September 2018 Issue – HIMSS Blockchain Resources
Delve into this month's issue of Clinical Informatics Insights as we explore blockchain in healthcare and provide information on useful resources and educational tools.

State of the Industry

In an exciting yet increasingly noisy and crowded space, questions continue to arise around what can we do with blockchain in healthcare today? Which blind spots should we avoid? What is the path forward?


Most healthcare data today exists in healthcare organizations within various data silos. Information sharing is either absent or extremely limited. There exists vast, unlocked value in sharing healthcare data in a targeted, secure manner to help enable improved quality of patient care and reduced healthcare costs.

Strategies for Success

Thursday, September 27 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 PM ET

As blockchain technology grows within the healthcare setting, the industry has seen numerous initiatives arise to apply blockchain technology to healthcare use cases. What we also have seen is the growth of another male-dominated industry, coined by the industry as the “blockchain bros.” In this webinar, we will hear from three women who have established themselves as influential thought-leaders amongst their male colleagues working with blockchain technology. Register today!


Thursday, September 27 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Blockchain has the unique ability to bring cohesion and enable trusted data sharing in a currently disparate and overly complicated system. Over time, it can contribute to better clinical decisions and outcomes, reduce administrative burdens, and empower patients to own their healthcare data. Explore how blockchain can work for data and analytics in healthcare and what is not working. Register today!


On Monday, September 10, 2018, HIMSS submitted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with its response to the Medicare Program Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program. In its letter, HIMSS leverages the expertise of its membership in offering feedback on the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS), Quality Payment Program (QPP), and telehealth services. Read full details.


HIMSS is partnering with Ohio community health organizations, and The Cleveland Foundation's CTL+ALT+CLE initiative, plus health IT solution developers for Battle for Our Babies. This ongoing initiative focuses on amplifying awareness and creating solutions that address infant mortality. Read full story.


The impact of data analytics on workflows can be fundamental in achieving organizational outcomes. Despite this, its potential is often fundamentally misunderstood. Often people focus more on purchasing the latest tools and less on knowing how to use them first – or even figuring out what business goals they’re looking to achieve with them first. Unfortunately, these analytics tools are virtually useless when their capabilities aren’t fully understood. Your time and resources are valuable, and so is your data. That’s why a strategic plan executed by experts is key to getting the most out of your data. Read more


Experience highly relevant, executive education to meet the growing needs of clinical and industry leaders across the healthcare organization today and into the future. Explore the Harvard Medical School Executive Education Program for HIMSS: Data, Insight and Strategy for the Health Enterprise. Learn more


Mercy Health, recipient of the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, recognized the opportunity and responsibility to change its approach and improve the health of the communities it serves. Learn more about how Mercy Health has embraced the value of health information and technology: explore three award-winning use cases. Organizations that are interested in applying for a Davies Award can begin the process by obtaining their Value Score. Visit the HIMSS Value Suite to learn more about how Davies Award-winning healthcare organization use digital health to provide value for both providers and patients.


U.S. National Health IT Week (NHIT Week) is a nationwide awareness week focused on catalyzing actionable change within the U.S. health system through the application of information and technology. Virtually, in Washington DC and beyond, National Health IT Week stakeholders collaborate towards actionable outcomes which demonstrate the power information and technology has to transform health in the U.S., and its wide-reaching global impact. This year’s points of engagement include supporting healthcare transformation, expanding access to high quality healthcare, increasing economic opportunity and making communities healthier. Submit an #IHeartHIT Story, view this year’s calendar of events and explore 10 ways to celebrate in your hometown.

Tool Box Picks

HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Library

This ever-growing resource library currently features thought leadership from those at the frontline of this technology. Stay tuned for more educational resources and tools to come soon!

Get Started with Blockchain Use Cases

Listen to previous panel discussions with innovators currently developing blockchain solutions. These two sessions dive into key factors to consider when implementing the technology and features four active solutions working to address different healthcare use cases.

Stay up to date with HIMSS Blockchain efforts!

The HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force is continuing to develop new resources and educational events around blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Be the first to learn about these opportunities by subscribing to the Interoperability & HIE Community.  Questions? Email

HIMSS19: Women in Blockchain: Making a Difference in Healthcare through Distributed Ledger Technology

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