HIMSS welcomes Canadian Prairies Chapter.

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In this issue:  HIMSS AsiaPac18 Begins, Drive Clinical Excellence with Harvard Medical School and HIMSS; HIMSS Takes on Canada in November, HIMSS C-Suite News, HIMSS Interoperability & Policy Updates, Upcoming Deadlines for HNA Nominating Committee & More

What's New
Taking place in Brisbane, Australia, HIMSS AsiaPac officially kicks off this week. This year’s theme is “Healthcare Anytime, Anywhere.” The global event will gather nearly 2,000 of the brightest in health information and technology to discuss best practices, case studies and expert insights about the industry’s latest trends. Learn more.
Drive Clinical Excellence with Harvard Medical School and HIMSS

Healthcare leaders around the world face a multitude of difficulties and opportunities across administrative, financial, operational and technical aspects when delivering patient care. Ensuring that a healthcare organization is well prepared to meet these growing challenges – while maintaining clinical excellence and technical competence – is imperative to sustaining one’s competitive advantage.
We are pleased to introduce the Harvard Medical School Executive Education Program for HIMSS. This innovative three-day program will deliver highly relevant education to meet the increasing responsibilities of today’s healthcare leaders.

Learn more and register for Data, Insights and Strategies for the Health Enterprise.

Explore related thought leadership content from HIMSS:
How to Achieve Organizational Goals With Your Data
What’s Driving the Global Transformation of Care Delivery?
Health Innovation: Are We Getting it Right?
What’s Driving Data-Based Decision-Making?


Canada Digital Health Week is an annual celebration and recognition of how digital health is transforming the delivery of care across Canada through faster, more efficient care, virtual visits and increased access to personal health information.


HIMSS’s efforts for digital health in Canada focus on three areas:

  1. To strengthen our Canada chapters (exciting announcement below)
  2. Support existing associations and initiatives in Canada
  3. Fill the digital health void.

Next week HIMSS will take the stage at the Canada Health Infoway Partnership Conference in Montreal during the Canada Health Week celebration. Read the spotlight article by Lorren Pettit, vice president of research at HIMSS to learn more about HIMSS’s involvement in the event.

HIMSS Welcomes Canadian Prairies Chapter
HIMSS is pleased to announce its 57th chapter, the Canadian Prairies Chapter of HIMSS. The Canadian Prairies Chapter proudly serves the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. This is the second HIMSS Chapter in Canada, following the Ontario Chapter.

Chapter members: to select the Canadian Prairies Chapter as your HIMSS chapter of choice, go to himss.org, log in to “My Account,” go to “My Involvement,” and select “Change Complimentary Chapter.”

The Canadian Prairies Provinces Chapter’s founding members look forward to increasing engagement in their region and working collaboratively with the Ontario Chapter. For more information on how to get involved, go to canadianprairies.himsschapter.org or email canadianprairies.info@himsschapter.org.

Explore all HIMSS Chapters and their upcoming events.
HIMSS Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Steve Wretling, joined W20 Group as a guest on their podcast during the fall Health 2.0 conference. Their conversation unpacks covers everything from his insights on the future of the healthcare industry and the importance of health data, to his love of cooking and rock music. Tune into the podcast here.
AI and Nursing Impact on the Quadruple Aim

New data-driven, intelligent innovations in the healthcare space bring capabilities and the hope of adding value to nursing care delivery. Artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is gaining traction, together, AI and nursing can lead to enhancements in standard patient care processes and workflows to improve quality of care, impact cost and optimize the patient and provider experience (the Quadruple Aim). Read more.

Discover more content like this in the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics – a free, international, peer reviewed publication that supports all functional areas of nursing informatics.
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 systems, the INFRAM ensures that the infrastructure is stable, manageable and extensible.
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 Interoperability Updates
  • Interoperability Takes a Village: It will not only take a village to participate in standards-based interoperability, it will take a village to educate, convert and do the heavy lifting necessary to connect healthcare in our nation, and one day around the globe. Learn more in this guest blog post authored by the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Committee Chair.
  • Smarter Procurement of Interoperable Health IT – A Critical Step Toward Navigating the Healthcare Terrain: The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) provided an accurate picture of the current activities that continue to perpetuate our quilt-like approach to interoperable data exchange instead of data liquidity in their special publication Procuring Interoperability: Achieving High-Quality, Connected, and Person-Centered Care.
The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIHCC) recognized they needed a better tool to measure and track the total blood volume being drawn from their patients. Research protocols required the center to track total blood volume and provide an estimate before institutional review board approval. Since care at the NIHCC involves both clinical and research activities, the ability to track blood volume totals in each respect was imperative to ensuring safe patient care and supporting clinical research. Learn how the organization improved outcomes in this Stage 7 success story.
The Digial Imaging Adoption Model for Enterprise Imaging ensures alignment with the industry and confirms that technology is used to its fullest extent for the best possible patient outcomes. More details can be found in this HIMSS blog post.
HIMSS Policy Updates

The HIMSS Innovative Technologies & Policies Checklist outlines how states, territories and private organizations can leverage health IT solutions during natural disasters.

HIMSS submitted a letter to the National Science Foundation in support of their strategic plan and the federal government’s efforts to improve the coordination of artificial intelligence (AI) as well as ensure continued U.S. leadership in AI.


Check your email for an important election message from HIMSS! There’s just over a week left to cast your vote for the HIMSS North America (HNA) Nominating Committee. Available for two-year terms, HNA Nominating Committee members are responsible for soliciting and interviewing eligible candidates to serve on the HIMSS North America Board of Directors.

Additionally, HIMSS is proposing changes to our Bylaws. You may view the proposed changes, and cast your vote, on the election website. Your vote is important in this mission-critical process. Voting is open until Nov. 15. Learn more about the candidates.
The Value Brief
Improving Pediatric Patient Experience Through Engagement

In the latest episode of STEPS To Value, “The Value of Engaging Pediatric Patients in Design Thinking,” Gokul Krishnan, director of Maker Therapy at WestEd, explains how Lucile Packard Hospital has created maker spaces to improve the mental well-being of chronically ill children and their families while they spend time in the hospital.

Listen to the podcast, and learn more about how health IT brings value to organizations on the HIMSS Value Suite site.
2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey
Upcoming Events

Thursday, Nov. 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, Nov. 8. 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, Nov. 13 -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.

Blockland Solutions Conference
Saturday, Dec. 1 - 4
Huntington Convention Center | Cleveland, OH

Blockland Solutions, the conference for developers and business leaders to connect on real-world applications of blockchain technology, is coming to Cleveland this December. Solutions is one of the first blockchain education conferences to provide experiential learning through hands-on coding and real-world problem solving with a focus on solutions for business and government applications. HIMSS members receive $200 off the Full Main Conference Rate using code: HIMSS. Developers who attend the pre-conference workshop can attend for $395, but tickets are limited and are selling fast. Learn more.

Monday, Dec. 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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