Last week to submit: Call-for-proposals for Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS Patient Experience Summit Ends Jan. 25.

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What's New

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.

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 Yolande, The Gamechanger. Yolande is a senior project manager in Philadelphia who empowers individuals and institutions to transform population health. Her favorite part of her work is problem-solving with her team and stakeholders to develop innovative solutions that address healthcare delivery challenges. “As public health practitioner, I leverage big data and strategic partnerships to solve some of our most challenging issues around community health, cost of care, disease management and population health in general,” said Yolande.

Learn more about Yolande, her superpower, her kryptonite and more in this HIMSS19 Champions of Health blog post.

Which champion of health are you? Find out here.

Join forces with 45,000+ other champions of health at HIMSS19. Find solutions to your biggest challenges – cybersecurity, connected health, precision medicine, disruptive technologies, population health and more – with exceptional education sessions, plus a whole lot more.

Explore more reasons to attend HIMSS19.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, HIMSS Analytics announced the sale of its data services business and assets to Definitive Healthcare, a leading data, intelligence and analytics firm. For years, Logic, Predict, Analyze and custom research have helped market suppliers better understand and meet the needs of providers and healthcare service organizations. The Maturity Model platform and Certified Consulting program remain with HIMSS and HIMSS Analytics.

“We identified Definitive Healthcare as the ideal strategic buyer early in the process,” says Blain Newton, Executive Vice President of HIMSS Analytics. “I can truly say that the power of the Definitive Healthcare with HIMSS Analytics data assets creates a solution of never-before-seen value for health care…”

Definitive Healthcare will integrate the datasets and functionality into a single source of truth, boosting its market intelligence platform. HIMSS Analytics will accelerate the impact of the Maturity Model portfolio to help healthcare provider organizations measure and benchmark their progress in technology adoption/implementation. In addition, the team is working on the creation of a robust provider data platform to deliver increased value to members and customers globally.

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.

See recently announced winners from the HIMSS Student Case Competition, supported by 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.


Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi recognized there was no effective technical order process in place for patients requiring recurring therapy treatments in the health system’s infusion center. This negatively affected the clinician workflows as well as caregiver and patient satisfaction. In order to provide the standard of quality and innovative care, it was necessary to create a more efficient method of ordering medications for recurring treatments to reduce visit times in order to positively transform service quality, continuum of care and improve overall patient and caregiver satisfaction.
Learn more about how Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi earned the 2018 HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award.
Explore all of their winning use cases.
View all 2018 Davies Award recipients.


The obstacles to personalized medicine include the high cost of specialty drugs, the challenge of getting patients fully engaged in their own care, a lack of mature, universal interoperability, and questions about the effectiveness of precision medicine interventions.

Join CIOs, data scientists, academic researchers and others at the HIMSS19 Precision Medicine Summit as they discuss the current state of precision medicine and how to overcome the challenges of moving the practice into primary care. Learn more and register today!

In this HIMSS TV clip, healthcare entrepreneur and patient advocate Kate Milliken shares her journey of starting a business and her experience as a patient advocate for those managing MS. Hear her story and find out what she’ll be doing with HIMSS TV at HIMSS19 in Orlando.

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

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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 evolution of sensors, smart phones, medical devices, and wearables all collecting and uploading information in real-time has led to the rapid accumulation of health-related data, or Big Data. The sheer volume, velocity, and variety of the data being collected poses challenges for harnessing and ensuring its validity to benefit both the macro, population-level health and the micro, evidence-based precision medicine. 

Join Dr. Eric Louie, Chief Medical Officer, and Jessica Baker, Associate, as they discuss changes in healthcare data over time and how to overcome human biases, curate meaningful data sets, and better inform actionable decisions in the healthcare setting. Register today.

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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.
Dr. Brian Levy shares how external apps are capturing patient information outside of the typical EMR workflow and the importance of understanding  how standards are being leveraged to integrate these apps within traditional EMRs.
In Focus: Global Innovators
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.

In this blog, Liz Hartley-Sommers, RN-BSN, MS shares how payers in healthcare are an important part of healthcare interoperability.
AMDIS HIMSS Physicians' Executive Symposium: Empowering Physicians Today >>
Upcoming Events

Thursday, Jan. 24
Breaking Down BI Barriers: How Each Member of Your Team Can Contribute to Success
Hosted by the HIMSS Clinical & Business Intelligence Community | 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST| Register for the virtual event

The Converging Paths of Cyber Risks and Patient Safety
Hosted by the HIMSS Cybersecurity Community | 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST | Register for the virtual event

Friday, Jan. 25
Leveraging Modern Data Center Technologies to Boost EHR Performance
During 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. Register now.

Thursday, Jan. 31
Career Math: How Mentorship Plus Networking Plus Visibility Equals Career Growth for Senior Women in Healthcare | HIMSS Women in Health IT Webinar | 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
HIMSS19 Women in Health IT Networking Reception | 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm ET
Be a part of the industry’s most powerful gathering of women innovators, leaders and entrepreneurs shaping and transforming health through technology today. Share stories, recognize and celebrate your peers – form valuable connections that will last a lifetime. Come join your female colleagues for cocktails, networking and thought leadership at one of HIMSS19’s most popular events. Learn more.

Thursday, Feb. 28
HIMSS Cybersecurity Community Webinar
Hosted by the HIMSS Cybersecurity Community | 2:00 – 3:00pm EST | Register now

Monday, March 4
March 2019 Health Story Project Roundtable | Style Standards to Improve Health IT Usability and Reduce Physician Burden
12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
This session will discuss the value and benefits of documentation standards as described by standards developing organizations. The speakers will demonstrate how the consistent use of style in the healthcare record promotes clear communication, contributes to patient safety, and improves information exchange, integration, and aggregation. Register now!

Monday, March 4 – Tuesday, March 5
2019 Bridging Collaborative | National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
The 2019 Bridging Collaborative will continue the success of the December 2016 Second Learning Health System Summit and the April 2018 Bridging Collaborative with prominent thought leaders discussing how to accelerate knowledge generation and mobilize such actionable knowledge to inform decisions that improve patient care and human health. In addition, varied perspectives will be shared so that we can debate issues and establish viable solutions. Register now.

Wednesday, March 6 – Thursday, March 7
DC Blockchain Summit 2019: Advocating for the Future of Blockchain
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

DC Blockchain Summit 2019 will feature discussions with innovators and technologists from around the globe, including in-depth conversations with policymakers and regulators on the issues impacting the growing blockchain landscape. Register now.
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