Chapter Leader eNews | April 2017

Chapter Leader eNews
In This Issue - April 2017

This issue of Chapter Leaders eNews focuses on HIMSS Membership

Section Index

Call To Action
Important Notes
Tools and Resources


Call To Action

2017 Annual Standards Report
The 2017 version of the Annual Standards Report is now available on the Chapter Leader Resource Area. New this year, HIMSS is working to automate the process through an online tool (more on this coming soon!). As always, the Annual Standards Report deadline is July 31. Please include the entire board in the process of completing the report. Angie and Jordan are always happy to answer questions.

National Volunteer Week is April 23-29, 2017
Dear Chapter Leaders,

It’s National Volunteer Week (April 23-29), and during this special week, HIMSS wants to thank you for your ongoing contributions to the work of the 55 Chapters of HIMSS. 

HIMSS collaborate on so many activities throughout the year, and chapter accomplishments happen because of the time and expertise of volunteers like you. HIMSS appreciate all that you do for HIMSS, during this week and throughout the year.

Thank you for joining with me, and all of us at HIMSS, to fulfill HIMSS’s vision of better health and healthcare with the best use of IT.


Angie and Jordan

Chapter Elections
HIMSS hopes the chapter boards has already begun the FY18 Chapter Election process, but for those who have not, it’s never too late to have a well-thought out plan. HIMSS wants to set chapters up for success and offers several tools and templates to ensure a smooth election process. Please review the material on the CLRA and remember all chapters must adhere to the HIMSS fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), including election cycles.

As chapters groom new volunteers to hold leadership roles, it is important that chapter leaders are familiar with HIMSS policies and procedures.

As soon as elections are finalized, please send the FY18 board list to

Chapter Leader Blog at
Share chapters’ success and reach a greater audience by authoring a blog at Discuss experiences in the health IT industry, what inspires leaders to volunteer, or write about ways the local chapter is influencing health IT transformation.

Posts are typically about 300-500 words in length and deadlines vary. Authors can submit a headshot to use with the post. Send chapter blog posts or ideas to Jordan Blinn.

2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey
Participate in the 2017 HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey.  As part of HIMSS’ ongoing health IT research efforts, HIMSS is asking chapter leaders to share thoughts in regards to cybersecurity issues and hot topics.  Instituted as an annual survey in 2015, the HIMSS Cybersecurity Survey gauges the perceptions and practices of U.S. healthcare organizations on a number of cybersecurity topics facing the health sector.

Member input is critical so please share this information with your respective chapters. The survey link will be open through May 12. Please be assured that all responses will remain confidential and results will only be presented in an aggregated format.

Why Participate?
  • Gain insight into how an organization’s cybersecurity program compares to competitors/peers
  • Understand what healthcare providers and third party vendors are doing to safeguard health information
  • Learn about the opportunities to improve healthcare cybersecurity


Important Notes

Understanding and Building Chapter Membership
Chapter leaders may have found themselves wondering about the different HIMSS membership types (for instance, on the monthly membership roster).  Users may have seen types such as “AFFCOMP,” “ORGINDIV,” “REG,” “CORPGOLD,” “STU,” and of course, “xxCHPTR.” These are simply database codes for the various types of individual membership that HIMSS have used a way to understand how a person’s membership was provided to them whether that be from a corporate member (CM), organizational affiliate (OA), non-profit partner (NPP), or paid out-of-pocket (Paid IM). Save for a couple of member types such as OHM (online resource access only) and chapter-only, all member types allow for one complimentary chapter and are referred to as individual membership.

Individuals whose membership is provided under a CM begin with “CORP,” those under an OA use “ORGINDIV,” NPPs use “AFFxxx,” and Paid IM use some form that begins in “REG,” “STU,” or ends “CHPTR” (chapter only members). There are not as many CORP members as ORGINDIV’s because CMs come with a limited number of individual memberships staring at 10 and capping at 40, depending on the corporate level tier. OAs, on the other hand, are allowed an unlimited number of individual memberships for staff.  

So how does HIMSS bring more members into the fold, regardless of member type?

Recruiting and retaining members is a question that most likely goes back to the dawn of associations. Some associations have what are often referred to as, “golden handcuffs,” while others have to rely on the value their benefits bring to members. Golden handcuffs are features or benefits offered by an association that members cannot get anywhere else. This is most often a credential to work in the industry so these members are essentially “handcuffed” to the association. Some associations also provide benefits unrelated to the core mission, examples being, health insurance, credit card discounts, etc., which help to entice people to join and renew. Associations like HIMSS rely on education, resources, volunteer and network opportunities, government relations, and exhibits.

One strategy that has become popular for associations is to make unique “handcuffs.” The theory is, rather than sell the benefits the association has to offer, sell how those benefits will bring value to people that they cannot find anywhere else. When talking with potential members, or trying to convince someone to renew, don’t run through the list of benefits they will get access to or lose out on. Tell them how being a member is going to change their life. How it will make them more marketable in finding a job, more skilled at their work, and how much more money they will make. Don’t try to sell the benefits, sell the value that membership will bring to their lives. 

2017 Chapter Leader Exchange
Join HIMSS for the 2017 Chapter Leader Exchange in Cleveland on July 25 and 26.  More information regarding hotel, travel and meeting arrangements will be provided closer to the event, but make sure to save the date now and remind fellow board members as well. 

As HIMSS has done in previous year, HIMSS will pay for airfare and hotel arrangements for one board representative per chapter. HIMSS encourages all chapters to send at least one representative and budget accordingly for additional chapter attendees. Stay tuned for registration to open in May and the agenda to be posted at the Chapter Leader Resource Area.

HIMSS Certification Process Change
HIMSS has made a change to its testing provider, moving from AMP to Prometric Testing Centers. This significantly increases the number of testing sites available to candidates. 

Changes have been made to the application process as well. Candidates will now apply for the CAHIMS or CPHIMS exam directly via the HIMSS website using SSO login credentials. All applications will be reviewed for compliance with eligibility criteria. Candidates will then be sent either a request for additional information or an Authorization to Test (ATT) email that gives them instructions on how to make their own personal testing appointment on the Prometric website.  No changes have been made to eligibility criteria at this time, only the location of application processing.

All candidates, including candidates outside of North America, have access to nearly 1,000 testing locations around the globe. All Prometric Testing Centers provide for secure testing sites and immediate scoring of exams.  There are no changes to exam content, only the way applications are made (HIMSS website) and the test delivery vendor (Prometric). Paper and pencil exams are no longer available; however, if a chapter wishes a group exam administration as part of an event, a BYOD for computer-based testing may be an option.

Review new details regarding certification program application are located at



Additionally, at any time, candidates can go to the Prometric website to identify the nearest Testing Center Location (select the “Locate a Test Center” icon).  Appointments cannot be made with a local testing center directly.

Chapters who wish to hold a CAHIMS or CPHIMS Review Course can contact Mara Daiker, senior manager, professional development. For information or questions about the application or testing portion of the certification programs, please contact Morgean Hirt, director of certification.

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase- Early Bird Participation
May 10, 1 p.m. ET Register here
The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase has evolved to represent an ecosystem where a variety of standards enables individuals to securely access, contribute, and analyze their health data. Learn about accomplishments at HIMSS17 while learning how to be a part of the project at HIMSS18. HIMSS will also review early bird benefits, participation timelines, and more.

Tools & Resources

HIMSS Member Engagement Webinar
May 17, at 12 p.m. CT
Make HIMSS Professional Development Resources Work for You
Take advantage of HIMSS resources designed to meet your specific professional goals. Join HIMSS on May 17 to learn more about the offerings that can help with career advancement – both new and seasoned members are welcome. Register here.

HIMSS National Nurses Week 2017 Webinars
In light of National Nurses Week 2017, members are invited to attend two webinar presentations featured on May 9 and May 12. Registration is free and both webinars are open to the public.

Nursing Informatics 101: Encompassing the Value of Nursing Informatics through the Past, Present, and Future
Learn about the history of the first Nursing Informatics Pioneers, the current role of the Nurse Informaticist, the factors contributing to the growth of the specialty, and an overview of the 2017 HIMSS Nursing Informatics Workforce Survey. Patricia Mook, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CAHIMS, chief nursing information officer, Inova Health System, current HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee chair and Mary Beth Mitchell, MSN, RN, BC, CPHIMS, chief nursing informatics officer, Texas Health Resources, former HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee chair, will lead this presentation.

The Evolution of Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform: The TIGER Initiative
TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) is a grassroots initiative focused on education reform and interprofessional community development. The spirit of TIGER is to maximize the integration of technology and informatics into seamless practice, education and research resource development. Join HIMSS to learn more about TIGER and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), projects and discover ways to get involved in this impactful global initiative.

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Upcoming Chapter Events

May 2 - 3
2017 Spring Conference | Montana Chapter of HIMSS
Best Western Gran Tree Inn | 1325 N. 7th Ave. | Bozeman, MT 59715

May 3 - 4
2017 Annual Conference "Technologies to Improve Outcomes: from the Mountains to the Sea" | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
Hilton Midtown Raleigh Hotel | 3415 Wake Forest Road | Raleigh, NC 27609

May 5
3rd Annual CPHIMSS Review Course | Greater Illinois Chapter of HIMSS
DuPage Medical Group - Admin Bldg | 801 Ogden Avenue | Lisle, IL 60532 | Conf Room A

May 11
2017 Spring Conference | New England Chapter of HIMSS
Gillette Stadium | Putnam Club | 1 Patriot Place | Foxborough, MA 02035

May 12
2017 Spring Leadership Conference | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS
Wilderness Resort | 511 E Adams St | Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

May 12
Becoming Accountable: Achieving Success in Population Health Management | Michigan Chapter of HIMSS
Interactive Learning Center | 2436 Woodlake Circle #380 | Okemos, MI 48864

May 16 - 17
Spring HIT Forum | South Dakota Chapter of HIMSS
Sanford Research Center | 2301 East 60th St. N | Sioux Falls, SD

May 18
Department of Health and Human Services and OpDivs: Way Ahead | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
Key Bridge Marriott | 1401 Lee Highway | Arlington, Virginia 22209

May 19
9th Annual Clinical Informatics Summit | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
Beckman Center | 100 Academy Dr. | Irvine, CA 92617

May 24
2017 Annual Spring Conference | Minnesota Chapter of HIMSS
Crowne Plaza Plymouth | 3131 Campus Dr. | Plymouth, MN 55441

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