HIMSS19 Champion of Health: this week we’re featuring Herman, the influencer. Find out how he’s transforming health.

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

In this issue: We’re excited to announce the latest addition to our new and growing executive leadership team, Dr. Denise W. Hines, a long-time advocate for HIMSS’s mission and values. We’re also encouraging you to submit your comments and feedback on important issues facing the industry. Read on to learn more.

What's New
HIMSS announced Dec. 11 that Denise W. Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS will join its Executive Leadership Team as Chief Americas Officer in January 2019. With nearly 25 years of experience, Dr. Hines is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert in healthcare technology, particularly the role of state government in health information exchanges. Learn more in this news announcement.
On Nov. 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the draft  Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs. HHS has asked the community to provide its ideas and recommendations on how best to address burden issues and position clinicians to provide effective care to their patients while maintaining an appropriate work-life balance. HHS is accepting comments until Jan. 28 – submit yours today.

What makes a champion of health? People like you who are committed to transforming health and well-being around the world through information and technology.

Meet Herman, The Influencer. A senior business architect in Puerto Rico, Herman facilitates, teaches and collaborates with cross-functional teams to create technology that improves individual and population health. Learn about Herman’s superpower, his kryptonite, and more in this week’s feature.
In Focus: Blockchain

Blockchain in healthcare: three words igniting excitement in the hearts of health information and technology professionals everywhere. When envisioning the potential of a promising innovation like blockchain, we bring together our subject matter experts to break through the noise and get to the facts.


The primer will include a Blockchain 101, appropriate use cases and a look at considerations for applying the digital distributed ledger technology to a healthcare setting. An initial version of the resource kit will be available by the end of 2018, and HIMSS aims to have it complete by HIMSS19, Healthcare IT News reports.

Partnerships with early stage companies also deliver great value to the organization by gaining the benefits of the solution as soon as possible through early access and ensuring solutions are well suited for their particular needs at the onset and as the product evolves. Learn more in this HIMSS19 blog from Healthbox.
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. Celebrate your organization’s success and apply today.

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 Jan. 7 – submit your feedback today.

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 first place $10,000, second place $5,000 and third place $2,500. Mentorship, recognition and membership prizes will also be offered. NursePitch Applications are now open and will close on Dec. 14. Learn more.

HIMSS is offering an Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics course.  Course begins Monday, Jan. 7, and coursework must be completed by Saturday, March 16.

  • Enhance your career with in-demand skills.
  • Earn 20 CEs upon course completion.
  • Online, self-paced, approximately 25 hours.
  • Optional interaction with HIMSS facilitators and other participants through discussion forum.
  • Complete on your own schedule between 1/7 and 3/16.

Learn more and register here. Registration limited to the first 200 registrants.


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

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.

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.

Check out another Stage 7 spotlight on Legacy Health.

Every year, HIMSS recognizes members through awards highlighting special contributions of individuals, groups and healthcare organizations leading to better health through the best use of information and technology across our diverse membership community. Learn more about our members and their accomplishments leading up to their award recognition in the news items below.

HIMSS Davies Awards 2018: Open Door Family Medical Centers Improve Cancer Screening Compliance
To address challenges associated with cancer screening, Open Door Family Medical Centers worked to enhance workflows by improving the visibility and accessibility of patient data to clinicians. The organization created actionable, visual dashboards accessible to all members of the care team, including clinicians. These efforts led to the organization’s receipt of the HIMSS Davies Community Health Award. To learn more about their accomplishments, read this HIMSS Value Suite news announcement.

Chapters of HIMSS: Celebrating Outstanding Accomplishments
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.

HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Awards: Meet the 2019 Recipients
Congratulations to the Most Influential Women in Health IT Award recipients. All five awardees have played an integral role in making the health information and technology workforce a better place. Learn more in this announcement.

Waheed Arian, founder of Arian Teleheal, discusses how specialists working for his charity use smartphones, and platforms like Skype, to connect with people in areas were conflict makes it difficult to seek medical attention. Tune into the HIMSS TV clip to find out how.
MarketConnect will be hosted at the 2019 HIMSS Global Conference on Tuesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 14.
Upcoming Events

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 artificial intelligence 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

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


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.

Monday, Dec. 17
Canadian Prairies Chapter of HIMSS is Coming to Town | Canadian Prairies Chapter of HIMSS

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.

Wednesday, Jan. 16
HIMSS Quarterly 2019 Winter Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable
Wednesday, Jan. 16 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM ET
Join us for our HIMSS Quarterly Winter Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable! We will be learning about the efforts of the San Diego CIE and the ongoing work of the HIMSS Exploring Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Technology for Healthcare Task Force.

Thursday, Jan. 31
Career Math: How Mentorship Plus Networking Plus Visibility Equals Career Growth for Senior Women in Healthcare
Jan. 31 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT
At the senior level, female executives may already have a mentor or mentors in place and feel their existing mentor is effective for them. Or maybe they think their time is better spent working on the business than investing in building a strong network, or speaking at industry conferences and events. But in reality, not investing in mentorship, networking and visibility can be limiting for career opportunities.

Lisa Suennen, co-founder of CSweetener, a not-for-profit dedicated to propelling senior women in healthcare forward and into the C-Suite, explores how Mentorship, Networking, and Visibility not only brings new and different perspectives and fresh thinking, it creates value and strengthens one's personal brand, and also opens the door for new opportunities.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
Join the Most Powerful Gathering of Women at HIMSS19
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!

Corporate Members of the Week
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