Fall 2014 Newsletter

Message from the President

Jim BradyWe truly are in exciting times as healthcare leaders and constituents!  The healthcare industry is literally buzzing with activity, with many changes taking place.  On August 29, 2014, the Final Rule for Meaningful Use Stage 2 was formalized, with much of the healthcare community revealing mixed reactions.  We continue to see a rise in healthcare data breaches, with the Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) responding with a increasing number of planned HIPAA audits.
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New Feature – HIMSS SoCal Committee Spotlights!

CommitteeStarting with our Fall Newsletter, we will be introducing you to our volunteer members across all the HIMSS SoCal Committees and our Board. This quarter, you will meet the members of our Marketing and Communications and Advocacy Committees.
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Introducing our Marketing & Communications Team!

The Faces of Advocacy in Southern California

HIMSS SoCal Awarded Presidential Level of Advocacy Award

Advocacy EmblemIn June, the Southern California Chapter has once again been awarded the Presidential Level of Advocacy Award – the highest level from National HIMSS.  Congratulations, as this is remarkable achievement!
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Academic Alliance Community - Save the Dates!

AACThe Academic Alliance Community is focused on “Bridging the gap between academia and industry” and has been expanding its engagement with local student organizations and the academic community in Southern California since 2008. By integrating university thought leaders and students, the SoCal HIMSS chapter is creating and fostering a new set of thought leaders to meet the future challenges and issues in HIT.
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The Connected Patient Initiative

Doc in iPadAs Jim Brady outlines in his President’s Message, without a doubt, HIMSS Southern California is on the leading edge of the healthcare transformation underway across our nation and participates in both regional and national industry initiatives.

Our Chapter is supporting the new Patient Engagement initiative being launched by National HIMSS. The HIMSS Patient Engagement framework provides a five-milestone roadmap for health providers looking to support patients through the use of IT tools and resources: inform me, engage me, empower me, partner with me, and support my e-Community.
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Flip the Visit – Patient in Charge!
by Sri Bharadwaj

Patient Engagement Today
by Rich Temple

CxO Corner

By Karen Keating

Vikram KumarThis new column highlights Southern California’s HIT leaders. If you’d like to suggest a CIO/CMIO/CNIO for a future interview, please contact the Marketing and Communications committee.

In this issue, we have asked Dr. Vikram Kumar to speak with our Chapter to share his perspective and insight on the Healthcare transformation underway. 
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Clinical Informatics Update

by Toon Prasertsit, RN, BSN, MBA, PMP

nurseThe SoCal HIMSS Clinical Informatics Committee is committed to providing programs that will enhance and promote the understanding and application of information technology in healthcare. Today, the clinical informatics field continues to evolve to address many challenges. We have progressed from the early days of EMR implementations to the current landscape of using analytics to improve patient outcomes and to manage population health.
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Social Media Corner

HIMSS SoCal …Instagrammed!!!

by Nishant Jain, Co-Chair - SoCal HIMSS Marketing and Social Media

InstaAs humans we have a need to confirm reality. A picture can tell a story worth a thousand words. Photographs have their own way of stimulating the imagination and pictures can enhance our own personal experience.
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Sponsor Corner

Palomar Health & Sotera Announce Industry First

Meghan Jaremczuk’s life just got a lot easier, and the care she offers her patients a little safer.

Jaremczuk’s patients at Palomar Health in Escondido, Calif., wear a lightweight, wireless vital sing monitor on their wrists called ViSi Mobile®

CernerAnd now, for the first time ever, patient data from these devices are flowing into the Cerner®electronic health record (EHR) through the medical device integrations platform, CareAware®. This means doctors and nurses see up-to-the-minute clinical data from lower-acuity units, helping them treat patients proactively.  
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Upcoming Events

CalendarOctober 2
3rd Annual Golf Tournament & Charity Fundraiser

Pelican Hill Golf Club
Newport Beach

November 7
CPHIMS Review Course & Exam
National University
Costa Mesa

November 18
7th Annual CIO Forum
Richard Nixon Library
Yorba Linda