Recognize a HIMSS Chapter Advocate making a difference by November 5.

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

In this issue:  Join HIMSS President and CEO Hal Wolf at the U.S. News Healthcare of Tomorrow Summit; The Latest Congressional Updates in #GovHIT; Vote Now: HIMSS North America Nominating Committee and HIMSS Bylaws Updates

What's New
The newest maturity model by HIMSS Analytics hit the market last week, the Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM). By identifying benchmarks for organizations to reach before they go live with Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems, the INFRAM ensures that the infrastructure is stable, manageable and extensible. Learn more in the announcement from HIMSS .

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.

Imagine this: you are pulling another long shift at the hospital when suddenly you receive a threatening message from someone claiming to be associated with a well-known hacktivist group. What would you do? Read on for tales from the cybersecurity realm that might give you a scare this Halloween!

What can healthcare organizations do to enhance their cybersecurity posture? Where can they find reliable, proven and universal guidance to secure their data and IT systems? How do they address security in new and emerging technologies? Find out more here.

HIMSS Senior Director of Congressional Affairs Samantha Burch shares a breakdown of recent health IT policy milestones, news and legislative updates. Get the full story here.


Last chance to register!  Are you thinking about pursuing your CPHIMS certification? Join us for a four (4) part virtual CPHIMS Review Course series beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Each two (2) 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 11:00am – 1:00pm 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.


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.

Sparrow 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. Topics covered include improving safety protocols for patient on opioids, the implementation of a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) prevention program, and improved compliance strategies for blood product use. Learn more in this news announcement from HIMSS.

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.


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.

Don’t Forget to Vote: HNA Nominating Committee and HIMSS Bylaws Updates
There’s still time to cast your vote for the HIMSS North America (HNA) Nominating Committee. Available for two-year terms, HNA Nominating Committee members are responsible for the mission-critical position of soliciting and interviewing eligible candidates to serve on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors. HIMSS members like you may cast one vote each 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 Nov. 15. Learn more about the candidates.
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
Discovering a Career In Medical Informatics

Read the new HIMSS Value Guide, “Starting Your Career in Medical Informatics,” created in collaboration with the HIMSS Physician Informatics New to Medical Informatics workgroup. The guide is designed to provide individuals with advice on successfully beginning a career in medical informatics.

Visit the HIMSS Value Suite to see more Value Guides. HIMSS Value Guides provide best practice guidance by offering education and action plans from industry thought leaders focused on key areas that drive health IT value optimization.

Transforming the World of Work
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.

Monday, December 3 | 12:00-1:00pm ET
December 2018 Health Story Project Roundtable | Using Natural Language Processing to Boost the Power of the Narrative

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!
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