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Virtual Event: Workflow Considerations for C-CDA Document Exchange
November 6, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
In the exchange of Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) documents, organizations have questions concerning workflow and best practices for creating and consuming these documents. This Health Story Project Roundtable presentation will examine some of the key considerations for organizations who are sending or receiving C-CDA documents. Panelists will share real-world experience implementing new workflows to support C-CDA document exchange.
How are your peers are using these documents?

Share your experience: Clinical Document Exchange Survey
Are you involved with the exchange of clinical documents within your healthcare organization? The HIMSS Health Story Project is looking for feedback from clinical, administrative and/or technical end users of health IT systems that create, share, or consume clinical documents. These survey results will be shared in their upcoming Roundtable presentation.
Share your experiences in our brief survey!


HIE Highway

Analysis: Researchers Say HIEs Could Save Medicare Billions Each Year
An analysis of Medicare spending shows notable savings in areas of the country that have an operational health information exchange (HIE).
How can financial incentives align with HIE?
 
A Look Back: A Tale of Two Storms - Transformation of the e-Health Ecosystem between Katrina and Harvey
Electronic HIE networks should be considered a critical part of a state's and region's emergency preparedness and response infrastructure, and should receive corresponding public financial support.
How has development of HIE networks improved access to health care since Katrina?
 
Research: Progress in Interoperability: Measuring US Hospitals' Engagement in Sharing Patient Data
A new study published in Health Affairs explores the progress of interoperability among hospitals in the United States. Results show that progress has been slow and focused on moving of information, not usability.
What conclusions can be drawn from this study?
 
Article: Why the CDC Wants in on Blockchain
The CDC, state and local health departments, and other organizations must routinely share public health data like this so they can control the spread of a range of infectious diseases. As straightforward as this may sound, though, it's a massively complicated data-management challenge.
How can blockchain technology help in a crisis?
 
Resource: Connecting Public Health Information Systems and Health Information Exchange Organizations
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) engaged Clinovations Government + Health (CGH) to explore how public health jurisdictions use existing health information exchange (HIE) organizations as a method to exchange information with health care providers.
Learn lessons from the field.
 
Blog: Coding Challenges: Hospital Readmissions from a Health Information Exchange Perspective
A standard approach to managing population data often yields valuable results for clinical teams, as well as the patients they serve. Deb Bass, CEO of the Nebraska Health Information Initiative (NeHII) shares the coding challenges faced during the NeHII readmissions project as well as lessons learned.
Learn how Nebraska overcame these challenges to complete their readmissions project.


Everything Interoperability

Report: New Data on Skilled Nursing Facilities Use of Electronic Health Records Establish the Path for Progress
Newly released data provides a first glimpse into how SNFs adopt and use health IT. The path forward requires leveraging the lessons learned to close disparities in health IT adoption and use between skilled nursing providers and providers in acute-care settings.
How are SNFs using EHRs?
 
Opinion: Why Interoperability between EHRs and Telehealth Platforms will be Crucial
The interoperability challenge is often exacerbated because telehealth is seen as a secondary, less-than-ideal substitute for a gold-star, in-person consultation. But nothing could be further from the truth for the patients and healthcare providers who rely on telehealth.
How will telehealth impact the future of value-based care?
 
Perspective: Blockchain Innovation in Healthcare and Life Sciences
The internet is entering a second era that's based on blockchain, this according to futurist Don Tapscotte. Blockchain will also disrupt every industry.
How is blockchain disrupting healthcare?
 
Interview: Health IT Expert Tripathi Digs Deep on Impact of Epic's Share Everywhere Release.
There seems to be an overall sense of optimism amongst industry observers in terms of what this means for interoperability growth.
Hear from the president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative.
 
Blog: Recommendations to Guide Secure Interoperability
In their latest set of comments, the HIMSS Standards Advisory Task Force provided lengthy feedback on security considerations in relation to interoperability.
How can the ISA address security?
 
Perspective: Despite Deregulation, We Won't Let EHR Makers Run Wild, ONC Chief Promises
New criteria for vendors are meant to ease burdens and ultimately pass cost-savings down to the hospitals and systems that buy electronic health record software, Donald Rucker says.
What are the implications of these changes?


HIMSS Exchange

HIMSS18: HIMSS/SHIEC Interoperability/HIE Symposium: Facilitating Person-Centered Interoperable HIE to Manage Complex Populations
Monday, March 5 | 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM PT | Las Vegas, NV
There have been major advancements in interoperability, standards development and health information exchange, but significant barriers remain to fully access, capture and manage the health of complex populations. Grounded in a real-world scenario involving a complex patient, explore the future of interoperability and its impact on digital health and realizing a true person-centered health system.
Registration for this HIMSS18 Preconference Symposium is open!
 
Public Policy: 2017 HIMSS Congressional Asks
Each year, the HIMSS Public Policy Committee, in collaboration with HIMSS volunteers and subject matter experts, develop the organization's priority policy recommendations to Congress. The Congressional Asks are reviewed by the full HIMSS membership and approved by the HIMSS North America Board of Directors.
Read asks on cybersecurity, the CONNECT for Health Act, and support for infrastructure.
 
Survey: HIMSS Physician Community Engagement Survey - Make your Voice Heard! 
We invite you to participate in 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!  
 
Virtual Event: Data Aggregation; the Forgotten Key to Analytics 
October 26, 2017 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm CT Hosted by the HIMSS Physician Community
The aggregation of data is an often-assumed part of the analytic process. Proper aggregation of data requires a clear definition of concepts, the purpose of the aggregation and the parameters that drive inclusion or exclusion of data elements. Learn about the challenges, requirements and opportunities for data aggregation that can provide the quality information needed to guide meaningful action to improve healthcare delivery.
What steps can be used to arrive at the right aggregation for the right purpose?
 
New Program: Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) MS and PhD Program
We invite you to lead health care improvement through transformative research and innovative development! The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world, yet the U.S. ranks far from the top on most population health indicators. The Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) program at the University of Michigan equips researchers and health leaders with the tools to solve some of the most complex health problems in the U.S. and abroad.
Lead health care improvement through transformative research into health systems!
 
Volunteer Opportunity: HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ at HIMSS18
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.
Become a volunteer at HIMSS18!
 
Resource: Download TIGER's Informatics Definitions 2.0 Document Today! 
In the fall of 2015, TIGER Committee members compiled interprofessional informatics definitions. As the field of informatics and competencies grow and change, so will the terms defined within this resource. With this in mind, an update will be provided to this document annually. We are pleased to share that version 2.0 is now available for download.
Access the latest definitions here.
 
Event: Drive Innovation at the IHE North American Plug-a-thon 
Discover new opportunities for innovative products and emerging technology including Blockchain, mHealth, Devices on FHIR® and Internet of Things to interoperate with each other, within or across the health IT ecosystem, at the IHE North American Plug-a-thon. This new event allows for connectivity options to be discussed, tested, and developed by partner systems for targeted use cases.
Learn more about the Plug-a-thon
 
Award Program: Showcase the Value of Your Digital Health Strategies with a Davies Award
The HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award recognizes outstanding achievement of organizations who have used digital health to substantially improve patient outcomes and value. The Davies Award is the pinnacle of the HIMSS Value Recognition Program. In a recent STEPS To Value podcast, "How CHOC Drives Value through an Optimization-Focused Culture," host Rod Piechowski, senior director, health information systems, HIMSS North America, spoke with the James Cappon, MD, chief quality officer, and Caroline Steele, MS, RD, IBCLC, director, clinical nutrition and lactation, from the 2016 Davies Award winning Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). They discuss how CHOC was able to optimize the people, processes and technologies tasked to care daily for one in 100 kids in the United States. 
Listen to the full podcast, and learn more about the Davies Awards.

 
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Through October 6
IHE NA Connectathon System Registration is Open

October 2-6
National Health IT Week

October 23-25
2017 Connected Health Conference

October 26
Data Aggregation; the Forgotten Key to Analytics

November 6
Health Story Project Roundtable

November 15
Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Learning Health Systems (ELSI-LHS) Symposium


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