Our last hoorah before Weekly Insider takes a two-week break for the holidays.

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

In this issue: In the final HIMSS Weekly Insider issue of 2018, we’re highlighting multiple opportunities to give and get from HIMSS this season. Give back to HIMSS by sharing your feedback for our next leadership and workforce survey; you could win a $100 Amazon gift card if you submit by Jan. 7. We’re also seeking your help raising donations for HIMSS Foundation to send future healthcare leaders to school. Submit your donation before 2018 ends to receive a tax-deductible credit. Last but not least, end the year on a good note and register for HIMSS19 now: you could win a free hotel stay if you register by Jan. 4.

What's New

As 2018 comes to a close, embrace the spirit of giving by giving back to future leaders in the field. HIMSS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HIMSS, promotes health information and technology education and issue awareness on both global and national levels.

The HIMSS Foundation is a self-supported entity and requires donations to continue its transformative work. In the past five years, the HIMSS Foundation has awarded $250,000+ in scholarships to more than 50 exceptional management systems, nursing and informatics students. In 2018, we were able to supply 12 students with internships. 

By donating, you can help us increase this number and create more opportunities for future leaders in the field. Gifts from our donors support the Institute for e-Health Policy, HIMSS scholarships, the TIGER Initiative, the Dorenfest Institute for Health, and a variety of other special projects. Help us make a real difference in the future of health information and technology; give a gift to support the HIMSS Foundation.

Donations made by Dec. 31 are tax-deductible in 2018. Donate today.

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.
Are you ready to join forces with your champions of health peers to transform health and well-being? Register for HIMSS19 by Jan. 4 and we’ll enter you for a chance to win one of three complimentary four-night stays during the conference (see official rules here). Just submit a paid registration at the $825 level or greater (government employees not eligible) for your chance to win a stay at either Hilton Grand Vacation Club at Tuscany Village, Rosen Centre or Royal Pacific. Learn more.

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.

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 Lygeia, The Communicator.   A consumer engagement expert in Washington, DC and a HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT award recipient, Lygeia navigates barriers that separate tech companies, government, provider organizations, patient advocates, health insurers and other groups in order to make change happen at scale.

Learn about Lygeia’s superpower, her kryptonite, and more in this week’s featured HIMSS19 Champion of Health article.
The December installment of the new HIMSS eBook series is now available. This issue of Insights will address numerous tough and exciting questions around regulation, the algorithm black box, and what it all means for care delivery. Download the eBook today.
In a recent blog post, Laura Bryan, co-chair of the HIMSS Health Story Project, highlights how NLP technology can alleviate the tension between the need for discrete data and natural language in electronic health records. The post discusses use cases for leveraging NLP to enhance documentation quality, detect care gaps and play a role in reimbursement.

Explore how the brightest in health information and technology leverage their assets to innovate toward a more sustainable healthcare system.

More HIMSS19 Updates:

Get matched with leading tech suppliers at HIMSS19

Healthcare leaders: remove all obstacles to finding the right technology innovators with MarketConnect, a collaboration between HIMSS and Health 2.0 that matches pre-qualified executives with today’s leading health tech market suppliers. Use our exclusive portal to schedule meetings with your choice organizations and develop new, relevant commercial partnerships. Interested? It only takes a few easy steps to sign up when you register for HIMSS19. To learn more, contact Patrick Ryan.

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.
Hal Wolf, HIMSS President and CEO, talks about the digital healthcare market in China and how that technology can help improve access and quality of services in the country. Watch the HIMSS TV clip to learn more, and explore a recent interview featuring Wolf where he discusses telehealth’s role in senior care.
Our guest author shares the importance of including scope and activity with a focus on the KPIs during implementation projects to inform and measure quality and financial outcomes. Dive into this HIMSS guest blog post to learn more.
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.

HHS's efforts to reduce the administrative burden of health IT for providers is an important step toward tapping technology to create true operational efficiencies in healthcare, our senior director for federal and state affairs shares with HealthTech.
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.

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.


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.


People suffering from schizophrenia are two to three times more likely to face an early death than the general population, and the most effective medication to treat it poses serious side effects.

  • Find out how CAMH, a Canadian health system, met this challenge in this HIMSS Value Suite news announcement.
  • Explore more use cases focused on opioid addiction treatment and discharge medication reconciliation here
  • Read this state of the industry snapshot to find out what trends HIMSS has uncovered into this year’s Davies award-winning use cases.
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.
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.
Join us at the most powerful gathering of women at HIMSS19
Join your colleagues for cocktails, networking and thought leadership at the  HIMSS19 Women in Health IT Networking Reception. Celebrate the accomplishments of women innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs who are transforming health today and learn from women who are shaping the future of health and healthcare. Ready to register? Let’s go!
Health 2.0 VentureConnect - Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Value Brief
What is Blockchain, and What Can it Do For Your Organization?

In the STEPS To Value episode, “Valuing Innovation: A Blockchain Primer,” host Rod Piechowski speaks with Fletcher McCraw, senior consultant, Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, Cognizant, about the potential impact of Blockchain technology of healthcare’s thorniest issues around security, identity, access and interoperability.  

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

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.

Monday, Feb. 11 – Friday, Feb. 15
2019 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition | Orlando, FL
Join more than 40,000 healthcare IT professionals for five days of education, innovation, and professional networking. Learn more and register today.

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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Corporate Member Spotlight
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Designed to change everything, Enlighted started by providing the world's most advanced IoT platform to Fortune 500 companies around the globe from the heart of Silicon Valley. Now with Siemens as a global partner, Enlighted's mission is to continue to drive innovation with its 5th-generation smart sensor and innovative app-based technology. Read More...
MAP Health
MAP delivers long-term peer recovery support to improve health outcomes and reduce preventable costs for those affected by Substance Use Disorder. Read More...
Note: The inclusion of an organization name, product or service in this publication should not be construed as a HIMSS endorsement of such organization, product or service, nor is the failure to include an organization name, product or service to be construed as disapproval.