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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: Get a full day of immersive education with HIMSS18 Preconference; HIMSS Early Careerists Meetup - Chicago, IL; Data Silos: Together, We Can Bust Them

What's New

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?

Get a full day of immersive education with HIMSS18 Preconference
Immerse yourself in world-class, compelling education as you explore one or more specific topics for one full day during HIMSS18 Preconference. Experience focused learning and networking, along with the opportunity to earn continuing education credit during Preconference Symposia. Interested in hands-on sessions with live projects and group exercises? Try a Preconference Workshop. Preconference events will take place on Monday, March 5, 2017 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm PT. Add HIMSS18 Preconference now.

Journey to HIMSS18: Webinar Series Helps 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 through February to:

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

Complimentary education on HIMSS18: Journey to HIMSS18 webinars are complimentary, concise and high-level, and each one is approved for CAHIMS and CPHIMS continuing education hours.

Mark your calendar:
Journey to HIMSS18: Consumer and Patient Engagement
Tuesday, November 27
11:00 -11:30 a.m. PST
12:00 -12:30 p.m. MST
1:00-1:30 p.m. CST
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Check out the roster of webinars today!

Upcoming Clinical & Business Intelligence Community webinar event.  Register today for the C&BI Community November 30 webinar event: Are we measuring the right KPIs and finding the right patients to manage? – A novel approach to improving both  presented by: Herb Fillmore, Senior Director for Strategic Innovations in Value Based Care, 3M HIS Register for all upcoming C&BI Community events.

NEW BLOG:  Data Silos: Together, We Can Bust Them
One of the biggest issues in healthcare research is the ability of researchers to obtain healthcare record data. Unfortunately data often exists in silos, which makes access challenging.  Looking at various federal data sources and programs, this blog explores the issues, challenges, and how-tos of busting data silos. | #PutData2Work

Ask the Expert Audience Q&A from the July 2017 C&BI Community Webinar event Technology and Teamwork: An Award Winning Strategy for Improving Patient Care and Operational Efficiency

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.

The Value Brief

Davies Ambulatory Award Winner Northern Ohio Medical Specialists Improve Patient Outcomes with Digital Health

Northern Ohio Medical Specialists (NOMS) is honored as a HIMSS Davies Ambulatory Award recipient for the use of digital health to improve clinical patient outcomes.

As part of their mission to improve patient outcomes, NOMS Healthcare introduced the Improved Quality Scores initiative. This included developing a standardized implementation committee, creating standardized templates, initiating standardized workflows, and empowering patients with helpful resources, such digital appointment reminders and pre-visit planning.

Another example of digital health implementation success at NOMS Healthcare includes improved provider access. This new workflow included opening several ‘open access’ locations with evening/weekend hours and the addition of several advanced practitioners in their family practice offices. Read the organization’s use cases to learn more.

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

HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report for October 2017
HIMSS just published the Oct. issue (Vol. 16) of the HIMSS Healthcare & Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report. Highlights from this report include information on medical device security, Wi-Fi attacks, BadRabbit malware, advanced persistent threat (APT) campaigns, Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) attacks, and more. This report may be freely accessed at The next report will be the November 2017 issue. Reports are published on a monthly basis. An RSS feed is also available on the web page.


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HIMSS Chapter Events

December 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!


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


Fresenius Kabi USA
Harris Healthcare
Influence Health
Ingenico Group
Intelligent InSites
Jellyfish Health
Optimum Healthcare IT
Oracle Corporation
Practice Fusion
QPID Health, an eviCore company
Samsung Electronics America
SAS Institute
SPH Analytics
Tech Data Corporation
Zebra Technologies Corporation

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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