From networking to technology demos and keynote speakers, the annual meeting of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) offers a plethora of opportunities for healthcare professionals to collaborate and learn new things. And HIMSS18, set to takeover the Las Vegas strip from March 5-9, is no different
Among the many things conference goers will encounter, education sessions that can count toward continuing education credits for healthcare professionals are a great way to spend time at the conference and stay up to date with developments in the health IT industry.
The sessions are broken down into categories, with each category being given an allotment of education sessions based on the popularity of topic, availability of speakers and the approval of proposed topics.
Here are 7 education sessions we wouldn’t want to miss. We’ve outlined them by category, session title, content and if/how these courses can help you maintain compliance with continuing education requirements for certifications you may already hold, such as those from HIMSS (CAHIMS or CPHIMS) or any of the following organizations:
- American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
- American Board of Preventative Medicine (ABPM)
- Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (CME)
- Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE)
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
Category: Emerging Payment Models for Value Based Care
When and Where: Monday March 5, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Venetian Convention Center
Discussions around patient engagement and the shift to a value-based care model from a fee-for-service model are continuing to evolve. This session will examine how patients should be engaged, when and by whom and in the process, what information should be shared to create higher levels of patient collaboration and satisfaction.
This session, which is part of the Business of Healthcare Symposium will highlight early engagement strategies for care teams, patient engagement tactics and an approach to integrating patient needs and medical benefits into the engagement process. The session requires an extra fee and separate registration to take part in.
Interested parties should include government and public policy professionals, healthcare finance professionals and C-level executives.
Category: Process Improvement, Workflow, Change Management
When and Where: Tuesday March 6, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Venetian Convention Center
Using Boise, Idaho’s St. Luke’s Health System as a case study, this session will look at strategies for data retention, archive and migration projects. Speakers will examine how St. Luke’s was able to use a standardized EHR as the catalyst to the initiative which involved the creation of a data repository, a retention policy and evaluation of archive options and technology solutions.
Attendees will learn to develop strategies for managing legacy data, evaluate opportunities for data archiving, retention and migration, define retention requirements while complying with regulatory requirements, eliminate legacy applications and justify technological solutions for data archiving.
The target audience for this session includes clinical informaticists, IT professionals and process improvement professionals.
The session counts toward continuing education credits for AHIMA, CAHIMS, CME, CNE, and CPHIMS certificate holders.
Category: Health Informatics Education, Career Development & Diversity
When and Where: Wednesday March 7, 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Wynn Convention Center
This session is for those who have job searches in mind. Evaluation of health IT career goals, interview tips, creating a professional social media profile and resume composition techniques will all be discussed. The session is led by an independent career consultant.
Category: Health Information Exchange, Interoperability & Data Integration
Session: Is Blockchain Right for Good Health?
When and Where: Wednesday March 7, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Venetian Convention Center
As healthcare has become a target sector for blockchain innovation, it has garnered a good amount of attention for its ability to solve longstanding problems with Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and interoperability. This session will take a closer look at blockchain’s characteristics and its current place in the healthcare system. It will also look at progress of its application in certain settings and discuss how it may address legacy issues currently plaguing the health informatics industry.
This session counts toward continuing education credits for CAHIMS, CME, CNE, and CPHIMS certificate holders.
Category: Improving Quality Outcomes Through Health IT
When and Where: Wednesday March 7, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Venetian Convention Center
Aimed at helping attendees understand the ways in which a health system can adopt a data driven approach, this session will also outline the characteristics of an analytics approach capable of improving quality and identifying new opportunities for improvement.
Speakers from Allina Health, the largest integrated delivery system in Minnesota, will present a case study of how they were able to address population health issues, reduce clinical variations, test new processes and use a data warehouse to improve outcomes and save more than $75 million.
This session counts toward continuing education credits for ABPM, CAHIMS, CME, CNE and CPHIMS certificate holders.
Category: Privacy, Security & Cybersecurity
When and Where: Thursday March 8, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Venetian Convention Center
Experts will outline strategies for creating a data security environment across disparate vendors. Showing how to conduct and document risk assessments and security standards, speakers will focus on regulatory guidance and explain the difference between a security incident and a data breach.
Attendees will learn about solutions to legal issues in risk assessment such as contract drafting and documentation. They will also learn best practices for documenting risk assessments and be able to analyze regulations on data security standards. This session is ideal for Chief Information Officers, IT and Security professionals.
This session counts toward continuing education credits for ABPM, ACHE, CME, CNE, HIMSS and IAPP certificate holders.
Category: Data Analytics/Clinical & Business Intelligence
When and Where: Friday March 9 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Venetian Convention Center
This session will help students learn to apply modern analytics practices, analyze data models that include wearable tech, learn to use data ethically, and recognize new sources of data. It’s ideal for privacy professionals and executives such as CIOs and CTOs.
An approach known as Ethical Data Use (EDU) will be presented, highlighting the need for operational data governance which prioritizes data use and provenance, and ultimately allows care providers to secure the privacy of all data sources across the continuum of care.
This session counts toward continuing education credits for ABPM, ACHE, AHIMA, CAHIMS, CME, CNE, CPHIMS, and IAPP certificate holders.