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TIGER News | November 9, 2017

EU*US eHealth Work Project Open Call for Case Studies Focused on European Union States
The TIGER Initiative/EU*US eHealth Work Project is currently engaging health informatics pioneers, eHealth proponents and experts to provide case studies based on their experiences, achievements and thoughts about eHealth education, skills, training and workforce development with a focus on all states within the European Union.
Specifically, we are seeking case studies for the following regions/countries:
Eastern Europe/the Baltics (Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia); the Mediterranean (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Spain); and Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway).
To aid the development process, we will provide an official invitation letter, exemplar case study example, and a case study development template & checklist.  Case studies may be developed in local language and will be translated into English once finalized for publication inclusion. All contributors will be listed as co-authors.
If you are interested in submitting a study on behalf of your program, academic institution or organization, please contact Toria Shaw, Senior Manager, Clinical Informatics, HIMSS North America, to learn more.

EU*US eHealth Work Project Seeking Volunteers for Academic Review of Foundational Curriculum Focused on eHealth/Health IT
EU*US eHealth Work Project is a multidisciplinary and transatlantic project consortium working to improve health IT education throughout EU and US. The goal of this project is to improve skills, increase educational and training opportunities, and promote knowledge and development of the field of eHealth. One of the project's groundbreaking milestones is to build a foundational eHealth curriculum containing basic eHealth information for the healthcare workforce that can be built upon to support all levels of eHealth and health information technology enabled roles, from basic, to intermediate, to advanced, to expert levels. Please note: This version of the curriculum is European specific. 

For more information and to get involved, please email the Consortium at We thank you in advance for consideration of this unique volunteer opportunity!

Announcement of EU*US eHealth Work Project Survey Winners
Participants in the EU*US eHealth Work Project Survey, deployed on February 14th and closed on June 15th, were automatically entered into a raffle through the TIGER Initiative and randomly selected to receive a $100 gift card or donate $100 to a charity of their choice, as thanks for taking part in the survey. We are excited to share the lucky winners: Marianne Berger MSN, RN, CCM of the United States, Sabu K. M., MSc, PhD of India, and Dr. Veit Busch of Germany.
Marianne Berger of MedStar Health graciously donated her prize to the University of Maryland's School of Nursing, Graduate Informatics Program. Berger says of her alma mater, "The program was great preparation for a change in focus in my nursing career". Dr. Veit Busch of Castrop-Rauxel Medical Park donated his prize to Aktion Deutschland Hilft, Germany's Relief Coalition.
Many thanks to all who participated and congratulations to the prize winners!

TIGER Meetup at AMIA's 2017 Symposium in Washington, DC
The annual American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Symposium took place over November 4-8 in Washington, DC. TIGER global leadership met on-site to discuss the EU*US eHealth Work Project deliverables in process (case study recruitment efforts focused on all European Union states and reviewer recruitment for the European specific version of the foundational curriculum currently under development). The group also discussed project plans for TIGER in China/Taiwan. Many exciting endeavors underway - we hope you are all inspired to get involved in our incredible global efforts. We'll keep you apprised of volunteer opportunities and will share new project news as details unfold!

Photo (left to right): Dr. Marion Ball of Maryland, MD, Toria Shaw of Chicago, IL, Dr. Kaija Saranto of Finland and Dr. Polun Chang of Taiwan.

Journey to HIMSS18: Nurse Community Events
Tuesday, November 14 | 1:00pm-1:30pm CT 
From education, exhibition, and networking, HIMSS18 offers a wide variety of offerings for those individuals with a role in nursing informatics. Join us for a preview of the tools, resources and experiences at HIMSS18 to help nurses transform health through IT. Click here to register.

Webinar - Relationship Networking: Building Personal Connections for Professional Results
November 15, 2017 | 12:00 pm ET 
Follow-up is the foundation for building a thriving network and business. Often, we are too busy to focus on building and nurturing our relationships. Some of us may find follow-up awkward, uncomfortable, or even unwanted. Thus, we find it difficult to move from one conversation to the next to build upon the initial contact and turn it into a real relationship. During this webinar, The 11 Laws of Likability's author, Michelle Tillis Lederman, will take you through tips and tactics that will help you convert your conversations into stronger and longer connections. Register today.

Volunteer at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase!
Each year, the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase draws thousands of people to the largest exhibit on the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition floor! We are seeking engaged volunteers to help us convey the value of interoperability through your unique perspectives and help our attendees get the most from their experience!  Volunteering at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase includes a number of benefits, including a complimentary HIMSS18 badge, which gives you access to the exhibition hall and conference education sessions March 6-9. Learn more and apply now!

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Contact HIMSS Staff About All Things TIGER

Explore Opportunities to Improve Health IT Workflows at IHE USA Plug-a-thon
The automation of the patient's health record has seen considerable procedural and technological changes from its commencement in the late 20th century. Many of these changes result from the evolution of health IT products and clinical workflows that leverage them. Organizationally, the healthcare ecosystem has also seen the evolution of new players on the scene. Read full details.

HIMSS18 Registration
Mark your calendars to join us at HIMSS18, where you will benefit from world-class expertise, the latest technology advances, and endless connections with health IT professionals from around the world. Gather with 45,000+ colleagues for five days of nonstop education, innovation, and collaboration that will help you embrace the change in health IT and solve your biggest challenges all year long. Click here to access the conference site.

lifeIMAGE taps Google Cloud to apply Machine Learning to Imaging
Helping customers glean more insights from radiological images can also advance precision medicine and population health efforts, the company said. Click hear to read full story.

CMS Releases 2018 Final Rules for Quality Payment Program and Physician Fee Schedule
The QPP Final Rule continues to build and improve upon CMS' transition year policies and address elements of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) that were not included in the first year of the program. Also included is an interim final rule with comment period to establish an automatic extreme and uncontrollable circumstance policy for the 2017 MIPS performance period that recognizes recent hurricanes (Harvey, Irma, and Maria) and other natural disasters that could effectively impede a Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinician's ability to participate in the program. Click here to read more.

Prescription Drug Monitoring Improves Patient Outcomes
A prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is an electronic database that captures prescription data from pharmacies for controlled substances. It is a tool for providers, clinicians, pharmacists and other authorized licensed healthcare professionals, to make informed clinical care decisions, which allows them to look up patients in the database. Read full story.

Data Silos: Together, We Can Bust Them
One of the biggest issues in healthcare research is the ability of researchers to obtain healthcare record data. Information silos of healthcare data exist across both private and public sectors. Working with some of the largest clinical data warehouses and clinical outcomes data in the government - including the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs' (VA), Veterans Informatics and Computing Infrastructure (VINCI) - is a good start, but what about Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Department of Defense (DoD), or Indian Health Service (IHS) collective data to support research? Yes, they have their own research arms, but what about an environment for all of them to work together to improve patient outcomes? To read more on the HIMSS Blog, click 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. By contributing to the health IT industry through presentations, publications and volunteer participation, members are acknowledged for their contributions and continued participation to the health IT industry and HIMSS. Interested in applying? Click here to learn more.

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