Plus a Connected Health keynote preview.

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

In this issue:  Introduction to health care data analytics course - Registration now open; Connected Health 2018 Conference;  The Amazon effect: How consumerism is transforming healthcare

What's New

We sat down with Indu Subaiya, executive vice president at HIMSS and co-founder and chief executive officer of Health 2.0, to hear what she had to say about what's next in health tech and what to expect at Health 2.0's Fall Conference. Read the Q&A.


HIMSS innovation company Personal Connected Health Alliance recently announced that Iyah Romm, co-founder and CEO of Cityblock Health, will join the 2018 Connected Health Conference keynote speaker lineup. Learn more in this HIMSS news announcement.


HIMSS is offering an Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics course.  Course begins Monday, October 1, 2018 and coursework must be completed by Saturday, December 8, 2018.

  • Enhance your career with in-demand skills.
  • Earn 20 CEs upon course completion.
  • Online, self-paced, approximately 25 hours.
  • Optional interaction with HIMSS facilitators and other participants through discussion forum.
  • Complete on your own schedule between 10/1 and 12/8.
Learn more and register  here. Registration limited to the first 150 registrants.

The Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) community has published a new Document Sharing Metadata Handbook to guide organizations in best practice management of metadata for healthcare document sharing. Find out more.


We often hear about new use cases for technologies like smartphone apps to quantify behavior with the goal of inducing behavioral changes, but what if the problem is not how we quantify behavior with technology but how we use, measure and analyze behavior change data? Find out in this HIMSS blog post.


UMass Memorial Health Care's NICU data processes were making it a challenge to care for the critically ill newborns in their care. By combining clinical and technical solutions for better data collection, UMass Memorial saw a decrease in infants discharged with growth failure and was recognized as a HIMSS Stage 7 healthcare system for both inpatient and outpatient care. Read this Stage 7 success story to learn more.

AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium
November 3-7, 2018
San Francisco, CA

The AMIA Annual Symposium brings together informatics professionals from diverse backgrounds committed to transforming health through informatics. It represents the scale of informatics expertise by showcasing basic, applied, and clinical interests. Whether you are a clinician, a researcher, an industry professional, an educator, a scientist, a policy maker, or a student — there is something for you at the AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium. Find out how you can use informatics to be part of healthcare’s transformation! Learn more.

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. The latest success comes from an Academic Organizational Affiliate member who shares how after attending HIMSS18 her team is adding HIMSS resources to the curriculum, helping prepare students for industry needs while mastering the competencies of the program.

Preparing Students for Industry Needs: How One University Integrated HIMSS Resources Into the Curriculum
Reimagining the Role and Function of Clinical Communications in Care Delivery
I’m in a PDMP State of Mind
HIMSS18: One Attendee, Many Perspectives

HIMSS19 Interoperability Showcase Webinar: Get Your Questions Answered
September 12, 2pm ET | Register

Share your interoperability story with thousands of health information and technology professionals from around the world. Join us for an overview of this year’s showcase, and learn more about how to maximize your benefits by signing up before September 26. Questions? Contact Bronwen Huron ( for more information.
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.

There were some very clear themes at the recent Forum that will continue to drive interoperability forward into 2019, many of which align with HIMSS’s Interoperability Call to Action’s principles. This year’s Forum featured seven tracks to allow greater focus on the many considerations that play into how our industry advances interoperability. Read more.

Your organization's path to interoperability may not match others, but there are often similarities to leverage. A member of the HIMSS Interoperability and Health Information Exchange Toolkit Work Group shares how using case studies can provide clarity on your technology journey in this new Health IT Pulse blog post.
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
The Value Brief
The Amazon Effect: How Consumerism is Transforming Healthcare
In the latest issue of the STEPS To Value Podcast, “ Healthcare Consumerism’s Impact on The Clinical Experience,” Ann O’Brien, clinical informatics pioneer and recipient of the HIMSS’ 2016 Most Influential Woman in Health IT award,  discusses the impact healthcare consumerism has on clinician burnout, the promise and the present of Big Data in healthcare, and what it was like to first encounter and interact with an EHR system back when Vanilla Ice, Michael Bolton, and Paula Abdul ruled the airways.    

Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how health IT brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site.
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
September 14
12th annual fall conference on September 16-18, 2018! Registration open now! Register here >>
Corporate Members of the Week
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