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

In this issue: Support the HIMSS Interoperability Call to Action; Payers and Physicians Collaborating to Ensure High Quality Patient Care; HIMSS Veterans Career Services Webinar: Warriors to Workforce Program

What's New

Participate in Short Survey on Immunization-Related EHR Capabilities and Immunization Reporting
Share your opinion and participate in a short survey regarding immunization-related capabilities for electronic health records (EHRs) systems and other clinical software, as well as clinician reporting to immunization information systems (IIS), also known as immunization registries.
Learn more here.

World Immunization Week | April 24-30
World Immunization Week aims to highlight the collective action needed to ensure that every person is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Access the toolkit, and learn more about World Immunization Week here.

Register for Healthbox Webinar: Innovation Program Best Practices on Apr 03, 2018 12:00 PM
As the healthcare industry faces unprecedented challenges to improve quality and access to care while lowering costs, healthcare organizations are continuously rising to the occasion to address the need for producing innovation and the adoption of new solutions by designing and implementing their own innovation programs. However, in the ever-growing arena of digital health, developing an innovation program nonetheless remains a nascent and under defined concept. How can healthcare organizations take the first step in developing their own innovation program? Is it better to be a producer or consumer of innovation? Can an organization do both?

Support the HIMSS Interoperability Call to Action
Calling all those who support nationwide, ubiquitous, secure electronic exchange of health information. For many years, HIMSS and our valued collaborators have worked relentlessly to ensure individuals and organizations can routinely use secure, trustworthy, interoperable technologies and work flows to promote wellness and improve the health status of patients and populations. While we’ve made much progress, and entire careers have been spent creating the building blocks, our work is not complete. In October 2017, HIMSS published an Interoperability Call to Action, guiding principles to inform health policy and spur our nation’s health sector to action. We welcome all who share our commitment to join us in achieving better health through the best use of information and technology.

HIMSS invites all stakeholders to become a Champion or Supporter of the HIMSS Interoperability Call to Action. There is no cost to participate. Learn more about how you can get involved and sign up today. Contact with questions.

APG Annual Conference, April 19-21, San Diego, CA
The APG Annual Conference 2018 is designed for all who are committed to value-based payment models, whether you've been in capitation 30 years or are entering your first bundled payment contract. HIMSS is excited to have partnered with APG on specific sessions, including Telehealth in Action: Current Physician Organization Examples on Friday, April 20th at from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, as well as Blockchain’s Promise of Interoperability on Saturday, April 21st from 10:45 am - 12:00 pm. Don’t miss these and many other information-packed sessions! Learn more and register here.

HIMSS Work Group Contributes to the Inaugural Issue of Blockchain in Healthcare Today
Titled “Pragmatic, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology: Paving the Future for Healthcare,” the latest edition of the report illustrates recent developments in blockchain and distributed ledger technology as a disruptive force in the healthcare sectors, and provides a detailed overview formed from industry, technical and academic perspectives including that of the HIMSS Blockchain Work Group.

Spring 2018 Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable
Wednesday, April 18 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET | Virtual Event
Join the HIMSS I&HIE Community for presentations on: “Connecting Images & Cross-System Caregivers: Cleveland Takes Collaboration to the Next Level” and “Practical Application for Blockchain in Healthcare - Progress, Barriers and Opportunities.”

The Potential of Blockchain: How can it Improve Workflows in Healthcare?
During the last year, HIMSS North America has been exploring blockchain technology to better understand its potential impact on HIMSS and the broader digital health landscape. Join Mari Greenberger MPPA, Director of Informatics at HIMSS, as she provides a primer about how blockchain functions and the work the inaugural HIMSS Blockchain Work Group volunteers are doing to help equip our members with crucial information about how this technology is currently being applied in our sector and its implications for the future of electronic health information sharing.

The Value Brief

Payers and Physicians Collaborating to Ensure High Quality Patient Care

In the latest episode of STEPS To Value, “Helping Physicians Navigating the Waters of Change,” host Rod Piechowski speaks with Julian Harris, MD, MBA, and Beckie Croes, of CareAllies, a Cigna Company, about the role of payers in helping physicians adjust during this tumultuous time of change in the healthcare field.

Discover resources for physicians and payers through the HIMSS Physician Community and  the payers and health plan resource area.

Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how digital health brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site.

Tools & Resources

HIMSS Veterans Career Services Webinar: Warriors to Workforce Program
Kasey Kazakavich, Kasey Kazakavich, MS, NCC, LPC, Program Manager, Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Acquisition Academy, Warriors to Workforce Program

David Sella, USCGR (Ret), MS, PMP, Director, Warriors to Workforce (W2W) Program, Acquisition Internship School, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy 

Transitioning from the military to a civilian career can be challenging. In this presentation, attendees will hear from two Veterans who have made the transition who work with Veterans in the Warriors to Workforce Program (W2W). This is an 11-month program that offers Veterans an opportunity to transition into a new career in the federal government by applying their military skills and experiences to the Contract Specialist field.  The program focuses on foundational technical training, peak performance training, transitional support, mentoring, and professional development.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm Central
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Collaborate and innovate to transform health.

A new joint initiative of Health 2.0 and HIMSS, the inaugural Dev4Health Conference will take place April 30 - May 1, 2018 at the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Hundreds of developers, innovation leaders, designers, and healthcare and tech enthusiasts will gather to learn and collaborate on new ideas to enable and accelerate healthcare.

Dev4Health brings you top-tier “boots on the ground” panel discussions, interactive labs, and technical talks to help developers build on emerging digital health technologies and trends and navigate within an open source API ecosystem. There’s something for everyone: from how to build healthcare applications across multiple platforms to data interoperability and security, and insight on the biggest developer programs, you’ll learn from the top innovators and thought leaders in the space.

Who should attend?

Dev4Health is for all tech and healthcare enthusiasts, but we’ve thoughtfully curated our agenda with these groups in mind:

Developers: Engineers, Programmers, Architects, Analysts
Product Managers: UX, UI, UX researchers, designers  
Innovation Leaders: CTOs, CIOs, Innovation Directors
Tech Enthusiasts: Startups, Students, Investors, Healthcare thought leaders

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BrandHIT 2018 | May 7-8 | Nashville, TN | COMING SOON!
Precision Medicine Summit | May 17-18 | Washington, DC | COMING SOON!
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E-book: Innovation takes center stage at HIMSS18.


ALERT Life Sciences Computing
Black Box Corporation
Clinical Architecture
ECRI Institute
First Healthcare Products
Flatiron Health
Foothold Technology
Halfpenny Technologies
Ingram Micro
Insight Direct USA
MEDHOST of Tennessee
Merlin International
National Government Services
Parallon Technology Solutions
Spacelabs Healthcare
Trade Commission of Spain
Travers Consulting
Vocera Communications
Winthrop Resources Corporation

Take a closer look at the industry news and Health IT resources from our HIMSS Corporate Members.

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Note: The inclusion of an organization name, product or service in this publication should not be construed as a HIMSS endorsement of such organization, product or service, nor is the failure to include an organization name, product or service to be construed as disapproval.


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