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December 20, 2017 SUBSCRIBE | MEMBERSHIP
The Value of Telehealth
In this month’s issue of Clinical Informatics Insights we explore the importance of telehealth in addressing public health issues and how skilled practitioners can provide an array of integrated patient services. Happy Holidays!

State of the industry
Telehealth as Means to Diagnose and Treat Opioid Abuse
By Dr. Erica Liebelt, Stuart Rabinowitz, MBA, MSHI, Ira Nathan, ASA, MAAA and Paula Bruland

It is common knowledge that the United States is currently fighting a war on the abuse of Opioids and other narcotic substances. It is not as well known that many of these wars are occurring in rural areas where drugs are plentiful, and access to treatment is challenging.

State of the industry
How Nursing Informatics is Transforming Healthcare Today
By Tammy Kwiatkoski, Director, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS North America

Just as information and technology have combined to become integral parts of healthcare, so has the unique, hybrid role of the nursing informaticist.

meet an informaticist
Finding Your Path to Your "Informaticsville"!
By Ash Goel, MD, MMI, CHCIO

All of us have taken a unique path throughout our professional life to get to where we are now. While it all may seem somewhat like aimless wandering, it seems to come together in the long run. My story is no different.

meet an informaticist
The Uninformaticist
By Joel J. Reich, MD

Someday, when dictionaries and spellcheckers routinely include "informaticist" in their lexicon I may be one. But for now, I am probably the HIMSS Physician Committee's Uninformaticist. However, that's not to say that I don't use informatics every day in my physician executive role.


FDA Releases Guidance on Advancing New Digital Health Policies
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took their next step in the implementation of the 21st Century Cures law, with the release of three new policy documents in hopes of advancing the FDA's approach to the development and proper oversight of innovative digital health tools. This release is another step in the agency's Digital Health Innovation Action Plan, which began this past summer and outlines the FDA's efforts to reimagine its approach to ensuring all Americans have timely access to high-quality, safe and effective digital health products. Read full details. 
Leveraging EMRs for Healthier Hearts
Heart disease continues to be of critical concern to healthcare providers as it remains a leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Organizations like Henry Ford Health System are taking major steps to combat heart disease by leveraging their health information and technology systems to improve heart health through internal improvement initiatives, such as their focus of venous thromboembolism (VTE). Read more. 
Clinical Document Exchange Requires Workflow Considerations
The systems we all depend upon to provide healthcare and promote the health of individuals and populations continue to struggle with interoperability. However, as with any challenge, people and systems rise to address real needs. Interoperability requires diverse systems to exchange clinical information. Doing so is not easy, and neither is the implementation of the requisite process changes to support the flow of information. Read full blog. 
The Value of Holistic Medicine for Pediatric Special Needs Patients 
In the latest STEPS To Value podcast episode, "How to Shift a Healthcare Culture to a Value Holistic Care," Brenda Wolf, president and CEO, La Rabida Children's Hospital,  discusses how La Rabida Children's Hospital takes a different approach to healthcare, as their special needs patients have requirements that don't fit in the parameters of the fee-for-service model. Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how health IT brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site. 
AAMI Publication Mobilizes Healthcare Technology's 'Cyber Defenders'
The latest issue of Horizons provides tools and best practices for healthcare technology's "cyber defenders," healthcare technology management (HTM) and information technology (IT) professionals, to help them better protect sensitive data and ensure that the technology works as intended-for the benefit of patients. Click here to access this issue.
HIMSS Physician Community Engagement Survey - Make your Voice Heard! 
We invite you to take a few moments to complete the HIMSS Physician Engagement Survey. The results will help HIMSS in its continuing efforts to provide robust community resources to influence the transformation of healthcare. We will not share any personal information. Thank you for your willingness to participate. Take the survey today!


By Yvonne Patrick, Coordinator, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS North America

The Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), Volume 21, Number 3 is now available! A free, international, peer reviewed publication that is published three times a year and supports all functional areas of nursing informatics.

New Webinar Series: Journey to HIMSS18
Complimentary webinars - offers you the opportunity to get a heads-up on what's new, what to expect, hot topics to explore, and how to plan your agenda for HIMSS18. Register today!

The Career Institute
Whether you are new to the industry, new to your career or a seasoned professional, the HIMSS Career Institute is the one place you need as an HIT professional. 

Clinical Decision Support - HIMSS 
All of HIMSS's resources on clinical decision support can be found here, including fundamentals, case studies, and MU.

HIMSS Health IT Value Suite
The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite & Value Score provides the resources to help your enterprise organize its value strategy and analyze its impact.

Health Information Exchange (HIE)
The HIMSS I&HIE Community serves as the central convening point for interoperability and health information exchange (HIE) professionals to promote meaningful education and thought leadership in the health IT industry. Learn more about the I&HIE Community here.

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December 21, 2017
In Sickness and in Health: Simplifying the Marriage of Hybrid IT
January 9, 2018
Application of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare-Cybersecurity Perspective
January 9, 2018
Measuring and Pioneering Informatics at Sutter Health
January 16, 2018
Winter 2018 Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable
January 17, 2018
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HIMSS18 Forums & Summits: HIMSS18. Where IT connects for health. March 5 - 9 2018 in Las Vegas.

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