HIMSS19 updates plus more.

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What's New

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 Saffron, The Disruptor. Saffron is a chief information and innovation officer in Arizona disrupting the status quo by challenging concepts, providing solutions, and positively impacting patient and employee experiences through health information and technology. “The issues I’m focusing on the most right now are cybersecurity – with an ever-increasing emphasis on employee education and accountability – as well as population health, analytics, process improvements and automations,” says Saffron.

Learn more about Saffron, her superpower, her kryptonite and more in this HIMSS19 Champion of Health blog post.
Which champion of health are you? Find out here.

Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS Patient Experience Summit: Call-for-Proposals Now Open

HIMSS and the Cleveland Clinic are now accepting speaking proposals for the 10th annual Empathy & Innovation Summit, the world’s largest, independent conference devoted to improving the patient experience. This year the clinic is partnering with HIMSS to explore more deeply how healthcare is extending empathy into an increasingly digital environment.

The deadline to submit a presentation proposal is Jan. 25, 5PM EST. Priority is given to peer-to-peer, experiential learning and case studies from healthcare payer and provider organizations.

The theme of the 2019 summit, which will take place May 13-15 in Cleveland, is Looking Back, Leaping Forward. Attendees will share in patient experience successes and failures over the last decade and explore what’s need to better design the clinical, physical and emotional experience for patients, families, and caregivers in the future.

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.
See the full list of award recipients who will be recognized at the HIMSS19 Awards Gala.
Register for the HIMSS19 Awards Gala today.


While California Correctional Health Care System (CCHCS) began the multi-year journey to shift business practices from paper to electronic, the organization also looked to automate the clinical risk tracking system. To accomplish this upgrade, CCHCS leveraged multiple available data sources, developed a structured data warehouse and created daily automated jobs to update and communicate the clinical risk for all patients to their custodial colleagues who used this information to inform appropriate housing. Learn more in this Value Suite announcement and explore their other use cases on improving influenza and advanced liver disease outcomes.
Want to see the full list of 2018 Davies Award recipients? Check it out here.

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.

Explore how the brightest in health information and technology leverage their assets to innovate toward a more sustainable healthcare system. The opening days of HIMSS19 affords attendees an immersive pre-conference experience – ensuring you have actionable insights to put into practice when returning home.

Take a deep dive around 6 topics key to evolving the healthcare landscape. Learn more and register today!

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.

Other Recent HIMSS19 Updates
Join HIMSS and AcademyHealth for the 2019 Health Datapalooza

In partnership with AcademyHealth, HIMSS is pleased to bring you the 2019 Health Datapalooza – the 10th annual convening on health data and technology. Health Datapalooza brings together leading innovators and change-makers to ensure the secure and meaningful transformation of data into new capabilities that deliver innovation in health transformation.

Register today and save.  Early Bird deadline ends Jan. 29.

Healthbox shares their insights into how, during this time of healthcare disruption, healthcare systems can self-disrupt to create effective models of care.
In this blog, Liz Hartley-Sommers, RN-BSN, MS shares how payers in healthcare are an important part of healthcare interoperability.
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.
HIMSS Policy Updates
In Focus: Global Innovators

“The HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors are a community of health innovators who embrace social media as a driver of change in the health IT industry,” said Michael Gaspar, manager of enterprise content marketing at HIMSS. “They work in exam rooms, courtrooms, boardrooms, studios and offices and have a wealth of experience as leaders across the healthcare ecosystem.” Read on about the next chapter of HIMSS social media ambassadorship in this blog post.


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.


Find out how an innovative telehealth platform designed to monitor a patient’s range of motion is transforming care in this HIMSS TV interview with Coviu CEO Silvia Pfeiffer. Watch the clip.

Learn About Data Democracy During the January HIMSS Innovation Community Event

On Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 1-2 p.m. CDT, the HIMSS Innovation Community will define health data democracy, and why it’s needed.
Thank you to the Innovation Community’s sponsor, NewWave, for hosting the event.

Learn more about the event, and register now.
The HIMSS19 Mobile App is Now Available. Enhance and simplify your experience with the HIMSS19 mobile app the best way to navigate HIMSS19! >>
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. 22
Surviving HIT Implementation: Outwit, Outlast & Become the Ultimate HealthCare Survivor! | New Jersey Chapter of HIMSS

Thursday, Jan. 24
Breaking Down BI Barriers: How Each Member of Your Team Can Contribute to Success: a virtual event hosted by the HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Community

The Converging Paths of Cyber Risks and Patient Safety
 a virtual event hosted by the HIMSS Cybersecurity Community

Friday, Jan. 25

Leveraging Modern Data Center Technologies to Boost EHR Performance: in this virtual event, you’ll learn about how leading healthcare organizations are using modern data center technologies to create a more efficient and productive healthcare environment by boosting their EHR performance.

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.
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