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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: Davies Enterprise Award Winner Henry Ford Health Systems for Using EHRs To Improve Heart Health; Your voice is needed on the official 2018 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey; 10 Tips for Building Useable and Useful Data Visualizations and Dashboards

What's New

Application of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare - Cybersecurity Perspective
Tuesday, January 9 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm ET
In this joint HIMSS Innovation and Cybersecurity Community event we welcome Axel Wirth, CPHIMS, CISSP, HCISPP, Distinguished Solutions Architect, US Healthcare Industry, Symantec Corporation as he discusses the state of the cybersecurity threat landscape and how artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are being applied to combat today’s sophisticated and targeted cyber-attacks.

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.

CAPG Annual Conference 2018
The CAPG Annual Conference 2018 is designed for all who are committed to value-based payment models, whether you've been in capitation 30 years or are entering your first bundled payment contract. You'll hear from renowned speakers about the current political and economic environment for healthcare, and gain practical information and tools to help you thrive in all payer arrangements: MIPS, APMs, commercial, and Medicaid. Join CAPG April 19-21, 2018 in San Diego, CA. Learn more.

BLOG: 10 Tips for Building Useable and Useful Data Visualizations and Dashboards
This blog offers 10 tips and numerous resources to help you build data visualizations and dashboards that provide consumable data and offer a gateway to meaningful clinical and business insights. | #PutData2Work

New program aims to streamline vaccine reporting, administration.
Adults in the United States don't always get all the vaccinations they need, but it can be difficult for primary care physicians to track what shots a patient needs and when. Learn more about the HIMSS Immunization Integration Program.

Clinical Document Exchange Requires Workflow Considerations
The systems we all depend upon to provide healthcare and promote the health of individuals and populations continue to struggle with interoperability. However, as with any challenge, people and systems rise to address real needs. Read more in this blog from the Health Story Project.

New Stakeholders and Resources: What to Expect for 2018 Interoperability Standards Advisory
As we look toward 2018, ONC is planning to expand the ISA further than before, with the additions of new stakeholders and resources to improve usability and recently requested feedback on these additions.

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!

HIMSS Communities Carnival at HIMSS18
On Tuesday, March 6, from 5:00-6:30 pm PT the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian will transform into the HIMSS Communities Carnival showcasing the wonderful opportunities HIMSS offers. This is an excellent time to explore HIMSS offerings by engaging with HIMSS volunteers, community liaisons, and staff who will be spotlighting HIMSS chapters, content, volunteer opportunities, education, career advancement, advocacy, and much more.

The Midway will feature carnival games, snacks and beverages, plus fabulous raffle prizes. Complete the Take me to the Midway sign-up prior to March 1 and receive an extra raffle submission for the grand prize.

All HIMSS18 attendees are welcome at this fun and interactive event. Please send any questions to, subject line: HIMSS Communities Carnival. 

The Value Brief

Davies Enterprise Award Winner Henry Ford Health Systems for Using EHRs To Improve Heart Health

Henry Ford Health System is honored as a HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award recipient for the steps it has taken to fight heart disease through the use of their digital health technology.

The organization noticed a higher-than-average national average rate of venous thromboembolism (VTE). In order to control and prevent the condition, Henry Ford Health System created a standardized protocol to use in its five hospitals. 

In their internal process improvement initiative to reduce VTE incidences through their electronic health record (EHR), the organization:

  • Developed a new VTE real-time measurement model for administering medication,
  • Developed dashboards showing VTE trends by location and patient care unit and patient data marts charting VTE prophylaxis and treatment by patients and flagging patients who missed or refused prophylaxis,
  • Educated nurses and patients to reduce avoidable missed/refused prophylaxis.

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

A Clinical & Business Intelligence Community Event - November 2017:  In case you missed it, listen now...Are we measuring the right KPIs and finding the right patients to manage? - A novel approach to improving both    Presented by: Herb Fillmore, MSW, DrPH doctoral candidate, Senior Director for Strategic Innovations in Value Based Care | 3M HIS

Women in Health IT Webinar:
January 26
Navigating HIMSS18 as Women in Health IT
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.

Population Health Management and IT Capabilities Model
Interact with a new HIMSS population health management model that identifies population health domains and capabilities, and maps nearly 400 functions to Value-Based Care (VBC) payment models to help bring clarity to your population health efforts. Share your thoughts: We are seeking input and comments from the public for this draft version. | Learn More

Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics Course-Registration Now Open!
HIMSS is offering an Introduction to Health Care Data Analytics course.  Course begins Monday, January 15, 2018 and coursework must be completed by Saturday, March 24, 2018.

  • Enhance your career with in-demand skills.
  • Earn 20 CEs upon course completion.
  • Online, self-paced, approximately 25 hours.
  • Optional interaction with HIMSS facilitators and other participants through discussion forum.
  • Complete on your own schedule between 1/15 and 3/24.

Learn more and register here. Registration limited to the first 75 registrants.

HIMSS Early Careerists Webinar: Skills and Talents Needed to Advance Your Career in IT
David L. Miller, MHSA, FHIMSS, CHCIO, Chief Executive Officer, HCCIO Consulting LLC.

In the rapidly evolving healthcare IT industry, there are significant changes in the skills and talents that organizations are looking for when it comes to hiring talent.    

  • Learn about the changing healthcare IT landscape
  • Discover the skills required to success in the new HCIT industry
  • Recognize the skills you may need to develop to achieve higher levels of responsibility in HCIT

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
12:00 - 1:00 pm Central
Register 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.

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.


Save 20% off TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Subscriptions through December 31, 2017
Powered by HIMSS, the TIGER VLE is a one-stop online health IT education portal for academic professionals, students, adult learners, and clinical educators. The VLE contains resources reflective of core international competencies designed to take you from A to Z in Health IT:

  1. Easily integrate health IT modules and resources into your curriculum
  2. Earn CPHIMS and CAHIMS credits; prepare for the CAHIMS certification
  3. HIMSS courses tied to certificates of completion
  4. Access the VLE through a one-year, unlimited access $40 subscription that includes the webinar series and archive.

Don't overlook this low cost, high value online health IT learning solution designed to expand skillset and knowledge base on important health IT and informatics topics. Start 2018 off by diversifying your health IT skillset. Receive 20% off subscriptions throughout December 31, 2017 by entering 20FOR2018 in the Discount Code box on the VLE registration page. Click here to subscribe today!

Measuring and Pioneering Informatics at Sutter Health
Sutter Health is a not-for-profit unified health care network providing comprehensive medical care in more than 100 Northern California cities and towns. Sutter has 53,000 employees and 12,000 physicians in their network, making them the 8th largest health system in the U.S. The informatics journey began when Sutter partnered with Epic, taking the first of 24 hospitals "live" in 2008 and continued through 2016. Today, Sutter Health continues to build a nursing informatics team to improve safety, increase efficiency, and add value for patients and clinicians.  Case studies were completed from 2 different perspectives for the EU*US eHealth Work Project on nursing informatics. Join TIGER for this presentation on Sutter Health’s journey into the trials and successes of Informatics Implementation and their case study development. Presented by Jessica Liston MS, RN, CNOR, OR Manager, TIGER Initiative Intern, Donna Woelfel, RN-BC, MSN, CPHIMS, Vice President, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, and Bettianne Wiessler MPA, RN, Nurse Informaticist Leader, Sutter Health.

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Time: 10:00amPT/12:00pmCT/1:00pmET
Location: TIGER Virtual Learning Environment
Duration:  1 hour

Registration: Click “Add to Calendar” to reserve your spot *

HIMSS Innovation Center. Innovation has never been this transformative.

HIMSS Chapter Events

Dec 19 2017 Holiday Reception | Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS
Jan 11 Defining a Cyber Moonshot for the Health Industry | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
Jan 11 January 2018 Educational Event | New England Chapter of HIMSS
Jan 11 2018 New Year Mixer | South Florida Chapter of HIMSS
Jan 11 2018 Executive Dinner | Washington Chapter of HIMSS


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!


HIMSS VentureConnect series. A pitch competition. Apply until January 11.


Acumen Physician Solutions
Agile Defense
Ambra Health
Bluetree Network
ExteNet Systems
Iatric Systems
KORE Wireless
Merino Computer Concepts, Inc.
MMY Consulting
Mobile Heartbeat
NTT DATA Services
Pivot Technology Solutions
Zayo Group

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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