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IHE USA Publishes “Interoperability for Dummies” A Guide to Health IT

CHICAGO (June 12, 2013) – Across the world, various communities in Health Information Technology (IT) are developing methods for exchanging health information among healthcare providers, patients, and other authorized parties to revolutionize the delivery of care.  However, doing something as simple as sharing secure, private healthcare information is hard. Everything involved in sharing the information must be securely constructed in a way that all the other systems involved understand it. To advance this goal, IHE USA has published “Interoperability for Dummies; IHE Edition,” a complimentary eBook in the Wiley For Dummies format, which explains what Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is, its value, and how people can use IHE to advance interoperability.

The eBook, written by Anita Samarth, in collaboration with IHE USA, provides an introduction to the integration and interoperability of health data, the origins of IHE, and an overview of IHE’s standards-based profiles which are used by communities for exchanging health information

Interoperability for Dummies – IHE Edition, will help readers to not only understand the value and critical nature of standards-based interoperable health IT systems and IHE’s role, but how to personally become part of the solution by implementing change in their organization.” says Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, president, IHE USA.

Readers of the eBook will learn how IHE improves patient care by providing a common standards-based framework for seamlessly exchanging health information among care providers at a local, regional, or national level. More than 160 health IT vendors and health information exchanges have implemented systems worldwide based on IHE.

The eBook discusses:

  • How IHE can help organizations meet interoperability goals;
  • The current state of document exchange, different scenarios for exchanging information, and how IHE is improving the process; and
  • Opportunities IHE offers for stakeholders and clinicians to work together to advance health information exchange.
  • An introduction to the IHE USA Certification Program.

The eBook is available for complimentary download on the IHE USA website, beginning June 26.

About the Author                                                                                                                                                                            

Anita Samarth is co-founder and president of Clinovations. She has extensive experience with EHRs, HIE, and interoperability. She was also a co-author of “Electronic Health Records for Dummies.”

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and national health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc

June 14, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS Analytics Honors Legacy Health’s Hospitals and Ambulatory Clinics with Stage 7 Award

CHICAGO (June 10, 2013) – HIMSS Analytics recognizes six Legacy Health hospitals, and their ambulatory clinics, located in Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash., with the HIMSS Stage 7 Award, and Stage 7 EMR Ambulatory Award.

The awards represent attainment of the highest level on the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM)SM, which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics.

 

Legacy Health  includes:

Vancouver, Wash.

  1. Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center;

Portland, Ore.

  1. Legacy Emmanuel Medical Center and
  2. Randall Children’s Hospital;
  3. Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center;

Gresham, Ore.

  1. Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center; and

Tualatin, Ore.

  1. Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center

 

“Achieving Stage 7 as a health system, across our six hospitals and 23 ambulatory care locations, represents the vision, hard work, and great success of people throughout Legacy collectively dedicated to health care excellence,” said George Brown, MD, CEO.

HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database. There are eight stages (0–7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and use of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

Developed in 2011, the EMR Ambulatory Adoption Model provides a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for ambulatory facilities owned by hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.  These facilities include physician practices, clinics, outpatient centers and specialty clinics. Tracking their progress in completing eight stages (0-7), ambulatory facilities can review the implementation and use of IT applications with the intent of reaching Stage 7, which represents an advanced electronic patient record environment.

The validation process confirms ambulatory facilities have reached Stage 7 with a site visit conducted by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and a Chief Medical Information Officer with ambulatory deployment experience to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.  Visiting a representative ambulatory clinic or clinics that deployed the same EMR applications and software, the validation team conducts both a comprehensive system overview and an analytics review to ensure improved health status indicators and understanding of the effectiveness of their patient engagement strategy.

“Legacy Health’s integration of medical devices with its EMR in its hospitals and ambulatory clinics demonstrates a strong commitment to making the best use of health IT,” says John H. Daniels, FHIMSS, FACHE, CPHIMS, CHPS, Vice President, Strategic Relations, HIMSS. “Legacy Health has also developed an impressive clinical and business intelligence strategy that they demonstrated through various examples of measures.  For example, they analyzed ED utilization data and figured out a way to reduce emergency department visits by 50 percent through proactive care management outreach.”

As of May 31, 2013, 114 U.S. hospitals, or 2.1 percent, of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics® Database, to be or have been awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award and 225 of 32,244 ambulatory facilities to be awarded the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Ambulatory Award.

An explanation of each stage appears on the HIMSS Analytics website. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information on the A-EMRAM.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms.  Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

June 13, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

IHE North American Connectathon and Conference 2013 Introduces New Features to Advance Health Information Exchange

CHICAGO – (February 6, 2013) – A significant new step was taken toward the interoperability of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) with the introduction of a pilot Certification Program at the IHE North American (NA) Connectathon and Conference, which concluded last week. The Connectathon testing event drew over 500 of the industry’s top engineers, while the one- day educational conference attracted well over 125 participants.

A new IHE USA Pilot Certification program was introduced during the IHE NA Connectathon 2013, which concluded last week. Also featured was testing for eight IHE International Domains and Health Level 7’s Consolidated CDA.

“The overwhelming majority of attendees at the IHE NA Connectathon Conference 2013 were first time attendees. This demonstrates the importance of interoperability and the essential role of IHE in enabling the meaningful use of health information technology. Connecting key stakeholders with the tools and resources they need to achieve interoperable systems is essential for enabling quality care,” noted Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, President, IHE USA.

IHE USA partnered with ICSA Labs to launch a new IHE Certification Program for health IT systems.. Using an accredited, standards-based certification program, IHE USA will be able to certify that systems are, in fact, interoperable against established criteria.

“The IHE USA Certification Pilot Program, implemented in partnership with ICSA Labs, was a resounding success. A dozen vendors participated in this inaugural effort that complements existing testing of IHE integration profiles at the Connectathon. This accredited, standards-based Certification program will greatly enhance the value of IHE Integration profiles in products that are available in the marketplace.” says Ms. Sensmeier. “We look forward to leveraging feedback from the pilot to augment future efforts that demonstrate IHE’s role in advancing interoperable standards-based systems,” she added.

Eight of the participants at the Connectathon were registered for certification testing on over 70 profiles. Results are being evaluated by the ICSA Labs Certification Body, which will grant certification based on requirements set forth by IHE USA, and the general principles covered by ISO/IEC Guide 65 for organizations providing product certification. Certification also will include industry-standard system surveillance activities that ensure that certified products continue to perform as tested, over time.

Certified products will be published by IHE USA, as well as in the official ICSA Labs product directory. Three tiers of Certification will be awarded:
• Tier 1: Conformance to IHE profiles
• Tier 2: Demonstrated interoperability amongst disparate systems
• Tier 3: Validated Implementations of deployed certified technology

“The Certification Program will benefit the purchasers and end users of the products that have proven IHE capabilities,” noted Amit Trivedi, Program Manager, ICSA Labs.

This year, in addition to the Certification Program, another new feature was added to the IHE NA Connectathon: testing of HL7’s Consolidated CDA standard.

The HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) is a document markup standard that specifies the structure and semantics of “clinical documents” for the purpose of exchange. For testing at the Connectathon, the HL7 Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) offered a combined library of CDA templates and common document types, from progress notes to discharge summaries and more. C- CDA is now stipulated in Standards and Certification Criteria of Meaningful Use Stage 2.

“Over two dozen vendors signed up to test 27 systems for C-CDA – including a diverse group of EMR, document imaging and HIE vendors.  After knocking on the virtual doors of EMR and HIE vendors for years encouraging acceptance of CDA document types, I have to say that the Health Story members are thrilled about the potential uptake of C-CDA and its role in contributing to comprehensive electronic patient stories,” said Joy Kuhl, Executive Director of the Health Story Project.

Over 500 of the industry’s top engineers attended the largest interoperability testing event in the U.S. The Connectathon, which is the health IT industry’s only large-scale face-to-face testing event had over 100 vendors and 160 test systems, demonstrating powerful advancements in health IT. Approximately 70,000 sq. feet of the Hyatt Regency basement was occupied for the testing. There were attendees from 11 countries—including Austria, Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.

Introduced in 1999, the IHE Connectathon has been an annual event with continued growth in the level and scope of participation. A parallel event in Europe was established in 2001 and has followed a similar trajectory.

IHE Connectathons are professionally managed and independently monitored testing events. A technical project management team develops detailed test plans for each role being tested at the Connectathon and organizes the process to maximize interoperability testing between corresponding systems from different vendors. Independent monitors observe and record test results, which are published in the Connectathon results database.

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and national health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc.

About IHE International
IHE International, Inc. (www.ihe.net) is the global hub of the IHE initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort started in 1997 to promote the effective use of electronic health records and health information technology (HIT) by driving the adoption of standards-based solutions for interoperability. IHE International brings together HIT experts and stakeholders in more than a dozen clinical and operational domains to develop implementation guides called IHE Profiles that define the use of standards to address specific HIT interoperability needs. It also oversees a process of testing that fosters the adoption of IHE Profiles in real-world HIT products and care settings. IHE interoperability solutions are implemented in hundreds of products and in care sites around the world.

February 11, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

IHE North American Connectathon and Conference 2013 Brings New Features to the Testing Floor

CHICAGO – (January 24, 2013) – The IHE North American (NA) Connectathon and Conference has been deemed the “Lollapalooza of the Health IT” world. Each year, 500 of the industry’s top engineers gather in Chicago for the largest interoperability testing event in the U.S. The Connectathon, which is the health IT industry’s only large-scale face-to-face testing event, will take place Jan. 28-Feb. 2, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago at 151 E. Wacker Drive.

The interoperability testing event boasts 100 vendors and 160 test systems, demonstrating powerful advancements in health IT. Vendor testing registration is closed, but attendees can still register for the IHE NA Connectathon Conference 2013 and obtain a sneak peak of the testing floor on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Visit the HIMSS Blog to hear what participants have to say about the Connectathon and Conference.  

The IHE NA Connectathon Conference, a one day educational event, on Jan.30, provides industry professionals with continuing education and networking opportunities. Educational sessions will focus on how technology and IHE are enabling the achievement and sustainability of meaningful use in health IT. View the full agenda and list of education sessions. Additionally, a backstage pass and access to the Connectathon testing floor for a private tour is available to attendees; the testing floor is otherwise closed to the public. Tours will include an insider’s view of the testing environment, infrastructure, tools, and new testing services.

This year, three new features have been added to the lineup, including testing of HL7’s Consolidated CDA, IHE USA’s new Pilot Certification program in partnership with ICSA Labs, plus the first mHealth Hack-A-Thon.

IHE is organized by clinical and operational domains with eight IHE International Domainsavailable for testing at the event. In each domain, users with clinical and operational experience identify integration and information sharing priorities and vendors of relevant information systems develop consensus, standards-based solutions to address them.

The HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) is a document markup standard that specifies the structure and semantics of “clinical documents” for the purpose of exchange. Now, for testing at the Connectathon, the HL7 Consolidated CDA (C-CDA) offers a combined library of CDA templates and common document types, from progress notes to discharge summaries and more. C- CDA is now stipulated in Standards and Certification Criteria of Meaningful Use Stage 2. This national recognition positions C-CDA, for widespread adoption within EHR systems, thus advancing interoperability leading to information exchange, with a specific focus on care coordination.

Introduced in 1999, the IHE Connectathon has continued as an annual event with continued growth in the level and scope of participation. A parallel event in Europe was established in 2001 and has followed a similar trajectory. The next IHE Europe Connectathon will be held April 15-19, in Istanbul, Turkey. Connectathons have also been held in Australia, China, Japan and Korea.

IHE Connectathons are professionally managed and independently monitored testing events. A technical project management team develops detailed test plans for each role being tested at the Connectathon and organizes the process to maximize interoperability testing between corresponding systems from different vendors. Independent monitors observe and record test results, which are published in the Connectathon results database.

“IHE USA and ICSA Labs share the goal of accelerating the adoption of usable, secure, and interoperable health information technology to further the goal of improving patient safety and delivering higher quality of care. To that end, these organizations have formed a collaborative partnership to advance the state of the industry through the IHE USA Certification Pilot Program,” says Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, Vice President, Informatics, HIMSS. “This new program will be held in conjunction with the Connectathon, whose primary purpose is to address specific health IT interoperability issues. By testing the interoperability of their health IT systems, participants are able to improve the acquisition, management and communication of vital health information, while supporting efficient provider workflows and protecting private health information.”

Learn more about IHE North American Connectathon or the one-day educational conference by visiting IHE USA’s website (www.iheusa.org). . Registration is open online, or can be purchased on-site.

 

About IHE USA
IHE USA (www.iheusa.org) is a not-for-profit organization established in 2010 that operates as a deployment committee of IHE International®. The mission of IHE USA is to drive adoption of standards-based interoperability to improve patient care through innovation, standards profiling, testing, education and collaboration. IHE USA improves the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery by supporting the deployment of standards-based electronic health record systems, facilitating the exchange of health information among care providers, both within the enterprise and across care settings, and enabling local, regional and nationwide health information networks in the United States, all in a manner consistent with participation in the activities of IHE International, Inc.

About IHE International
(www.ihe.net) is the global hub of the IHE initiative, a multi-stakeholder effort started in 1997 to promote the effective use of electronic health records and health information technology (HIT) by driving the adoption of standards-based solutions for interoperability. IHE International brings together HIT experts and stakeholders in more than a dozen clinical and operational domains to develop implementation guides call IHE Profiles that define the use of standards to address specific HIT interoperability needs. It also oversees a process of testing that fosters the adoption of IHE Profiles in real-world HIT products and care settings. IHE interoperability solutions are implemented in hundreds of products and in care sites around the world.

February 7, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS and SHS Recognize Dean Athanassiades for Accomplishments in Process Improvement & IT

CHICAGO (January 16, 2013) –Dean Athanassiades, PMP, CPHIMS, CHS, FHIMSS, DSHS, senior director, software customer services, with Phillips Healthcare in Atlanta, Ga., is the recipient of the 2012 SHS/HIMSS Excellence in Healthcare Management/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.

Recipients of this award are selected jointly by the Boards of Directors of the Society for Health Systems and HIMSS. This 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.

“As a long time member and leader within the Society for Health Systems (SHS), Dean Athanassiades’ has worked tirelessly to improve processes and implement technology that will benefit patients, providers and healthcare stakeholders across the industry,” says Jean Ann Larson, FHIMSS, FACHE, DSHS, President of the Society for Health Systems Board of Directors.  “Through his expertise and commitment to his profession, he leaves a legacy of lifelong learning and service. His support and efforts for both SHS and HIMSS make him an excellent winner of this joint award.  All of us at the Society for Health Systems congratulate Dean for receiving this prestigious award.”

Athanassiades, an active member of both HIMSS and SHS, has 30 years of increasing responsibility in information technology consulting, operations, and sales, with a focus on improving processes through the application of technology.

As a member of HIMSS, Athanassiades received a Distinguished Fellow Award in 2008 and a HIMSS Leadership Award in 2005. He served as Chair of the HIMSS Fellows Council, Membership Services Committee and, Nominating Committee and was a member of the HIMSS Georgia chapter board of directors. Currently, he is a HIMSS Management Engineering Process Community (MEPI) committee member and chair of the Electronic Medical Record Change Management Task Force.

His activity with SHS includes SHS Diplomate, chair of the SHS Annual Conferences in 2009 and 2010, and Chair Emeritus SHS 2011 – 2013 Annual Conferences. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE).

Athanassiades will be honored at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition Awards Recognition Banquet on March 5, 2013, from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans during the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased on the HIMSS13 website.

“A HIMSS Fellow who has served in leadership positions with the Fellows Council and Society committees, Dean Athanassiades is an active member and volunteer who sees and acts upon the connection between process improvement and IT to improve the delivery of patient care. In addition, he is one of the more than 700 professionals who used this expertise to become certified in health information and management systems, earning the CPHIMS credential offered by HIMSS,” says H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, HIMSS President & CEO. “All of us at HIMSS congratulate Dean for his ongoing contributions to the Society and healthcare.”

About SHS

The Society for Health Systems (SHS) is a society of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), a professional association that serves the  professional needs of industrial engineers throughout the world. The society’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of healthcare processes through systems engineering, analysis, and process improvement methods. Among the society’s goals are to enhance the career development and continuing education of professionals who use industrial and management engineering expertise for productivity and quality improvement in the health care industry. SHS encourages the exchange of ideas and innovative techniques among healthcare professionals through a variety of mediums. Among the more than 700 members of SHS are management engineers, nurses, CEOs, directors of continuous improvement, administrators, clinicians, physicians, department managers, and students. To learn more about SHS, please visit our website at www.societyforhealthsystems.org.

About HIMSS                                                                                                                                                                                        HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of health and healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 52,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 600 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the best use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

 

February 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Find a Job in Health IT at HIMSS Virtual Career Fair

At the first HIMSS Virtual Career Fair on May 16, job seekers, employers and recruiters can connect to discuss health IT career opportunities

CHICAGO (April 9, 2012) – While employment in healthcare continues to rise, “with widespread gains throughout the industry,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job seekers still need to connect with the right employer or recruiter…and vice versa.  Now, the first HIMSS Virtual Career Fair on May 16 will streamline that process for people on both sides of the online interview desk.

At this virtual event, job seekers can post a profile and resume, browse available health information technology positions, and even, chat, text or e-mail prospective employers. Job seekers can also spend time learning about the Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems credential, known as CPHIMS, via live webinars. In addition, topics presented during the day include:

• learning from tips, strategies and expert advice whether consulting is the right fit;
• developing a health IT career skill set; or
• understanding critical success factors for health IT job seekers.

Job seekers wondering how to prepare for the HIMSS Virtual Career Fair can follow the advice from the closing keynote speaker, James Brady, PhD, CISM, PMP, CPHIMS,
director, technical services, at Hawaii Health Systems Corporation in Honolulu, Hawaii.

• Identify what it is you are looking to achieve in your career. Try to identify at least 3-5 goals that you would like to pursue, and write these down.  The virtual career fair is not designed to tell you what you should be doing, where you should be working, or what career path is best for you.  You are the one to best determine this.

• Listen to each presentation with your identified goals in mind. You may hear certain principles or examples that resonate with your goals.  Listen for these and map them to potential next steps.

• Identify at least one follow-up action that you can take to achieve each of your 3-5 goals.

Take the time to join current discussions on sessions, speakers and more on Twitter (#HIMSSvirtual) or Facebook (facebook.com/HIMSSpage with JoAnn Klinedinst, CPHIMS, PMP, FHIMSS, vice president, professional development, HIMSS. The HIMSS Blog at blog.himss.org also offers posts on career development and job search from Helen Figge, RPh, PharmD, MBA, senior director, career services, HIMSS.

Register now for the HIMSS Virtual Career Fair, and visit the website for more information.
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Keynote presenters on May 16 at the HIMSS Virtual Career Fair will cover three pertinent topics on career development:

Health IT Consulting Services: Is This a Career Choice for You?
1-1:30 p.m. CT
Harry Greenspun, MD, CPHIMS, PMP, FHIMSS
Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (DCHS)

Developing Your Health IT Skill Sets: Guidelines from a Seasoned Health IT Professional
3:30-4 p.m. CT
JoAnn W. Klinedinst, CPHIMS, PMP, FHIMSS
Vice President, Professional Development, HIMSS

Critical Success Factors for Health IT Job Seekers: A Guide to the Real World
6-6:30 p.m. CST
James Brady, PhD, CISM, PMP, CPHIMS
CISO/Director, Technical Services
Hawaii Health Systems Corporation
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About HIMSS
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

April 16, 2012 I Written By

The Advantage is Here: Versus Technology, Inc. at HIMSS11

(Traverse City, Michigan, February 15, 2011) – Versus will be exhibiting at the 2011 Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS11) conference, booth 3252, Monday, February 21 through Wednesday, February 23, 2011. Attendees are invited to speak with veteran Versus customers and discover the true benefits of Real-Time Locating Solutions (RTLS) under the “The ADVANTAGE is Here” banner.

This year at HIMSS11, Versus is offering attendees several get-back-to-the-basics opportunities to help attendees understand what RTLS is, how the systems work, where they are most useful and how they can be used to achieve greater safety and efficiency within healthcare. Alongside, Versus will be validating more advanced RTLS applications including Hand Hygiene Compliance (HHC), automated bed management, pervasive computing and how to automatically collect and document data for Core Quality Measure reporting required for Meaningful Use.

In particular, there are two sessions those interested in RTLS will not want to miss:

  • Sharon Boothe-O’Connor, Systems Analyst for Memorial Healthcare System, will present “Repurposing RTLS: Patient Tracking to Automated Bed Management” Tuesday, February 22nd, from 9:45-10:45 AM. Attendees at this Education Session are eligible for ACHE, CME and CPHIMS continuing education credit.
  • Versus’ President, HT Snowday, will present “Pervasive Computing in Healthcare with RTLS” at Microsoft’s booth (#3101) on Tuesday, February 22nd, from 11:30-12:30 AM.

Back at Versus’ booth (#3252), Ms. Boothe-O’Connor and her colleague, Ms. Brenda Joslyn, RN, Manager of Nursing Services at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s CancerCare of Maine will be available to answer questions regarding their experiences with Versus’ RTLS for clinical automation. Stop by to say hello or call Versus to schedule private discussions. At the Versus booth, attendees may select a free sample from Versus’ new Clearview™ Badge product line which, for the first time, makes healthcare RTLS badges available to customers in any color.

Finally, for those who look forward to HIMSS as a platform to uncover new innovations in healthcare technology…look no further! Versus will be unveiling an advanced clinical location communication platform. This new location communication mechanism allows Versus to provide the same clinical-quality chair-level location information it has always delivered, but with an option for a wireless backhaul. With installation flexibility, Versus is able to provide unparalleled convenience, without sacrificing accuracy, reliability or timeliness. Versus will be demonstrating its new Enterprise View Mobile (EVM) application which makes Versus’ RTLS software available for customers using mobile devices like the iPad and iPhone. Free downloads of EVM are available from the iTunes store.

These products represent Versus’ 10th generation of Infrared and RFID locating solutions and will help usher in a new era of efficiency in healthcare. Versus looks forward to sharing these innovations and customer success stories with all HIMSS11 attendees. Don’t forget: Locate your Advantage at booth #3252, and follow Versus on Twitter @VersusTech throughout the show for updates and event reminders.

About Versus Technology, Inc.

Established in 1988, Versus Technology, Inc. specializes in real-time location systems (RTLS) for healthcare. Used for enterprise patient tracking, bed management, asset tracking, and nurse call automation, Versus Advantages™ improves patient flow and documentation of caregiver and patient interactions, while enhancing communication and efficiency. Exclusively endorsed by the American Hospital Association, the Versus Advantages infrared (IR) and Active RFID solution is responsible for clinical-grade location and automation at a number of hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities worldwide. To learn more about Versus Technology, Inc. (Pink Sheets: VSTI.PK), our technology and client successes, visit www.versustech.com and take the Advantages Tour.

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February 16, 2011 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.