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  Creating a Glide Path to Interoperability - HIMSS Releases a Call to Action
by Evelyn Gallego MBA, MPH, CPHIMS (top), Interoperability & HIE committee chair, and CEO, EMI Advisors; and Mari Greenberger MPPA (bottom), Director, Informatics, HIMSS North America

 This blog post outlines the newly released Interoperability Call to Action, which contains succinct guidance on what must happen now to achieve better health, better care, and lower cost through the best use of electronic health information. The themes touch on 'pain points' experienced by many in the field and build on previous calls outlined in the ONC Shared Interoperability Roadmap.
Join HIMSS in activating this call to action!

HIE Highway

Blog: Prescription Drug Monitoring Improves Patient Outcomes
By Kevin Borcher, Pharm.D., PDMP Program Director, NeHII
A prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is an electronic database that captures prescription data from pharmacies for controlled substances. Using a real-life example, Kevin describes the power of prescription monitoring when caring for a patient.
How does the PDMP work?
Blog: A School Nurse's Perspective on Digital Immunization Data
by Regina Wysocki, MS, RN-BC
School nursing is a dynamic profession that has learned to harness technology to better serve their patient population, namely the nation's school-aged children.
How have school nurses adjusted to a digital world?
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?

Everything Interoperability

Blog: Navigating the Blockchain Landscape - Opportunities in Digital Health
Much of the promise of blockchain comes with its potential to disrupt and change how healthcare works, a position leading to questions and concerns among the healthcare community on what blockchain-driven disruption might look like.
How is HIMSS approaching Blockchain?
Press Release: HIMSS-IIP Testing Method Approved for Health IT Certification Program
The HIMSS-Immunization Integration Program testing method offers another option for testing health information technology clinical software and electronic health record systems.
What does this approval by the ONC mean?
Analysis: Why Policymakers Hold the Key to Prodding Interoperability
"It's not exactly a sweater or tie that gets worn once and then relegated to the top of the closet, but it turns out that patient data may have something in common with unloved holiday gifts. Both, it appears, are shared and then seldom used..."
A recent Health Affairs study digs deeper.

HIMSS Exchange

Blog: Making Connections and Taking a Risk with the TIGER Initiative
by Jessica Liston, RN, MS; inaugural TIGER intern; DNP candidate; manager and informatics nurse specialist, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Hospital
Jessica shares her journey of pursing an advanced nursing education to landing an inaugural internship with the TIGER Initiative. Her advice to others on the same path: "Reach out, take risks, and say yes to everything."
Podcast: How To 'Earn A Client For Life' Through Strong Client Relationships 
In the latest two-part STEPS To Value series, "The Value of The Client In The C-Suite, PT 1." HIMSS explores the impact that client-focused officers in the C-Suite are having on today's healthcare industry.
HIMSS18: Interoperability/HIE Symposium: Facilitating Person-Centered Interoperable HIE to Manage Complex Populations
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!
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!

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November 6
Health Story Project Roundtable

November 7
Why Patient Engagement is Critical to Success in Today's Fee-for-Value Reimbursement Environment

November 9
Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) Tutorial: Guidance to Achieving Publication

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

November 30 - December 1
ONC Annual Meeting


71% of Providers Say Interoperability Not Attainable by 2020
AMA Taps Technology Companies, Providers in a New Initiative to Reorganize Fragmented Health Data
Groups Partner to Better Leverage HIEs for Population Health, Quality Improvement
NIH Completes Detailed Atlas of Differences in Human DNA
Regenstrief Begins Two-Year Study of Emergency Department HIE Use
October 2017 Issue of Learning Health Systems Now Available

HIMSS Early Careerist: Community Meetup. November 15 5:30pm - 7:30pm CST

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