Winter 2017 Newsletter - HIMSS17


GC3  Reception

February 19, 2017 — 07:00PM EST - 09:00PM EST
Copper Canyon Grill | 9101 International Dr | Orlando, FL

Description: Join the Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi Chapters of HIMSS for their chapter reception at HIMSS17! Registration code required.

HIMSS Communities Open House

February 20, 2017 — 05:30PM EST - 06:30PM EST
Orange County Convention Center

Valencia Ballroom Foyer (above Hall C)

Description: Bringing the Health IT Community Together

HIMSS membership include a broad range of professional roles. Take this in-person opportunity to build your peer network, and mingle with volunteers and leaders from HIMSS communities.

Attend the Communities Open House at HIMSS17 to learn more about HIMSS Chapters, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Fellows, Committees, Task Forces, Users Group and more.

Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. All conference attendees are welcome to attend and join us to win fabulous prizes!


Learning opportunities for members and chapter leaders

HIMSS Member Engagement: Optimize Your Membership | HIMSS17 February 22, 1:00 ET

Interested in becoming more involved with HIMSS? Want to get the most out of your member benefits but unsure how? Attend the HIMSS Member Engagement Session! Learn how to:

  • Get more involved with HIMSS North America
  • Take advantage of member benefits
  • Manage your membership with great tips and tricks
  • Find the right opportunities for you – attending events, volunteering, participating in a HIMSS community and more!

Chapter Leaders Workshop

February 19, 2017 — 02:00PM EST - 04:30PM EST


Description: At HIMSS17 we will once again host the Chapter Leader Workshop. Designed to provide leaders with an opportunity to network and learn from one another, it will also provide leaders with access to meet with the HIMSS Operations team. This unique program will give chapter leaders the opportunity to hear best practices and interact with one another via open discussion.

Please note: This event is for chapter leaders only.


Sessions featuring Louisiana speakers

Emergency Room to Living Room: Guiding Patients to Care

February 20, 2017 — 10:30AM EST - 11:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Room: W311E
Session ID: 12

Description: Louisiana has among the highest emergency department utilization rates in the nation, particularly among its Medicaid patient population. In response, the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum launched an ED registry through its statewide HIE that has yielded significant improvements in non-emergent ED utilization among the state's Medicaid patients. This presentation will demonstrate the lessons learned from this approach and feature the results of UnitedHealthcare Community Health Plan of Louisiana, one of the state's five Managed Care Organizations.

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Cindy Munn, MHA

Ann Kay Logarbo, MD

Resolving Prior Authorization Pain Points – A Critical Cross-Stakeholder Conversation

February 21, 2017 — 07:00AM EST - 08:00AM EST

Description: Prior authorization challenges have the ability to adversely affect patient's access to care, a physician's ability to effectively coordinate care, and revenue. Join HIMSS, AHIP, AMA, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, CAQH/CORE, eviCore health, HATA and WEDI and HATA in this lively panel discussion addressing the pain points associated with prior authorization and learn how these organizations plan to work together to resolve these pain points, including opportunities involving you!

Setting yourself up for success: Developing the appropriate administrative infrastructure for your alternative payment model

February 21, 2017 — 01:00PM EST - 01:45PM EST
Lobby C | HIMSS Spot

Description: Share information regarding the work the HIMSS Alternative Payment Model Infrastructure Task Force is doing to help our members think strategically about and develop the basic administrative infrastructure needed to succeed under a variety of alternative payment models.

The Patient Perspective on Patient Engagement: One Year Later

February 21, 2017 — 02:30PM EST - 03:30PM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Room: W304E
Session ID: 128

Description: As one of the first states to launch a direct-to-consumer, health IT-focused patient engagement campaign, Louisiana has achieved a 28 percent increase in the number of patients who are successfully using health IT to manage their health. The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum will present the Year One results from its campaign and share patient feedback on why consumers will – or will not – engage with health IT.

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Jamie Martin

Nadine Robin

RPM: Is It All It Is Cracked Up to Be?

February 22, 2017 — 01:00PM EST - 02:00PM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Room: W308A
Session ID: 192

Description: Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) has been valued by some as a way to improve the quality and efficiency of care while improving provider and patient satisfaction. While there is general belief that these solutions enable healthcare organizations to better manage patients, does the evidence really support these conclusions? With the potential explosion of wearable devices and monitoring in real time a variety of conditions and purposes, is RPM the panacea some think it is? A national survey and case study of its use at CHRISTUS Health will shed light on these questions.

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Gregg Malkary, MS

Hank Fanberg

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Government Relations / Public Policy sessions 

ONC sessions at HIMS17 

Nursing Informatics related sessions 

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