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HIMSS16: Building Leadership in Health IT, One Woman at a Time (Part 2)

This is the second of two parts; read the first part here. Above, left to right: Carla Smith, Deanna Wise and Sue Schade in the "Shattering the Glass Ceiling" session at HIMSS16; photo courtesy of HealthcareITNews. During HIMSS16, the #HealthITchicks Tweetup and an educational session titled “Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Lessons Learned for Aspiring Female Executives” documented the challenges of being a f ...

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HIMSS 2016 PR Prep: Freelancer Ken Terry offers his hot news tips, pitching advice

A rare keynote by the HHS Secretary, Sylvia Burwell, kicks off the Health Information Management Systems Society’s 2016 conference and exhibition in Las Vegas next week, followed by what could be an eventful town hall session led by Acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt (pictured above) and Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the national health IT coordinator. These often feature healthcare CIOs and other IT staffers que ...

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#HIMSS16: Education, Exhibition and Networking – Part 2

Attending the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition can be daunting. The arrival of a small city within the “entertainment capital of the world” takes a lot of heavy lifting and advance marketing; the Twitter hashtag #HIMSS16 has been buzzing with excitement for months. MSLGROUP caught up with meeting services VP Karen Malone and Professional Dev ...

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HIMSS 2016 PR Prep: Editor Rajiv Leventhal on hot stories, crafting the perfect pitch

More than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals will be represented in Las Vegas at the Health Information Management Systems Society’s 2016 conference and exhibition later this month, according to the trade group. These providers are responsible for three-fourths of Cardiology, Neurology and Oncology procedures and performed 71 percent of surgical operations, 69 percent of births and 66 percent of emergency room vi ...

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#HIMSS16 Education, Exhibition and Networking Guide – Part 1

Attending the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition can be daunting. The arrival of a small city within the “entertainment capital of the world” takes a lot of heavy lifting and advance marketing; the Twitter hashtag #HIMSS16 has been buzzing with excitement for months. MSLGROUP caught up with meeting services VP Karen Malone and Professional Dev ...

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Elvis, casinos, skydiving and mangia! What to do in Vegas while at HIMSS16

Can you believe it? HIMSS16 is less than a month away. This year’s throng will exceed HIMSS12’s attendance by more than 5,000 people, if projections hold true. So, while planning your schedule of meetings, interviews and can’t-miss keynotes, don’t forget to book your dining and entertainment plans now, too, provided you have downtime. After all, you’ve got to eat, and don’t want to be relegated to some lack ...

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HIMSS 2016 PR prep: Editor Lee DeOrio ‘on the record’ about OpenNotes, meaningful use and Vegas

Before each annual conference and exhibition of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), exhibiting companies and attendees alike need to do their homework to get the most out of their investment going to the show. This year’s HIMSS, in Las Vegas Feb. 29-March 4, could top 43,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors. That means there will be a lot of noise distracting you from what really matter ...

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How good leadership can improve cyber security outcomes

While attending the Healthcare Privacy & Security forum in Boston recently, I had the good fortune of sitting in on two presentations, one by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO John Halamka, M.D., the other by CynergisTek CEO Mac McMillan. Both are prominent health IT experts who understand the critical need for security in healthcare. They were not talking about technologies or methods, per se. I ...

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Data breach PR: How to survive your worst nightmare

There are two kinds of companies in this world: Those that have experienced a data breach, and those that will at some point in the future. At least that’s how seasoned cybersecurity experts approach risk assessment and mitigation plans. From a public-relations standpoint, once internal – or external – parties discover a data breach, a company’s immediate reaction will set the tone of the reportage. It’s a ...

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Experts Assess Cyber Security Threats in Medical Technology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqCUehGEq80 As the number of patients using medical devices – worn or implanted – exponentially grows, to what extent is their privacy or safety at risk from hackers? And, how are medical technology manufacturers, security software developers and regulators like the FDA addressing this issue of data breaches? Given the growing prominence of medical technology delivery systems ...

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Quick HITs: Health data’s allure to hackers

It’s a mantra security experts and reporters repeat so frequently that it’s a given, a fact-by-repetition, a subjective opinion so true it can’t be false: Hackers love health data because it’s worth so much more than financial data. But why? Can you really explain why? Yes, some underserved individual patients so desperate for treatment (or, perhaps, access to controlled substances) might look for opportuni ...

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The key to improving healthcare: It’s about the data

To conclude MSLGROUP Boston’s HIMSS15 video series, Senior Media and Content Strategist Don Fluckinger spoke with three clients about what they were showcasing at their booths, and what problems they solved en route to improving healthcare. While these vendors work across very diverse areas of healthcare IT spectrum, the one focus they have in common is working with data: Patient data, clinical reference da ...

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