Plus HIMSS18 virtual career fair.

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

In this issue: HIMSS EVP named Aspen Institute fellow; Women in blockchain; More HIMSS18 success stories

What's New
HIMSS invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster at the  2019 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The conference will be held Monday, February 11, 2019 - Friday, February 15, 2019. If your poster is selected, it will be displayed in tandem with the  HIMSS19 Career Fair on Wednesday, February 13 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Poster presenters will be required to attend the Career Fair during a designated time to participate in a question and answer session regarding the poster being presented.  For HIMSS19 we are seeking proposals for two categories, Early Careerists and Students.  Please visit our  website for more information.

Every year CHIME and HIMSS collaboratively present one of our industry's most prestigious awards to a member of CHIME and HIMSS: the CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award. We are now accepting nominations for the award and we encourage you to nominate a colleague or apply yourself.

The CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. CIO of the Year Award recognizes healthcare IT executives who have made significant contributions to their organizations and demonstrated innovative leadership. It is named in honor of John E. Gall Jr., whose pioneering work in healthcare IT at El Camino Hospital in the 1960s paved the way for our industry. You must be a member of both CHIME and HIMSS and have a minimum of five years of membership to be eligible. The recipient is selected jointly by CHIME and HIMSS boards, and is formally recognized at our spring forum. You can find additional information and an application form here.


U.S. National Health IT Week, October 8-12, is held across the country with in person events and virtual initiatives.. Catch up on how your organization can further your engagement by listening to the recent Partner Engagement Webinar, and note the following opportunities:

  • Read and share #IHeartHIT Stories. Patients, caregivers, and family members submit their stories which capture the human side of healthcare IT, and share challenges and opportunities of our current health system.
  • Host a National Health IT Week event. Events can include a range of activities, including, face-to-face, virtual, and internal staff recognition. HIMSS will share those events open to the public via communications and posting on the calendar of events.

As blockchain technology grows within the healthcare setting, the industry has seen numerous initiatives arise to apply blockchain technology to healthcare use cases. What we also have seen is the growth of another male-dominated industry, coined by the industry as the “blockchain bros”. In this webinar, we will hear from three women who have established themselves as influential thought-leaders amongst their male colleagues working with blockchain technology. Join us to learn about their journey through this industry and hear how their work is influencing blockchain technology’s positive impact on healthcare.

This session will:

  • Share experiences that lead to a blockchain career in the healthcare setting.
  • Discuss the challenges of breaking into a male-dominated field.
  • Describe how their areas of focus are improving the delivery of care.



The Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship program recently announced its fourth class of Health Innovators Fellows, including Indu Subaiya, executive vice president at HIMSS and co-founder and CEO of Health 2.0. Learn more here.

HIMSS18 Success Stories
HIMSS asked attendees from the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition in 2018 to share the personal and professional successes that stemmed from attending conference – from challenges faced to changes made. Our most recent success story comes from a HIMSS member who, following discussions with other healthcare leaders at HIMSS18, determined we need to reimagine the role and function of clinical communications in today’s care delivery.

In an era when digital technologies enable individuals to track health statistics such as daily activity and vital signs, and new applications of artificial intelligence, social robots and vocal biomarkers are creating new opportunities for health, we are now facing the next great challenge: integrating these technologies in healthcare delivery, wellness and daily living.

Learn more about these topics during the Connected Health Conference, which takes place Oct. 17-19. Register for the 2018 Connected Health Conference today.

The Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum is approaching quickly. Join us in Boston, MA October 22-23 as part of your organization’s journey to becoming a data-driven organization leveraging resources to improve ROI, population health and revamp organizational best practices.  Register by August 31 to get the early bird discount!


Last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) hosted a three-day Interoperability Forum in Washington, DC. The event brought people together from ONC, its federal partners, the healthcare industry and the technology sector to learn about recent efforts to advance interoperability nationwide and identify concrete actions in response to current interoperability challenges.

HIMSS continues to closely follow ONC and other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies as they move forward on advancing policies to facilitate more data exchange and interoperability. 


Connect one-on-one with employers globally at the 2018 HIMSS Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 12:00 pm — 3:00 pm ET. The event is complimentary, and you can log in from anywhere via desktop or mobile device. Whether you are looking to break into the industry or are an established professional, the HIMSS Virtual Career Fair has something for you:
·          Explore employers and career opportunities for every stage of your career
·          Discover career development resources and interactive content in employer virtual booths
·          Engage directly and privately with employers via dynamic one-on-one web chats
·          Make new connections and broaden your network
·          Access archived job openings up to 30 days after the event

Registration is easy and takes just five minutes. Don't miss your best chance to find your next career opportunity and network with employers looking to hire at the 2018 HIMSS Virtual Career Fair. Register Now.


In the new STEPS to Value podcast episode, Episode #60, HIMSS speaks with Judy Murphy, chief nursing officer at IBM Healthcare and recent recipient of HIMSS’s Most Influential Women in Health IT Award, about how to transform healthcare from “episodic-based care to life-based care”.

Read this blog post and learn more about Murphy’s vision. Also, don’t forget to download the latest HIMSS STEPS to Value podcast episode, The Value of Evolving from Health Care to Life Care.


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.

Recording and Slides Available from HIMSS19 Interoperability Showcase Webinar: Get Started

We recently hosted a webinar to demonstrate how you can participate in the HIMSS19 Interoperability Showcase and share your interoperability story with thousands of health information and technology professionals from around the world. We provided an overview of the upcoming showcase and its use case development process, including timelines. Get the recording or slides.


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.


Launch! is a unique platform where ten brand new companies are selected from dozens of applicants to unveil their products for the very first time live on the Health 2.0 Conference mainstage and the audience votes on the winner. And we do mean live – no PowerPoint or video allowed!
Take a look at the companies who will Launch!
Join us next month and vote for your favorite company that’s using technology to improve health care.

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!
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
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
This October hundreds of healthcare professionals will join together at the Healthcare Security Forum this October in Boston to get the latest updates on new and emerging cyber threats; explore how to maximize existing technology investments; hear best practices on creating a “security-first” culture; and so much more! 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 s ave an additional $200 when you register with the code: INSIDER
HIMSS Chapter Events
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