One advocate’s mission to end physician burnout.

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

In this issue: HIMSS CEO Says ‘Patients Wear 3 Hats’; HIMSS Reflects on U.S. National Health IT (NHIT) Week 2018; The Role of Innovation in the Healthcare Revolution

What's New

Hal Wolf’s thought leadership hit the radio waves on October 10 when he was featured on 8560 KBLU. In this interview, Wolf discusses HIMSS’s mission sheds light on both the past and present challenges facing the digital health sphere, and the opportunities that lie ahead.

“Each individual walks in a doctor’s office wearing three hats,” Wolf explained. “They have a citizen hat on, for what they expect of a healthcare system. They have a patient hat on, for what they want resolved. And they also wear a consumer’s hat. We live in a world of connectivity of getting quick results and information, and healthcare is catching up.” Listen to the full audio recording.

Healthbox’s recently released report “Root Causes of Health” explores a revamped perspective on the social determinants of health. The report shares examples of innovative ways organizations are maintaining focus on these topics to improve positive health outcomes. Download the report today.


As the global authority in healthcare rankings, analysis and reporting, U.S. News & World Report unites the nation’s most distinguished hospital executives, medical experts and thought leaders at its annual leadership forum Nov. 14–16 in Washington, D.C. Along with fellow healthcare experts, Wolf will be speaking at the session Investing in Health IT: Finding Success with EHRs and Emerging Tech on Thursday, Nov. 15.

As a HIMSS member, receive 50 percent off registration with the code HIMSSVIP. Space is limited at this executive-level forum; register today.
HIMSS seeks to amplify infant mortality awareness through a series of events, including a  tech developer’s challenge aimed at creating digital health solutions that address and prevent infant mortality, especially for underserved communities facing increased risk.  Read more about what these innovations could look like and why we need to innovate for infant mortality awareness. Register today to participate in the Infant Mortality Crisis Developer Challenge.

As the demand for heightened security and accessibility of patient data continues to mount, the world of healthcare is investing in distributed ledger technology’s potential to transform the future of healthcare. With the rise of blockchain technology and the increasing focus on cryptocurrency, we’re already seeing similar diversity challenges faced across the health information technology industry as a whole. Read this blog post featuring #WomeninHIT in the blockchain space to find out more.


Read a recap of this year’s activities from Tom Leary, HIMSS vice president of government relations, who helped launch NHIT Week nearly 15 years ago. Also be sure to check out #IHeartHIT highlights shared during NHIT Week plus more.

Lisa Stump, recipient of the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award, shares with HIMSS’s  Steps to Value podcast the intended and unintended consequences of technological change and the role diversity plays in the creation of effective innovation in this blog post by Adam Bazer, MPD, senior manager, member engagement at HIMSS.
Physician burnout is not only a problem for the healthcare industry but also for the families of physicians. HIMSS social media ambassador and health IT influencer Janae Sharp shares her personal journey of shedding light on the issue in this 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 two 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. Learn more.
East Tennessee State University Family Medicine was named a 2018 HIMSS Davies Ambulatory Award recipient for leveraging the value of health information and technology to improve outcomes for transitional care management and quality scores. Read the announcement from HIMSS and watch their-award-winning use cases.

Chapters of HIMSS take on an integral role at HIMSS. Every year, HIMSS recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of chapter advocates who are actively working to make a difference in health information and technology through advocacy at the state, provincial and local level. Consider nominating a deserving HIMSS member for the Chapter Advocate of the Year Award: review the eligibility and requirements and learn more about how to nominate someone here.

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.
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 Role of Innovation in the Healthcare Revolution

In the latest issue of the Innovation that Sticks Podcast, “Welcome to the Revolution: Transforming the Healthcare Industry,” Scott Feinberg, vice president of healthcare innovation at Infor shares his views on the following:

  • what the typical day of a healthcare executive looks like
  • how and what impact ecommerce is having on the industry
  • why home health will be the biggest driver for innovation
  • transformation of the supply chain.
Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how health IT brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site.
Upcoming Events

Monday November 5 – Tuesday, November 6
Take Part in the Premier Event for the Healthcare and Blockchain Industries
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!

Thursday, November 8
Startup Day Cleveland | Featuring HHS
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.

Tuesday, November 13 – Wednesday, November 14
Canada Health Infoway Partnership Conference | 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.

Wednesday, November 14
2018 Gulf Coast Chapters’ Conference
Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Chapters of HIMSS | Mobile, AL| 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
October 26

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!
Startup Day Cleveland: Featuring The Department of Health & Human Services. Thursday, November 8, 2018
HIMSS Chapter Events
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Corporate Members of the Week
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