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On Tuesday, April 21st, the IN HIMSS Board of Directors brought together an amazing group of Indiana data leaders to discuss their efforts in the fight against Covid-19. They discussed their collaborative efforts on data sharing and predictive models along with providing other valuable insights.

Watch Webinar here

Webinar speakers:

Paul Halverson, Dr.PH, FACHE  Founding Dean & Professor, Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health; Adjunct Professor, IU School of Medicine; Affiliated Scientist, Regenstrief Institute; Senior Fellow, Tobias Leadership Center, Indiana University

Nir Menachemi, PhD, MPH  Professor & Chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management, IU Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI; Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute; Joint Appointment, IU Kelley School of Business

Drew Richardson  VP, Business Development, Indiana Health Information Exchange

Brian Dixon, PhD, MPA, FACMI, FHIMSS  Director of Public Health Informatics, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI; Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI

Josie Fasoldt  Senior Director of Engagement and Analytics, Indiana Management Performance Hub

Download slides from the presentation here

MPH Covid Resources

https://www.in.gov/mph/

https://hub.mph.in.gov/dataset?q=covid&tags=COVID-19

https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/

https://twitter.com/indianamph?lang=en

 

If you have additional questions, please reach out to us at indiana.president@himsschapter.org

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The Winter Newsletter is here! Download the latest copy.

Dear Membership,

The West Texas Chapter is eager to start the 2019 - 2020 year by filling a few open board member positions.

This year we will have four (4) Board Level positions that will be available.  They are:

  • President-Elect 
  • Secretary 
  • Treasurer
  • Marketing Chair

All positions are two (2) year terms with the President-Elect position automatically sliding into the President's role at the end of the 2-year term.  All of these positions are elected by general membership vote.

The timetable for this year's elections are as follows:

  • Submission of interested candidates - received by July 19th, 2019;
  • Elections to be held from July 20th through July 29th;
  • Election results announced July 30th.

All candidates must submit their offer of candidacy to lubbock.info@himsschapter.org .

All candidates need to be a member in good standing at the time of their submission.  

Please indicate on you candidate submission:

  • Your name
  • Your HIMSS Membership number
  • The Board position you are interested in
  • A head shot
  • A brief profile of your background and why you are interested in this position.  This last item will accompany your head shot and name on our website so voters can refer to you and your platform.  Please keep this to less than 500 words.

We look forward to having you participate and be an integral piece of moving the West Texas Chapter forward!

Dear Members;

As mentioned in our December newsletter, we're excited to host a free virtual event on January 20, 2021 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET, entitled "A discussion on the SeroTracker platform." For CPHIMS members, one (1) CE will be available.

Please join us in this exclusive look into the story and platform behind SeroTracker, a COVID-19 seroprevalence tracking platform commissioned by the Canadian Federal COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. Learn how the research and development teams came together to develop the technology and processes to collect, manage, and disseminate findings from over 500 serology studies that is used by clinicians, researchers and policy makers around the world.

To register for the session, click here.

Below is the Zoom link that can inserted into a calendar invite and launched at the time of the event:

Zoom Meeting Details:

Topic: HIMSS Ontario Chapter: SeroTracker Presentation
Time: Jan 20, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97764114383?pwd=ZVJzdUg4STMzVUJ6MTZIcGhkVE5pQT09


Meeting ID: 977 6411 4383
Passcode: 609558


 

Canadian Dial-in Options:

+1 778 907 2071

+1 204 272 7920

+1 438 809 7799

+1 587 328 1099

+1 647 374 4685

+1 647 558 0588

 

Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aeHi1f4h1n


We look forward to seeing you on January 20!

Stay safe and keep well,
The HIMSS Ontario Chapter

 

 

HIMSS Midwest Gateway Chapter 2021 CMIO FORUM

The Effects of the Pandemic on Health IT:

Today and for the Future

February 18, 2021 4.00-5.30pm Central

A Virtual Event

Description:

The Midwest Chapter of HIMSS brings together Industry leading healthcare CMIO’s to provide insight into how the pandemic has changed our Health IT landscape today and what it could look like for the future.

Scheduled Panelists:

 

  • Matthew Zimmie, MD, MSHI, Assistant Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer - SLUCare
  • Todd M. Craig, MD, FAAF Vice President, Clinical Informatics - Mercy Technology Services
  • Kelly Neighbors, Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kevin Michael Scharff, MD, Regional Chief Medical Information Officer Greater Midwest Region - SSM Health

 

Moderator:

Scott Rich, MBA, CPHIMS, SHIMSS, Washington University School of Medicine

 

Agenda:

This will be a blockbuster event – our elite group of panelists will be peppered with questions about their response to the pandemic and what new clinical and IT tools and processes have been used to deliver quality care despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

 

Free for HIMSS Members/Non-Members and Students

 

Register Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5MP6dnyFRPi_Ks8deMWLzw

 

For information on the benefits of sponsoring this event, contact Dennis Carson, HIMSS MGC Events Team dennis.carson@dccarson.com Mobile: 314 308 3378 or Dave Butler, Sponsorship Chair david.butler@heartland-innovations.com

 

 

 

HIMSS Midwest Gateway Chapter 2021 CMIO FORUM

The Effects of the Pandemic on Health IT:

Today and for the Future

February 18, 2021 4.00-5.30pm Central

A Virtual Event

Description:

The Midwest Chapter of HIMSS brings together Industry leading healthcare CMIO’s to provide insight into how the pandemic has changed our Health IT landscape today and what it could look like for the future.

Scheduled Panelists:

 

  • Matthew Zimmie, MD, MSHI, Assistant Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer - SLUCare
  • Todd M. Craig, MD, FAAF Vice President, Clinical Informatics - Mercy Technology Services
  • Kelly Neighbors, Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kevin Michael Scharff, MD, Regional Chief Medical Information Officer Greater Midwest Region - SSM Health

 

Moderator:

Scott Rich, MBA, CPHIMS, SHIMSS, Washington University School of Medicine

 

Agenda:

This will be a blockbuster event – our elite group of panelists will be peppered with questions about their response to the pandemic and what new clinical and IT tools and processes have been used to deliver quality care despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

 

Free for HIMSS Members/Non-Members and Students

 

Register Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5MP6dnyFRPi_Ks8deMWLzw

 

For information on the benefits of sponsoring this event, contact Dennis Carson, HIMSS MGC Events Team dennis.carson@dccarson.com Mobile: 314 308 3378 or Dave Butler, Sponsorship Chair david.butler@heartland-innovations.com

 

HIMSS Midwest Gateway Chapter 2021 CMIO FORUM

The Effects of the Pandemic on Health IT:

Today and for the Future

February 18, 2021 4.00-5.30pm Central

A Virtual Event

Description:

The Midwest Chapter of HIMSS brings together Industry leading healthcare CMIO’s to provide insight into how the pandemic has changed our Health IT landscape today and what it could look like for the future.

Scheduled Panelists:

 

  • Matthew Zimmie, MD, MSHI, Assistant Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer - SLUCare
  • Todd M. Craig, MD, FAAF Vice President, Clinical Informatics - Mercy Technology Services
  • Kelly Neighbors, Deputy Chief Health Informatics Officer - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Kevin Michael Scharff, MD, Regional Chief Medical Information Officer Greater Midwest Region - SSM Health

 

Moderator:

Scott Rich, MBA, CPHIMS, SHIMSS, Washington University School of Medicine

 

Agenda:

This will be a blockbuster event – our elite group of panelists will be peppered with questions about their response to the pandemic and what new clinical and IT tools and processes have been used to deliver quality care despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

 

Free for HIMSS Members/Non-Members and Students

 

Register Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5MP6dnyFRPi_Ks8deMWLzw

 

For information on the benefits of sponsoring this event, contact Dennis Carson, HIMSS MGC Events Team dennis.carson@dccarson.com Mobile: 314 308 3378 or Dave Butler, Sponsorship Chair david.butler@heartland-innovations.com

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Message from the President

Dear Members,

In normal times, I have the honor of writing a year-end letter where I boast of chapter happenings like member growth, fundraising accomplishments, and community impact. However, times are anything but normal and it does not feel appropriate. In short, please know that membership is stable, and our chapter is financially sound.

Instead, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our friends and colleagues whose lives have been forever altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. To those of you who have lost someone, please know my heart is with you. I’d also like to recognize our clinicians, who tirelessly and selflessly dedicate themselves to caring for others during these trying times. Thank you for all that you do. Lastly, I’d like to thank my fellow board and committee members. I am humbled to work alongside such a passionate team who graciously volunteer their time and expertise to advance healthcare IT in the State of Washington.

Thank you all and have a safe holiday season,

Dylan Strecker

HIMSS Washington President


Member Spotlight

Dr. Zafar Chaudry, Sr. VP, Chief Information Officer, Seattle's Children's Hospital, A Fearless Leader

By Artina Mitchell, Communications Chair

Welcome to the end of 2020 HIMSS WA! In this month’s member spotlight edition, I would like to introduce to you Dr. Zafar Chaudry, Sr. VP and Chief Information Officer of Seattle's Children's Hospital. If asked, those who know and have worked with Zafar may tell you that he is considered to be a HIT thought leader, an advocate of community involvement and someone who has a knack for helping people expand their thoughts beyond the obvious while keeping them from getting lost in the idea of “just IT”.

It was in March of 2018 when we reached out to Zafar and asked him if he would be willing to share his perspective and time as an advisor for our Chapter. I know this because I was there and remember that first meeting with him, I was so nervous. However, I quickly learned there was no reason to be. Zafar was the perfect professional and so very personable. He had thought provoking questions, immediate feedback, great ideas, and a true desire to help others in this field. Since that time, Zafar has been a very important member and contributor to the format of events for our chapter. He helped us with planning for our Emerging Leaders events, participated as a panelist in many CIO events, connected us with technologies ideas for our Summit events and currently sits on our CXO Committee. We are very happy to have him as a resource and hope you are too!

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Call for Volunteers

Get Involved and Join a WA HIMSS Committee

Did you know that the HIMSS Washington Chapter has a variety of committees that help shape our programming and education sessions? These volunteer committees are a great way to network with other professionals and help shape our events. The typical committee member volunteers about 2-4 hours a month either remotely or in person. Current committees include Clinical Informatics, Programs, Sponsorship, Communications and Advocacy. Please reach out to David Porter at wa.advocacy@himsschapter.org to sign up.

If you are thinking about volunteering for the HIMSS WA Chapter, Zafar Chaudry would like to share this message with you:

It’s a great way to network, learn and promote what your organization has achieved which helps build employee morale. We have much more work to do to keep our employees engaged and networked. We need more collaboration.


Event Recaps

The Stepping Stones to Clinical Informatics: A Three-Part Series

By James Jones, CIC Communication Chair

Stepping Stones to Clinical Informatics was a continuation from the “Bridge to Informatics” series from 2019. It consisted of a three-part series of presentations and panels related to clinical informatics education, job roles, and certifications. It also included networking opportunities while adding educational topics such as workflow, telehealth, digital health, and clinical decision support.

The first series focused on informatics programs which included an information session on the differences between clinical informatics and nursing informatics and the different programs available. The second series was a clinical informatics 101; understanding specialty areas at various organizations. The objective was to understand the various job roles within organizations such as trainers, analysts, operations, certified Epic trainers, and health tech start-ups within the clinical informatics world. A panelist of informaticists portrayed ‘a day in the life’ that demonstrated different job roles within organizations. Lastly, the third and final series focused on providing clinical informatics certifications and resources to those interested including the CPHIMS and CAHIMS certifications.

Stones was a great opportunity to open up discussions about clinical informatics and the strides that have been made in a brief amount of time. However, this series shed light on the value of the discipline and what it has to offer moving forward. The field of informatics provides numerous roles for individuals to pursue and this was a platform that provided a network of resources and information for the attendees. Although everyone’s path is different, if the desire and passion are there, there will be a place and opportunity for everyone, and this series exemplified that.

 

Virtual Summit

By Dwayne Neufeld, President-Elect & Programs Chair

If you were one of the 23 volunteers that participated as a speaker, panelist or moderator I want to thank you for making the 2020 Virtual Summit a success! Our local speakers and panelists came from six of the largest provider organizations in the state including Confluence Health, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, PeaceHealth, Providence, Seattle Children’s and Swedish. In addition to great local participation, we had two nationally recognized speakers talking on Healthcare IT Policy with Paul Keckley of The Keckley Report and Tom Leary, Sr VP of Government Relations for HIMSS. Six sessions over two weeks with 350 registered attendees - and all this great content was provided free of charge!

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Vendor Spotlight

Safeguard Patient Info from Visual Hacking

A large health system in the Ohio region recently transitioned their monitor standards to ViewSonic. The decision to move their monitor business to ViewSonic came in the middle of the pandemic amidst supply chain constraints from their prior standard and a desire to simplify their deployment process. ViewSonic’s offerings tested well with the IT group and proved easier to deploy than their prior standard.

The previous monitor manufacturer made a small change to the stand portion of the monitor that didn’t allow for their MFF PC to be mounted behind the screen without drilling holes into the stand or using a wall mount. ViewSonic’s VG2448 monitor and the universal client mounting kit allowed them to mount the PC on the back of the monitor for a cleaner install that is easy to repurpose to another location within the facility when needed.

They were also spending excessive amounts of time and money replacing plastic privacy filters for departments that handle sensitive patient data. The filters would fall off the monitor or be removed by an end user and damaged or discarded requiring repeat purchases to ensure compliance. With the option of a monitor with an always on built in privacy filter eliminated the need for replacement orders while maintaining patient privacy and compliance.

As the majority of their non-patient facing workforce continues to work from home there has been an increase in demand for webcam purchases. Continued global supply chain constraints on stand alone webcams are delaying the fulfilment of orders. The upcoming release of a 24in monitor with an integrated webcam is expected to become part of their standard deployment for a clean clutter free workstation.

Interested in learning more about how to ViewSonic can match your organization with a compliant and clutter free solution? We’d love to help! Please reach out to Jess Randall : jess.randall@viewsonic.com NW Regional Business Manager or connect https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessrandall1/


Season’s Greetings from the HIMSS WA Sponsorship Chair

As 2020 comes to a close, we can all look back on a year of pandemic-mania. Working from home, connecting with family via Zoom, online fitness classes, wishing that Netflix series had a few more episodes, and so much more of an appreciation of what we had, and didn’t have in our lives.

2021 is sure to bring about another new era in healthcare, especially technology. It is an exciting time for our members to get to know all the new technologies that have been developed or are percolating while we all sheltered in place. This is an opportunistic moment for HIMSS Sponsorship to understand what nurtures our sponsors, educates are members, and drives prospective clients in your direction. I will, personally, be reaching out to all of you that have supported HIMSS in the past to really understand what works and what you would like to see differently. For our new sponsors, we will be looking to you to share your latest and greatest with HIMSS members through educational and social programs, both virtually as well as when doors open and we can all safely spill into the streets.

We are so grateful to our past and current sponsors for providing their support and making HIMSS Programs possible. And to our future sponsors, we are so very excited to expand our current offerings to meet your organizations needs and share your expertise, knowledge, and offerings to HIMSS members.

Happy Holidays to All! In health,

Mauraan C. Schultz


Upcoming Events

Incentivizing Health: A Hackathon to Build Solutions for Better Health Outcome - January 20-21, 2021


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Congratulations to Jane Thomas, the undergraduate student recipient of the UHIMSS 2019-2020 scholarship!

 

Jane is a nursing student at BYU. She has learned through clinical experiences in nursing school that one of the most important duties of a nurse is documenting for tracking and sharing information. Nurses must be able to navigate the computer documentation systems in order to identify pertinent information. She has seen firsthand the importance of quality information systems and hopes to be an advocate for the partnership between Healthcare Information Management Systems providing valuable feedback in the ways these systems could be improved to better serve the nursing profession. Jane has been active in volunteer work and we are looking forward to her contributions as a member of the Student Liaison committee.