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WEEK OF November



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

In this issue: Adjusting the HIMSS Mission to Better Meet Health Challenges; Share your opinion: HIMSS 2018 Compensation Survey; Call for Participation for Student Case Competition Judges

HIMSS Approved Education Partners

Healthcare Data and Analytics Association
The Healthcare Data and Analytics Association (HDAA) is a non-profit vendor neutral organization that provides numerous networking opportunities within our 430+ member organizations. These educational opportunities for members include such activities as Leadership Council, Special Interest Group and Monthly Calls, all recorded and available on the website. Enhanced Forums and a new Tools Inventory will be initiated within the next two months. A highlight for the year is the Annual HDAA Conference hosted by a member organization and located at the hosting site. Our student population within HDAA is expanding and is open to any documented student that is not receiving a stipend from a vendor or consulting firm. Click here to learn more about HDAA and how to submit a free Membership Application.

What's New

The Journey to HIMSS18 Webinar - Nursing Community Events on Nov. 14

Take 30 minutes on Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. ET to learn what HIMSS18 offers the nursing community. During this Journey to HIMSS18 webinar, Chad Cothern, BSN, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, RN, highlights education, exhibition and networking sessions and events targeted to nurses. He is chair of the HIMSS Nursing Community and president/CEO, Healthcare Informatics Resource Exchange.

Adjusting the HIMSS Mission to Better Meet Health Challenges

HIMSS President & CEO Hal Wolf broke down his view of where healthcare innovation is headed and shared how HIMSS is adjusting its mission to better reflect how information and technology can help healthcare meet today's challenges.  Click on the video here.

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!

Share your opinion: HIMSS 2018 Compensation Survey

HIMSS is looking to gain insights about salary and compensation trends in healthcare information and technology through 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 7, 2017 - learn more and share your voice now.

Call for Participation for Student Case Competition Judges.

The Inaugural HIMSS Student Case Competition (The Competition) provides opportunities for inter-disciplinary teams comprised of undergraduate, graduate, residents, or Fellows to demonstrate proficiency in understanding of the vast body of knowledge that comprises health information technology. By analyzing a HIMSS-supplied case study, teams have the opportunity to “design the future” with an eye towards transformative care today. From this analysis, teams should apply recommendations that support current health information technology practices that involve transformative care while coupling recommendations with advocacy outreach at the Federal and State level.

We are currently inviting HIMSS members to respond to our Call for Participation to serve as a Student Case Competition Judge.  Candidates to serve as a Judge should have competency and experience in the following areas of the evaluation criteria in order to effectively assess responses:

  • Definition of the Future State.Analyses should demonstrate the team’s understanding of the current state of the health information technology perspectives found in the organization, why changes need to occur, and provide insights into how to achieve this goal of ensuring that this organization is successful past 2018.
  • Technology. Based on the definition of the future state, analyses will include recommendations of the technology and policy needed to transform care and a justification for the types of technology identified.
  • Processes. Based on the technology recommended, analyses should include the impact to workflow, people, workforce, current designs, redesigns, etc., in ensuring that the future state is achievable beyond 2018.
  • Value. Realizing value is critical in today’s health IT environment. Responses should include an alignment of strategy to value by showing the achievement of both quality and financial metrics.
  • Advocacy. The impact of healthcare goes well beyond the local community. Responses should include perspectives on how to engage public policy perspective from both the State and the Federal perspective for the transformation of this organization’s

The time commitments for those who are chosen are as follows:

Cases Randomly Assigned and Reviewed by Judges: 12/1/17 - 12/18/17
Virtual Presentation by Three Finalist Teams: 1/17/18
Judges Deliberate Virtual: 1/17/18
Winners Announced: 1/22/18

If interested, please complete an application here by November 17, 2017.  For more information about the Student Case Competion, please visit the website or contact JoAnn Klinedinst.

Infoway Partnership Conference - coming soon!

We’re only a week away from the Infoway Partnership Conference 2017. With a dynamic program, it is not to be missed.

Want to get a taste of what’s on the program for this year’s Partnership Conference? Tune in to this podcast to hear from closing keynote speaker, Mariann Yeager, CEO of The Sequoia Project, as she shares key insights about the future of health care with technology futurist and host of The Innovation Times, Ian Khan.

Want more? Among the panels on today’s hottest topics, see the latest panel added to the program Embracing Disruption: The Power of Start-Ups in Digital Health.  

Health care start-ups are at the leading edge of innovation and play a critical role in creating novel and necessary solutions to address important health care gaps. Join us for Embracing Disruption: The Power of Start-Ups in Digital Health - a session developed to inspire and provide you with ideas and understanding about how you can collaborate with start-ups to embrace disruption and innovation in your own work. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from panel members: Meaghan Nolan, Co-founder & COO, Mikata Health; Rohit Joshi, Co-Founder & CEO, Brightsquid and Rena Tabata, CEO, ShareSmart, as they provide their perspectives on the role they play in shaping digital health innovation.

Stay up-to-date about the conference on LinkedIn, Facebook, or on our website, and on Twitter through @Infoway and #ThinkDigitalHealth.

Register Today!

Volunteer at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase!
Each year the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase draws thousands of people to the largest exhibit on the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition floor! We are seeking engaged volunteers to help us convey the value of interoperability through your unique perspectives and help our attendees get the most from their experience!  Volunteering at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase includes a number of benefits, including a complimentary HIMSS18 badge, which gives you access to the exhibition hall and conference education sessions March 6-9. Learn more and apply now!

HIMSS Early Careerists Meetup - Chicago, IL
 Come join us and connect with the HIMSS Early Careerists Community on Wednesday, November 15 for a social evening of networking, appetizers, drinks, and all-you-can-play arcade games at the Highline's Hi-Point game lounge in Chicago.  Registration required.  Learn more here.

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.

The Value Brief

Breaking Out of the Comfort Zone to Drive Innovation in Healthcare

In the latest STEPS To Value podcast episode, “The Value of  Speaking Up,” Christina Caraballo, director, healthcare transformation, Get Real Health, and member of the 2017 cohort of Most Influential Women in Health IT,  discusses the power of starting change, and the impact individuals can have on their worlds.

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

Tools & Resources

Blog: Prescription Drug Monitoring Improves Patient Outcomes
By Kevin Borcher, Pharm.D., PDMP Program Director, NeHII
A prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) is an electronic database that captures prescription data from pharmacies for controlled substances. Using a real-life example, Kevin describes the power of prescription monitoring when caring for a patient.
How does the PDMP work?

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!

Women in Health IT Webinar

Relationship Networking: Building Personal Connections For Professional Results
November 15, 2017 | 11:00am - 12:00 pm CST

Have you ever had a conversation you wanted to follow up on but didn’t? Do you find yourself wishing you had a reason to get in touch with a colleague, customer, or old acquaintance? Follow-up is the foundation for building a thriving network and business.

Often we are too busy to focus on building and nurturing our relationships. Some of us may find follow-up awkward, uncomfortable, or even unwanted. Thus we find it difficult to move from one conversation to the next, to build upon the initial contact and turn it into a real relationship.

And even if you do this with ease, there are a variety of powerful approaches for increasing your contact with and the value you provide to your network. During this webinar, The 11 Laws of Likability’s author, Michelle Tillis Lederman will take you through tips and tactics that will help you convert your conversations into stronger and longer connections. At the end of the day it is the strength of your relationships that leads to your success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Move from first conversation to lasting connection
  • What to do before the first conversation ends
  • How to leverage technology and social media in simple ways to increase familiarity
  • Specific ways to increase your value to your network
  • How to ask for something to increase your results

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HIMSS Chapter Events

Nov. 13 Annual Conference & Tradefaire | Idaho Chapter of HIMSS

Nov. 15 10th Annual CIO Forum | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS

Nov. 16 5th Annual GC3 Conference | Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi Chapters of HIMSS

Nov. 16 Meeting the Challenge of Healthcare Transformation | National Capital Area 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!


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


Brocade Communication System
Carestream Health
Cerner Corporation
CloudPost Networks
eHealth Technologies
ExtraHop Networks
GCX Corporation
Holon Solutions
Intelisys Health
Kirkpatrick Price
Meridian Medical Management
Quest Diagnostics
Vecna Technologies
Ventech Solutions

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

Your membership dues contribute to the education, resources, and thought leadership necessary to drive your career and our industry forward. Take a moment today to login to your account to ensure that your membership is up to date. If you need a paper invoice, request via email at Thank you for your support!

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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