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   February 2013


Turnbull named CHIME-HIMSS 2012 CIO of the Year

CHIME and HIMSS will recognize James Turnbull, FHIMSS, as the recipient of the 2012 John E. Gall, Jr., CIO of the Year Award. Turnbull is chief information officer at University of Utah Health Care (UUHC), the intermountain west’s largest academic healthcare system, located in Salt Lake City. Turnbull will receive the award at the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans on March 5, 2013.

The award, sponsored by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and HIMSS, recognizes healthcare IT executives who have made significant contributions to their organization and demonstrated innovative leadership through effective use of technology. The boards of directors for both organizations annually select the recipient of the award, which is named in honor of the late John E. Gall, Jr., who pioneered implementation of the first fully integrated medical information system in the world at California’s El Camino Hospital in the 1960s.

Turnbull’s distinguished career in the healthcare industry spans more than 37 years, split between the Canadian and American health systems. His accomplishments include the deployment of electronic medical records and installation of CPOE at three different health systems with three different vendor products.

Prior to joining UUHC in 2008, he served as senior vice president and CIO at The Children’s Hospital in Denver from 2000-2007, and senior vice president and CIO at Sarasota Memorial Hospital from 1993-2000.

Turnbull is a former chair of the CHIME Board of Trustees and a fellow and former president of HIMSS. He is a lifetime honorary member of HIMSS and has been a CHIME member since 1993. His academic background includes a BA in Organizational Psychology, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a DHA from the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Mobile Computing Trends

Tablet computing goes big time

What do you call a high-def tablet so big that it can become its own table for work and play? A table PC, of course. That’s what Lenovo unveiled at the huge International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. The multi-touch IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC is 27 inches of Windows 8 high-performance desktop computing that demonstrates the growing trend of larger form factors for skinnier PCs that can support multiple users simultaneously. Not big enough for you? A widescreen 39-incher is in the works. See it in action at or go to

3M took the bigger-is-better computing-size challenge one step further at CES by demonstrating an 84-inch multi-touch display prototype that’s great for a wall or interactive table use. Find out more about 3M Multi-Touch solutions at



Primary Care Physicians

Technology trends for PCPs

Epocrates recently released the results of its annual survey of primary care physicians that takes a look at the biggest trends and challenges facing PCPs today, including patient care, technology adoption, practice concerns and the future of healthcare. Highlights of the poll of 2,743 PCPs that use Epocrates point-of-care digital solutions include:

  • National issues have a big impact. Eighty percent of PCPs report they remain concerned about the primary care shortage. Additionally, almost a third of PCPs feel that achieving meaningful use is not worth the effort in the long run because they believe it hasn’t improved the quality of care (77 percent), that the transition will increase administrative burdens (69 percent) or that federal incentives fall short of covering the cost of EMR adoption (53 percent).
  • Looking into the crystal ball. When asked what the biggest focus for their specialty will be in 2013, physician reimbursement, access to care and EHRs/EMRs topped the list.
  • Tablet adoption continues to grow. More than one in four PCPs currently use a tablet in practice, up from 20 percent in 2011. Among these tablet users, 79 percent use the Apple iPad and 22 percent plan to purchase the iPad Mini.
  • Apps are increasingly part of prescription. It’s no longer just medications that are being prescribed to patients. Almost half of PCPs now recommend mobile apps to their patients to help them manage their medical conditions, with a quarter recommending mobile apps to their patients on a weekly basis. Top recommended apps include patient education apps (72 percent) and lifestyle change tools such as calorie trackers (68 percent). Among those who do not recommend mobile apps to patients, more than 50 percent say they do not do so because they aren’t sure which apps are best to share with patients.





10th Annual Medicare Congress, Feb. 11-13, Phoenix, brings together top-level executives from the nation’s leading health plans to exchange best practices and develop long-term strategies.


HIMSS13 Annual Conference & Exhibition, March 3-7, New Orleans, brings together the latest in technologies, patient safety and quality, regulatory compliance, business best practices and personal growth all in one location. Don’t miss the new Knowledge Centers, Social Media Center and HIMSS Interoperability Showcase. Former President Bill Clinton speaks March 6.


The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) 2013 Annual Meeting, June 6-9, Grapevine-Dallas, Texas, is the place to discover today’s imaging informatics essentials and trends. Educational sessions, exhibit hall hours and networking opportunities provide dynamic interaction between practitioners and vendors.

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute 2013, June 12-14, Las Vegas, invites you to join thousands of health insurance decision makers to experience the industry’s premier educational event.

ANI: The 2013 HFMA National Institute, June 16-19, Orlando, presents financial management how-to solutions for pressing challenges such as reform, value, clinical transformation, accountable care and revenue cycles.



HIMSS13 Resources

Optimize your HIMSS13 experience

With HIMSS13 just around the corner (March 3-7, New Orleans, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center), there is no shortage of resources that can help you get the most from the event.

Get it on mobile: Start planning your education agenda. Access education session handouts and navigate HIMSS13 education and exhibition opportunities on the go.

Use the Exhibitor Guide: Target and locate key vendors and exhibits ahead of time so you can make the most of your time once you get to the event.

Join the paperless movement: Get your mobile QR readers ready. Education session handouts will be easily accessed via QR codes on signage throughout the convention center and on the HIMSS website.

Hit key areas of interest: Take advantage of learning opportunities on the show floor, from the new Meaningful Use Experience to the hot-topic Knowledge Centers, which focus on important issues such as clinical and business intelligence, ICD-10 and mobile health. Also check out the ever-changing HIMSS Interoperability Showcase and Intelligent Hospital Pavilion. Something new this year is the New Product Area, a one-stop-shopping space dedicated to showcasing new products/services from exhibitors throughout the show.

Be there even if you can’t be there: If you are unable to attend HIMSS13 in person, you can still get in on the action. HIMSS13 Online provides access to select portions of both live and on-demand events for a one-time fee of $39. Participants can gain valuable information and engage with peers as they seek out practical solutions to healthcare’s most demanding challenges. If you plan to attend the conference in person, add HIMSS13 Online to your registration and get access to event highlights – during and after the show. Look for the HIMSS13 Online logo at for more information.

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