Plus even more HIMSS18 success stories.

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; Countdown to National Health IT Week; HIMSS19: Call for Proposals

What's New

Mercy Health recognized the opportunity and responsibility to change its approach to improve the health of communities, which led to their 2018 HIMSS Davies Award of ExcellenceLearn more in three award-winning use cases focused on improving opioid prescribing practices, improving clinical documentation & workflows for beside procedures, and improving quality & closing care gaps through a primary care rooming redesign. 

Read the announcement from HIMSS here and watch Mercy’s use case videos here.
Interested in applying for a Davies Award? Start by visiting HIMSS Value Suite and obtaining your organization’s Value Score.


Catch up on some recent news about the quickly approaching event:

Health 2.0 Tackles The ‘Unacceptables’ of Healthcare: learn about a thought-provoking session planned for the event which breaks the ice on four major topic areas: physician suicide, eating disorders, natural disaster preparedness and the opioid epidemic. The session will also showcase thought leaders paving the way for positive change in each area.

Is the Digital Health Bubble Bursting? Health 2.0 Weighs In: Indu Subaiya, executive vice president at HIMSS and co-founder and chief executive officer of Health 2.0 shares exclusive insights on what attendees can expect to learn more about at the conference next week: ‘the war of the clouds’, digital therapeutics, the role of delivery models and much more. Read the Health IT Pulse Q&A.


U.S. National Health IT Week (NHIT Week) is a nationwide awareness week focused on catalyzing actionable change within the U.S. health system through the application of information and technology. Virtually, in Washington DC and beyond, National Health IT Week stakeholders collaborate towards actionable outcomes which demonstrate the power information and technology has to transform health in the U.S., and its wide-reaching global impact. This year’s points of engagement include supporting healthcare transformation, expanding access to high quality healthcare, increasing economic opportunity and making communities healthier.

Join HIMSS in celebrating NHIT Week 2018:


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 2018 AcademyHealth Health Data Policy and Strategy Orientation
Designed to support professionals in data-centric roles within the changing health care system, the 2018 AcademyHealth  Health Data Policy and Strategy Orientation (HDPSO) provides an engaging and interactive forum for individuals to gain insights on the trends in federal policies and programs as well as valuable information and tips to help meet their organization’s information strategy needs. Attendees will hear from health policy experts, government program leaders, data users, entrepreneurs who have deep knowledge in data use, and data experts from technology and health care applications fields.

See the  HDPSO agenda for a list of confirmed speakers including Don Rucker, M.D., national coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Adam Boehler, CMS deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

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.
Next Live TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Webinar Event on September 18th
VAR Healthcare: Norway’s Decision Support Tool for Patient Safety and Continuity

Good competence in nursing has direct benefits for patient safety and quality of care. Health care procedures have traditionally been developed locally and with little or no coordination for each hospital unit or health institutions, nor with educational texts. Clinical practice experience shows that developing and maintaining health care procedures according to the latest research/best practices is a challenging and time-consuming process. Because of new demands from the Norwegian health authorities imposed in 2001, there was a clear need for utilizing available technology and developing a system for health care procedures. This system needed to be based on best evidence in order to improve efficiency, save money, improve communication and treatment throughout units and institutions and bridge education and practice. VAR Healthcare was developed in 2001 to fill this gap and support the requirements of the new government initiatives. Join us asAnn Kristen Rotegård, PhD, Department Manager, VAR Healthcare, Cappelen Damm, Norway, presents VAR’s case study detailing their journey aligned with the EU*US eHealth Work Project global case studies compilation.

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2018 
Time: 10:00amCT/11:00amET/1700CET
Location: TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
Duration:  1 hour
Registration: Click “Add to Calendar” to download a calendar reminder*
*TIGER VLE subscription required to attend this event

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

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.

It’s All About the Patient
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
Thanks to advances in gene editing technologies and genomics, it’s possible to edit out abnormalities leading to the elimination of major disease categories – which holds the biggest promise for precision medicine. But with improved precision medicine, capabilities and technologies come responsibilities. Learn more in this blog post. Find out more about the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum, October 22-23 in Boston, MA. Register today.
Clinical & Business Intelligence Community September webinar event

Register today for the September 27 webinar event “Blockchain – Hype and Reality – What’s working in Healthcare?” presented by Erik Pupo, Chief Information Officer | Columbia University, Irving Medical Center | @erikpupo.  Blockchain contribute to better clinical decisions and outcomes, reduce administrative burdens, and empower patients to own their healthcare data. Explore how blockchain can work for data and analytics in healthcare, and what is not working.  Learn more about the event |  Explore the HIMSS Blockchain Resource Library | #PutData2Work


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. Read the announcement from HIMSS and register for the conference today, which takes place October 17-19 in Boston, MA.

What’s New with Healthbox?
Read about the 10 promising startups selected to participate in Healthbox Studio, October 8-12. These startups are eager to transform the world of digital health with unique innovations like an emotion sensing wristband that provides real-time monitoring for mental health conditions, an integrated EHR solution which helps track patient admission and reduce wait times, remote health monitoring technology that helps coordinate care for astronauts across the galaxy and more. Register  for the Healthbox Studio Showcase on October 11.
Stay Up All Night and Play in the Epic Sandbox
Cleveland Medical Hackathon
October 20–21, 2018

This fall, the 4th Annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon promises to be better than ever — with Epic providing use of a sandbox to test new programs and HIMSS supplying the data sets. Join forces with the brightest minds in IT as we stir up the healthcare industry — and make a few new friends. Students, doctors, nurses, public health officials, developers, designers, engineers, researchers and community members are invited to the HIMSS Innovation & Conference Center on October 20–21, 2018 for a high-energy, all-night problem-solving session and a chance to win monetary prizes and recognition. 

Registration Now Open!
October 20–21, 2018

Fall 2018 Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable
Wednesday, October 17 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET

Join the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Community for presentations on Post-Acute Care Assessment and the Data Element Library and Maximizing the Role of Health IT in the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis.
Join our speakers from CMS and EHRA.

Your organization's path to interoperability may not match others’, but there are often similarities to leverage. A member of the HIMSS Interoperability & Health Information Exchange Toolkit Work Group shares how using case studies can provide clarity on your technology journey.

Our Steps to Value podcast talks with Ann O'Brien, winner of the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award, about 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. Download the new podcast and read a blog post based on the discussion here.


Hear from an expert in health security on how to better manage the way security is perceived by customers and staff in our recent Code Red podcast episode. For a deeper dive into these topics, join us at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum in Boston, MA – October 15-16. Learn more and register | Use code PSCOMM to save $200


Are you thinking about pursuing your CAHIMS certification? Join us for a four (4) part virtual CAHIMS Review Course series beginning on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. Each two (2) hour class will cover a review of the CAHIMS competency areas using materials from the CAHIMS Review Guide and other supplementary materials. Sessions will be led by a certified instructor who will bring industry specific experience to the conversation to enhance learning. All sessions will occur from 11:00a – 1:00p CT and will occur on 10/9, 10/11, 10/16 and 10/18. Sessions will be recorded should you not be able to attend a specific date/time. Cost to attend is $175 for HIMSS members and $225 for non-members. To learn more or to register for this series, click here.

Call for Proposals

HIMSS Student Case Competition Now Open
Apply now for the HIMSS Student Case Competition. The HIMSS Student Case Competition provides opportunities for inter-disciplinary teams comprised of undergraduate, graduate, residents, or Fellows to demonstrate proficiency in understanding of the vast body of knowledge that comprises health information technology. By analyzing a HIMSS-supplied case study, teams have the opportunity to “design the future” with an eye towards transformative care today. From this analysis, teams should apply recommendations that support current health information technology practices that involve transformative care while coupling recommendations with advocacy outreach at the Federal and State level. Benefits provided to the top two teams. To learn more and apply click here. Deadline to complete submission requirements is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

HIMSS19 Call for Posters – Nursing Informatics Symposium
HIMSS invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster at the 2019 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.Share your case studies, your perspectives and your contributions to Nursing Informatics. If your poster is selected, it will be displayed at the Nursing Informatics Symposium on Monday, February 11. Submit a proposal on the HIMSS19 website here.


HIMSS19 Call for Posters – AMDIS/HIMSS Physicians’ Executive Symposium
HIMSS invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster at the 2019 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. Share your experiences in what can be done now to help empower physicians through technology.  If your poster is selected, it will be displayed at the Physicians’ Executive Symposium on Monday, February 11. Submit a proposal on the HIMSS19 website here.

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

11th Annual DV/NJHIMSS Fall Event
September 26th – 28th
Join us in Atlantic City and hear our dynamic keynote speakers highlight the advancements of technology, leadership and collaboration that are revolutionizing the healthcare industry. Participate in exciting educational sessions where presenters offer insight into the latest trends in healthcare technology. Network with hundreds of your local colleagues and register today!

HIMSS Chapter Events
September 14
September 26
Webinar: Women in Blockchain: Making a Difference in Healthcare through Distributed Ledger Technology | Sep 27, 2018 11:00 AM CT
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