10 Ways to Make ICD-10 Relatable to ANYONE during #NHITweek

Another National Health IT Week is nearly in the books! While the week’s festivities certainly brought about much needed conversation around the awareness, direction and vision for the future of health technology, the conversation doesn’t need to end on Sept. 19. Realizing just how challenging it can be to explain any facet of health IT -especially ICD-10 coding – to just about anyone, we’ve pulled together some social objects that can make those conversations a little easier – and hopefully, a lot more hilarious.  Continue reading

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Effecting Change in Health IT with a Visit to the Hill

by Michelle Hager, Managing Partner of Blue Cirrus consulting, Past President of South Carolina HIMSS, Past Vice Chair for the East Region for HIMSS chapter advocates


As I was preparing to leave to go to DC for the HIMSS Policy Summit and packing my comfy shoes, I realized that this is my 4th time attending the event!  Each year, I am more and more prepared for the discussions with my legislators because of the training and education I receive while there.  Once the Hill visits are complete each year, I feel I have made a difference.

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Achieving More with Less

KathyOne of the 2014 HIMSS Congressional Asks focuses on telehealth, an area that is growing in demand and orientation towards patient centric care. Kathy Hsu Wibberly, PhD, a member of the HIMSS mHealth Committee, discusses the expected shortage of physicians by 2020 and the growing number of aging Americans, in that same time frame, who will need access to high quality remote care.  Learn more about achieving more with less with consumer-focused technology and telehealth services in her commentary.


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Closing Out #NHITweek with the #HITsm Community

SNL_Coffee-Talk_FINALHIMSS and Health Standards are closing out the ninth annual National Health IT Week in style – and what better way to move the needle on health IT than a focused discussion on what’s working and what isn’t in health technology? This Friday, September 19 at 11 a.m. CT, HIMSS will moderate the weekly #HITsm chat with a special focus on health IT policy, value and innovation as a contribution to the #NHITweek conversation on Twitter.

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Growing Contingent Workforce Benefits Both Healthcare Organizations and Health IT Professionals

Frank Myeroffby Frank Myeroff, President, Direct Consulting Associates,  a Supporting Collaborator at the HIMSS Innovation Center

There’s high growth when it comes to temporary workers, contractors, independent consultants, and freelancers within health IT. New technologies, digital trends and requirements, cost factors, and the need for experienced health IT talent to take on a number of projects are fueling this growth. The rise and growth of the contingent workforce is only expected to accelerate over the next few years into 2018.

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Three health systems proving the power of health IT

Texas Health Resources, UC Davis Health System and Children’s Medical Center Dallas are 2013 Davies Award winners and have facilities at HIMSS Analytics’ EMR Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7 status. Celebrate National Health IT Week with examples of how each organization is using IT to improve patient care.

Texas Health Resources

Through its implementation of a full EHR in 2004, Texas Health Resources has achieved a 53 percent reduction in medication errors, reduced cardiac arrests by 23 percent and accumulated a total projected return on investment of $152.8 million. Continue reading

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5 Elements of a Compelling Organizational Vision

by: Claire McCarthy, MA, FHIMSS; Douglas Eastman, PhD; and David E. Garets, FHIMSS

In our last post, we stressed the importance of people in any change initiative. This week, we want to focus on what binds the people in your organization—a vision.

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A Parallel Universe: 25 Years of the HIMSS Leadership Survey

Who knew 25 years ago where we’d be today?

Me, I was boarding a Greyhound bus in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with two suitcases and a one-way ticket to start a new life in the United States. I had completed a graduate degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1988 and had moved back to Canada, where I was settling into a promising market research job. Then, my life took an interesting turn when I received a letter from the U.S. Consulate informing me that my application for permanent residency was selected.

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Representing The “Voice” of the Patient: Why Patient and Family Engagement Matters

On Friday, March 8, 2013, I landed at Bradley International airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., returning from HIMSS13 in New Orleans. As soon as I landed, my husband called my cell phone (he tracked my flight) telling me he would be  at the airport, waiting to take me to Yale New Haven Hospital.  My mom, Patricia, or as she liked to be called, Patty, was in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.

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The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange

by: Russ Leftwich, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Tennessee Office of eHealth, HIMSS Interoperability Standards Committee 

The publication of The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange by HIMSS provides an important analysis of the current business case fokwagr health information exchange. The paper defines the needed glide-path for evolving HIE 1.0, the noun, to HIE 2.0, the verb, and for converting the risky investment that HIE now represents to a business model that recognizes the potential value in health information.  Key to this transformation is the focus on interoperability. Interoperability at the semantic level, but also the more difficult to achieve workflow interoperability: exchanging information in a form that it is understood and usable to the recipient.

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