Author Archives: Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN

About Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN

Joyce Sensmeier, RN-BC, MS, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, FAAN, is HIMSS Vice President, Informatics.

Leading the Way with Ethical Practice

This year’s theme for National Nurses Week, Ethical Practice-Quality Care, provides an opportunity to consider the importance of ethics in nursing practice. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has chosen this theme because it “recognizes the importance of ethics in nursing … Continue reading

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Certified Connectivity. Finely Tuned Simplicity

This spring has offered the health IT community many opportunities to chat about interoperability and consider the path forward. Clearly, the push towards interoperability is top of mind in our national dialogue. The ONC Interoperability Roadmap, the 2015 Edition Health … Continue reading

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Cleveland, Who Knew?

Since I was born in Chicago I have a strong affinity to the Windy City. It’s a desirable global destination and well-respected for its excellent culture, cuisine, and beautiful lakefront setting. Chicago is also the birth place of IHE® (Integrating … Continue reading

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The Future of Health IT Standards and Interoperability

With 2015 now in motion, I wanted to share my perspective on health IT standards and interoperability – what’s happened in 2014 and what’s ahead in 2015. My comments here appeared as part of a Jan. 5 article in iHealth … Continue reading

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Health IT Is Only a Portion of the Solution – Addressing Human Factors Are Key  

Many headlines appeared today citing the failure of health information technology in relation to a patient with Ebola being released from a US hospital.

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The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange

by: Russ Leftwich, MD, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Tennessee Office of eHealth, HIMSS Interoperability Standards Committee  The publication of The Business Case for Interoperability and Health Information Exchange by HIMSS provides an important analysis of the current business case fokwagr health information … Continue reading

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Realizing the Benefits of Mentorship

Being a mentor is an important aspect of being a leader. Mentoring benefits the nursing profession as a whole by helping develop nurse leaders, retain nurses, and diversify the nursing workforce. But, in addition to benefiting the mentee, the experience … Continue reading

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National Nurses Week 2014: Nurses Week Reflections 2014: What are your Top Five?

Nurses Week provides a great opportunity to reflect on my nursing career. Much has changed since I first put on that white uniform, but for me nursing has been a good choice. Given the ups and downs of the economy, … Continue reading

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Why Should I be a Mentor?

Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg offers an interesting perspective on mentoring in her book Lean In. Rather than formally seeking a mentor, she encourages each of us to look for a mentor or sponsor in our everyday professional lives.  … Continue reading

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Reflections on the IHE 2014 North American Connectathon

It’s hard to believe that IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) has been hosting Connectathons for 16 years. When I first started at HIMSS, IHE was one of my first assignments. Even though I had previous informatics experience, walking into my … Continue reading

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