Countdown to HIMSS19: five weeks to go!

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In this issue: Explore recent awards announcements as we make our way to HIMSS19 next month. In this issue we feature our latest Champion of Health, ‘the trailblazer’. We also talk about blockchain, AI, what the hype is at HIMSS19 and more.

What's New
HIMSS19 Champions of Health: Meet Mohammad, the Trailblazer

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 Mohammad, the trailblazer. Mohammad is a physiatrist and academic physician who practices in Missouri. He’s blazing trails by working to maximize technology to reduce the burden on practitioners and add joy to the practice of medicine, and to use technology to improve care quality and patient access and reduce costs. “I am a champion of health because there’s no better way to make a mark in life than by taking care of your community,” says Mohammad. Learn more about him, his superpower, his kryptonite and more in this HIMSS19 Champion of Health blog post.
Views from the Top: Global Health Informatics Recommendations

Be inspired by compelling stories from high-ranking leaders in a variety of industries in top-level, strategic education sessions with Views from the Top. Walk away with insights and inspiration to help you continue to transform health and healthcare through information and technology. This week, we’re featuring Views from the Top speakers from the HIMSS TIGER initiative. Read this Q&A previewing their session to learn more.
Learn more about this HIMSS19 Views from the Top session.
Explore other Views from the Top speakers.

Some health IT issues require a deeper dive with dedicated, up-close, personal interaction and collaboration with experts and colleagues. HIMSS19 Preconference programs allow you to do just that. Learn more.
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!
Learn more about HIMSS #WomeninHIT – explore member profiles here.

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.

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.
HIMSS Foundation: Support the Future of the Industry

HIMSS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of HIMSS, promotes health information and technology education and issue awareness on both global and national levels. 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. 

As a self-supported entity, the Foundation requires donations to continue its transformative work. 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 and consider donating today to support the HIMSS Foundation.


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.

The HIMSS Davies Awards program is not only a great way to highlight the success stories of healthcare organizations, but to shed light on challenges, opportunities, observations and trends observed across the industry. Learn about what we’ve learned so far from the 2018 HIMSS Davies Award recipients use cases in this blog post, and read the latest Davies Awards news announcement here, featuring Canada’s Centre of Addiction and Mental Health.
Top HIMSS Blog Posts of 2018

Count down the top ten blog posts from HIMSS in 2018. Readers showed significant interest in a variety of topics covering everything from blockchain, the opioid epidemic, industry certifications and more. Explore the top ten posts.

How Hospitals Can Leverage IT to Improve Healthcare Business Outcomes
It’s the era we’ve named The Age of the Consumer. Guest blogger shares how now more than ever, hospitals need to serve and retain patients to stay in the black because patient consumers have much more choice. Learn more.

HIMSS Joins Abbott to Launch the UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence Award
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 Insights eBook Series: Artificial Intelligence
The latest 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.

Customer Relationship Management Technology and Improving the Patient Experience
The HIMSS Exploring CRM Technology for Healthcare Task Force shares the results of their survey to assess the current state of CRM in healthcare and attitudes towards CRM in the industry.

With Natural Language Processing You Can Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
Within electronic health records, there is an inherent tension between the need for discrete data and natural language. Clinicians find value in both forms of information. The narrative describes the patient's preferences and care priorities, and provides an expanded picture of the patient's social history.

Blockchain: Unlocking Healthcare Data to Empower Patients and Improve Care
Our guest blogger and blockchain in healthcare subject matter expert shares how a world where individuals have ownership of their personal health data is possible with blockchain technology.

HIMSS TV Highlights: GDPR
This week, we’re featuring a HIMSS TV clip on GDPR. Watch and learn from a health system CIO’s insights on how the regulations can give patients a deeper stake in their own data. View the clip.

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.

Creating and Sustaining Process Improvement: Applying Lean & Six-Sigma Tools and Change Management to Achieve Organizational Success.
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

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.
Corporate Members of the Week
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Corporate Member Spotlight
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Cognosante provides technology solutions, business process outsourcing, and consulting services to Federal, state, and local government health agencies. Read More...
Digital Guardian
Digital Guardian provides the only data protection platform that is purpose built to stop data theft from both insider threats and external adversaries. The Digital Guardian Data Protection Platform performs across the corporate network, traditional endpoints and cloud applications and is buttressed by a big data security analytics cloud service. Read More...
Hill-Rom, Welch-Allyn
Hill-Rom and Welch Allyn provide innovative solutions to help enhance care and improve patient outcomes. This is achieved through a robust portfolio of technology, ranging across many categories and care settings. These solutions make it possible for caregivers to address their goals to reduce risk and improve safety, satisfaction and outcomes for their patients. Learn more at and Read More...
Netsmart helps human services and post-acute care organizations improve the health and well-being of the people they serve through health information technology. 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.