Plus, the HIMSS Virtual Career fair is tomorrow.

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In this issue: Connected Health Conference 2018 Kicks Off; HIMSS19 Call for Proposals Closes Friday; Banner Health Receives Davies Award; HNA Nominating Committee Elections Open

What's New
The tenth annual Connected Health Conference is one week away! This year’s event 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. Learn more about conference hot topics and explore an overview of the event program here. Register today!

HIMSS is collaborating on the Health Datapalooza 2019 – AcademyHealth’s tenth annual convening on health data and technology. “HIMSS is proud to join AcademyHealth in the Health Datapalooza and in working together to ensure the secure and meaningful transformation of data into new capabilities that deliver innovation in health transformation,” said Hal Wolf, HIMSS president and chief executive officer. “The critical relationship between the private and public providers, government policy, innovators and citizens/patients/consumers has always been the driver behind HIMSS’s devotion of health thought leadership and data standardization so that critical information can be seamlessly available at the point of care and knowledge management. HIMSS and AcademyHealth share this critical recognition for innovation starting with the data that we need to impact the health eco-system.” Learn more.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is working with HIMSS Healthbox to reach out to investors and better understand the barriers to innovation. Find out why from Healthcare IT News.

HIMSS19 Preconference Symposiums – Call for Proposals Closes Friday

HIMSS is accepting speaker proposals for six pre-conference symposiums on Monday, February 11 in Orlando. The deadline to submit a proposal is October 19, 5pm ET.

Case studies from healthcare provider and payer organizations are a focus for these events, which deliver deep-dives into specific topic categories.

View the links below to learn more about each symposium and to submit a proposal.

Cloud Computing Forum
Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare
Patient Engagement & Experience Summit
Precision Medicine Summit
Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit
Pharma Forum


Last week during the HIMSS Saudi Conference & Exhibition 2018, it was announced that King Fahd Military Medical Complex achieved the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 6, an international benchmark for the use of advanced IT to improve patient care. Learn more about health systems in Saudi who have validated at Stage 5 in this HIMSSTV clip.

Developers: Don’t Miss Your Chance to Win $10,000 and Help Reduce Infant Mortality

Infant mortality rates in the U.S. are comparatively high due to poverty, stress, and lack of family support and health education. Babies under the age of one are dying at a disproportionately higher rate among underserved communities and people of color.
HIMSS, in partnership with Ohio community health organizations, and The Cleveland Foundation's CTL+ALT+CLE initiative, has launched a developer’s challenge for tech solutions that save lives and offer new resources for those who serve these populations. The first-place winner will receive $10K, second place will receive $7K, and third place will receive $5K. All winners will also receive two tickets to the HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exhibition and the Health 2.0 Dev4Health Conference.

Learn more or submit your application here.
We are in a new world awash with data, which is starting to change the way we think and act, including our healthcare. HIMSS international chief clinical officer, Charles Alessi, MD, LRCP, MRCS breaks down what's driving these changes in this recent blog post.
UNE Online, designated by U.S. World and News Report as a top online university, offers a 36-credit hour Master of Science and 18-credit hour Graduate Certificate in health informatics. These programs are 100% online. Students can complete the Master’s in 2 years or less. Knowledgeable and dedicated Student Support Specialists provide ongoing guidance to our students and our distinctive Focus Areas Model allows students to specialize in topics that meet their career goals. Furthermore, our faculty are industry experts, which assures that our curriculum is aligned with employers’ current needs in this dynamic field. Click here to learn more about the program at the University of New England.
Banner Health was named a 2018 HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award recipient for leveraging the value of health information and technology to improve outcomes, as evidenced in three award-winning use cases which reduced unnecessary blood transfusions through bundle compliance, increased critical care coverage and more. Read the announcement from HIMSS.
Responding to HIMSS member feedback asking for more mentoring opportunities, the Women in Health IT Roundtable started Mentor Meetups. Attend our next meetup at the Connected Health Conference – learn more.
Calling All Startups and Tech Innovators: Join Startup Day Cleveland, Featuring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on November 8
Startups, this is your opportunity to learn actionable ways to engage with government agencies who are supporting digital health innovation. Gain valuable insights into the vision, priorities and processes for scaling your solutions through programs and funding available through the government at Startup Day Cleveland on Thursday, November 8, 2018. The day will include panel discussions, pitch presentations and lunch with representatives from leading agencies focused on driving innovation through digital health. Registration is free! Find out more and register.
Calling all HIMSS members! It’s time to cast your vote for the HIMSS North America (HNA) Nominating Committee. Serving for terms of two years, the HNA Nominating Committee is responsible for soliciting and interviewing eligible candidates to serve on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors – a crucial component to driving the mission of HIMSS. Each HIMSS member may cast one vote for up to three different committee candidates. Additionally, HIMSS is proposing changes to our Bylaws. You may view the proposed changes and cast your vote on the election website. Voting is open until November 15. Learn more about the candidates.
Connect with Market Suppliers Seeking Your Opinions

Participate in an on-site focus group hosted by HIMSS Corporate Members. Share your thoughts and gain insight from other participants – and walk away with a $100 eGift card! With 52 sessions available, ranging from topics on blockchain to connected health to precision medicine, your valuable feedback will help guide and influence market supplier decisions.

•          Have your opinions heard – and acted on – by industry leaders
•          Gain insight from other participants on the topics that matter most to you
•          Earn a $100 eGift card for sharing your time and ideas

Opt in during HIMSS19 registration. You will be selected and contacted based on your interests and job-related demographics.

Past focus group attendees said: “Excellent session. Everyone participated and provided valuable information. I learned a lot, and I hope I was able to contribute to the education of others.”

“This was by far the best focus group I have ever attended. I gained so much information to help me in my job.”

For more information, please contact Chandra Guha or Amenia Army.
Who Needs Narrative Anyway?

We all do! Electronic health records (EHRs) were designed to facilitate workflows, record narrative and capture data. More specifically, to capture discrete data such as machine processable vital signs, laboratory test values, patient demographic information and binary data points such as smoking status.

What are the benefits of sharing clinical notes?
Join us for Distributed: Health November 5–6 in Nashville! This two-day conference will bring together all members of the healthcare ecosystem including payers, providers, lawmakers, retailers and investors. Hear how major industry players are using real-world technical solutions to solve healthcare’s biggest challenges. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore and understand the blockchain solutions that are streamlining and reshaping the future of healthcare. Register today using code HIMSSDH for 20% off the current price!
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. Our most recent story shares how physician burnout is not only a problem for the healthcare industry but also for the families of physicians and the personal journey of one advocate shedding light on the issue.

From Devastation to Determination, One Advocate’s Mission to End Physician Burnout
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
The Powerful Impact of Nursing Informatics During the Healthcare Revolution

In the latest episode of STEPS To Value, “Nursing Informatics Culture Works Towards Achieving the Quadruple Aim in Healthcare,” current and veteran members of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics committee, Sandra Eppers, Lisa Lyon, and Kathy Owen, discuss best practices for establishing an engaged nursing informatics culture. Sandra, Lisa and Kathy describe practice and policies that work best to establish and maintain an engaged nursing informatics culture, how nurses new to the field can become engaged with nursing informatics, and how the role of the nursing informaticist has changed over the last five years.  
This episode was produced in collaboration with HIMSS’s Nursing Informatics Committee.  

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

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
Discover how data and analytics can strengthen your population health efforts at the Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum. The forum will address precision medicine, analytics maturity models, value-based care and much more – read this overview to learn more. Register to attend the forum today.

2018 Medical Innovation Summit | Disruption: Reimagining Healthcare
Monday, October 22 – Wednesday, October 24 | 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%.

Women in Health Tech Track at the Medical Innovation Summit
Tuesday, October 23 | 10:50 am – 12:25 pm ET | Cleveland, OH

Start Up Day Cleveland Featuring Health and Human Services| Thursday, November 8
Start Up Day Cleveland is an opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs to learn actionable ways to engage with government agencies and to demystify the vision, priorities and processes of digital health innovation. Held at the HIMSS Innovation & Conference Center, attendees will meet with funders and government agencies and learn from successful entrepreneurs.  Learn more and register here.

Women in Healthcare IT Meetup – Raleigh/Durham
Thursday, October 25 | 5:00 – 7:00pm ET
The NC Chapter of HIMSS is calling all women in Healthcare IT for an informational networking opportunity. No registration is needed, just come ready to connect, collaborate, and learn from women in the growing, innovative community of healthcare IT.

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.

2018 Gulf Coast Chapters’ Conference
Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Chapters of HIMSS | Mobile, AL
Wednesday, November 14 | 5:00pm CST
Make plans today to attend the sixth annual Gulf Coast Chapters’ Conference at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Alabama. Conference events include a half-day pre-conference symposium on Wednesday, November 14 and networking reception on Wednesday, November 15.

Upcoming Webinars & Virtual Events

This is your last chance to be a part of this great event! 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.


Are you thinking about pursuing your CPHIMS certification? Join us for a four-part virtual CPHIMS Review Course series beginning on Tuesday, November 6. Each two hour class will cover a review of the CPHIMS competency areas using materials from the CPHIMS Review Guide, Third Edition 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 11/6, 11/8, 11/13 and 11/15. 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.


December 3, 2018, 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

The Health Story Project continues to highlight the value of the clinical narrative with a review of natural language processing (NLP) technology. Panelists will share several use cases that apply NLP to narrative text to enhance the value of this information. Register now!
Uncover your sales opportunities with a FREE healthcare technology market report for Q3, 2018 >>
HIMSS Chapter Events
October 18
Corporate Members of the Week
Your membership dues contribute to the education, resources, and thought leadership necessary to drive your career and our industry forward. Take a moment today to   login to your account to ensure that your membership is up to date. If you need a paper invoice, request via email at Thank you for your support!
Corporate Member Spotlights
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services cloud platform is trusted by millions of customers, including large healthcare enterprises- to power infrastructure, improve agility, and lower costs. Read More...
Tangent is a leading provider of innovative UL60601-1 AIO PCs, first-ever battery operated medical PC, medical tablets, fanless mini PCs, carts, and arms for Healthcare. Read More...
Morgan Hunter Healthcare
Providing Healthcare IT Staffing & Consulting Solutions nationwide for more than 15 years. Specializing in Cerner, Epic, McKesson, MEDITECH, Infor/Lawson, Kronos, and more!  Read More...
Virtustream, a Dell Technologies business, is the enterprise-class cloud company that is trusted by organizations worldwide to migrate and run their mission-critical applications in the cloud. For enterprises, service providers and government agencies, Virtustream's xStream® Management Platform and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) meets the security, compliance, performance, efficiency and consumption-based billing requirements of complex production applications in the cloud – whether private, public or hybrid. Read More...
Windstream Enterprise
Windstream Enterprise provides cloud-optimized network and communications solutions, including SD-WAN and UCaaS, to empower healthcare organizations to solve today's most complex technology challenges. With deep industry knowledge and an agile, collaborative approach to addressing unique customer needs, we enable healthcare organizations to optimize critical application performance, engage patients, and protect against cybersecurity threats. Read More...
Impact Advisors
Impact Advisors delivers strategic advisory, technology implementation, and performance improvement services to healthcare clients across the country and around the world. Read More...
Note: The inclusion of an organization name, product or service in this publication should not be construed as a HIMSS endorsement of such organization, product or service, nor is the failure to include an organization name, product or service to be construed as disapproval.