HIMSS Chapter Leader eNews | November 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

Call To Action

HIMSS16 Planning
HIMSS16 will take place on Monday, Feb. 29-Friday, March 4 at the Venetian-Palazzo Sands Expo & Convention Center. (NOTE the Monday – Friday format for Vegas.)

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
  • Registration and Housing - HIMSS encourages members to take advantage of the early bird member discount, that will end Dec.14. Register early and save. For best hotel options, book a hotel stay today.

Final 2015 Annual Standards Announcement
For all chapters who have not completed and submitted outstanding financial information from the FY15 Annual Standards Report (Standard 7 & 8), please do so. This is a final reminder for chapters who have missing annual report information and all extensions ended on Oct.31. Failure to deliver a complete annual report could result in disciplinary action. Please reach out immediately to Chapter Staff if there are any issues with this submission to avoid jeopardizing good standing status.

Visit the HIMSS Innovation and Meet VGo
Visitors to the HIMSS Innovation Center in Cleveland, Ohio can now meet a virtual member and an insightful robot, technologies complimenting the interactive visitor experience.

VGo: The newest addition to the HIMSS Innovation Center, is a robot used for patient monitoring and remote patient visits in the healthcare environment. VGo facilitates virtual tours, security, inspections and interpreter services.

Read More

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.

Chapters Respond to Action
Many chapters participated as partners with HIMSS for National Health IT Week Oct. 5-8.

We did have a good number tweeting about Policy Summit and NHIT week in addition to those that changed their profile photo to the IHeartHIT logo. Here are a few examples and special thanks to the following chapters:

HIMSS looks forward to working with chapters around annual conference to connect on social media.

Tools and Resources

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.

Chapter Webinar
Save the date for the next Chapter Leader Webinar which will be held on Dec. 15 at 11:30am CST. During this session, HIMSS staff members from the communications and marketing teams will help attendees address some key topics regarding promotion, communications and public relations. Stay tuned for the official email and registration link as this will go out to all active chapter leaders. Email Chapter Staff to suggest future topics or check out past webinar records at the Chapter Leader Resource Area.

On the Move: Professional Certification Activities from Chapters

Achieving professional certification is an important and effective way of engaging chapter members, and promoting members’ professional development. Many HIMSS chapters have put professional certification into strategic planning process and actively promote HIMSS two professional certifications: the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS), and the Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS). Through careful planning, they have hosted certification review courses and onsite exams. The following is a brief list of chapters with CPHIMS and CAHIMS review course and exam activities since July 2015:

  • Georgia Chapter: CPHIMS exam (Aug. 26)
  • Partners HealthCare: CAHIMS review course and exam (Oct.19 and 20)
  • Tennessee Chapter: CPHIMS review course (Oct. 28)
  • HIMSS Greater China CPHIMS review course and exam (Nov. 5-8)
  • Southern California Chapter: CAHIMS review course and exam (Nov. 13)
  • Southern California Chapter: CPHIMS review course and exam (Nov. 14)
  • Nebraska Chapter: CPHIMS review course and exam (Nov. 19 and 20)

The CPHIMS review courses and exams attracted over 30 participants from Southern California chapter and the inaugural HIMSS Greater China events in Beijing, respectively.

In addition, Georgia and Wisconsin Dairyland Chapters conduct year around on-going CPHIMS study group cavities

Several chapters have already scheduled their certification review course and exam, including Colorado Chapter (Dec. 4), Northern California Chapter (April 7 and 8, 2016), Iowa Chapter (April 30 and May 1, 2016).

Contact Sam King, senior director, professional development (virtual events), at 949.933.6048 with questions regarding CPHIMS/CAHIMS review course and exam.

Certification at HIMSS16
HIMSS Certification (CPHIMS/CAHIMS) will be offering a certification review course and exams during HIMSS16. The CPHIMS Review Course will be held On Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those who are interested. There will be multiple opportunities to take the CPHIMS exam or CAHIMS exam during the HIMSS Annual Conference as well. Make sure to sign up early as seats are determined on a first come, first serve basis and will fill up fast. Send any questions to certification@himss.org.

HIMSS Approved Education Partner
As a HIMSS leader and within the local education community, consider sharing the new HIMSS Approved Education Partner program with collaborative students, faculty and institutions.

An Approved Education Partner (AEP) is an organization that has met rigorous educational and content requirements and is approved by HIMSS to offer health IT training. The HIMSS AEP designation demonstrates that an organization meets or exceeds HIMSS’ quality educational programming standards and can deliver world-class, effective health IT training and education.

Apply today to benefit from the prestige and credibility of the HIMSS seal of approval and training resources.

Value of Health IT

What has Health IT done for you lately?
By now we’ve got a pretty good sense that health IT makes a difference. Yes, it can be challenging to the organization as paperless communication becomes the new normal. It affects everything from workflow to culture, and it’s a great test of an organization’s ability to adapt, all while participating in the high-stakes process of providing quality healthcare. The benefits of health IT though, are seen in direct and indirect ways.  HIMSS, has identified five categories of value for health IT, and have tracked thousands of instances where hospitals, practices and other providers have seen the benefits. HIMSS chapters can participate and benefit from this program.

First, HIMSS has created the HIMSS HIT Value STEPS™ framework, which is found within our Value Suite. This is the best way to see how the five STEPS categories are arranged and how those break out into more detailed types of value. Each one depicts an actual example of value, with the name of the organization, the value realized, and the source of the information. Over the past several months the tool has been modified so that users can search geographically for examples. When Missouri is selected, the tool will only show examples from that state. It’s a great way to see what members are doing.

Second, the examples shown through the tool are just some of what has been collected, and HIMSS is always looking to keep it fresh. That’s where chapters can help. HIMSS is looking for leads and stories. Examples of how members are using health IT to improve clinical outcomes, operational efficiencies, save time, money, or just create an all-around better environment for patients and staff alike are welcome. Chapters can help HIMSS grow the collection and refine the STEPS framework. Please contact Rod Piechowski, senior director, health information systems, with questions concerning the program and participation.

New HIMSS Podcast "STEPS To Value": Episode 1- Why Value? Why Now?
In the inaugural episode of STEPS to Value, Rod Piechowski, Senior Director, Health Information Systems at HIMSS, serves as host and moderator. His first guest is Pat Wise, Vice President, HIS at HIMSS. They discuss why everyone in healthcare is starting to focus on value. We also talk with Jonathan French, Director, HIS at HIMSS about the role that measuring quality against process improvement plays on value optimization strategies. We’re also joined by Margaret Schulte, lead consultant on our value collection project; she shares some specific examples of value providers have achieved. Listen to this episode here: http://www.himss.org/ResourceLibrary/podcast.aspx?ItemNumber=44310

Members In Action

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Upcoming Chapter Events


Dec 1
2016 Annual Meeting and Holiday Event | Central Pennsylvania Chapter of HIMSS
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Dec 1
December 2015 Webinar | Greater Chicago Chapter of HIMSS
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Dec 1
8th Annual CIO Forum | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
Richard Nixon Library | Yorba Linda, CA

Dec 3
2015 Gulf Coast Chapters Conference | Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi Chapters of HIMSS
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Dec 4
2015 Holiday Networking Social | Arizona Chapter of HIMSS
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Dec 8
3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party (Toys for Tots Chapter Fundraiser) | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
Arlington, VA

Dec 9
2015 Holiday Social | Midwest Gateway Chapter of HIMSS
Bristol's Bar and Grill | Creve Coeur, MO


Jan 14
Making Connections: The Internet Of Things In Healthcare | Heart of America Chapter of HIMSS
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Jan 22
2016 CIO Roundtable | Dallas/Ft Worth Chapter of HIMSS
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Jan 25
2016 Florida HIT Days | Central and North Florida & South Florida Chapters of HIMSS
Tallahassee, FL


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