Plus the latest STEPS to Value podcast.

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In this issue:  HIMSS Student Case Competition; NHIT Week countdown; Last chance to register for virtual CPHIMS review course

What's New
All patients have an ongoing narrative in their life. A common concern in today’s healthcare culture is that doctors just aren’t hearing them over all the clicking. “Services should be built to be patient-aware,” Wretling stated. “That means understanding a patient’s life is a series of events – not just a log in.” Read the HIMSS blog post featuring Wretling’s insights.
Children’s Hospital Colorado received the 2018 Davies Enterprise Award for improving outcomes through reduced bronchiolitis testing & treatment, improved appendicitis care and improving complex medical treatment plans, which led to the hospital's achievement of the Triple Aim. Read the September 28 news announcement from HIMSS to learn more.

Last chance to apply, the HIMSS Student Case Competition closes next week, Wednesday, October 10, 2018! The competition provides opportunities for interdisciplinary teams comprised of undergraduate, graduate, residents, or HIMSS Fellows to demonstrate proficiency in health information technology (HIT). By analyzing a HIMSS-supplied case study, teams have the opportunity to design the future with an eye towards transformative care. From this analysis, teams should apply recommendations that support current HIT practices that involve transformative care, while coupling recommendations with advocacy outreach at the federal and state level. Deadline to complete submission requirements is Wednesday, October 10. To learn more and apply click here.

Responding to ONC’s recent Request for Feedback, HIMSS provided written comments to the Interoperability Standards Advisory to inform ONC on member experiences with the resource and assist in identifying opportunities to improve the ISA’s value as a repository for available interoperability standards and implementation specifications.
“Geisinger is a physician led, data-driven organization,” said Philip W. Bradley, FHIMSS; regional director for North America, HIMSS Analytics. “To address the opioid epidemic, Geisinger is doing more than reducing prescriptions. It is taking a holistic approach to ensure the patient’s needs are managed.” Learn more in this Stage 7 success story blog post from HIMSS.
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.

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.
Join HIMSS in celebrating 2018 NHIT Week, October 8-12:

NHIT Week Partner Guest Blogs:
eHealth Technologies: Getting the Complete Medical Record #NHITWeek
Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization: A Shared System of Health for Soldiers, Their Families and Veterans #NHITWeek

NHIT Week Blogs from HIMS Staff:
Supporting State and Local Efforts during National Health IT Week & Beyond
NHIT Week 2018: How HIMSS Chapters are Joining the Celebration

#IHeartHIT Guest Blog Submissions:
The Grateful Patient: Experiencing Healthcare from Both Sides #IHeartHIT
How My Mom’s Health Story Gave New Meaning to Interoperability #IHeartHIT


Protecting health information is both art and science. Hospitals also have to safeguard against the next big threat and there’s really no way to know what it will look like or when it will come. That’s why HIMSS Media is shifting their focus for October to cybersecurity – to keep you ready for what comes your way. 
With access to top security leaders and a pulse on what’s important, here’s a glimpse of what you can expect for Cybersecurity Month:

  • We’ll talk to infosec executives and experts about the problems and practical steps to securing sensitive data
  • We’ll get advice about what to do (and what not to do) during and after a security incident
  • We’ll take a look at emerging trends within the space
  • And don’t miss the Healthcare Security Forum in Boston – it’s in two weeks! As a weekly insider subscriber you get $200 with the code INSIDER
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

The Value Brief

In the latest episode of STEPS To Value, “Consumer Behavior and Technology: A Recipe for Healthcare Revolution,” Lisa Stump, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Yale-New Haven Health System and a 2017 recipient of HIMSS’s Most Influential Women in HIT award discusses the following:

  • the intended and unintended consequences of technological change
  • how Yale-New Haven has integrated mobile technologies into their delivery of care
  • the role diversity plays in the creation of effective innovation

Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how health IT brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site.

Upcoming Events

Connected Health Conference
Wednesday, October 17 – Friday, October 19 | Boston, MA
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 in this blog post and explore an overview of the event program here.
Receive $100 off with code CHCMEM200 and register today!

Women in Health IT Mentor Meetup at the Connected Health Conference
Friday, October 19 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm 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.

Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum
Monday, October 22 – Tuesday, October 23 | Boston, MA
While data and analytics are critical to population health management, there’s a whole foundation beneath which to consider while designing your population health strategy. Shelley Price sheds more light on population health in this blog post.
Discover how data and analytics can strengthen your population health efforts at the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum. This year’s lineup of speakers features multiple experts from the HIMSS C&BI Committee, including Shelley Price.
Learn more about why you should attend and register to attend the forum today.

Women in Health Tech Track at the Medical Innovation Summit
Tuesday, October 23 | 10:50 am – 12:25 pm ET | Cleveland, OH
The Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit held October 22-24 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%.

Canada Health Infoway Partnership Conference
Tuesday, November 13 – Wednesday, November 14 | Montreal, Canada
Closing Keynote: Canadian Leadership in Exponential Technologies for Global Health
Digital health and Big Data are transforming the health care experience, allowing for joint decision-making between patients and providers, strengthening efficiencies and quality of care and ultimately improving health outcomes.  Exponential technologies are further enabling a revolution in consumer-centered health care.
However, numerous regulatory and practical challenges exist to optimize their adoption and scale. Canada has the potential to be a global leader in digital health. Aranka’s talk explores the current state of eHealth and health tech adoption internationally. She proposes a bold vision for Canada to drive evidence-based approaches to exponential technologies for global health.

To learn about concurrent sessions, keynote speakers, leadership sessions and more, check out the full Partnership Conference program.
Upcoming Webinars & Virtual Events

Last chance to register!  Are you thinking about pursuing your CAHIMS certification? Join us for a four-part virtual CAHIMS Review Course series beginning on Tuesday, October 9. Each two 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.

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

Wednesday, October 10 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT
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

Register Now

Women in Health IT at the Forefront of Addressing the Opioid Crisis
Friday, October 12 | 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CT

A panel of leaders at the federal and state levels and the HIE space will share their stories on how they came into their current work roles and what they are doing in those roles that ties to addressing the opioid crisis through information and technology.
Register Now

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.


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 Chapter Events
October 11
October 15
October 16
HIMSS Developer Challenge
Corporate Members of the Week
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Corporate Member Spotlights
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