Plus why health IT is about people.

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

In this issue:  Cantina Named Digital Design and Development Partner for 2018 Connected Health Conference; 2018 HIMSS Virtual Career Fair; Volunteer at the HIMSS19 interoperability showcase

What's New
HIMSS is excited to announce a new collaborative partnership with  CSweetener. CSweetener is a not-for-profit company that shares HIMSS’s goal of leveling the gender playing field through fostering mentorship, speaking opportunities and other programs to support rising female healthcare leaders and shares the same passion for mentoring as HIMSS. Read the full announcement here.

This is your final week 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. Submissions are being accepted through 11:59 pm CT on Monday, September 24, 2018.  Please visit our website for more information and to check out the benefits offered to those who are selected! 


Infant mortality in the U.S. is on the rise and impacting underserved communities and people of color more than anyone else. Our nation needs solutions from developers who can help reduce infant mortality through innovative use of technology. The HIMSS Developer Challenge, in partnership with, is intentionally focused on creating technology solutions that save lives in these populations and offer new and effective resources for those who serve them. During the two month challenge, we’re giving developers direct access to an online group of underserved community members, community health workers and others in allied services with the aim of developing technology that improves birth outcomes and reduces infant mortality rates. Submissions are being accepted through October 31. Learn more | Register


Explore HIMSS innovation company Healthbox’s perspective on how meaningful innovation puts people at the center.

Interested in learning more about Healthbox is inspiring information? Register for their September 27 webinar.

Your time and resources are valuable, and so is your data. That’s why a strategic plan executed by experts is key to getting the most out of your data. Learn more about how to navigate data and analytics with your organization at the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum, October 22-23.


Connect one-on-one with employers globally at the 2018 HIMSS Virtual Career Fair on Thursday, October 18, 2018, 11:00 pm — 2:00 pm CT. 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. Learn more and register here.

While we still rely on physical security to protect against unauthorized access to our buildings, the virtual nature of how information is collected, stored and moved, requires a new way of thinking. Learn more about this at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum in Boston, October 15-16.

Two organizations recognized with Davies Awards, Mercy Health and Ochsner Health System, navigated the intersection between health IT optimization and policy implications of the environment they work in. Hear how they did it during our upcoming #NHITWeek webinar.

HIMSS19 Interoperability Showcase Webinar: Get Your Questions Answered
Webinar SlidesWebinar Recording

The HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition will be held February 11-15 in Orlando, FL. This is nearly 3 weeks earlier than last year. Share your interoperability story with thousands of health information and technology professionals from around the world. Learn more about how to maximize your benefits by signing up before September 26. Questions? Contact Bronwen Huron ( for more information.

Volunteer at the HIMSS19 Interoperability Showcase

We're looking for volunteers to support the HIMSS19 Interoperability Showcase February 11-14 at the HIMSS Global Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. In exchange for your time, you'll receive a complimentary exhibitor badge to HIMSS19. Click here for more information and to apply. Deadline to apply is October 23.

HIMSS Congressional Affairs experts Samantha Burch and David Gray discuss expanding access to quality care in the U.S. – a key point of engagement during NHIT Week 2018. In this blog post they discuss recent key milestones in telehealth legislation and how HIMSS helps activate policy change.

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) announced today that Cantina Consulting has joined the 2018 Connected Health Conference as its digital design and development partner. The focus of the partnership is to help organizations continue implementing technology in ways that amplify healthcare and promote a personal approach to health.

Cantina will host a workshop for conference attendees,  Prototyping Connected Devices & Experiences, which will outline methods best suited for designing connected health products, and creating a design prototype from concept to execution.  Learn more here.

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:


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.
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

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.
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.
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. In our latest post, a pain clinic shared how it developed its strategy for implementing a cybersecurity framework with help from knowledge and insights gained from attending the HIMSS Global Conference.

The Case for a Cybersecurity Framework
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

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.

The Value Brief

In response to the large and growing number of skilled nursing facilities and growing needs around population health management, TriHealth recognized that forming a joint effort with external, non-affiliated facilities was critical to achieving the Triple Aim. Read the full story here.

Explore Trihealth’s other Davies Award-winning use cases which cover optimizing strategic payments and developing a perioperative surgical home program.

Organizations that are interested in applying for a Davies Award can begin the process by obtaining their Value Score. Visit the HIMSS Value Suite to learn more about how Davies Award-winning healthcare organization use digital health to provide value for both providers and patients.

Upcoming Events

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!

Healthcare Security ForumOctober 15-16, 2018
Join us 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 building a more resilient cyber security framework; 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 attend this highly engaging forum and register today with the code: INSIDER to save $200

HIMSS Chapter Events
September 26
Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum -  December 10 ñ 13, 2018  Nashville, TN
Corporate Members of the Week
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