Plus how you can become a Healthbox Studio mentor.

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In this issue: Leveraging Information and Technology to Mitigate the Opioid Epidemic at the Federal and State Levels; HIMSS scholarship applications now open; Apply to be a Healthbox Studio Mentor

HIMSS Approved Education Partners

The Jefferson College of Population Health, the first college of its kind in the country, was established to address the most critical issues in health and healthcare.  Part of Thomas Jefferson University, a leading academic health center founded in Philadelphia in 1824, the college is dedicated to exploring the policies and forces that define the health and well-being of populations. Our mission is to prepare leaders with global vision to examine the social determinants of health and to evaluate, develop and implement health policies and systems that will improve the health of populations and enhance quality of life.  We do this by providing exemplary graduate academic programming in population health, public health, health policy, healthcare quality and safety, and health outcomes research. Our educational offerings are enhanced by research, publications and continuing education and professional development offerings in these areas.  Click here to learn more about the Jefferson College of Population Health.

What's New

U.S. National Health IT Week, October 8-12, 2018, is a nationwide awareness week celebrating the role of health information and technology in catalyzing change for the U.S. health system. The partner-driven week features exceptional events and opportunities to engage via social media, Partner Blogs#IHeartHIT Stories, and more. We ask organizations of all sizes, scope, and focuses to show your support and join us in partnership. Contact with any questions, or visit


On Thursday August 2, 2018 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the final rule on the 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System. The final rule modifies the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, and other proposed changes to interoperability initiatives at CMS. Learn more.

APG Colloquium 2018
October 10-12, 2018
Washington, D.C.
This year represents the fifth annual Colloquium and the first as  America's Physician Groups. This year's speakers include some of the nation's foremost policy experts, healthcare decision-makers, and physicians, all of whom will share their experiences and outlooks as the movement from volume to value continues. You will gain practical knowledge that will help you and your physician group navigate the complex, value-based care landscape.  Learn more.

Every day, 115 Americans die from an opioid-related drug overdose. To encourage awareness about the public health epidemic, HIMSS is hosting a series of webinars on leveraging health information and technology to mitigate the opioid crisis at the federal and state levels. Presenters will share model practices at the federal and state levels on state HIE collaborations as well as how to advance Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs), all in efforts to address the opioid crisis. Register for the next webinar on September 6.


Registration is open for Health 2.0’s 12th Annual Conference, which takes place September 16-18. At this exciting event, 2,000 of the best and brightest in health IT will gather to discuss, witness and share the leading cutting-edge innovations transforming today’s global healthcare system. Health 2.0’s flagship annual event connects thought leaders, providers, innovators, investors and start-ups for four days packed full of curated discussions, demos, exhibits and networking.

The conference features 100+ speakers, 150+ LIVE tech demos, 10 brand new company launches, 3 top CEO interviews and 4 amazing keynotes. Whether you're looking to spark business partnerships, create investment opportunities, or see the latest product innovations, you can't miss it.
Register for Health 2.0 here.


What do you think the next generation of innovation in healthcare should look like? By contributing your expertise as a Healthbox Studio Mentor, you can help promising startups shape a successful future in healthcare innovation. Every year, the HIMSS innovation company hosts a five-day program called Healthbox Studio, which features 10 promising digital health startups selected for an opportunity to collaborate with healthcare executives, stakeholders, investors and other startups.

As a Healthbox Studio mentor, you’ll be paired up with three of the ten promising startup companies selected as the most powerful early pioneers in the health innovation space. Join HIMSS and Healthbox in supporting entrepreneurial innovation in healthcare: apply to be a Healthbox Studio Mentor by August 15.


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.

Join us for this Health Story Project Roundtable, and learn about new HL7 templates to provide guidance on including clinical notes in C-CDA documents and forthcoming work to include these templates in FHIR resources. This Roundtable will highlight patient and physician perspectives on the importance of clinical notes. We will discuss this new approach to structuring and exchanging clinical notes and how it aligns with new USCDI data elements.  Register now!

This new resource from the HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Committee helps executive leaders and IT/informatics/clinical leadership and managers at large to medium size providers and research organizations who are exploring big data drive your business to improve ROI and optimize patient care metrics and workflow with the right staffed and supported distributed analytics teams. | #PutData2Work

In case you missed it…  Clinical & Business Intelligence Community 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.  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). |  Listen here |  Register for all upcoming C&BI Community events | #PutData2Work

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.


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.

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
Call for Applications for HIMSS Scholarships Now Open

HIMSS is now accepting applications for scholarships for student members who have achieved academic excellence and exhibit potential as future leaders in the healthcare information and technology industry.

HIMSS Foundation Scholarships
Healthcare Information Management Systems – Undergraduate and Master’s
Richard P. Covert, PhD, LFHIMSS Scholarship for Management Systems
Steve Lieber Innovator Scholarship

Chapter-Supported Scholarships
Arizona Chapter Scholarship
South Florida Chapter Scholarship
Virginia Chapter Scholarship

HIMSS Chapter Sponsored Veterans Career Services Scholarships

Applications will be accepted until  Monday, September 10, 2018 at 11:59 pm CT.  Apply for a  HIMSS Scholarship today! For more information, contact
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
Join us for the 12th annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference. See what’s next in health tech and 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 soon!

Healthcare Security Forum
October 15-16, 2018
During this fall’s Healthcare Security Forum InfoSec professionals will gather to learn from some of the most esteemed leaders in security, as well as their peers who are faced with the same challenges every day. During 2 days, and 3 tracks of key discussion points, attendees will join together through sessions from top officers, peer-to-peer workshops, hacking demos, real-world scenarios. Register today and save an additional $200 with the code INSIDER

Connected Health Conference
October 17-19, 2018
10th annual Connected Health Conference will feature three full days of programming, an expanded Innovation Zone and interactive sessions, live demos and workshops. Balancing Technology and the Human Element will showcase forward-thinking approaches and technologies that are driving integration of connected health into consumer health and care delivery. Join 2,500+ at this thought-leadership event! Receive $100 off with code CHCMEM200 and register today!

Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum
October 22-23, 2018
This fall hundreds of healthcare professionals will gather at the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum in Boston to learn from thought-leaders and tenured peers on how to take their data and analytics program to the next level through interactive sessions, peer-to-peer workshops, and real-world scenarios. Don’t miss your chance to register at the lowest possible prices and save an additional $200 when you register with the code: INSIDER

Boston, MA - October 17-19, 2018. Register today >>
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