Plus an updated events roundup.

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In this issue: Last chance for HIMSS award nominations; Support HIMSS Interoperability Call to Action; TIGER VLE Updates

What's New
Last Chance – Nominations for HIMSS Awards Close Monday, July 30

Leadership. Compassion. Strategy. Innovation. These are a few of the qualities that encompass those who have won awards through HIMSS. Submit a nomination and let someone know how much you value their contributions by nominating them for a HIMSS Health Information and Technology Award! This year's awards include:  


2018 Infoway Partnership Conference Scholarship
November 13-14, 2018
Montreal, Canada


Canada Health Infoway invites you join us for the 2018 Infoway Partnership Conference: Driving Access to Care, taking place during Digital Health Week  (November 12-18, 2018) which celebrates the difference digital health is making in the lives of Canadians. Scholarships to attend the conference are available for patients, caregivers or family members who are passionate about digital health. Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary registration to the 2018 Infoway Partnership Conferencetravel, accommodation, and an allowance for meals and incidentals. Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with Canada's digital health leaders and international experts, who will share knowledge and address challenges and opportunities for transforming health care delivery in Canada.


HIMSS Interoperability Champions and Supporters are those organizations 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 workflows to promote wellness and improve the health status of patients and populations.
Now is the time for bold action.


The HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Toolkit Work Group has published new case studies in the HIMSS Health Information Exchange Toolkit. Read about interoperability initiatives at the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN) and at Atrium Health.


The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase will be traveling to the PHI Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on August 20-23, 2018. Live demonstrations will highlight how electronic standards‐based health information exchange (HIE) brings critical knowledge to the right people at the right time. This collaboration with NACCHO and the CDC will demonstrate how seamless health information exchange in public health can contribute to improve outcomes, engage consumers, and support regulations. For more information, please see the conference website.


Nominations are now being accepted for open positions on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors. If you wish to be considered for one of the open positions, please complete the online application and submit your CV (five-page limit) and three letters of reference to Denise Ambrose by 5:00 pm ET, August 17. More details are available here.


On July 12 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their proposed changes to the Physician Fee Schedule and more. The proposed changes from CMS, if finalized, could expand access to telehealth, support progress toward addressing the opioid epidemic, and ultimately address the issue of clinician burden (see HIMSS’s summary).

Learn more in this blog post featuring insights from Jeff Coughlin, senior director, federal and state affairs, and Eli Fleet, director, federal affairs with the HIMSS Government Relations team.

Nominations are now being accepted for open positions on the HIMSS North America Nominating Committee. If you wish to be considered for one of the open positions, please complete the online application and submit your CV (five-page limit) and two letters of reference to Denise Ambrose by 5:00 pm ET, August 17. Find out more here.


NEW PODCAST: STEPS to Value interviewed Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono, previous Women in Health IT Award recipient in a recent podcast that touches on Adm. Bono’s interesting life story, her thoughts on how leadership can impact change, and much more.
Read a blog post about what #WomeninHIT and beyond can learn from Vice Adm. Bono.

“Leveraging Health Information and Technology to Mitigate the Opioid Crisis: Policy Landscape and Steps Forward”

Every day, 115 Americans die from an opioid-related drug overdose. HIMSS recognizes the opioid epidemic requires urgent attention and that health information and technology play a critical role in addressing this crisis.

You are invited to join us on Monday, July 30th from 1:00 – 2:00pm EDT for the second in a series of three webinars hosted by the HIMSS Government Relations team, on “Leveraging Health Information and Technology to Mitigate the Opioid Crisis: Policy Landscape and Steps Forward”. This webinar serves as a follow up to the introductory webinar held on June 4th and will dive deeper into federal and state efforts to address the crisis through information and technology. Speakers will include representatives from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Washington State Department of Health.

Read a new HIMSS blog post on the opioid epidemic.
Register here.
Contact with any questions.

Register today for the July webinar event “ Towards a fast track in digital health innovation: setting the strategy and infrastructure at Sheba Medical Center | Tel Aviv, Israel” presented by  Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, Sheba Medical Center.  Learn how Sheba Medical Center is building on leadership in research and information technology to accelerate innovation in digital health through a new strategy –  Accelerate, Redesign and Collaborate (ARC). |  #PutData2Work
For organizations that have not begun the interoperability journey, you may have questions on how to start or what obstacles to avoid.  The HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence Committee spoke with three organizations in different stages of the data sharing journey and asked them to share some key insights into their experiences. |  #PutData2Work
2018 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit - September 22-26, 2018 Miami, FL

The AHIMA Convention and Exhibit brings together close to 4,500 healthcare and government leaders and professionals to address and discuss current and emerging industry trends and topics. The Convention provides countless opportunities for you to learn through educational sessions, network with peers from around the globe, and discover new technologies and solutions from industry vendors providing you with new knowledge to take back to your organization and apply immediately. Choose from educational tracks covering informatics, payment reform, data analytics, EHRs, privacy and cybersecurity, information governance, revenue cycle, innovation, and many more. Make the most of your visit by also attending networking breakfasts; site visits to local healthcare organizations; a new VUCA Leadership workshop; or the Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Information Governance Institute.  

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals worldwide. Learn more.


Next TIGER VLE Webinar Event on July 24th
Defining What Healthcare Informatics Is and Why Clear Definitions Are Needed
The term “healthcare informatics” can cause consternation when determining what it oversees and what it does not.  Even informatics specialists themselves may have difficulty expressing where their work ends and another’s begins.  This webinar will serve as a discussion of what healthcare informatics is, how it works and how it is delineated from partner disciplines such as information technology.  Using theTIGER Informatics Definitions document update, completed in June 2018, specific examples will be presented and explored. Presented bySarah Fletcher, BS, MSN, RN-BC, Doctor of Nursing Practice Student – Informatics, University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 
Time: 9:00amPT/11:00amCT/12:00pmET
Location: TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
Duration:  1 hour
Registration: Click “Add to Calendar” to reserve your spot *

Powered by HIMSS, the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is a one-stop online health IT education portal for academic professionals, students, adult learners, and clinical educators. Click here to subscribe today!

Download TIGER’s Informatics Definitions 3.0 Document Today!

In the fall of 2015, TIGER began compiling interprofessional informatics definitions.  The purpose of creating this document was to collaboratively define and document core health informatics terminology in an effort to provide context to the global interdisciplinary TIGER community for 
consideration when terms are referred to on the TIGER’s main landing page on, in official documents, and within the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  Our intention is for this resource to serve as a helpful tool for those learning about informatics and informatics competencies.

As the field of informatics and competencies grow and change, so will the terms defined within this resource. With this in mind, an update to this document is provided annually. We are pleased to share that version 3.0 is now available for download – click here to access and download today! Do you have a term not currently listed to share?  Email TIGER with your feedback and proposed inclusions.

The EU*US eHealth Work Project’s Global Case Studies

The EU*US eHealth Work Project’s Global Case Studies endeavor aimed to capture examples from institutions and organizations with strategies that showcase and demonstrate real world issues, challenges and/or gaps identified in the Project’s Survey of Current State and Needs of the eHealth Workforce and forthcoming Gap Analysis

The 22 compiled global studies illustrate and deepen those findings while bringing current states and future needs to life in practical ways that share important examples and insights meant to be learned from and built upon. In many instances, they propose remedies and often identify concepts or solutions to help bridge gaps and overcome challenges in key areas within the eHealth infrastructure and for access to education. 

In providing studies from the major areas throughout the European Union, we also strived to include studies that reflect on-the-ground realities and challenges in the United States as well as in developing countries and regions. The studies are very diverse in nature, but are also highly comparable in many instances. In all, the reader will find examples of successes and best practices as well as deficiencies and needs when it comes to health IT education and training, skills preparation, competency assessment and workforce development. Click here to read the Executive Summary and access individual country studies.

An International Recommendation Framework of Core Competencies in Health Informatics for Nurses

Authors: Ursula HübnerToria ShawJohannes ThyeNicole EgbertHeimar de Fatima MarinPolun ChangSiobhán O’ConnorKaren DayMichelle HoneyRachelle BlakeEvelyn Hovenga, Diane Skibaand Marion J. Ball

This Methods of Information in Medicine publication focuses on TIGER’s International Competency Synthesis Project (ICSP). The ICSP’s resulting international recommendation framework for competencies in health informatics directed at nurses, provides a grid of knowledge for teachers and learner alike that is instantiated with knowledge about informatics competencies, professional roles, priorities and practical, local experience. It also provides a methodology for developing frameworks for other professions/disciplines. Finally, this framework lays the foundation of cross-country learning in health informatics education for nurses and other health professionals. Click here to access the publication

What Are Inter-Professional eHealth Competencies?

Authors: Johannes Thye, Toria Shaw, Jens Hüsers, Moritz Esdar, Marion Ball, Birgit Babitsch, and Ursula Hübner

As health IT supports processes along the entire patient trajectory and involves different types of professional groups, eHealth is inter-professional by nature. The aim of this study, therefore, is to investigate which competencies are at the intersection of the individual groups of health professionals. 718 international experts provided relevance ratings of eHealth competencies for different professional roles in an online survey. Communication and leadership proved to be important competencies across all professions, not only for executives. None or very few differences between professions were found between physicians and nurses, between IT experts at different levels and between IT experts and executives. However, there were a number of competencies rated differently when contrasting direct patient care specialists with executives. These findings should encourage organizations issuing educational recommendations to specify areas of shared competencies more extensively.  Click here to access the publication.
Upcoming Events

2018 AIRA National Meeting
August 14-16, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT
At the AIRA 2018 National Meeting, work will continue towards our common goal of supporting and promoting the development, implementation and interoperability of immunization information systems (IIS). Through formal presentations and informal discussions, attendees will have an opportunity to strengthen long-term partnerships, develop new relationships, gain professional education and training, and learn from one another.

Health 2.0’s Fall Conference
September 16-18, 2018
Don’t miss the Summer Savings deadline for Health 2.0’s Fall Conference. See what technologies are shaping healthcare now and in the next 18 months. Connect with thought leaders, providers, innovators, investors, and startups during four days packed full of curated discussions, demos, exhibits, and networking. Weekly Insider readers, save an additional $200 when you register with code: Fall20. See you in September!

2018 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit
September 22-26, 2018
Miami, FL

Healthcare Security Forum
October 15-16, 2018
Data security threats are at an all-time high for the healthcare industry. During this fall’s Healthcare Security Forum, HIMSS will bring together the nation’s top InfoSec pros to equip healthcare leaders with tactics and strategies to prepare organizations for today's inevitable security threats. Register today.

2018 Connected Health Conference
October 17-19, 2018
Boston, MA
Register Now!

Receive $100 off with code CHCMEM200

Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum
October 22-23, 2018
At the HIMSS Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum, early adopters, innovators, healthcare IT and clinical professionals will come together to share how they are aligning resources and operationalizing their data strategies – driving innovation, reducing costs and improving care through data and analytics. Register today. 


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