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WEEK OF February



Hello {{lead.First Name:default=Subscriber}} welcome to this week's edition of The HIMSS North America Weekly Insider.

In this issue: HIMSS Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum Call for Proposals is open; Congress Ushers in Two Big Wins for HIMSS Policy Priorities; Meet our newest Approved Education Partner

What's New

Last Chance for Precision Call for Proposals
 HIMSS is accepting speaking proposals for the Precision Medicine Summit, May 17-18 in Washington, DC until this Friday. Over two days, speakers will share their work, discuss industry trends. Topics of interest include: Technology and infrastructure, especially machine learning; big data and precision medicine; genomics; clinical integration; knowledge and expertise; reimbursement; the regulatory landscape; investment; and more. Vendor proposals are not accepted. The call for proposals ends Friday, Feb. 16.Click here for more information and to submit a speaking proposal.

HIMSS Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum Call for Proposals is open
HIMSS is accepting speaker proposals for the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum on June 13-14 in San Francisco.
The forum is the leading industry event on this mission-critical topic, and it’s attended by 250+ healthcare IT and clinical professionals from hospitals, health systems, and other provider and payer organizations. Click here to submit a speaking proposal and for information on topics of interest and speaker requirements.
The deadline to submit a proposal is 5 PM EST, Thursday, February 15.

HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum call for proposals is open
HIMSS is accepting speaker proposals for the Healthcare Security Forum in San Francisco, June 11-12. The deadline to submit is Thursday, February 15, 5 p.m. EST.
Our goal for this this event is to deliver, over two days, a mix to topics and speakers who can provide the best strategic and tactical information to our audience of 200+ healthcare CISOs and security leaders. Over the past few weeks, we talked to many healthcare CISOs and others to learn the most burning topics and issues in healthcare security. Click here to learn what they want see covered at this event - and to submit your speaking proposals.

HIMSS Perspective on the President’s FY19 Budget Request
HIMSS is concerned that the significant cuts proposed for HHS in the President’s FY19 Budget Request run contrary to Congress’ intent to promote policy that advances patient safety, quality outcomes, and innovation in healthcare.  The proposed cuts to various agencies within HHS including ONC, CDC, CMS, and OCR, combined with the proposed elimination of the AHRQ, and its critical health IT portfolio, sends the message that the U.S. is not committed to maintaining our role as the leading voice on medical innovation.

Congress Ushers in Two Big Wins for HIMSS Policy Priorities
 Congress took bipartisan action that ushered in big wins for two key HIMSS priorities - expansion of telehealth and passage of a budget vehicle to allow for increased health spending. Let’s break down the key legislative activity on Capitol Hill this week and how it will impact the health IT community.

Journey to HIMSS18: Government Comes to HIMSS18
Join us in the next stop on our Journey to HIMSS18 preconference webinar series, Tuesday Feb. 20, from 11:00 -11:30 am PST.

Tom Leary (vice president, government relations, HIMSS North America) hosts an information session on the U.S. federal and state policy actions influencing health IT’s key role in the transformation of health and care. Learn about the HIMSS community’s work to advance health IT policy, as well as the challenges and opportunities associated with it. The preconference webinar also addresses the possible effect of future legislative and regulatory initiatives on healthcare delivery. These are just a few of the U.S. government relations hot topics attendees will learn about at HIMSS18. Register Now

Wednesday, March 7 | 6:30 - 8:00 pm PT

Be a part of the industry’s most powerful gathering of women innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs shaping and transforming health through technology today. Share stories, recognize and celebrate your peers - form valuable connections that will last a lifetime. Join 700+ colleagues for cocktails, networking and thought leadership at one of HIMSS18’s most popular events.

Register now for the HIMSS18 Women in Health IT Networking Reception where you can:

  • Exchange ideas with women who are entrepreneurs in health IT
  • Ignite connections that can last a lifetime
  • Be mentored by leaders who have climbed the ladder to the top
  • Find out how to break the glass ceiling in health IT

What can you do in one day at HIMSS18? Attend a preconference event!
Get solutions to your biggest health information and technology challenges with HIMSS18 Preconference Symposia. By attending a day-long session, you’ll take advantage of world-class learning in a smaller, more focused setting while interacting, one-on-one, with leading experts and colleagues from around the world.
Interested in more than one topic? With Preconference Plus, you can register for your symposium of choice now, then move between other symposia topics - as space permits - when you’re onsite. Looking for hands-on sessions with real projects and group exercises led by experts in health information and technology? Attend one of our workshops. Add HIMSS18 Preconference to your registration today!

Must-Attend @ HIMSS18: Innovation Leaders Program! This year’s program features evidence-accelerated change in areas such as integration of patient-generated health data (PGHD) into clinical practice, emergence of digital therapeutics, diversity of new investments, entrants, and collaborations in personal connected health, as well as advancements in policy and reimbursement. Get 25% off your registration by using code ILP1825

New event at HIMSS18: Aging & Technology: A Call to Action! Experts in aging will inform participants on key topics such as marketing to the 50+ generation as users of personal connected health technologies, technology impact on extending independence, and the role of “connectedness” in improving health and quality of life as we age. Limited spots available- register today!

Register Today: NODE Health Innovation Roundtable at HIMSS18: Learn about a design thinking approach to collaborative problem-solving in healthcare & how Providers, Payers, and Pharma are coming together to put patients at the center! Register today!

HIMSS18 Interoperability & HIE Breakfast Panel: Crisis Management: The Evolving Role of HIE
Wednesday, March 7 | 7:30 - 9:30 AM | HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM (Booth 11955 - Hall G)
Join us for a networking breakfast in the HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM. Following breakfast, our panel presentation will explore the evolution of interoperability and the role health information exchange plays in preparedness and crisis response.

Panelists will discuss real-world lessons learned and best practices, and consider how health information exchange can continue to serve the public good and remain an integral part of crisis management. Following the discussion, attendees are invited on a private tour of the HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM. Register now!

HIMSS18 Interoperability & HIE Community Reception
Tuesday, March 6 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM | HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM (Booth 11955 - Hall G)
Join the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Community for a networking reception to meet other like-minded health information, technology and medical professionals and learn about opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, problem solving and education through this central convening point for Interoperability and HIE. Register now!

Definition of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Technology in Healthcare
The HIMSS Exploring CRM Technology for Healthcare Task Force has published this definition of CRM in Healthcare, and is focused on identifying how this technology can be used in this era of interoperability and value-based care.

HIMSS Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Technology in Healthcare Survey
The HIMSS Exploring Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Technology for Healthcare Task Force is focused on defining CRM in Healthcare and identifying how it can be used in this era of interoperability and value-based care. Please complete this survey so we can assess the current state of and attitudes toward CRM technology in healthcare. Share your experience!

Meet Our Newest HIMSS Approved Education Partner

Texas State University
Texas State (@txst) is proud to be a HIMSS Approved Education Partner. TXST is a doctoral-granting, student-centered institution dedicated to excellence and innovation in teaching, research, and service. Located near Austin, the public institution was founded in 1899 and has over 38,000 students. The Department of Health Information Management (HIM) offers graduate and undergraduate degrees relevant to health informatics and information management professionals. The Master of Health Information Management (MHIM) degree is available entirely online. The Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (BSHIM) program is available either on campus or online and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  Click here to learn more about the various programs Texas State University has to offer.

Tools & Resources

Part 2: Healthcare Blockchain - A Path to Success in 2018
The HIMSS Blockchain Work Group shares forthcoming guidance on an implementation roadmap for blockchain in healthcare, walking through a layered approach to describe the technology’s role in healthcare and providing a checklist for key factors to consider when exploring blockchain initiatives.

HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report for December 2017
HIMSS just published the December issue (Vol. 18) of the HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report.  Highlights from this report include Trojan BANKSHOT, supply chain disaster preparedness manual, cloud backup vulnerability, breach statistics, undersea cables and more. This report may be freely accessed at The next report will be the January 2018 issue. Reports are published on a monthly basis. An RSS feed is also available on the web page.


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HIMSS Chapter Events

Feb. 20 Healthy Tech & Talk: Cyber Security - Population Health: A Grassroots Approach | Central & North Florida Chapter of HIMSS

Feb. 27 Clinical Device Risk Management - A Panel Discussion on the Balance of Data Mobility and Security | Oregon Chapter of HIMSS

As part of the HIMSS Physician Webinar Series:

Leveraging Standards to Address Patient Safety Issues
Feb 27, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm CST
Complimentary Virtual Event


Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV
Cloud Computing Forum | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV 
Patient Engagement & Experience Summit | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV                                  
Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare 2018 | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV
Digital & Personal Connected Health | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV
BrandHIT 2018 | May 7-8 | Nashville, TN | COMING SOON!
Precision Medicine Summit | May 17-18 | Washington, DC | COMING SOON!
Healthcare Security Forum | June 11-12 | San Francisco, CA | COMING SOON!
Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum | June 13-14 | San Francisco, CA | COMING SOON!


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Aprima Medical Software
DataCart by LUND
GCI Healthcare
Iron Mountain
Laboratory Corporation of America
Nihon Kohden America
Orion Health
SOIN Soluciones Integrales
SRS Health
Wolters Kluwer

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