Plus a Women in Health IT roundup.

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

In this issue:  Call for HIMSS19 posters extended; HIMSS Davies Award Recipients TriHealth and Duke Health Announced; Women in Health IT update

What's New
HIMSS President & CEO Hal Wolf, presented at the Canada-U.S. Roundtable on Strategies to Combat the Opioid Crisis in Washington, D.C on September 24. Learn more.
Recognizing 2018 HIMSS Davies Award Recipients: TriHealth & Duke Health

TriHealth was named a 2018 Davies Award of Excellent award recipient for leveraging the value of health information and technology in optimizing strategic payment processes, developing a surgical optimization center and for their focus on advanced quality outcomes. Read the September 14 announcement from HIMSS.

Duke Health was named a 2018 HIMSS Davies Award of Excellent award recipient for improving outcomes through a standardized surgical patient care process, an integrated optical recognition EHR tool and a care redesign program. Read the September 21 announcement from HIMSS.

Other recently announced Davies Award recipients include Ochsner Health and Mercy Health, who will join HIMSS to share their expertise during an upcoming NHIT Week webinar. Register here.

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.
HIMSS Takes Over Boston: Three Upcoming October Events

In case you needed an excuse to enjoy fall in Boston, Massachusetts – here’s three different events where you can learn about the latest in the industry:

Healthcare Security Forum
When: Monday October 15 – Tuesday October 16
Why attend: Get the latest updates on new and emerging cyberthreats and discover best practices on how to maximize strategies and investments to build a framework and culture that puts security first. Discover more reasons to attend here. View the schedule and speaker line-up
Learn more about why you should attend and register today with the code INSIDER to save $200
Connected Health Conference
When: Wednesday October 17 – Friday October 19
Why attend? The 10th annual conference will focus on Balancing Technology and the Human Element, showcasing forward-thinking approaches and technologies that are driving integration of connected health into consumer health and care delivery. Three full days of deep dive sessions, keynotes and new product demos will focus on digital therapeutics, emerging tech, behavior change, blockchain, remote patient monitoring, virtual visits, artificial intelligence and more. Discover more reasons to attend here. Explore an overview of the event program here. Receive $100 off with code CHCMEM200 and register today!

Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum
When: Monday October 22 – Tuesday October 23
Why attend? Find out what it takes for an organization to become data-driven and demonstrate ROI through leveraging data and analytics to improve population health. You’ll learn about best practices for deploying and operationalizing artificial intelligence and machine learning and get first-hand advice on strategies that can help you deliver personalized care to individualized patients. View the schedule and speaker line-up. Learn more about why you should attend and register today with the code: INSIDER to save $200
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.

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 about how meaningful innovation puts people at the center.

To learn more about how Healthbox is inspiring healthcare innovation, register for the 2018 Healthbox Studio Showcase on Thursday, October 11 where you can meet the 2018 Healthbox Studio participants, listen to their product pitches, see demos and more at the Healthbox headquarters located in Chicago, Illinois.

Don’t forget to register for tomorrow's webinar where Healthbox covers social determinants of health and more.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents to a HIMSS Media survey cite interoperability, health information exchange and data integration as the areas of healthcare most in need of technology innovation. Learn more.

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.

HIMSS Early Careerists Webinar: Working with recruiters in your job search
Speaker: Stefan Werdegar, Executive Career and Leadership Coach

Building relationships with recruiters (internal and external) virtually in the HIT industry are critical as part of your overall job search/career development. Approaching them and building that relationship in the right way is very important to ensure success. This presentation will help attendees:
·       Differentiate the types of recruiters in the market and how each operates
·       Learn best practices on how to present yourself to recruiters in a virtual setting
·       Understand the trends in HIT positions and what skills/attributes are in high demand
·       Discover resources to help you in your career

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm CT | 12:00pm - 1:00pm ET
Register Now

In an exciting yet increasingly noisy and crowded space, questions continue to arise around what can we do with blockchain in healthcare today. In this blog, the HIMSS Blockchain Work Group members share their recommendations for anyone contemplating, or already pursuing, blockchain in healthcare.
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:

NHIT Week Partner Guest Blogs:
Henry Ford Health System: How a Diligent Technology Selection Process Changed Patient Experience
MiHIN: How to Connect During Virtual Meetings & Why it Matters

HIMSS Staff NHIT Week Blogs:
NHIT Week 2018: Chapter Advocacy Challenge
NHIT Week 2018: How HIMSS is Helping Expand Access to Quality Care

#IHeartHIT Guest Submissions:
How My Mom’s Health Story Gave New Meaning to Interoperability #IHeartHIT
Learning from Tragedy: Why We Need Effective Health IT #IHeartHIT

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

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.
Women in Health IT

Mentorship Opportunity for Female Healthcare Leaders
HIMSS members are now eligible for a 10% discount for a mentoring service through CSweetener, a not-for-profit dedicated to connecting female leaders on the path to – and already in – the healthcare C-Suite industry leaders and innovators. With this mentoring program you can benefit from a one on one mentor relationship or engage with multiple mentors based on the diverse expertise and experience you seek.
Sign up for the CSweetener mentor program today. Make sure to include the word “HIMSS” in the subject line of the application form.

Women in Health IT Mentor Meetup at the Connected Health Conference
Friday, October 19th | 11am-12pm ET | Boston, MA
Meet with influential women in health information and technology to increase your leadership opportunities and expand your knowledge. Engage in thought-provoking conversations that address not only gender-related challenges, but job-specific issues and career planning tips. Network with experienced executives, emerging leaders, and peers outside of your organization for diverse and innovative discussions. Receive $200 off the registration cost with discount code 18CHC200.

Women in Health Tech Track at the Medical Innovation Summit
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 10:50am-12:25pm ET | Cleveland, OH
The Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit held October 22-24, 2018 in Cleveland, OH, brings together thought leaders and their passion about healthcare. The goal to not only connect these individuals but to celebrate the innovation that is happening here and around the world. Discussions are curated with the goal of igniting the disruption our patients need now. Come discover what technologies and challenges are truly concerning healthcare’s foremost leaders and to connect with those that have the power to impact real change. Engage in brass tracks focused on Digitizing Healthcare, International Insights, Insurance & Government, and Women-in-Tech (co-developed by HIMSS). Register today and use promotional code HIMSS to save 15%.

Women in Blockchain: Making a Difference in Healthcare through Distributed Ledger Technology
Thursday, September 27 | 11:00am CT
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.

The Value Brief

In the latest episode of Innovation that Sticks, “Innovation Driving Work Force Development,” Rachelle Blake,  Founder, CEO, Managing Director and President of Omni Micro Systems and Omni Med Solutions  discusses  the role of innovation in work force development, tackling the worlds nursing and physician shortages, why the year 2020 is so important to digital adoption in healthcare, and the commonalities across the globe toward adopting innovation.

Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how health IT brings value to organizations on the  HIMSS Value Suite site.
HIMSS Chapter Events
October 11
October 15
October 16
Registration for HIMSS19 is now open!
Corporate Members of the Week
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Corporate Member Spotlights
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KORE Wireless Group ("KORE") delivers transformative business performance through the Internet of Things (IoT). KORE is the largest independent provider of secure managed IoT networks, application enablement, and location based services, and focuses on combining our capabilities and expertise into business-centric IoT solutions. KORE serves as our customers' trusted advisor and partner-of-choice for simplifying the complexities of IoT. Read More...
The Liaison ALLOY® Platform for Healthcare drives interoperability, collaboration and insights with intelligent integration and simplified data management. Read More...
Sisoft is an Healthcare Information Systems company and working in this field for more than 30 years. The main target is to expand its business in Turkey and in foreign countries. SisoHIS -having multilanguage support- is operating integrated to SisoRIS, SisoLIS and SisoPACS. After having Meaningful Use Certification, the company will be in US market as well. Read More...
Our purpose is to serve the nation with the single most trusted and capable health information network, built to increase patient safety, lower costs and ensure quality care. Since 2001, Surescripts has led the movement to turn data into actionable patient intelligence, and convened the Surescripts Network Alliance™ to enhance prescribing, inform care decisions and advance the healthcare industry. Read More...
Israel Export Institute
The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, a non-profit organization supported by the government of Israel and the private sector, facilitates business ties, joint ventures and strategic alliances between overseas and Israeli companies. Read More...
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