Faces of #WomeninHIT: Get to Know the Changemakers.

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

In this issue:  This week, we’re sharing the good news of Healthbox and HHS collaborating for innovation, as well as recognizing HIMSS’s 2019 Most Influential Women in Health IT Award recipients. Be sure to check out our latest artificial intelligence (AI) themed blog posts, recent survey results and contribute insights needed for future industry surveys. Plus, our weekly HIMSS TV clip highlights how virtual reality (VR) is transforming care for prosthetic limbs. Read on for recent news and event updates, plus more!

What's New
Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced the initial core participants of the Deputy Secretary’s Innovation and Investment Summit (DSIIS) and set Dec. 18 as the date of the first meeting.  Healthbox, a HIMSS Innovation Company, is proud to facilitate the discussion between healthcare innovation and investment professionals and HHS personnel. More details can be found in this announcement from HHS.
With a growing imperative to better serve their patients, providers are turning to customer relationship management (CRM) technologies to manage the numerous relationships inherent in healthcare and to better communicate with their patients through multiple modalities (e.g., voice, video, text, apps). In this survey analysis, the HIMSS Exploring Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Technology for Healthcare Task Force assesses the current state of use of CRM in healthcare and the attitudes towards CRM technology in healthcare. Explore the results.
The first HIMSS Insights eBook addresses the challenges of innovating in large organizations and health systems. Learn about how new technologies and processes can help stakeholders collaborate more effectively to provide the best care for patients and improve clinical and financial outcomes. Download the free eBook today.

We’re proud to announce this year’s well-deserving group of HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award recipients, who have all played an integral role in making the health information and technology workforce a better place. Learn more about this year’s award recipients and how they’re helping transform health information and technology.


We’re calling all champions of health – those of us committed to improve health and well-being – to unite at HIMSS19 to reimagine health and meet the revolution head-on.

What does it mean to be a champion of health? Explore these perspectives: the trailblazer, the influencer, the disruptor, and the gamechanger.

Keep checking the HIMSS19 blog for updates and conference hot topic overviews:


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?

2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey: Your Voice is Needed

Share your thoughts on the 2019 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. Instituted as an annual cybersecurity survey in 2015, the HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey gauges the perceptions and practices of healthcare organizations on a number of cybersecurity topics facing the health sector. The survey link will be open through Dec. 13.
Why Participate?

  • Gain insight into how your organization’s cybersecurity program compares to your peers
  • Understand what healthcare providers and third party vendors are doing to safeguard health information
  • Learn about the opportunities to improve healthcare cybersecurity

Get the details and take the survey here.


Help us understand your 2019 staffing and technology priorities by taking the HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey. HIMSS is looking to uncover trends and gain valuable insight into the rapidly changing market for healthcare information and technology professionals. We’d like your expertise on staffing needs as well as any issues driving your organization’s efforts in the coming year. Survey participants can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. The deadline to take the survey is Dec. 13.
Take the survey.


In this weekly HIMSS TV highlight, we explore how virtual reality rehab is advancing prosthetic limb technology. Watch the clip now.

In Focus: Artificial Intelligence and Machine-Based Learning

Artificial intelligence is no longer something only dreamt about in sci-fi fantasies. Today we’re applying artificial intelligence and machine-based learning to the real world of healthcare. Hear from fellow healthcare professionals on how we can continue moving the needle forward.

U.S. Midterm Election Results: What’s Next in Healthcare?

Get a high-level overview of the midterm election results from congressional affairs expert and a state midterms election recap from our state government affairs expert at HIMSS as we enter a new season of advocacy and education for legislators to accomplish health information and technology policy goals.

The brightest minds in healthcare converged in Cleveland in October for three days of connecting, strategizing and disrupting for innovative change.  Cleveland Clinic’s 2018 Medical Innovation Summit (MIS) attracted global thought leaders ready to reimagine healthcare and tackle big issues.  Explore this recap highlighting two of the event’s most exciting engagements which were developed in collaboration with HIMSS: the Startup Showcase and the Women in Health Tech “Brass Tracks” breakout session.

Read about the inspiring innovations created to amplify awareness through create solutions addressing the issue of infant mortality. This week, HIMSS announced the three winning submissions from the developer challenge – learn more in this HIMSS Innovation Center blog post.


Hospital for Special Surgery was recognized as 2018 HIMSS Davies Award recipient for leveraging the value of health information and technology, as evidenced in their three use case submissions. Their use cases focused on optimizing consumer access and operational efficiency with technology improvements, reducing peak wait times for patients, and census reporting and clinical pathway management as means to improve capacity and optimize patient care.
Read this announcement based on their award-winning case study to learn more:
Hospital for Special Surgery Tackles Patient Volume Challenges
Get a deeper dive during their session at HIMSS19 – learn more.

HIMSS comments on CMS's release of the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program Final Rule.
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.
Ebook: Global lessons on how to foster a culture of innovation
Upcoming Events

Thursday, Nov. 29
Artifical Intelligence and The Healthcare of Tomorrow | Georgia Chapter of HIMSS
Maggiano – Buckhead | Atlanta, GA

Transforming Interactions with Patient Access Centers | Wisconsin Chapter of HIMSS
HotelRED 1501 Monroe St Madison, WI 53711

Saturday, Dec. 1 – Tuesday, Dec. 4
Blockland Solutions Conference
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!

Wednesday, Dec. 7 – Friday, Dec. 9
HIMSS Greater China | Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing
The 2018 HIMSS Greater China Annual Conference brings together government officials, most influencial hospital CEOs and other C-Suite healthcare executives and other top-positioned decision-makers to cast their vision and insights into the country’s tremendous HIT momentum

Thursday, Dec. 13
Clinical & Business Intelligence Community Webinar

Register today for the December webinar event “ Towards a Fast Track in Digital Health Innovation, Part 2: Case Studies of Select Applications from Sheba Medical Center | Tel Aviv, Israel” presented by Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Innovation Officer, Sheba Medical Center
In this presentation, Dr. Zimlichman will showcase select case studies of innovations in digital health developed through the unique ARC program.  Solutions include AI applications aimed at preventing medication errors, or optimizing patient placement in the post-acute care arena, analytic tools that allow for diagnosing hospital acquired infections, and innovative new telemedicine programs. | #PutData2Work

Nursing Informatics Boot Camp 2018 | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS

Good Samaritan Hospital, Moseley-Salvatori Conference Center, 637 Lucas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Are you thinking about increasing your knowledge of informatics, obtaining certification in NI, attaining contact hours for re-certification, licensure or promotion?  Want to network with others in your field? Attend SoCal HIMSS Nursing Informatics Boot Camp Dec. 13-14, 2018.

Integrating Physical Security Into Your Information Security Program Webinar | New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS

Towards a Fast Track in Digital Health Innovation Part 2: Case Studies of Select Applications from Sheba Medical Center | Tel Aviv, Israel
In this webinar, learn how Sheba Medical Center is building on leadership in research and information technology to accelerate innovation in digital health through a new strategy – Accelerate, Redesign and Collaborate (ARC).

Friday, Dec. 14
Holiday Social and Charity Event - Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Chapter of HIMSS
Join us for a night of holiday fun and charitable giving at The Phoenix Zoo. This annual Holiday Social will include a Happy Hour, Dinner, and opportunity to network. After the festivities, check out Zoo Lights! Individual Zoo Light tickets will be available to purchase once registration is open.

Thursday, Dec. 20
The Elusive IAM Professional: If you can’t find ‘em, create ‘em!

This webinar will review the strategy employed at the Mayo Clinic to create IAM professionals that effectively navigate the healthcare environment to increase the overall security posture of the organization.
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