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WEEK OF December



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

In this issue: HIMSS Response to the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA); Navigating HIMSS18 as Women in Health IT; HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report for November 2017

What's New

HIMSS Response to the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA)
The HIMSS Standards Advisory Task Force has submitted comments in response to the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) and ONC requests for feedback to inform the creation of the 2018 ISA. Among the feedback given, HIMSS shares input on additions of resources for new stakeholder groups, including consumer and administrative/payment standards and specifications. Read the full comments here.

Virtual Event: Winter 2018 Quarterly Interoperability & HIE Community Roundtable
Wednesday, January 17 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET
In this Roundtable, David Kendrick, MD, MPH, FACP, Founder and CEO, MyHealth Access Network will discuss the SHIEC Patient-Centered Data Home (PCDH) National Initiative and Evelyn Gallego, MBA, MPH, CPHIMS, Chair of the HIMSS Interoperability & HIE Committee will introduce the HIMSS Interoperability Call to Action and Environmental Scan. Register now!

Your voice is needed on the official 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey
Calling all information security professionals. Share your thoughts on the 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey. This annual survey gauges the perceptions and cybersecurity practices of U.S. healthcare organizations on a number of issues facing the health sector. Learn more and participate today.

HIMSS 2018 Compensation Survey - We want to hear from you
There’s still time to share your thoughts on salary and compensation trends in healthcare information and technology by taking our biennial HIMSS Compensation Survey. Survey participants can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card, awarded to three randomly selected respondents. The survey closes December 14, 2017. Learn more and share your opinion now.

HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report for November 2017
HIMSS just published the November issue (Vol. 17) of the HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report.  Highlights from this report include information on medical device security, Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) detection tools, the Huge Dirty COW vulnerability, attack simulation, and more. This report may be freely accessed at The next report will be the December 2017 issue. Reports are published on a monthly basis. An RSS feed is also available on the web page.

What can Preconference Plus do for you?
Get solutions to your biggest health information and technology challenges with HIMSS18 Preconference Symposia. By attending a session, you’ll take advantage of world-class learning in a smaller, more focused setting while interacting, one-on-one, with leading experts and colleagues from around the world. But what if you’re interested in more than one topic?
With Preconference Plus, you can attend one symposium or attend multiple! Register for your symposium of choice now, then move between other symposia topics when you’re onsite. Add HIMSS18 Preconference Symposia to your registration today!

Journey to HIMSS18: Connected Health and Telehealth
Join us Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 1pm CST for our free preconference webinar on connected health and telehealth with Kevin Jones, MS, CPHIMS, assistant director of information technology at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the HIMSS Annual Conference Education Committee connected health representative.
Register Now

Earn Your Professional Certification at HIMSS18
Thinking about pursuing a healthcare information and management systems certification?  Join us at the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev., March 5 - 9, 2018 and we will help you take the next step.  An all-day CPHIMS Review Course will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 to assist you as you prepare for the certification exam.  If you are ready to take the exam, there are a number of opportunities to sit for either the CAHIMS or CPHIMS certification exam on site at the conference.  Read more about these opportunities here.

The Value Brief

Petulama Health Center Named HIMSS Davies Community Health Award Recipient For Use of EHR Analytics                       

Petulama Health Center (PHC) is honored as a HIMSS Davies Community Health Award recipient for their use of data analytics to improve patient care and outcomes.

As a data-driven organization, PHC is committed to maximizing the value of health IT to improve health outcomes for their patients. The organization quickly embraced health IT to better support physicians, nurses and other team members in optimizing case management for patients with chronic conditions. Because of these efforts, PHC now successfully uses their EHR and analytics platform to drive decisions and support their care teams’ management of population health, while also improving clinical outcomes.
PHC became a federally qualified health center in 2000. In order to maximize the value of health IT systems, PHC used their EHR and analytics platform to

  1. drive healthcare decisions,
  2. support care management of population health, and
  3. improve clinical outcomes.

PHC has received this award from HIMSS based on two use cases that demonstrate their efforts to use EHR technology to improve patient health.

Listen to the HIMSS STEPS To Value podcast, “HIMSS Davies Award Application Process- An Overview,” to gain insights on the new application process for the HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence from Jonathan French, senior director, Health Information Systems at HIMSS.
Tools & Resources

Women in Health IT Webinar:

Navigating HIMSS18 as Women in Health IT
Jan 26, 2018 10:00 AM CT

Join HIMSS to find out more about HIMSS18 networking and mentorship opportunities, as well as get introduced to the 2017 Most Influential Women in Health Information and Technology award recipients. With 45,000 attendees and 300 educational events it can be difficult to navigate HIMSS Annual Conference. Speakers will share insights on how to get the most out of HIMSS18 while participating in Women in Health Information and Technology activities throughout the week.

Learning Objectives:

  • Take an insider look at the Women in Health Information and Technology Networking Reception and first Mentor Meet-Up
  • Explore education sessions that help chart the course to break the glass ceiling
Discuss highlights from the new Compensation and Workforce surveys

Save-the-Date: HIMSS18 Career Fair - Wednesday, March 7
Whether you're new to the health IT field or seasoned professional, discover a wide range of resources to advance your career at the HIMSS18 Career Fair. Attendees will have the opportunity to post their resume and connect with the top employers in health IT. The HIMSS18 Career Fair is a centralized location for recruiters, job seekers, consultants and others who contribute to the development of the health IT workforce. Meet one-on-one with hiring companies and recruiters. Additional activities will be going on throughout the day. Visit HIMSS18 Career Fair for more information.


HIMSS18. Where IT connects for health. March 5 - 9 2018 in Las Vegas.

HIMSS Chapter Events

Dec 13 Addressing Physician Burnout and Improving Physician Resilience Within the EHR | Colorado Chapter of HIMSS


Global Digital Health Forum |
December 4-6 | Washington, D.C.

Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV
Cloud Computing Forum | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV 
Patient Engagement & Experience Summit | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV                                  
Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare 2018 | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV
Digital & Personal Connected Health | March 5 | HIMSS18 | Las Vegas, NV
BrandHIT 2018 | May 7-8 | Nashville, TN | COMING SOON!
Precision Medicine Summit | May 17-18 | Washington, DC | COMING SOON!
Healthcare Security Forum | June 11-12 | San Francisco, CA | COMING SOON!
Big Data & Healthcare Analytics Forum | June 13-14 | San Francisco, CA | COMING SOON!


HIMSS18. Where IT connects for health. March 5 - 9 2018 in Las Vegas.


Ciena Corporation
Eli Lilly and Company
First Data Corporation
Harmony Healthcare IT
Hayes Management Consulting
Institute For Health Socio-Economic Policy (IHSP)
Intel Corporation
Rochester RHIO
Vyne Medical
Zimmer Biomet

Take a closer look at the industry news and Health IT resources from our HIMSS Corporate Members.

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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.


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