Call To Action
2015 Chapter Leader Exchange Evaluation
HIMSS is pleased to host the 2015 Chapter Leader Exchange attendees in Cleveland, Ohio, at the HIMSS Innovation Center. HIMSS hopes attendees found the presentations valuable, and walked away with great ideas, contacts, and support for chapter boards. For all of those that attended the Chapter Leader exchange, please remember to complete the Chapter Leader Exchange Evaluation.
Attendee feedback is extremely important for shaping future on-site chapter leaders training events. This evaluation will close shortly, so make sure to submit input as soon as possible. Feel free to send any additional comments or questions to Chapter Staff.
August 2015 Chapter Leader Webinar – SAVE THE DATE
Save the date for the first FY16 Chapter Leader Webinar episode on Aug.20 at 1pm CST. This session is open to all active chapter board members. During this hour Tammy Kwiatkoski, senior manager, operations, and Jordan Blinn, coordinator, operations, will provide an encore presentation of “Policy and Leadership Go Hand-in-Hand: Policy 101” from the 2015 Chapter Leader Exchange.
Some learning objectives for this episode include better understanding HIMSS chapter policies and procedures to help chapters remain in good standing. HIMSS hopes to help chapter leaders better understand the various resources available. As always, there will be time for open discussion and Q&A.
Stay tuned for the official registration, which will open by early August 2015. Feel free to send any questions to Chapter Staff.
HIE/Interoperability Success Stories
As discussed on the June Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Call, HIMSS is still in the process of collecting health information exchange (HIE)/Interoperability Success Stories to ensure that government officials understand the extent and depth of current HIE/interoperability efforts occurring across the nation as well as the challenges that currently exist. HIMSS will use the information collected to help inform advocacy efforts at both the federal and state levels.
HIMSS is soliciting ideas from members for exchange/interoperability stories of success that will be presented to federal and state officials. Brief narratives can be used to tell these stories. Helpful information would include:
- Providers involved
- City, state, and zip code
- Health IT tools used
- How/Why interoperability is being pursued
- Results/Outcomes realized from exchange
- Supporting sources/links
HIMSS will compile information that is submitted from chapter resources. Contact Jeff Coughlin, senior director, federal & state Affairs for a sample narrative for a model for submission, or if questions arise.
HIMSS Veterans Career Services
HIMSS Veterans Career Services (VCS) is looking for Chapters to sponsor a VCS guest to attend annual conference. A VCS guest is defined as a veteran, transitioning service member or military spouse/survivor (not currently employed in a civilian healthcare IT role). The application for VCS guests to apply opened on 6 July and will remain open through 28 Aug 2015. The honorarium covers airfare, lodging costs for four nights and a per-diem stipend for meals, other incidentals, taxi, etc. Costs are not to exceed $1,800 and chapters will be billed for exact costs.
Please contact Amy Justice, program manager, veterans career services, , for additional information on the process. Last year, 15 HIMSS Chapters sponsored 16 VCS guests.