We’re seeking your insights for survey research by Dec. 14.

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In this issue: In order for HIMSS to provide the industry with relevant up-to-date research, we need to incorporate diverse global insights from across the health information and technology ecosystem. With this in mind, we’re seeking your feedback for future research on cybersecurity and HIT workforce insights. Learn more below, and be sure to submit your feedback by Dec. 13.

What's New

HIMSS is excited to announce our partnership with Abbott and leading healthcare organizations to launch the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence award program. This annual award will recognize interdisciplinary care teams around the world who have achieved measurable, innovative impact within the healthcare system. The program’s greater mission is to inspire continued solutions within healthcare that will positively affect patients, clinicians, payors and health systems globally. The award application is now live here and will close March 31, 2019. Celebrate your organizations success and apply today.

 Learn more in this news announcement from HIMSS.
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.

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.
Xcertia, a non-profit initiative led by HIMSS, the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, and the DHX Group aims to answer questions about how to discern same and effective mobile health apps apps. You can help by sharing your insights with Xcertia –  submit your comments by Dec. 16.
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.

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?

Prepare to meet the growing challenges in delivering patient care across the health ecosystem with a new executive education from Harvard Medical School for HIMSS. Join Dr. Charles Alessi, chief clinical officer, HIMSS International, and Dr. Stanley Shaw, associate dean for executive education, Harvard Medical School, as they discuss this exclusive opportunity to gain tactical, strategic and technical insights to achieve and sustain excellence now and in the future – from some of the best and brightest leaders in innovation and healthcare today. Save my spot

Chapters of HIMSS volunteers have touched countless lives through their passion for health information and technology. We’re proud to recognize the hard work of all 57 chapters of HIMSS. Read the full announcement.

In collaboration with ANA (American Nurses Association), HIMSS is please to debut NursePitch ™ - a nurse pitch Pre-Seed and Series A competition.  Secure your spot to be one of the finalists who will pitch in front of a live HIMSS19 audience on Feb. 13 in Orlando, Florida. Monetary prizes include $10,00 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $2,500 for third place. Mentorship, recognition and membership prizes will also be offered NursePitch Applications are now open and will close on Dec. 14. Learn more.
When faced with unveiling the potential of promising innovation, HIMSS convenes industry subject matter experts like the Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force to break through the noise.

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, the gamechanger, the trailblazer and the strategizer.

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

University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care System has been recognized for earning the HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award. Their three award-winning use cases cover improving treatment of depression, improving thrombocytopenia care and reducing percutaneous coronary intervention costs (PCI). The recent announcement from HIMSS explores a PCI cost-cutting initiative – learn more. Also be sure to attend the Davies Award free educational sessions at HIMSS19 – find out more in this blog post.
Loma Linda University Health leveraged health information and technology to automate new appointment offers to waitlisted patients. This decreased the need for a laborious phone call system and increased revenue by filling slots vacated by late cancellations. Leadership invested the time and resources to plan, test and activate the auto-fill waitlist functionality in the patient portal. Read this Stage 7 success story for a full overview.
Take the stress out of finding the right technology partners at HIMSS19 with MarketConnect, a collaboration between HIMSS and Health 2.0 that matches pre-qualified executives with leading health tech vendors. Meet one-on-one with choice organizations through the one portal designed to help you develop new, relevant commercial partnerships. Interested? It only takes five easy steps to sign up. 
To learn more, contact Patrick Ryan.
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.
Celebrate the accomplishments of women innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs who are transforming health today at the  HIMSS19 Women in Health IT Networking Reception. Join your colleagues for cocktails, networking and thought leadership as you connect with and learn from women who are shaping the future of health and healthcare. Ready to register? Let’s go!

In case you missed it – we announced our HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award recipients last week. Read this announcement and discover how they’re working with HIMSS to transform health information and technology.
Shakira Brown, CEO of SMB Strategic Media, says to focus on business value, such as lowering costs, improving productivity, and increasing revenue when trying to get executive buy-in for cybersecurity funding. Watch the HIMSS TV clip for details.
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.
Traveling for the holidays? Take these podcasts with you.
Ebook: Global lessons on how to foster a culture of innovation
Upcoming Events

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.

Tuesday, Jan. 8
2019 CPHIMS Certification Prep Course | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
East Carolina Heart Institute at ECU 115 Heart Drive Greenville, NC 27834
Are you looking to advance your professional development? Join us for a review course to help prep you for the CPHIMS exam. The course will review content areas and share test-taking strategies to help you succeed.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Thursday, Jan. 24
Data, Insights and Strategies for the Health Enterprise - A Harvard Medical School Executive Education Program for HIMSS
Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Corporate Members of the Week
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Corporate Member Spotlight
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SSI delivers solutions that increase the accuracy and velocity of data exchange among healthcare providers and payers, with the highest levels of security. A privately-held company since its founding 30 years ago, SSI is singularly focused on the healthcare industry. SSI's commitment to our clients' success is evident with nearly 50% of our clients relying on SSI solutions for 10 years or more. Read More...
StayWell is a health empowerment company that enables populations to improve health outcomes through the science of behavior change and the latest in health IT innovation. Read More...
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