletter.

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: 10-Minute MACRA: What You Need To Know
The proposed Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) rule represents a fundamental change in the way health care is paid for and is aimed at establishing the infrastructure for value-based reimbursement. These ten-minute, special report STEPS to Value episodes will provide high-level overviews for the key areas of the proposed rule and information on how you can participate in the HIMSS commenting process. Listen to two episodes in this special series. • Ten-Minute MACRA- Terms & Definitions: With the proposed rule comes a whole new set of acronyms, terms & definitions that you need to learn to better understand the actions proposed in the regulation. This episode will help you learn the new language of MACRA. 10-Minute MACRA- MIPS Overview. A major component of MACRA’s proposed rule is the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, otherwise known as MIPS. This episode will provide an overview of that section of the proposed rule.

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

2016 Summer Social, Northern California Chapter of HIMSS
Save the date, June 1 at the Rock Wall Wine Company, Alameda, to attend the Northern California Chapter's upcoming 2016 Summer Social in Alameda!  More information will be available at the Northern California Website. Register now.



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