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In this issue: We’re releasing a proposed new definition for interoperability, last updated by HIMSS in 2013. Review the new definition and submit your feedback today. Also, HIMSS19 will be here before you know it – register today to save!

What's New
HIMSS19 Champions of Health: Strategizing. Researching. Transforming.

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 Kevin – The Strategizer. Kevin is responsible for the daily operations of a physician hospital organization. His champion of health success story involves enabling point-of-care decision-making. Learn more.
  • Meet Blake – The Researcher. Blake is a CEO at a startup in St. Louis. He researches solutions to his biggest challenges by using a variety of mental models and employing the scientific method. One of my favorite things about health information and technology is seeing the direct impact it has on individuals. Learn more.
  • Meet Aashima – The Transformer. Aashima is a global head of healthcare solutions in San Francisco. As a transformer, she builds tools that have the potential to positively impact the health of millions of people worldwide. Her favorite success story involves her work to modernize the Chilean health system. Learn more.

Learn more about HIMSS19 champions of health, their superpowers, their kryptonite and more.

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.
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!
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 .
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Recent Headlines
Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS Patient Experience Summit: Call-for-Proposals Closes Feb. 5

Less than a week remains to submit a speaking proposal for the Cleveland Clinic and HIMSS Empathy & Innovation Summit. This is the world’s largest, independent conference devoted to improving patient experience and engagement. 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 5 PM EST Feb. 5. Priority is given to peer-to-peer, experiential learning and case studies from healthcare payer and provider organizations.

The 2019 summit, the 10th annual, will take place May 13-15 in Cleveland. Appropriately, this year’s theme is Looking Back, Leaping Forward. In addition to the main conference on May 14-15, HIMSS will present two preconference symposium on May 13. Empathy 360 will address the consumerism of healthcare. Smarter Care for All will focus on how to maximize existing technology more effectively to provide a better experience to underserved populations and chronic disease patients.


El Rio Community Health Center recognized diabetic retinopathy was a leading cause of vision loss among diabetics, as well as a leading form of vision impairment and blindness among working-age individuals. Despite this, many of El Rio’s patients weren’t up-to-date on their eye screenings. Discover how El Rio addressed this challenge by prioritizing the accessibility of innovative retinal eye screening cameras within the community health center. Read the full announcement on this topic and explore their award-winning use cases in depth here. You can also view a full list of 2018 Davies Award recipients here.


Have you ever started a simple home improvement project that snowballed into several more complex projects? A similar progression happened recently to a health system in Pennsylvania. Erin Benson shares this story.

In order to keep the health information and technology industry up-to-date with all of the latest knowledge and resources, HIMSS is proposing a revamped definition of interoperability, as defined by the enterprise. Last updated in 2013, the enterprise is seeking public comments as the new definition develops. The proposed interoperability definition is now available for public comment until March 23.
HIMSS has developed a comprehensive Blockchain in Healthcare Library for the health IT community to equip its members with foundational and practical knowledge related to this kind of distributed ledger technology (DLT). This timely library consists of resources exploring the basics of blockchain technology, adoption and implementation strategies, and additional considerations for the use of this technology in the healthcare sector. If you have any questions or ideas for additional resources, reach out to blockchain@himss.org. Access the library .

Our director of Privacy and Security Lee Kim, JD, CISSP, CIPP/US, FHIMSS reminds us on #DataPrivacyDay to share data with care. Learn more.

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.

Our social media ambassador and 2019 Most Influential Women in Health IT Award recipient shares that to improve health, we have to better enlist and empower individuals, and how technological advances are making it easier to achieve that goal every day. Learn more.


Meet the women who are leading strategy and solutions discussions to accelerate digital transformation and interoperability across the healthcare spectrum.


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. As a self-supported entity, the Foundation requires donations to continue its transformative work. Help us make a real difference in the future of health information and technology and consider donating today to support the HIMSS Foundation.


As the healthcare advisory services firm in partnership with HIMSS, Healthbox’s core expertise is rooted in healthcare innovation and held to the highest standard of objectivity. Catch up on what the newest HIMSS innovation company has been up to one year since joining the enterprise.

  • Join Dr. Eric Louie, Chief Medical Officer, and Jessica Baker, Associate, of Healthbox during tomorrow’s webinar (Thursday, Jan. 31 at 12:00pm CST) to learn how to harness big data in healthcare. Register now.
  • Sign up for the Healthbox newsletter to get healthcare innovation insights in your inbox.
HIMSS Government Relations Team Updates

In this week’s featured HIMSS TV clip, we talked with global innovator Dr. Bassam Mahboub to talk about how publicly available data makes the whole system more agile. Watch the clip.

In Focus: Global Innovators

Submit your innovation for the The Medical Capital Innovation Competition by March 15. The competition’s theme is AR/VR/XR:  The New Reality of Healthcare. The winning innovation submissions can win up to $100,000 in cash prizes. Learn more and apply today.


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.


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.


Value Brief
Questions Concerning Ethics and Security with the Use of AI in Healthcare


In the latest episode of Code Red, “Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Security,” Mike Lyons, director of product development at FairWarning, discusses the ethical and security questions that arise with the use of AI use in healthcare.

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

Career Math: How Mentorship Plus Networking Plus Visibility Equals Career Growth for Senior Women in Healthcare >>
Upcoming Events

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.

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.

Sunday, March 17 – Tuesday, March 19

HIMSS UAE eHealth Week | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
UAE eHealth Week will be hosted in March 2019 in Dubai. Join us and 300 other health IT stakeholders to discuss the hottest topics in healthcare in the Middle East. Learn more.

Corporate Members of the Week
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Corporate Member Spotlight
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Recondo builds revenue cycle software to help providers achieve sustainable financial performance while delivering a better patient experience. Ranked Best in KLAS 2018 for patient access software and services, Recondo delivers automation across the revenue cycle enabling our customers to reduce denials and collect more revenue at point-of-service. Read More...
Santa Rosa Consulting provides management advisory services and technical consulting expertise across the full range of IT vendor products and systems while empowering better healthcare by designing, creating, staffing, and sustaining IT solutions that help make healing happen. Read More...
R1 RCM delivers superior technology-enabled revenue cycle management services for health systems, hospitals and physician practice groups across the country. Read More...
Hashed Health
Hashed Health is a product & innovation firm focused on the meaningful development of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for healthcare. 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.