Health IT Change Website

            Health ITx Change is a free online community. Effective use of health information technology (health IT) has great potential to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. But implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) system often involves risks that can result in costly mistakes and implementation failures. By working together as a community, we can help each other avoid such risks and achieve the full potential of health IT. TheHealthITxChange was created to support this community. The HealthITxChange is a nonprofit initiative that joins together health care and health IT professionals to share lessons learned and resources (referred to as pearls) for implementing EHRs in a physician office. This unique online community enables members to share and discuss health IT adoption issues with a volunteer peer network of informaticists,

physicians, nurses, ancillary medical staff, administrators, vendors, and consultants. As a member of the HealthITxChange, a free, online community, you can:

  • Have information tailored to your profile (located in MyWorkspace).
  • Rate pearls (shared information).
  • Access detailed submission information.
  • Share your experiences.
  • Volunteer to be a community leader as a peer reviewer or lead contributor.

Members make the community work by donating their time to share their experience and expertise through submission of pearls, rating of pearls, serving as peer reviewers, and providing feedback when requested by the HealthITxChange.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a free, practical, unbiased, and experience-based online community where clinicians and other professionals collaborate

to solve real-world problems related to planning, implementing, and optimizing health IT.

What We Are Not

The HealthITxChange does not endorse products or services. We post draft and peer-reviewed submissions from the community. Any references to specific products, processes, services, manufacturers, or companies do not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the HealthITxChange or any of its partner organizations. Although our intent is to present only accurate information, the HealthITxChange does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, products, or processes discussed on this site. Principles of the Community

  • Is clinician-oriented
  • Enables clinicians and their staff to have a voice
  • Enables health IT and other interested professionals to share relevant knowledge
  • Recognizes and celebrates the value of community members
  • Promotes citizenship
  • Enables effective community influence in the health IT space
  • Provides value
  • Is pragmatic
  • Strives to be unbiased and independent
  • Is transparent
  • Is responsive to the needs of the community
  • Is timely and current
  • Operates with integrity
  • Strives to be world-class
  • Is free
  • Is inclusive
  • Enables education, training, and research
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Happy Birthday Florence

Celebrate Florence Nightingale’s birthday with cake

University of Maryland School of Nursing lobby (along the wall of honor)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

11:30 AM – 1 PM

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Ethics in Healthcare: Making the Just Decision

Conference about ethical decision making and the topic is moral courage. Keynote speaker is Vicki D. Lachman, PhD, APRN, MBE, FAAN

Clinical Professor at Drexel University

College of Nursing and Health Professions

May 1, 2013

University of Maryland at Baltimore

Southern Management Campus Center

621 West Lombard Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

To participate, register online. For more information, email professional

Participants will receive 6 contact hours for

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6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Informatics Symposium

Join us for the 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Healthcare Informatics Symposium, presented by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Biomedical Informatics on April 26, 2013 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.  Session presenters include nationally known informatics experts who will provide symposium participants with an inside look at the latest trends on patient engagement and personalized medicine. This year’s program also includes paper presentations from some of today’s emerging voices in the field. 

Keynote Speaker:  Judy Murphy, RN, FACHMI, FHIMSS, FAAN

Deputy National Coordinator for Programs & Policy  Office of the National Coordinator for Health ITDepartment of Health & Human Services

For agenda, please check online.

Registration Fee:  $200 and must register at the door


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Upcoming HIMSS events – Social Media for the Nurse

Social Media 101 for the Nursing Community Presentation 04/30/2013

Please join us for a complimentary presentation, Social Media 101 for the Nursing Community, presented by Julie Moffitt, Coordinator, Informatics at HIMSS.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

12:00pm Central/1:00pm Eastern/10:00am Pacific

Register here

Social media is rapidly becoming an important piece of the healthcare puzzle, enabling open communication between patients, providers, vendors and other key stakeholders. It can help you increase event attendance, amplify important topics, and build national or even global networks around a product or an idea. However, with new terminology and unfamiliar online platforms to learn before you can really join the conversation, it’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed.

If you want to join the social media community but aren’t sure where to start, please join us for an introductory session on two of the most heavily used platforms: Twitter and LinkedIn. Whether you’re completely new to social media or you’d just like a little guidance, this presentation will provide you

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with the basics you need to start using these popular tools, including:

•Setting up an account •Finding people, topics and communities to build your network •How to post new topics, and reply to others •Simple strategies for using social media during conferences and other large events

A HIMSS calendar of events for National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2013) will also be discussed, including the many opportunities for the NI Community to participate in social media over the entire week.

Register here

Call for Photos – “Nursing and Technology at the Bedside & Beyond”

HIMSS is preparing some great material for National Nurses Week (May 6-12), but we need your help!! We are looking for photos of our Nursing Community at work, to help us tell the story of how Informatics and health IT is an integral part of the nursing profession!! Are you a nurse working at the bedside, do you use technology during your everyday workflow, do you have some great shots of you with patients, or of you using an IPad, smartphone, etc. to gather/share information at the bedside, working with other nurses and hospital staff with technology? If so WE WANT YOU!

Please submit all photos with your name, full credentials, company/org, title, and if possible a small caption to Jennifer Roniger at by Thursday, April 25th.

A schedule of HIMSS events and activities for National Nurses Week will be made available shortly! Stay Tuned!!

*Note: By submitting any information or photos to HIMSS, you give permission for this document to be published and distributed.  

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Implementing Change

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with the implementation of an electronic medical record in one institution and ready to make a change to another institution. I, unlike most people thrive on change. I am adaptable, flexible and crave change. My personality is necessary in my field since it is evolving My new institution is a large academic facility, much larger than my previous institution. This new institution is already familiar with an electronic health record. Just like my previous implementation, the institution is replacing it with a new electronic medical record. My new institution is a 12 hospital multi-system healthcare center with over 100 ambulatory clinics/sites in the region. I will be blogging again about this go-live and comparing the two. It should be interesting as my current hospital is already live.

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American Nursing Informatics Association Networking Event


those of you in Region 4 area, the American Nursing Informatics Association is sponsoring an event in Virgina. Here’s your opportunity to hear from some of our top leaders in nursing informatics as they discuss cutting edge topics in healthcare information technology. Each presenter will review their current HIT initiatives along with some of the challenges that we are all facing in this ever changing industry. This event is free to all ANIA members so if you are in the area, please plan to stop by for some great networking, a bit to eat, and great learning. You will need to register to attend on the ANIA website. We’ll send out another email when the site is ready, but we wanted to get the word out ASAP! Healthcare Reform Hot Topics & Current Issues: Meaningful Use, ACOs, and Quality Measures Panel Presenters: Marina Douglas, RN, MS, Principal, Beacon Healthcare Consulting Linda Fischetti, RN, MS, VP, Care Delivery, Accountable Care Solutions, Aetna Rosemary Kennedy, PhD, RN, MBA, FAAN, President & CEO, eCare Informatics, LLC Date: Friday, April 19, 2013 Time: 5:30pm – 6:30pm Networking and Lite Fare. 6:30pm – 8pm Program Location: Navy League Building, 2300 Wilson Boulevard, 1st Floor Conference Room, Arlington, VA 22201 (two blocks

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from the Courthouse Metro). Parking is also available under the building (enter from N. Adams St.). Cost: ANIA Members free, Non-members $20 Register on the ANIA website Hosted by: American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA), and Segue Technologies Facilitated by: Caterina E.M. Lasome, PhD, MBA, RN, CPHIMS, President & CEO, iON Informatics, LLC Patty Sengstack DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS – ANIA Region 4 Director and President Elect

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All in a Day’s Work

This program – TraumaCare 2013 will benefit physiciansm, EMS providers, registered nurses, physician assistants, and allied health professionals working in the field of Emergency Medicine and Trauma.

 Cost:  Physicians – $150.00

Nurses and Allied Health Professionals – $95.00

Paramedic, CRT-I, EMT – $75.00

Registration included continental breakfast, luncheon, and afternoon snack.

Objectives:  Discuss the impact of research on the treatment of penetrating trauma

Identify clinical predictors of increased mortality in geriatric trauma

Describe the humanis and its attributes as essential components in the development of a trauma center’s culture of caring

Evaluate the current management and outcomes for pedicatric traumatic brain injury

Location:  The Hilton Baltimore

401 West Pratt Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Phone:  443-573-8700






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Upcoming Event for Sigma Theta Tau

Come join me at the Sigma Theta Tau Pi Chapter Spring program Speaker: Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing Location: University of Maryland

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School of Nursing Room 140 When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Time – 4:00 – 5:15 PM Reception immediately following RSVP: by April 22, 2013 I love meeting my readers of this blog, please contact me to meet at this event.

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ANIA Free Webinar – Tackling Disease and Natural Disaster One Tweet at a Time

Tackling Disease and Natural Disaster One Tweet at a Time! Turning Social Data into Insight

How can the changing social media landscape aid health care professionals? What role can the data shared and collected via these outlets play in supporting the well care of patients and the advancement of professional care? This webinar will share how information obtained from social data can be turned into insight to aid

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the health care industry. Current and emerging trends will be shared to encourage the knowledge base of informatics nursing professionals for their practice.

Tuesday, April 16. 2013

3:00-4:00 PM

Speaker: Brian Norris, MBA, RN-BC; CEO & Co-Founder, Social Health Insights, LLC

Free for ANIA members

$20 for non-members

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