Nebraska HIMSS Happenings - Winter 2013

HIMSS14 - Upper Great Plains Luncheon Save the Date
For your calendar, the Upper Great Plains Meeting at HIMSS14 will be held Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Room 312B from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Register securely today for this great event!

This meeting is being sponsored by the Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota HIMSS Chapters.


HIMSS14 - Communities Open House - Nebraska Chapter to Participate The Nebraska Chapter is excited to participating in the Communities Open House at the HIMSS14 Conference in February!

Mark you calendars and plan to attend this event as part of your schedule at HIMSS14. It will be held Monday, February 24, 2013 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. It will be held at the Orange County Convention Center, Valencia Ballroom Foyer, above Hall C.

The Communities Open House allows new and seasoned HIMSS members the opportunity to mix and mingle with various Committees, Task Forces, Work Groups, User Groups, Chapters, SIGs, Fellows, and their leaders all in one location.


Nursing Informatics Boot Camp - April 24-25, 2014 Nebraska HIMSS is excited to offer a Nursing Informatics Boot Camp. Look for more information in the future regarding this opportunity. Mark your calendars for April 24-25, 2014. This boot camp will be held at the Regency Lodge in Omaha.

The main topics are: Information Management and Knowledge Generation Professional Practice System Life Cycle Information Technology Current Issues Case Studies

COURSE DESCRIPTION This intensive two day course focuses on current informatics trends and issues in health. It includes content for nurses interested in becoming Certified Informatics Nurses. Other clinical professionals working in informatics may wish to take the course to become exposed to the course topics. Axxess Consult Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation. 14.0 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this offering. Full attendance at the program is required.


Nebraska HIMSS Fall Meeting - Polarity Thinking This meeting was kicked off with a great presentation from Laurie Levknecht, Transformation Education Manager at ELSEVIER, on Polarity Thinking (interdependent pairs of values or points of view).

This presentation discussed the differences between problem solving (either/or thinking) and Polarity thinking (both/and thinking) leading into a major current organizational Polarity of “stability (continuity)” and “change”.

She emphasized a very important healthcare polarity of framework driven change and project driven change that will drive organizations to gain a competitive advantage in the future. For practice, she suggested developing a quick polarity map when you think an issue might involve a polarity (below is a general example of a Polarity map). This will help to innovate and create without losing stability/continuity and help your organization gain a competitive advantage within the marketplace.


Nebraska HIMSS Fall Meeting - Clinical Informatics Track As part of the Informatics track, Deepak Khazanchi, Ph.D. gave an excellent review of UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology. Both undergraduate and graduate student have a wide variety of options for students to pursue degrees that focus on Health Information Technology. For undergraduates, students can choose between degrees in Management Information Systems, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Information Assurance, and IT Innovation. Graduate students then have the opportunity for more advanced specializations focused on medical/health informatics, public health informatics, and bioinformatics. UNO also offers a PhD program in Biomedical Informatics.

Dr. Khazanchi also reviewed some of the great work that is being accomplished in the field of Health Information Technology. His department has covered a wide range of categories including current challenges to barriers to EMR adoption and bioinformatics and data mining. Emerging technologies such as mobile computing/technology, home monitoring and patient wellness applications are also areas that have received considerable focus. Overall, UNO is fostering an innovative and dynamic culture within the College of Information Science and Technology with regards to Health Information Technology. The outcomes of which will not only benefit healthcare within our state but also contribute to the rest of the healthcare industry.

EMR Barriers - Clinical Informatics Track
Architecture - Clinical Informactics Track