HIMSS Chapter Leader eNews | December 2015

Chapter Leader eNews
In This Issue - November 2015

This issue of Chapter Leaders News focuses on Interoperability.

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Section Index

Important Notes
Tools and Resources
Value of Health IT
Call To Action

Importan Notes

HIMSS16 Chapter Leader Planning
NOTE the Monday – Friday format February 29 – March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas for the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition.

Chapter checklist for HIMSS16:

  • Chapter Receptions – Thank you to the chapters who submitted reception requests. Look for email correspondence to finalize all details for publication and posting to the conference website.
  • All chapter leaders receive a $100 discount off one regular individual HIMSS16 full registration fee. This discount is non-transferable and only one promo code (discount) is allowed per person. Register online and enter the promotional code 16ACDFCHP. Usage will be confirmed by the Annual Standards Report.
  • Chapter Leadership Workshop – The training on Monday, Feb. 29 from 2– 4:30 p.m. in the convention center, is open to all chapter leaders. Register today.
  • Chapters have the opportunity to host a table at the HIMSS Community Open House, pending space availability – on Wednesday, March 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the convention center. Sign up today.
  • Schedule at a Glance provides an overview of some of the activities at HIMSS16

HIMSS Promo Slides
In an effort to further connect and strengthen the activities between HIMSS and the chapters, HIMSS will be periodically providing chapter presidents with promotional slides on upcoming events and issues of importance happening with HIMSS.

Request to chapter leadership:

  • Use these slides in meeting or event walk-in slides to help increase awareness.
  • Use these slides during the president’s address, opening or closing to event attendees using the talking points provided.
  • Please let HIMSS know when you have used a slide

We thank you for your hard work and support of HIMSS.

Chapter Sponsored Veterans
The call for Veteran Career Services (VCS) guests to apply for a HIMSS Chapter Sponsored Travel Honorarium ended in August and chapters have selected well-deserving veterans. In total, 46 applications were received for consideration, and this year we have increased the total number of sponsored veterans to 17. The feedback received was that this program was meaningful and valuable to our attendees as well as those who sponsored.

Chapter Sponsored Veteran Selectees:

  • Padraic Ansboro – Navy (Oregon)
  • Kaitlyn Brown – Air Force (Greater Chicago)
  • Frank Cantu – Air Force (San Antonio)
  • Chani Cordero – Army (San Antonio)
  • Cornelle Cornelius – Air Force (Austin)
  • Arthur Delsing – Navy (New York)
  • Leon Hamlin – Air Force (Greater Chicago)
  • Andrew Hoort – Army (Central & Southern Ohio)
  • Demetrius Jenkins – Air Force (New Jersey)
  • Cristine Kreplick – Navy (Central and North Florida)
  • Bruce Morgan - Air Force (Delaware Valley)
  • Kevin Peck – Army (Virginia)
  • Kevin Phillips – Navy (Midwest Gateway)
  • Windle Riles – Marines (Tennessee)
  • Brandi Saldeen – Air Force (San Antonio)
  • Sara Tobada – Army (Virginia)
  • Rendy Yudhistira – Army (West Virginia)

Participating chapters will receive VCS resources and signage for HIMSS16 activity, as well as access to the Hero’s Welcome to Health IT booth/lounge on the exhibit floor and an invitation to attend the HIMSS16 Veterans Career Services Boot Camp with their candidate at HIMSS16. Additional information is available at HIMSS.org at the VCS homepage.

Luz Ross Memorial
On November 27, 2015, the HIMSS community lost an advocate when Luz passed away after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She became involved with patient engagement in healthcare when her husband experienced a medical error. She brought her passion for life to health IT about a decade ago, and helped us in any way she could. Read the blog post dedicated to Luz from Tom Leary, Vice President, Government Relations.

HIMSS Staffing News

Dear Chapter Leaders,

I am writing this letter to notify you that I have been promoted to the position director, clinical informatics with HIMSS beginning Dec. 21. In my new role as director, clinical informatics, I will oversee all clinical informatics initiatives, collaborations, goals, strategies, resources, research, strategic relationships and related membership activities with HIMSS.

I want you to know that I am truly leaving with mixed feelings: happy about my new role with HIMSS, but sad to be leaving the chapter program. It has been an immense pleasure to work with the chapters and leadership for the past five years. Your volunteer leadership, time and experience are a huge part of the advancement of HIMSS mission and vision and it has been my honor to work with you all.

I am fully confident that you will continue to receive the best support from HIMSS. I will continue to support the chapters and Operations team during the transitory period. As for your future questions regarding the chapter program, please contact Jordan Blinn for direction.

I would like to thank you for allowing me the chance to work with you in this capacity. It has been a truly rewarding experience working with you and I look forward to continuing to work with you in my new position.

Best Regards,
Tammy Kwiatkoski

Important Notes

Chapter Website/POC Call update
On Nov. 3, HIMSS Operations hosted a webinar with the chapter point of contact, as well as other interested board members to provide updates and answers related to the chapter websites.

Key Items:

  1. Drupal is a content management system (CMS) which will be replacing Results Direct. HIMSS was satisfied with Results Directs' ability to provide an immediate solution; however, phase 2 approach will be with Drupal CMS.
  2. Review chapter website photos and consider changing them to fit the profile and images the chapter would like to become associated with.
  3. Ensure all events are updated, as this is the most visited page for all websites.
  4. Sponsorships are vital to the chapter. Consider however the depth of real estate given to sponsor logos on the home page in order to ensure branding immediately is recognized as HIMSS chapter first.

A recording of the webinar is available here. Please contact Tammy Kwiatkoski with chapter website questions.

Informational Return – Due to IRS
All chapters were to file their annual informational return with the IRS by Nov. 15. All tax-exempt organizations whose gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, unless choosing to file Form 990 or Form 990-EZ. All chapters must have submitted the appropriate filing to the IRS by Nov. 15 or risk losing tax-exempt status. Listen to the Chapter Leader Webinar titled, “Chapter Financials & Taxes” to learn more about how and what each chapter should file. Please contact Chapter Staff with questions.

Tools and Resources

FY15 Chapter Leader Webinar Update
Thank you to those who participated in the December 2015 Chapter Leader Webinar on Dec.15. The topic during this session was PR & Marketing. Joyce Lofstrom, senior director, corporate communications covered many of the communication basics including how to work with local media outlets and writing effective news releases. Kelly Wagner, coordinator, corporate communications discussed some HIMSS resources, such as fill-in-the-blank news release templates. Sarah Kaspar, senior writer/editor, marketing, reviewed the HIMSS16 Toolkit, available for all chapter leaders to use.

Stay tuned for our January 2016 Chapter Leader Webinar, tentatively planned for Jan.21. The tentative topic is social media. Watch for this registration link, which will be sent after New Year’s Day. Remember that all past webinar recordings are available at the Chapter Leader Resource Area under Chapter Leader Webinars. Feel free to send any questions to Chapter Staff.

HIMSS16 Marketing Toolkit
It is important to have each region represented at the national level. The more chapter members who attend HIMSS16, the more knowledge each can bring back to share. HIMSS has created a special complimentary resource with useful tools to help promote HIMSS16 participation and promote attendance to members.

The HIMSS16 Chapter Marketing Toolkit provides a variety of customizable marketing materials for chapters:

  • Ads and articles for print and online publication
  • Banners for website placement
  • Carousel image for website placement
  • Social media tips and posts to engage audiences

These items allow users to insert chapter name, logo and other copy to create customized materials. Each item contains supporting files to enable quick, easy customization.

2015 Connected Health Conference
The HIMSS 2015 Connected Health Conference was held on Nov. 9-11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Connected health is transforming care delivery and creating opportunities for patient self-management. This event focuses on improving health through IT into motion, addressing today's connected health challenges and opportunities in three forward-thinking summits – CyberSecurity, mHealth and PopHealth.

This conference hosted many intriguing speaker, including the following keynote and executive highlights:

  • Mignon Clyburn – FCC Commissioner on the Connect 2 Health initiative
  • Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP
  • Pamela Cipriano, President, ANA
  • Judy Murphy, CNO, IBM Healthcare
  • James Mault, CMO, Qualcomm Life
  • Doughlast Wood, Mayo Clinic
  • Joe Kvedar, Connected Health, Partners Healthcare

Some of the population health topics included utilizing mobile messaging for rehabilitation support and positively affecting care to the underserved. This summit also focused on data analytics in the creation of a population health strategy, aiming for less hospital “U-turns” and transforming the ED from a loss leader to a profit center.

The cybersecurity portion delved into the current FBI outlook, mobile device security (specifically infection prevention) and regulation. Also covered were cyber risk as a competent of business risk, NIST cyber security framework and tracking BYOD in hospitals. To learn more about this exciting event, check out HIMSS.org. A special thank you to John Sharp, MSSA, PMP, FHIMSS, Senior Manager, Health Information Systems Consumer Health IT, HIS for this information.

Members In Action

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Upcoming Chapter Events


Jan 15
Monthly Educational Session: Have the Data. Have the Tools. So What are The Right Questions? | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS
Doisy College of Health Sciences Multipurpose Room | St. Louis, MO

Jan 14
Making Connections: The Internet Of Things In Healthcare | Heart of America Chapter of HIMSS
Polsinelli Law Firm | Kansas City, MO

Jan 15
Monthly Educational Session: Have the Data. Have the Tools. So What are The Right Questions? | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
Arlington, VA

Jan 21
2016 Innovation Conference and Showcase | Northern California Chapter of HIMSS
Intel Auditorium | Santa Clara

Jan 22
2016 CIO Roundtable | Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter of HIMSS
Global Life Park - Jack Daniels Club | Arlington, TX

Jan 25
2016 Florida HIT Days | Central and North Florida & South Florida Chapters of HIMSS
Tallahassee, FL

Jan 28
HIMSS Interoperability Workshop
HIMSS Innovation Center & Global Center for Health Innovation | Cleveland, OH

Jan 28
2016 Winter Dinner | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
Winston-Salem, NC


Feb 8
"No Matter Where" Healthcare Documentary | Indiana Chapter of HIMSS
Keystone Art Cinema | Indianapolis, IN


Apr 20
2016 Annual Spring Conference | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown | Raleigh, NC


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