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  • Monroe Pattillo honored as recipient of 2016 ACCE/HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award Winner

    CHICAGO (January 10, 2017) – Monroe Pattillo has been named the recipient of the 2016 ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award, a joint award sponsored by the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) and HIMSS. The boards of directors of both organizations selected the recipient.              

    The award recognizes individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in promoting or implementing significant synergies between the clinical engineering and information technology professions. Award recipients also must be members in good standing of both organizations. Nominees for the award are honored for professional or technical contributions to the professions, such as research, development of a new process or product, a paper of significance, and “trailblazing” work in a new application of clinical engineering and IT.

    “We are proud to honor Mr. Pattillo with this award. Mr. Pattillo’s many years of work creating and advancing technology for medical device and information systems interoperability exemplify the award’s goal of recognizing leadership in promoting synergies between the clinical engineering and information management disciplines. Mr. Pattillo’s leadership roles in several IHE Patient Care Device Domain areas has contributed significantly to improving interoperability, and his active roles in IHE North America Connectathons and Interoperability Showcases have allowed him to bring to life his work in front of his clinical engineering and IT colleagues. Mr. Pattillo truly is a deserving recipient of the award,” said Petr Kresta, President, ACCE.

    “Monroe’s vast experience with health information exchange, including the development of IHE profiles, makes him a valuable resource for the HIMSS community,” said Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS North America. “His unique expertise and collaborative efforts with HIMSS, and other governing bodies in the field of interoperability have helped advance interoperability, patient safety, and medical device integration.”

    Pattillo is an independent consultant in healthcare interoperability for alarm/event notification, equipment management, and location services using IHE Profiles.  He is a planning committee co-chair for the IHE Patient Care Device Domain, a co-lead of the ACM Working Group, and lead of the Medical Equipment Management Device Management Communication and Location Services Working Group.

    As noted in his nomination for the award, technical specifications developed with his leadership have, and will have, direct, significant impacts upon patient care and organizational performance. For example, the PCD domain defines and demonstrates standards-based interoperability and makes medical device development, implementation and management less expensive and faster. It improves patient care by providing more data in a timely fashion, improving efficiency and effectiveness, and reducing transcription and use errors among other benefits.

    Pattillo’s leadership of the PCD domain and additional efforts to develop three profiles reflects deep technical knowledge, a commitment to improving patient care through medical device and information technologies, and dedicated time to stay current with profile developments in multiple IHE domains along with a variety of relevant standards organizations.

    He has participated in multiple IHE North American Connectathons and HIMSS Interoperability Showcases™ and worked with IHE certification programs for IHE USA, IHE International and ICSA Labs.  

    Pattillo will be honored at the Awards Gala  on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Sunday, Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Tickets for the HIMSS17 Awards Gala are available on the HIMSS17 registration page or by calling 866.710.0769 for more information. 

    About HIMSS North America 

    HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 64,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & ExhibitionNational Health IT WeekHIMSS Innovation CenterHIMSS Interoperability Showcases™HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.

    About HIMSS

    HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 64,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 450 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

    About ACCE

    ACCE is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to represent the professional interests of clinical engineers.  It does this through establishing standards of competence and promoting excellence in clinical engineering practice, promoting safe and effective application of science and technology in patient care, defining the body of knowledge on which the profession is based, and serving as an advocate for the profession.    
  • Whether it’s a new book, a leadership award or scholarship for university studies, HIMSS honors these individuals whose personal achievements have helped improve health with information technology

    CHICAGO (January 27, 2017) – Recognizing outstanding contributions to HIMSS and the field of healthcare and health IT, HIMSS named its 2016 award and scholarship recipients. The HIMSS Foundation and four HIMSS chapters provided nine scholarships to students enrolled in health IT and management systems degree programs. 

    “HIMSS is proud to honor individuals that have made significant contributions to our mission of improving health through the use of information technology,” said JoAnn W. Klinedinst, M.Ed., CPHIMS, PMP, DES, FHIMSS, vice president, professional development, HIMSS North America. “Congratulations to all of the award and scholarship recipients for their achievements and for their skills and expertise focused on improving health and healthcare through the best use of IT.”

    The nominations and subsequent award selections appear in four award categories: industry service, HIMSS service, publications and chapters.

    All award and scholarship recipients will be honored at the HIMSS Awards Gala, one of the premier events held during the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, from Feb 19-23, in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center.

    HIMSS Awards Gala

    Tuesday, Feb. 21,

    6:30-9 p.m. EDT

    Tuscan Ballroom

    Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

    Orlando, Fla.

    Tickets for the HIMSS17 Awards Gala are available on the HIMSS17 registration page or call 1.866.710.0769 for more information.

    Recognizing HIMSS Awards and Scholarship Recipients: The 2016 HIMSS award and scholarship recipients appear below with a description of each award and scholarship on the HIMSS website.

    2016 Award Recipients

    Joint Industry Awards

    ACCE-HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering and Information Technology Synergies Award

    Monroe Pattillo

    SHS-HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award

    John Hansmann, MSIE, FHIMSS, DSHS

    CHIME-HIMSS John E. Gall Jr. /CIO of the Year Award

    Pamela Arora, MBA, CHCIO, FCHIME

    HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award

    Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA, FAAN, FHIMSS

    HIMSS-AMDIS Physician Executive Leader of the Year Award   

    Peter Basch, MD, MACP

    Board of Directors Service Award

    Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA, FAAN, FHIMSS (former Chair, HIMSS North America)

    Fred D. Rachman, MD, FHIMSS (former Vice Chair, HIMSS North America)

    Beverly Bell, RN, BS, MHA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

    Rick Schooler, FACHE, LCHIME, CHCIO, MBA, FHIMSS

    Chapter Awards

    Chapter Leader of the Year Award

    Connie S. McGee

    Chapter of the Year Award

    Utah Chapter of HIMSS – Small Chapter

    Central and Southern Ohio Chapter of HIMSS – Medium Chapter

    Southern California Chapter of HIMSS - Large Chapter

    Service Awards

    New Life Members

    Raymond D. Aller, MD, FASCP, FCAP, LFHIMSS, FACMI

    Jim Brachulis, DSHS, MSIE, LFHIMSS

    Randal E. Carson, MS, LFHIMSS, FACHE

    Stephen Priest, MS, LFHIMSS

    William C. Reed, FCHIME, LFHIMSS

    Ira J. Rothman, CPHIMS, CIPP/US, CIPP/IT, CIPP/E, CIPP/G, FIP, LFHIMSS

    John A. Page Outstanding Service Award

    Emma Cartmell Hochman

    Distinguished Fellows Service Award

    Alan Thriffiley, Jr., CPHIMS, FHIMSS

    Founders Leadership Award

    Santosh S. Mohan, MMCi, CPHIMS, FHIMSS

    Publication Award

    Book of the Year Award – Health Information Exchange: Navigating and Managing a Network of Health Information Systems, Brian E. Dixon, PhD, MPA, FHIMSS

    Industry Awards

    HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award (new award in 2016)

    Shareefa Al abdulmonem, MSc, CPHIMS

    Marion J. Ball, Ed.D, FHIMSS, FACMI, FAAN, FAHIMA, FCHIME, FMLA

    Rachelle Blake, PA, MHA

    Christina Caraballo, MBA

    Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc

    Karen Guice, MD, MPP

    Lisa Stump, MS, RPh, FASHP

    The Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award Presented by HIMSS North America          (new award in 2016)

    Deborah H. Dahl, BSE, MBA, FACHE

    David Weingard

    2016 Scholarship Recipients

    Foundation-supported Scholarship Recipients

    Undergraduate

    Sean Michael McLaughlin

    Biomedical Informatics, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

    Master’s

    Khang Vuong

    Master of Health Administration, The George Washington University

    Doctorate

    Stephanie Colman-Brochu, MS, RN-BC

    Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing

    Richard P. Covert, PhD, LFHIMSS Scholarship for Management Systems

    Jill Bradford Shuemaker, RN, CPHIMS

    Master of Health and Medical Informatics, Brandeis University

    Chapter-supported Scholarship Recipients

    Arizona Chapter Scholarship

    Robert Yao, Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University

    Northern California Chapter Scholarship

    Karen Boruff, PMP, MBA, with a concentration in Business Analytics of Healthcare from California State University, Sacramento

    South Florida Chapter Scholarship

    Han Le, Health Care Informatics, University of Central Florida

    Monica Terrazas, Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics, Nova Southeastern University

    Virginia Chapter Scholarship

    Catherine Firth, MPH, Master of Public Health (Policy, Law & Ethics), University of Virginia

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    About HIMSS North America 

    About the HIMSS Foundation

    About HIMSS

    HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 64,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 450 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

                            

  • ith experience as both a nurse and business leader, Dana Alexander strives to transform patient care and healthcare policy with the best use of health IT.

    CHICAGO (January 19, 2017) – Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA, FAAN, FHIMSS, has been named the recipient of the 2016 HIMSS-ANI Nursing Informatics Leadership Award, a joint award sponsored by Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI) and HIMSS. The boards of directors of both organizations selected the recipient.              

    Alexander is a recognized industry thought leader, with concentrated expertise in population health, accountable care, strategic planning, and clinical transformation. Her expertise in value based-care, population health and analytics and patient engagement helps create solutions that improve health outcomes and clinical efficiencies.

    “While Dana’s background is founded in nursing, she works collaboratively with inter-professional colleagues to advance the healthcare transformation enabled by health IT. In the nursing informatics community, she has been a thought leader in working with three partner groups - the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) initiative and the National Quality Forum (NQF) quality measure work,” said Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, chief nursing officer, IBM Global Healthcare. “She is an exemplary clinical leader and strategic thinker, and consistently serves as a positive advocate and role model for HIMSS and ANI endeavors.” 

    She has consistently contributed to nursing and healthcare through previous leadership roles as an advanced practice nurse, CNO and CEO, with responsibilities spanning the care continuum. For more than 15 years, she has held roles in advising how technology can transform healthcare through innovation and other enabling technologies.

    “As immediate past chair of the North America HIMSS Board of Directors, Dana has served to ensure the continued dedication to HIMSS’s mission to improve health through the best use of technology,” said Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, vice president, informatics, HIMSS. “In her tenure as chair, she demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and consistently emphasized the importance of collaboration in achieving common goals. Today, Dana serves as a great role model for HIMSS nursing community.”

    Dana has a solid history as a respected clinician leader and patient advocate. She is an accomplished speaker and author, and willingly provides her expertise to advance policy, patient safety and quality to improve health and healthcare.                                                                                                                                    
    As executive director, health advisory, Ernst &Young, LLP (EY), Alexander works collaboratively with a wide range of organizations, from governmental departments of health and public sector service providers and payers, to health insurers and private sector providers. to create sustainable health care systems that deliver high quality care while being efficient and cost-effective. In this role, she brings together professionals from multiple sectors — health, life sciences, technology, telecommunications, consumer products and more to develop cross-sector perspectives and solutions for transformation and new business models.

    Prior to joining EY, Alexander served as vice president, clinical advisory at Divurgent LLC. Alexander also served as the vice president of integrated care delivery and chief nursing officer at Caradigm (GE Healthcare & Microsoft Joint Venture), as well as vice president and chief nursing officer for GE Healthcare. She is an active and past participant in government and industry initiatives.

    Alexander will be honored at the Awards Gala  on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

    Tickets for the HIMSS17 Awards Banquet are available on the HIMSS17 registration page or call 1.866.710.0769 for more information. 

    Learn more about HIMSS17 and the Nursing Informatics Symposium.

    About HIMSS North America 

    HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 64,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & ExhibitionNational Health IT WeekHIMSS Innovation CenterHIMSS Interoperability Showcases™HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.

    About HIMSS

    HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 64,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 450 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia. 

    About ANI

    The Alliance for Nursing Informatics (ANI), cosponsored by AMIA & HIMSS, advances nursing informatics leadership, practice, education, policy and research through a unified voice of nursing informatics organizations. We transform health and healthcare through nursing informatics and innovation. ANI is a collaboration of organizations that represents more than 5,000 nurse informaticists and brings together more than 30 distinct nursing informatics groups globally. ANI crosses academia, practice, industry, and nursing specialty boundaries and works in collaboration with the more than 4 million nurses in practice today
  • John Hansmann, MSIE, DSHS, FHIMSS, recipient of the 2016 SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award, will be honored at the HIMSS17 Awards Gala on Tuesday, Feb.21.

    CHICAGO (January 25, 2017) John Hansmann, MSIE, DSHS, FHIMSS is the recipient of the 2016 SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management Engineering/Process Improvement Award.

    The joint award honors individuals who have best demonstrated leadership in implementing significant synergies between the process improvement and information technology professions. In addition, the award recognizes individuals who have made contributions of a professional or technical nature, which may include research or development of improved processes (with or without technology), or exemplary contribution to the professional society.

    Recipients of this award are selected jointly by the boards of directors of the Society for Health Systems (SHS) and HIMSS.                                                                       

    “John has served in formal and informal leadership roles in HIMSS and SHS for many years, championing process improvement and industrial engineering applications in healthcare,” said Joyce Siegele, DSHS, FACHE, president of the Society for Health Systems Board of Directors.  “Hansmann is an ideal choice for this award, based on his many years of service to both professional societies: SHS and HIMSS. John’s leadership has advanced the profession of management engineering and healthcare process improvement. The Society for Health Systems congratulates John on his accomplishments and for receiving this prestigious award.”

    Hansmann has been a member of SHS since 1985, and has served in many leadership roles within the society, including president, board member, chair of the Directors of Management Engineering group, and various conference roles. In 2013, John was recognized at the 25th anniversary of the society as a Distinguished member.

    He has been a member of HIMSS since 1987, and is recognized as a Fellow in HIMSS, representing deep commitment and serving as a leader of the professional society. He served as national Board member, and on numerous committees such as CPHIMS, Healthcare Leadership Alliance Expert Panel, Annual Conference Education Committee, and elected member of the Nominating Committee.

    In 2015 and 2016, Hansmann served as a presenter at the HIMSS Annual Conference for sessions that were jointly sponsored by SHS and HIMSS.

    “John has been deeply involved with HIMSS, and dedicated to process improvement and industrial engineering applications in healthcare,” said Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS North America. “John deserves this award, for his contributions to HIMSS as a fellow, a former board member, and a frequent presenter at HIMSS national and chapter events.”

    Hansmann is currently employed by Health Catalyst, an outcomes improvement, data warehousing, analytics and professional services organization based in Salt Lake City, UT.

    Hansmann will be honored at the Awards Gala  on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

    Tickets for the HIMSS17 Awards Gala are available on the HIMSS17 registration page or call 1.866.710.0769 for more information. 

    Learn more about HIMSS17.

    About HIMSS North America 

    HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 64,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & ExhibitionNational Health IT WeekHIMSS Innovation CenterHIMSS Interoperability Showcases™HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.

    About HIMSS

    HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 64,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 450 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS,

    About SHS

    The Society for Health Systems (SHS) is a society of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, a professional association that serves the professional needs of industrial and systems engineers throughout the world. The mission of SHS is to improve lives through better healthcare delivery. SHS’s vision is to create a culture of continuous improvement within healthcare organizations. The vision is achieved by influencing healthcare leaders and shaping policy, cultivating a community that is passionate about making a difference, facilitating networks of healthcare improvement professionals, developing healthcare professionals, clinicians, and students, fostering innovation in solution design, and empowering problem solving through systems thinking. Among the more than 1000 members of SHS are healthcare improvement professionals, management engineers, executives, administrators, clinicians, department managers, and students. To learn more about SHS, visit  www.societyforhealthsystems.org

  • Innovative exhibits and the re-designed HIMSS Interoperability Showcase highlights of the HIMSS exhibition floor

    ORLANDO (February 19, 2017) - The HIMSS17 Exhibition floor features IT product and service innovations to meet the needs of healthcare providers at any level of health IT implementation. From disruptive technologies to the latest IT solutions, the exhibition floor offers attendees valuable time to engage in one-on-one discussions with representatives of exhibiting companies.

    This year’s anchor exhibitors include:

    Allscripts

    Booth 6045

    Cerner

    Booth 2161

    eClinical Works

    Booth 150

    Epic

    Booth 1143

    GE Healthcare

    Booth 2943

    IBM

    Booth 1809

    McKesson

    Booth 3479

    OnBase by Hyland

    Booth 1379

    Optum

    Booth 3703

    “Each year, we look at innovative and inspiring ways to design the exhibition floor so that our exhibitors can best position their booth and meet with healthcare providers, IT professionals and others who walk the 1.2 million square feet of the floor looking for solutions they need,” said Elli Riley, senior director, exhibition, HIMSS North America. “We appreciate the efforts of our anchor exhibitors whose booths literally anchor the corners of the exhibition floor.”

    Riley explained that the diversity of IT solutions and products on the exhibition floor brings attendees back each year to see not only what’s new, but also, how they can best use the technology their hospital or medical practice has in place. “We know that navigating the exhibition floor takes time and an organized approach. But, we’ve simplified the search using the online tools available in the mobile app, HIMSS17 website and with HIMSS365.”

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    Exhibit Hall Hours

    Monday, February 20

    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Tuesday, February 21

    9:30 am – 6:00 pm

    Wednesday, February 22

    9:30 am – 4:00 pm

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    In addition to the anchor exhibitors, the HIMSS17 Exhibition Floor includes new areas that make it easier to find specific products and services and to network.

    The Launch Pad sets apart new products and services and start-up companies in this area of the exhibition floor, especially designed so that attendees can easily find and visit these important exhibits.

    Attendees can visit the International Pavilion at HIMSS17 to see what’s happening in health IT across the globe in this area showcasing multiple countries outside the United States.

    The Exhibition Hall Social Hour will be held Monday, Feb 20, from 4:30-6 p.m. During the social hour, the new Networking Hubs on the exhibition floor will create a venue for attendees to meet up with peers, recharge phones, tablets or other mobile devices, and simply relax during these 90 minutes.

     Other new Specialty Pavilion additions include: 

    The Intelligent Health™ Pavilion returns, located at booth 8361 in Hall E. Attendees can tour a smart medical home and an intelligent hospital to view and learn about solutions and technologies in more than 60 vendor kiosks and the Leadership Theater.  

    The HIMSS17 theme truly encompasses what happens on the exhibition floor, said Riley.  “With nearly 1,300 exhibitors participating in Orlando, HIMSS17 is truly where the brightest minds in health and IT meet…and exhibit.”

    About HIMSS North America.

  • IHE Connectathon unites IHE with emerging standards and technologies through mHealth Plug-A-Thon and Devices on FHIR events

    Cleveland, OHIO (February 17, 2017) - Building on its reputation as the premier testing venue for standards-based interoperability, the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon 2017 launched several activities designed to unite the efforts of IHE with the industry’s latest technology advances focused on mHealth apps, APIs, and HL7 FHIR®. The 19th annual IHE North American Connectathon was held Jan. 23-27 at the Huntington Convention Center and HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland. New this year, the mHealth Plug-A-Thon and Devices on FHIR gave developers the opportunity to learn how to develop innovative technologies leveraging IHE Profiles.

    “The inaugural mHealth Plug-A-Thon event was the first of its kind to bring together different health IT realms to raise awareness and provide the opportunity to test out connectivity at a technical level,” said John Donnelly, president, IntePro Solutions, Inc. “There is no better place to enable this type of activity than at the IHE NA Connectathon, which has the highest concentration of software engineers and health IT products onsite.”

    Devices on FHIR was an industry event bringing key players to the table, including HL7Continua, IHE USA and IHE International. Collaboratively these organizations can work together to ensure semantically consistent patient device data is exchanged across the continuum of care. 

    The IHE NA Connectathon and its rigorous process make testing, troubleshooting, and assessing interoperability of health IT systems easy.

    IHE Connectathon participants appreciate the collaborative environment and accessibility to the industry’s hundreds of software engineers with expertise in standards and interoperability. Tara Dragert, director of product innovation at Surescripts, said, “We send a team of engineers to the IHE Connectathon every year, and they are able to collaboratively interact with other engineers. It’s great (for them) to be able to walk across the room and find parties to test with, troubleshoot, and get immediate feedback on their software development.” Surescripts, a leading health information network, operates within the nationwide Carequality Interoperability Framework, which is built on a framework which includes IHE Profiles. The Surescripts National Record Locator Service supports care delivery for more than 230 million patients by facilitating 4 billion interactions between those patients and members of their care teams.

    At this year’s IHE NA Connectathon, 99 systems were tested and 444 individuals from 68 organizations participated. Preparation for the HIMSS Interoperability ShowcaseTM was also conducted onsite in advance of the demonstration at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, Feb. 19-23, in Orlando, FL:. Nineteen use cases of standards-based exchange will be featured at the Showcase this year.

    “The IHE Connectathon is a true celebration of advances in interoperability,” said Joyce Sensmeier, president, IHE USA. “Over the years, I have seen participants make extraordinary efforts to attend because the experience is so valuable to them. The IHE Connectathon provides an opportunity to test connectivity, to get interoperable products ready for market, and to gain the training and experience the networking required to innovate.”

    About IHE USA

    IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a 501.c.3 not for profit founded in 2010. Its vision is to improve the quality, value, and safety of healthcare by enabling rapid, scalable, and secure access to health information at the point of care. IHE USA operates as a national deployment committee of IHE International in order to advance its mission to improve U.S. healthcare by promoting the adoption and use of IHE and other world-class standards, tools, and services for interoperability. IHE USA engages all levels of public and private sector participants to test, implement, and use standards-based solutions for all health information needs.

  • The Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award, presented by HIMSS North America, honors two recipients at the HIMSS Awards Gala during the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Fla.

    CHICAGO (February 20, 2017) – For the first time, HIMSS honors two recipients with the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award, presented by HIMSS North America. They are: Deborah H. Dahl, BSE, MBA, FACHE, and David Weingard, both chosen for their practice of high-touch/high-tech care.

    The Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award was established in England in 2014 by Dr. Kate Granger, an English doctor who dedicated her life to raising awareness around compassion in healthcare. In 2011, while working as a junior doctor in a British hospital, 29-year old Dr. Granger learned she had terminal cancer. She spent the remaining five years of her life raising awareness around compassion in healthcare, and sadly, she died in July 2016. With the support of HIMSS and her widower Chris Pointon, the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Award comes to North America at HIMSS17; the European awards will be announced during eHealth Week May 10-12 in Malta.

    “From their personal experiences, our recipients of the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards, presented by North America, leverage people, process and technology to improve patient outcomes and ensure that patients receive high-touch care,” said Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS North America. “Putting the patient first while providing care is an absolute necessity, especially in an age where IT is increasingly recognized as a pivotal tool to improve quality, safety cost-effectiveness and access to care.”

    Deborah Dahl, as vice president of patient care innovation, Banner Health, brings together diverse teams to scan, select and implement innovative clinical strategies, such as telehealth services, safe surgery and one of the largest simulation medical centers in the world. She has been a prominent spokesperson for the benefits of telehealth. For more than 10 years, she leads these efforts in telehealth services at Banner Health, with her focus on patient safety and quality care at the 26 Banner Health hospitals in six states. In addition, Dahl serves as a global ambassador for telehealth with the Banner Health telehealth team available to engage with contingents of providers visiting from North America, Europe, Asia and other locations throughout the world.   

    “Deborah is a respected health IT patient care innovation leader that consistently delivers advanced level of care to patients that need it most,” said Jason Bickford, president-elect, of the Arizona Chapter of HIMSS, in his recommendation letter for Dahl’s nomination. “She is a recognized industry leader for her innovation, implementation and promotion of care through telehealth at Banner Health.”

    David Weingard is an entrepreneur who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 36 and left Microsoft to found Fit4D. A veteran of triathlons races, he committed to rebuilding his life and providing positive energy to the diabetes community, while dealing with this chronic disease. He gradually learned how to successfully race with diabetes, and within a year, completed the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Through races, Weingard has fundraised extensively on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). As a JDRF national “Hero,” he has traveled across the US speaking to people with diabetes to empower and give them hope. His experience receiving meaningful support from a certified diabetes educator sparked the idea for Fit4D to improve adherence and health outcomes for pharmaceutical, payer and provider organizations by scaling clinician reach. Helping people with diabetes is his passion.

    “David is the finest example of a strong leader and entrepreneur – someone who doesn’t just inspire, but leads with passion and commitment, inspiration,” said Steven Krein, CEO and cofounder StartUp Health, in the nomination submitted on behalf of Weingard.

    Honored at HIMSS Awards Gala: Dahl and Weingard, with all of the 2016 HIMSS Scholarship and Award recipients, will be honored at the Awards Gala  on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during HIMSS17, from Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

    Tickets for the HIMSS Awards Gala are available on the HIMSS17 registration page  or by calling 1.866.710.0769 for more information.

    Learn more about all of the 2016 HIMSS awards and scholarship recipients. 

    About HIMSS North America 

  • New HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey notes health IT continues as “bright spot” in the economy even as EHR adoption matures

    ORLANDO, Fla. (February 20, 2017) – A new study from HIMSS, unveiled today at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, reinforces the positive impact health IT has on the U.S. economy while signaling challenges ahead for the expansion of health IT’s footprint.

    Weaving together two historically seminal HIMSS research efforts (the annual HIMSS Leadership Survey and the biennial HIMSS Workforce Study), the new HIMSS Leadership and Workforce Survey report details the health IT priorities of key stakeholder groups and their linkages to various strategic initiatives (e.g. employment of select IT leaders) and economic measures (e.g. workforce projections). In an era of maturing EHR adoption, the study finds health IT leaders continue to report positive market growth metrics. Yet, health IT staffing structures and experiences in provider sites outside the hospital, coupled with their unique clinical IT priorities, point to a need to address the challenges faced by these types of providers in order to propel the sector’s growth.

    “Health IT continues to be a bright spot in the U.S. economy,” said Lorren Pettit, vice president, health information systems and research for HIMSS. “Health IT workers continue to see strong demand for their skills, as employers across the provider and vendor/consultant spectrum embrace various health IT strategic initiatives. But the specific hurdles faced by some sectors suggest that the health IT field will need to creatively address its expansion outside the hospital walls.”

    Key findings include:

    • Demand for health IT talent leaves employers struggling. The majority of health IT employers (61 percent of vendors/consultants and 43 percent of providers) have positions they are looking to fill. The findings suggest the demand for health IT workers is strong, as evidenced by the fact that only 32 percent of vendors / consultant organizations, and 38 percent of provider organizations, claim they are fully staffed.

    • The majority of health IT employers grew or at least maintained the size of their IT workforce over the past year. 61 percent of vendors/consultants and 42 percent of providers reported IT staffing increases, and the majority of respondents across both groups expect to further increase or hold steady over the next year.

    • IT budgets continue to rise. Although projections are not uniform between the two groups, the majority of providers (56 percent) and vendors/consultants (87 percent) project increases in their IT budgets this year.

    • A significant disconnect exists between providers and vendors/consultants on certain select clinical IT priorities – notably electronic health records (EHRs). Vendors/consultants seem to be “moving on” to other issues, whereas providers appear to be wrestling with how to best leverage their existing EHR investments. 

    • However, the stakeholder groups are generally aligned on the biggest priorities facing those leveraging clinical IT, including privacy/security, care coordination, culture of care and population health.

    The 2017 Leadership and Workforce Survey reflects the responses of 368 U.S. health IT leaders between late November 2016 and early January 2017. Download the complete report.

    About HIMSS North America

    About HIMSS

    HIMSS is a global voice, advisor, convener, and thought leader of health transformation through the best use of IT with a unique breadth and depth of expertise and capabilities to improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of health and healthcare. Through its network of over 1 million professionals, including 64,000-plus members, HIMSS advises leaders, stakeholders and influencers globally on IT best practices to ensure decision-makers have the right information at the right time to make the right decisions. HIMSS North America, HIMSS Analytics, Personal Connected Health Alliance, HIMSS Media and HIMSS International (HIMSS Europe, HIMSS Asia and HIMSS Middle East) are the five business units of HIMSS. A not-for-profit headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, HIMSS has additional offices in North America, Europe, United Kingdom and Asia.

  • Peter Basch, MD, MACP, will be honored at the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition  Awards Gala in Orlando, Fla.

    CHICAGO (January 17, 2017) – Peter Basch, MD, MACP, has been named the recipient of the 2016 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award, a joint award sponsored by Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) and HIMSS. The boards of directors of both organizations selected the recipient.                   

    As the senior director for health IT quality and safety, research and national health IT policy for MedStar Health, Dr. Basch also spends about 20 percent of his time in direct patient care, as a primary care internist. 

    “Peter has been highly involved with HIMSS and AMDIS for 15 years. He is a deeply respected thought leader and has been a significant contributor to a wide array of HIMSS’s committees, task forces, and work groups,” said Pat Wise, vice president, health information systems, HIMSS North America.

    His previous experience focused on EHR implementation and regulatory compliance (Medicare eprescribing and meaningful use).  In his current role, he provides policy and pragmatic clinical leadership for health IT’s next phase – that of post-regulatory optimization.                            

    “Dr. Peter Basch is a gentleman physician who demonstrates a perfect combination of clinical compassion, scholarly erudition and wonderful good humor. It is an honor and a privilege to call him a friend,” said William F. Bria, MD, chairman of the board, AMDIS.                                            

    Dr. Basch will be honored at the Awards Gala  on Tuesday, Feb. 21, during HIMSS17, scheduled for Feb. 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

    Tickets for the HIMSS17 Awards Gala are available on the HIMSS17 registration page or by calling 1.866.710.0769 for more information. 

    About HIMSS North America 

    HIMSS North America, a business unit within HIMSS, positively transforms health and healthcare through the best use of information technology in the United States and Canada. As a cause-based non-profit, HIMSS North America provides thought leadership, community building, professional development, public policy, and events. HIMSS North America represents 64,000 individual members, 640 corporate members, and over 450 non-profit organizations. Thousands of volunteers work with HIMSS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness, access, and value of healthcare through IT. Major initiatives within HIMSS North America include the HIMSS Annual Conference & ExhibitionNational Health IT WeekHIMSS Innovation CenterHIMSS Interoperability Showcases™HIMSS Health IT Value Suite, and ConCert by HIMSS™.

    About HIMSS

    HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 64,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 640 corporations and 450 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

    About AMDIS

    Founded in 1997, the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) is the premier professional organization for physicians interested in and responsible for healthcare information technology.

    AMDIS Members are the thought leaders, decision makers and opinion influencers dedicated to advancing the field of Applied Medical Informatics and thereby improving the practice of medicine. 

  • by Joyce Sensmeier, vice president, informatics, HIMSS North America

    Experience and salary continue to increase for nursing informatics specialists, as reported in the HIMSS 2017 Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey. HIMSS has been tracking the upward trajectory of this specialty since 2004 and recently announced this year’s results.

    80% of survey respondents report being satisfied or highly satisfied with their careers. And, one reason may be that their salaries continue to rise. Nearly half of respondents indicated a base salary of over $100,000, with 34% also reporting that they received a bonus. Those who hold a certification in nursing informatics or a post-graduate degree had a higher salary than those without; over half of those with a certification or post-graduate degree made more than $100,000 a year compared to 37% of those without.

    • 2017 Salary      46% > $100,000
    • 2014 Salary      33% > $100,000

    Professional development continues to be a high priority, as over half of the survey respondents reported having a post-graduate degree; increasingly that degree is in informatics or nursing informatics. And, 41% of these nurses are currently enrolled in a formal informatics education program. Certification was also achieved by nearly half of respondents, making an impact on their career. Two fifths of respondents have moved into a new role with greater responsibility after achieving certification.

    • 57% hold a post-graduate degree
    • 29% hold a Master’s Degree or PhD in Informatics

    Informatics nurses are also increasing in their years of experience. A majority of this year’s respondents reported seven or more years of informatics experience, and one third has been in their current position for more than five years.

    • Informatics Experience
      • >10 years = 31%
      • 5-10 years = 36%
      • 1-4 years = 24%

    While the majority of respondents still report to the Information systems/technology department of their organization, there seems to be a shift with an increase in the number of respondents reporting to administration or corporate headquarters. Nearly one-third also reported that their organization has a senior nursing informatics executive or CNIO, a slight increase from 2014.

    Other key facts… lack of administrative support and staffing resources remain the #1 barrier. And, digital sources are increasingly used for continuing education.

    So, where do you fit in these results? Find out more at www.himss.org/ni and join in the online dialogue or network with your peers onsite in Orlando at the HIMSS17 Nursing Informatics Symposium. Either way, we hope to ‘see’ you soon!

  • WASHINGTON - Four organizations announced today they are forming a new, multi-stakeholder collaboration, Xcertia, dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and effectiveness  of mobile health applications (apps). The initial supporters of the collaboration include the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Medical Association (AMA), DHX Group, and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

    As a nonprofit corporation, Xcertia will establish and promote best practices for mobile health apps. Xcertia’s membership and governing board will be open to broad representation from consumers, developers, payers, clinicians, academia and others with an interest in the development of guidelines for mobile health apps.

    “The collaboration builds on each organization’s ongoing efforts to foster safe, effective, and reputable health technologies, while complementing our mutual commitment to advancing innovation in medicine, and improving the health of the nation,” said Xcertia’s four founders. “Our combined expertise, along with a diverse membership, will leverage the insights of clinicians, patients and industry experts to help improve patient care and increase access to data.”

    Xcertia will respond to the critical need for a comprehensive effort to develop a framework of principles that will positively impact the trajectory of the mobile health app industry. Xcertia’s guidelines will also be a resource to support consumer and clinician choice of mobile health apps.

    This collaborative effort will incorporate feedback from its members in a consensus-driven process to advance the body of knowledge around clinical content, usability, privacy and security, interoperability and evidence of efficacy. Xcertia will not engage in certifying mobile health apps, but will encourage others to apply its principles and guidelines in the development and curation of safe and effective mobile health apps.

    Xcertia invites other organizations in the patient, technology and other health care communities to join the collaboration and add their expertise to the development of guidelines for mobile health apps. To join AHA, AMA, DHX Group, and HIMSS in this collaborative effort, go to the Xcertia website at www.xcertia.org for more details.
     

    Media Contacts:

    Brooks Lancaster
    American Heart Association
    Office: (212) 878-5975
    Email: brooks.lancaster@heart.org

    Robert J. Mills

    American Medical Association
    Office: (312) 464-5970
    Email: robert.mills@ama-assn.org

    Jennifer Hall
    DHX Group
    Mobile: (702) 300-5567
    Email: jennifer.hall@digitalhealthx.com

    Joyce Lofstrom, MS, APR

    Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
    Office: (312) 915-9237
    Email: jlofstrom@himss.org

    Editor’s Note:  The following selection of quotes has been drawn from the four founders of the new industry collaboration.

    American Heart Association
    “Today’s announcement, and the founding of Xcertia with our co-founders, represents a significant first step to bringing meaningful clarity and focus to evaluation within the mHealth space,” said Dr. Eric Peterson, chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Center for Health Technology & Innovation. “The AHA is an evidence based organization, so we can add an emphasis on evaluation that is critical for the mHealth space to realize its full potential and, truly, deliver better outcomes for patients.”

    American Medical Association
    “Physicians recognize the tremendous potential in digital health tools and are looking to the AMA to help make sense of mobile health technologies,” said AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, M.D. “Our role in helping to form Xcertia underscores the AMA’s ongoing commitment to innovation and collaboration that helps empower patients to assess mobile health apps, and enable physicians to take a lead role in advancing the state of digital health technology.”

    DHX Group
    “After years of pioneering the art and science of mobile health app curation, DHX Group is pleased to join forces with our Xcertia co-founders to spark an industry movement in establishing guidelines to help patients in the selection and use of appropriate and secure mobile health apps,” said DHX Group Founder and Chairman David Vinson.

    Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society
    “Secure, real-time access to accurate electronic health information gives consumers, patients, and clinicians the knowledge needed to make informed health-related decisions. As a founding organization of Xcertia, HIMSS extends its commitment to improving health and healthcare through the best use of IT by championing the creation of guidelines for mobile health apps.  With safe, effective, and reputable mobile health apps, clinicians, caregivers, consumers, and patients can better manage care, and maintain their wellness,” said Carla Smith, MA, FHIMSS, CNM, executive vice president, HIMSS.
     

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