June 2018 Issue: Care Coordination
In this month’s issue of Clinical Informatics Insights we explore different avenues of patient care coordination and share how a post-acute care continuity plan can offer in-home wearable technology as part of the patient’s self-care discharge strategies.

State of the Industry

by Mary Kay Thalken, RN, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer

The push for care coordination improvement, penalties for avoidable readmissions, and consumer adoption of intelligent technologies are trends entrenched in the practice of care. All three are reshaping the healthcare landscape based on one simple fact: It’s much less expensive for a patient to embrace self-care strategies to treat new or recurring symptoms than to end up in the hospital.

by Adam Bazer, Senior Manager, Health Information Systems; HIMSS

Do no harm. An oath, a credo, a path for those drawn to heal. Three small words. One enormous responsibility. A responsibility born from a deep, natural empathy for those who seek care in their hands.


Meeting quality metrics – on top of other competing priorities in a healthcare setting – can add up to a tremendous workload for staff. That’s why HIMSS Davies Award recipientUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern), set out to improve their quality metrics processes. Part of their efforts focused on improving data delivery through the implementation of specialty-based registries in their electronic health records (EHRs). Read more.


In the latest episode of STEPS To Value, “ The Evolution of Outcomes Measurement for Value-Based Healthcare,” guest host Raj Lakhanpal, Founder and CEO of SpectraMedix interviews Greg Allen, Director, Program Development and Management at New York State Department of Health, and Dr. Thomas Feeley, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  They discuss where healthcare is on the journey to value based care, and the importance of the use of data analytics to improve patient outcomes. Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how digital health brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site.


If you are a surgeon preparing for a clinical procedure, such as directing a trauma team or operating a robot surgeon, you can do test runs again and again – making mistakes and learning from that experience, without harming an actual patient. Read more.


This letter directly responds to the information technology recommendations outlined in the November 1, 2017, President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis Report, the October 26, 2017, Declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency by the Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services along with the agency’s 5-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis. Read full details.


Ask any doctor if they can freely share digital patient records outside of their organization, or access patient information stored in another organization’s electronic health records (EHR), and the answer is typically a resounding “no.” This unfortunate reality perpetuates the use of fax and express or postal mail and contributes to frustration and burnout. Read full story.


While healthcare seems to be enamored of the latest shiny object that is AI, the industry still has to master some of the basics of data-sharing. With more than three decades of healthcare experience, Harold "Hal" Wolf III is well-aware of the industry's need to walk before it can run. Read the full article.

Tool Box Picks
By Yvonne Patrick, Coordinator, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS North America

HIMSS Annual Call for Committee Volunteers
We are pleased to announce the application period for HIMSS Committees is now open. For these key positions, available for a term of two fiscal years, HIMSS seeks health information and technology architects, innovators and trailblazers to help lead and execute HIMSS’ strategic initiatives. The call for applications closes on July 6, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Apply now.

Call for Proposals - HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition Now Open
HIMSS seeks compelling organizational experiences — those that highlight the similarities in global transformative healthcare practices and that demonstrate insight, thought leadership, diversity, expertise and lessons learned on the optimal use and value of health information and technology – to be presented at the HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exhibition. The call for proposals closes on July 16, 2018. Submit an application here.

HIMSS19 Interoperability Showcase – Participate 101
Interested in being a participant at the HIMSS19 Interoperability Showcase but not sure where to start? Learn more from our most recent 30-minute webinar, Participation 101, for a detailed description of requirements and timelines. Get involved today in development or contact us with your questions

Health Information and Technology Job Descriptions
The HIMSS Professional Development staff along with members of the FY17 and FY18 Professional Development Committee have created a compilation of job descriptions for early careerists that can be utilized for the various health information and technology career opportunities Download the updated document here.

Apply for HIMSS Member Advancement
Active HIMSS members are recognized for their dedication to our society and industry when they become a Senior or Fellow member. Interested in applying? Click here to learn more.

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