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WEEK OF October



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

In this issue: Journey to HIMSS18 exhibit floor... in October; Career Fair in March; Deadline nears for speaking proposals; Navigating Blockchain; Path to Interoperability Call to Action

What's New

Journey to HIMSS18 – Exhibition Floor Preview on Oct. 31
With so much to see at HIMSS18, learn best practices on how to navigate the exhibition floor and connect with 1,300+ exhibiting companies with health information and technology solutions and services attendees need to improve care.

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.

Deadline Nears for Speaking Proposals: Rev Cycle, Cloud, Machine Learning, Digital Health, and Patient Engagement
HIMSS is accepting speaking proposals for five one-day events on March 5 as part of the Annual Conference.  The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 5 PM EST. Submissions are limited to healthcare payer and provider organizations, government and academic institutions, non-profit associations and think tanks.

Click on the event links to learn more and to submit a proposal.
Machine Learning and AI for Healthcare
Digital and Personal Connected Health
Patient Engagement & Experience Summit
Revenue Cycle Solutions Summit
Cloud Computing Forum

Technology for Precision Health Summit
Dec. 12 | San Francisco, CA
Hosted by: Health 2.0
10% Discount Code: TPHMC
How can we think differently about gathering, analyzing and sharing information? Which incentives can be offered to structurally change the system toward longer term care of patients? Which mechanisms will empower patients with their data and create virtuous partnerships with providers to truly drive value? Conference delegates will learn about the latest tools in Precision Medicine and Health as well as be part of the discussion on new ontologies and policy changes needed to bring these technologies to patients. Learn more and register today!

HIMSS Call to Action: Achieve Nationwide, Ubiquitous, Secure Electronic Exchange of Health Information
While we have made great strides toward an interoperable health ecosystem, seamless, secure, nationwide interoperable health information exchange continues to elude us. In a recent Call to Action, HIMSS asserts that we must achieve secure, appropriate, and ubiquitous data access and electronic exchange of health information. The Call highlights six points of focus to achieve this goal. We welcome all who share our commitment to join us in achieving better health through the best use of information and technology. Read the entire Call to Action.

AMIA 2017 Annual Symposium Nov. 4 - 8 | Washington, D.C.
The AMIA Annual Symposium actively supports research and practice in the five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics. Join the vibrant community of informatics professionals and students for a personal and professional educational experience of a lifetime. If it’s about’s at AMIA 2017. Register here.

Information Governance for Emerging Payment Models Webinar
Monday, Nov. 6 at 12 p.m. CT
Emerging payment models require a breadth and depth of information sharing never before contemplated - scenarios that require providers to share encounter, quality and cost information not only among providers within the same system, but disparate providers as well. Join AHIMA for an exploration of these emerging requirements, the formalized business relationships they suggest, the specific information that will need to be shared under certain models, and the information management questions that will need to be answered going forward.

Journey to HIMSS18: New Webinars Help Attendees Navigate HIMSS Annual Conference
Explore all that is HIMSS18 and get the most out of your conference experience with Journey to HIMSS18 - a new series of complimentary weekly webinars leading up to HIMSS18 in March in Las Vegas. Join HIMSS staff and experts from the HIMSS community each week from October through February to:

  • Get a heads-up on what to expect and find out what’s new at HIMSS18
  • Explore hot topics, including cybersecurity, data analytics, HIE, innovation and more
  • Discover insider tips and logistics to help you plan your conference agenda

Journey to HIMSS18 webinars are complimentary, concise and high-level, and each one is approved for CAHIMS and CPHIMS continuing education hours. Check out the roster of webinars today!

HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report for September 2017
HIMSS just published the Sept. issue (Vol. 15) of the HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report. Highlights from this report include information on web and mobile technology vulnerabilities and information on cybercrime trends. This report may be freely accessed at Reports are published on a monthly basis. An RSS feed is also available on the web page.

Call for Proposals Poster Presentations for HIMSS18 is Now Open! 
HIMSS invites you to submit a proposal to present a poster at the 2018 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference will be held Monday, March 5, 2018 - Friday, March 9, 2018. If your poster is selected, it will be displayed in tandem with the HIMSS18 Career Fair on Wednesday, March 7 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Wynn Las Vegas. Poster presenters will be required to attend the Career Fair during a designated time to participate in a question and answer session regarding the poster being presented.  For HIMSS18 we are seeking proposals for two categories, Early Careerists and Students.  Please visit the website for more information. 

Blog: Part 1: Navigating the Blockchain Landscape – Opportunities in Digital Health
HIMSS has recently established a work group to examine blockchain distributed ledger technology and its potential implications for the healthcare information and technology community. Learn about the goals of this group and give your input!

Blog: Creating a Glide Path to Interoperability – HIMSS Releases a Call to Action
This blog post outlines the newly released HIMSS Interoperability Call to Action, which contains succinct guidance on what must happen now to achieve better health, better care and lower cost through the best use of electronic health information. The themes touch on ‘pain points’ experienced by many in the field and build on previous calls outlined in the ONC Shared Interoperability Roadmap. Join HIMSS in activating the Call to Action and contributing to efforts to achieve interoperable health information exchange!

The Value Brief

Digital Health Helped Davies Enterprise Award Winner: Children’s National Health System Improve Pediatric Care
As a result of Children’s National Health System demonstration of excellence through their efforts to increase patient engagement and improve patient outcomes, the organization has been selected as a 2017 HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award recipient. 

Read Children’s National Health System’s case studies to learn how their use of digital health resulted in  reduced radiation in CT scan rates, improved documentation through an EHR Initiative and quality improvement by engaging patients and providers.

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

Event: Workflow Considerations for C-CDA Document Exchange
November 6 | 12-1 p.m. ET
In the exchange of Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture (C-CDA) documents, organizations have questions concerning workflow and best practices for creating and consuming these documents. This Health Story Project Roundtable presentation will examine some of the key considerations for organizations who are sending or receiving C-CDA documents. Panelists will share real-world experience implementing new workflows to support C-CDA document exchange. Register now!

Clinical Document Workflow: Share Your Experience!
Are you involved with the exchange of clinical documents within your healthcare organization? The HIMSS Health Story Project is looking for feedback from clinical, administrative and/or technical end users of health IT systems that create, share, or consume clinical documents. Share your experiences in our brief survey!

HIMSS Veterans Career Services Webinar: The Transition into the Civilian Workforce
John Reed, Senior Executive Director, Robert Half Technology

This session will help veterans who are re-entering the workforce brush-up on job search tactics, the current hiring environment and understand their value and transferring their skills into a fulfilling career. 

  1. Review the basics around navigating through the job search, resume building and interview basics.
  2. Discover the hiring environment right now for professionals entering or re-entering the workforce.
  3. Learn what value veterans bring to the workforce, how to parlay the skills and attributes you’ve gained into a civilian career.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 pm Central
Register Now


Health 2.0 India Conference on November 10, 2017, at ISB Hyderabad campus.
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Global Digital Health Forum |
December 4-6 | Washington, D.C.

2017 Annual Conference | South Carolina Chapter of HIMSS | October 27

4th Annual Charity Golf Event | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS | October 27

Wearables, Ingestibles, and Implantable: What is Possible? | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS | November 2


Health 2.0 India Conference on November 10, 2017, at ISB Hyderabad campus.
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Clinical Architecture
Creative Information Technology
IBM Watson Health
National Government Services
Nuance Communications
Sonitor Technologies

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