UHIMSS November 2013

UHIMSS November Newsletter


 President’s Message - Julie Beard

Julie BeardWe are making great progress as an organization. You will notice that the Advocacy Committee received the highest honor from HIMSS with the President’s Award as a result of their efforts.

As your Board, we now have representation from our major healthcare providers across the state: U of U, IHC, HCA, IASIS, VA, Central Utah Clinic as well as physician representation, professors from U of U, and U of MD, UHIN, and industry. We currently have two remaining Board positions open. Please contact me if you are interested in serving on the UHIMSS Board. I would also encourage you to become involved in one of the committees as an opportunity to increase your network and help our community.
I have enjoyed getting to meet some of you at our recent events. We appreciate your feedback and are excited to hear the positive comments. It is wonderful to see the increase in attendance and networking. Our events are being broadcast live for remote members and recorded and posted on our website for members unable to attend. We are striving to help our members make a difference in healthcare. HIMSS is also offering some special discounts until Nov... 30 on educational materials to members interested in CPHIMSS certification to help advance their careers. Some chapters have created groups to help in this process.

If you are interested in being part of a group to aid in this process, please contact RudyMathes@hsc.utah.edu.
In October, I had the pleasure to attend the Leavitt Partners Health Intelligence Partners Summit with national leaders from across the country. I have highlighted some of my takeaways that may be helpful to you. We had a marvelous event on Nov. 6 with Dave Riley broadening our perspective on Big Data and Engineering for Health. I look forward to seeing you at the first ever Utah Tri-Chapter event on Nov. 20 with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Utah Medical Group Management Association. To make it easier to scan the content of our newsletters, we are further segmenting the topics with headings. I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your President and welcome your feedback at jgbeard1@gmail.com. I look forward to seeing you in person at our event on Nov. 20.

Advocacy Committee HIMSS Presidents Award

Congratulations to our UHIMSS Advocacy Committee for their remarkable achievement in receiving the HIMSS Presidential Level Advocacy Award in October. In order to achieve this award they were required to meet the following challenging objectives:
  • Planned and held a HIMSS State Health IT Day or State Health IT Day on Capitol Hill
  • Represented at the HIMSS Annual CAR Offsite Training
  • Completed 5 Chapter advocacy outreach initiatives
  • Attended 9 monthly calls and completed 9 monthly tasks
New Program Co-Chair Board Member

Please extend a warm welcome to Chris Smith, CIO of Central Utah Clinic who has graciously agreed to serve on the UHIMSS Board as the Co-Chair of the Program Committee. Chris is replacing Louise Cliché who recently accepted a new job position. We have two remaining UHIMSS Board positions open. If you are interested, please contact me at jgbeard1@gmail.com.

Committee Volunteers:

Our committees are still in need of volunteers and encourage you to consider becoming more involved and have some fun getting to know some of your peers by working closely with them on one of the committees. Our goal is to have 5 committee members for each of our committees. While we have made progress, we need your engagement and support.

We have the following UHIMSS Committees for your consideration:

Advocacy, Communication, HIE, Membership, Programming, Sponsorship, Spring Conference, Student Liaison and Physician Member at Large.

In addition, we are looking to further enhance our webpage and social media communication capabilities and our looking for volunteers with expertise in Web, Twitter, Facebook and or LinkedIn as part of our Communication Committee. If you are interested in learning more about one of the committees, please contact RudyMatthes@hsc.utah.edu.

Nov. 6: Big Data, Personal Analytics and Engineering for Health

On Nov. 6, Dave Riley, Chief Informatics for Harris Healthcare provided a unique and insightful future on “Big Data, Personal Analytics and Engineering for Health”. He shared his personal healthcare experience, translated into research at the genomic level and resultant outcomes defining the engineering for health formula in the future. Dave provided an in depth perspective of all the factors that define the states of health, future risk and options. If you were not able to attend this event, I would encourage you to listen to the recording on the website. We appreciate Harris Healthcare Solutions sponsoring Dave Riley to travel to SLC from the east coast and speak to us.
 Sponsor: HARRIS Healthcare Solutions
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services.

Highlights LP Health Intelligence Partners Summit in October

Crunch Time for the Affordable Care Act: Policy and Perspective on Exchanges, Medicaid and CMS

Karen Milgate, Former Deputy Director, Center for Strategic Planning, CMS:
• Growth Medicare and Medicaid greater than population growth pushing federal budget
• Pressure on price and value
• Focus on what getting for the dollar and quality
• Accountable Care will address inefficiencies across care settings
• Health Information Technology critical skill
• Flowering of innovative solutions hope for the future to impact rate of growth

Charlene Frizzera, Former Acting Administrator, CMS:
• Question remains if deadlines will be extended for exchanges to work
• Reimbursement model will drive change in the public
• CMS Fee for Service at risk, already shift with Readmissions, Hospital Acquired Infections
• Hospitals shift to more acute care, less acute won’t be able to make money
• Market to consumers, insurance reach out to consumers
• Shift from employers to private exchange
• Consolidation of payer and provider trends

Keynote Session Obesity, Preventative Care, and the Challenge of Lifestyle Change

David Kirchoff, Former CEO Weight Watchers:
• Diabetes Statistics:
• Revise life style:
  • 26M people in the US plus 7M at risk prediabetic with > 5.5 A1c.
  • 1/3 of the 7M will be a Type II diabetic by 2015
  • BMI >32 will be a diabetic in 10 – 15 years
  • Diabetic population will triple by 2050
  • Eat non-processed foods – vegetables, fruits, grains, protein
  • Exercise daily, exercise becomes a habit
  • Multicomponent intensive behavioral therapy, group support
• Start and Don’t Quit – lifetime process

Physician Perspective on the Changing Health Care Landscape
Jay Crosson, MD, VP of Professional Satisfaction – Care Delivery and Payment, AMA:
• Physician satisfaction based on quality of care and stable income
• EHR concerns with methods of data entry
• HIE lacking
• Templates degrade accuracy record
• MU criteria does not match specialties
• Actions being taken:
  • Pre-visit planning i.e. lab tests
  • Systematic prescriptions
  • Increase office staff
  • Lean process
  • Medical Home
  • Payment – larger practices considering partnering for insurance options

Upcoming Events:

Nov. 20: The Healthcare Executive Role in IT Decisions, 11:00 – 1:30 PM
Complimentary luncheon, Utah Symphony musicians, professional photographer.  Come celebrate first ever Tri-Chapter event with Utah Healthcare Executives:

Location: Gartner Village


Moderator: Keith Tintle, FACHE, CEO, Timpanogos Regional Hospital, Orem, UT



 Steve Anderson, FACHE, CEO, Jordan Valley Medical Center Hospital


 Robert Allen, FACHE, VP Rural Region and Outreach, Intermountain Healthcare


 Erik Bermudez, Research Director, KLAS Research, Orem, UT

 Dec. 6: Networking Luncheon and Motivational Speaker,
Brandon Sulser, 11:30 – 1:30 PM

 Location: Doty Family Education Center

 Dec. 19: IC3 Beacon – Solutions, Success, Sustainability Webinar,
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Sponsored by HealthInsight and Utah Health Information Network



Sarah Woolsey, MD board-certified Family Medicine and the Medical Director HealthInsight. Clinical Lead Utah Beacon Communities Project


Deepthi Rajeev, PhD, MS, MSc, Medical Informaticist at HealthInsight

We appreciate your interest and are working on rescheduling the October webinar 360 Encompass: Clinical Documentation Improvement, Computer Assisted Coding & Quality Analytics” first quarter of 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the unforeseen circumstances.

Individual Member Accomplishments:

We would like to recognize the accomplishments of our members at the individual level or organizational level in future monthly newsletter and would appreciate your recommendations.

Please contact Austin Cameron, Chair Communications Committee or Nancy Staggers, Co-Chair by the last week of each month with your suggestions at austin.cameron@klasresearch.com or staggers@son.umaryland.edu.