Five Tidbits for National Health IT Weeks

DID YOU KNOW?  Based on the American Telemedicine Association in their recently released “50 State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis: Coverage & Reimbursement” study: South Dakota has the highest ranking for Medicaid operations because its program covers telemedicine when providers use interactive audio-video, store-and-forward, remote patient monitoring, e-mail, fax, or “phone mail.” Fifty-seven percent of the country ranked the lowest with failing scores either because they only cover synchronous only or provide no coverage for telemedicine at all. For the full report, visit:

DID YOU KNOW? The 88th Annual Convention of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) is September 24-26th in Rapid City. The eighteen educational tracks are geared towards health care professionals working in acute care, long term care, and home health. The South Dakota Health Information and Management Systems Society (SDHIMSS) will host one of these tracks.  Offerings include information security, mobile device management, electronic legal records, customer service, among others. There will be ample opportunity to network with your IT peers from around the state. To register, visit:

DID YOU KNOW?  The UC Berkeley School of Information released an infographic featuring “Electronic Health Records and the Data of Healthcare.” The infographic explains “Data science holds great promise for the health care industry, but potential applications can only work if health care is collected in a digitized form. One of the first steps toward health care innovation is the transition to Electronic Health Records (EHRs), a process that is already being implemented in offices and hospitals across the United States.” Among other highlights, the infographic reports on the Top 5 states to adopt EHRs, with a score of 71.2% South Dakota ranks just behind the top adopter Utah with 71.6%. For the complete article and infographic, visit:

DID YOU KNOW? Since it was founded in 2006, Health EDventure programs have only been available to South Dakota students, teachers and parents. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Health EDventure is going to expand nationwide! Health EDventure is a comprehensive curriculum website that focuses on healthy lifestyles and includes two programs: Healthy KidZ Club<> and South Dakota Road Trip<>. Health education professionals outside of South Dakota will now be able to join Healthy KidZ Club. Healthy KidZ Club<> is an opportunity for kindergarten through third grade students to practice healthy habits while participating in a club atmosphere in the classroom.

DID YOU KNOW?  SDHIMSS, along with their chapter partners in North Dakota, Nebraska, and Montana, will host a Healthcare Informatics Boot Camp in February 2015.  Informatics promotes the health of individual and communities by integrating information management and technology into healthcare to transform care processes.  This intensive two day course focuses on a number of topics in informatics, and reviews current informatics trends and issues in health. Registration information will be coming soon. For up-to-date information, visit:

-Bobbi Jean, President