Chapter Leader eNews | August 2017

Chapter Leader eNews
In This Issue - August 2017

This issue of Chapter Leaders eNews focuses on National Health IT Week

Section Index

Call To Action
Important Notes
Tools and Resources

Call To Action

2017 National Health IT Week
National Health IT (NHIT) Week is a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT. Each year, NHIT Week Partners educate industry and policy stakeholders on the value of health IT for the US healthcare system. This year's NHIT Points of Engagement include: 

  • Supporting Healthcare Transformation
  • Expanding Access to High Quality Care
  • Increasing Economic Opportunity
  • Making Communities Healthier

Visit the National Health IT website for specific action items, such as join the virtual march, participate in the student challenge or share your health IT story with #IHEARTHIT.

Celebrate National Health IT Week in Your Home Town
Recognize  NHIT Week, Oct. 2-6, a nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT, in your hometown! There are number of ways you can celebrate, and HIMSS has created an NHIT Week Toolkit to make it easy to do so. Potential activities have varying time commitments, such as planning an event or webinar, staff recognition, distributing a press release, or working with your mayor or governor to proclaim NHIT Week in your city or state. Questions? Contact

Upcoming Chapter Leader Webinars
National Health IT Week Webinar 
Sept. 11 | 2:00-2:45pm CT
 Join this webinar to learn how you can get more involved in NHIT Week as a chapter leader or chapter advocate. Register here to join, and don't forget that NHIT Week 2017 is October 2-6!
Expanding the Women in Health IT Initiative to Chapters
Sept. 13 | 11:30am-12:30pm CT 
The HIMSS Women in Health IT Roundtable is addressing the gender gap in health IT, and the need for more community, resources and recognition of women who have made a difference sector-wide in our mission to improve health through the best use of IT. Register here to: 
  • Learn how best to  engage at the regional level with women in health IT.. 
  • Explore the new Women in Health IT Chapter Toolkit
  • Understand how other chapters found success in hosting Women in Health IT events

U.S. Commercial Service – How to Engage Your Chapter
Sept. 19 | 12:00-1:00pm CT

Join HIMSS and the U.S. Commercial Service for an informational webinar on leveraging the U.S. Commercial Service's programs and services to grow your international business.  With 108 offices across the United States and offices in 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service—the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce—is uniquely positioned to help U.S. companies enter new markets and expand in existing ones.  Hear from U.S. Commercial Service representatives and a U.S. company that has successfully used the organization's programs in multiple markets around the world to win business.  The local domestic offices of the U.S. Commercial Service look forward to working more closely with your chapters.  An opportunity will be provided to share ways our two organizations can collaborate more closely at the chapter level. Register here.

Important Notes

HIMSS 2017 Awards and Scholarships
Call for Nominations for HIMSS Awards Open
Many talented people work in health IT but few take the time to nominate someone for an award. Make someone's day by nominating them today! HIMSS is now accepting nominations for awards that celebrate individuals who have made significant contributions to the transformation of health through IT. Nominations accepted until Monday, Sept.18 at 11:59 pm CT. For more information, contact
A variety of award recipients honored in each of these categories:

Call for Applications for HIMSS Scholarships Now Open
HIMSS is now accepting applications for scholarships for student members who have achieved academic excellence and exhibit potential as future leaders in healthcare information and management systems.  Applications will be accepted until Monday, September 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm CT. For more information, contact

HIMSS Foundation ScholarshipsChapter-Supported Scholarships

HIMSS Chapter-Sponsored Veterans Career Services Scholarships
Are you a veteran, transitioning service member, eligible spouse or survivor interested in a career in health IT and would like to attend HIMSS18? HIMSS Chapters are proud to sponsor these scholarships. The scholarship will cover HIMSS18 registration, airfare, lodging and honorarium. Visit the Veterans Career Services for more information and to apply. Applications accepted until Monday, Sept.25 at 11:59 pm CT.  

Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference
Discover the newest technology in healthcare and hear some of the most anticipated industry speakers at this year's Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference. Join 2,000 decision makers including 
Sandra Hernandez
President and CEO
California Health Care Foundation 
David Brailer 
Health Evolution Summit
Aneesh Chopra
and more, as they unveil what's to come in healthcare policy and technology.

Register today to access: 
  • 150 demos from companies developing new cutting-edge technologies across healthcare
  • 100+ thought leaders ranging from health providers to government
  • 10 new company launches debuting exclusively on the main stage 
Register today before the summer savings discount expires after Sept. 4.
50% off promo code: HIMSS chapter leaders only: Fall17HL

Tools & Resources

HIMSS Certification
Did you know that HIMSS Chapters are pre-approved to provide continuing education hours for HIMSS certifications?  This is a great benefit to offer to those attending your educational events.  More information about this program is located at the Chapter Leaders Resource Area.
The HIMSS Professional Development team would like to support you in activities to encourage professional development opportunities across your Chapter, including pursuing and maintaining the Certified Associate in Health Information & Management Systems (CAHIMS) or the Certified Professional in Health Information & Management Systems (CPHIMS) certifications.  Join Mara Daiker, senior manager, professional development on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 12:00pm CT, as she shares with you best practices and resources to successfully host your own CAHIMS and CPHIMS review courses.  Chapter leaders are invited to register for this program.  If you would like to learn more or have any questions, reach out to

Introducing the Re-Imagined HIMSS Value Suite Site
In a recent blog post, Rod Piechowski, senior director, health information systems, HIMSS North America, introduced the newly designed HIMSS Value Suite website.  HIMSS redesigned the Health IT Value Suite so it can better act as a resource to help identify how well organizations drive value out of its digital health technologies and associated processes.
The new Health IT Value Suite brings all of HIMSS's value-focused resources together:
  • Value Score
  • Guides to Value, and
  • Davies Award of Excellence.
Read the full blog post to learn more.

Linking our Present with Health IT's Future: HIMSS Foundation Scholarships
The education scholarships and HIMSS Annual Conference 'career development' scholarships are valuable tools for the HIMSS Foundation to fortify the link between our current membership and future health IT leaders.

Founded in 1996 to advance the HIMSS mission of advancing health through IT, the HIMSS Foundation works with our members and chapters to award scholarships to HIMSS student members who have achieved academic excellence and have the potential to be future leaders in the healthcare information and management systems community.

To date, we have supported the educational advancement of more than 50 recipients in the health IT community. Scholarship application season is underway, and deadline for applications is Sept. 25! Whether you are interested in learning how to apply for a scholarship or want to support the HIMSS Foundation with a financial contribution, take a moment to check out our HIMSS Foundation Scholarship page.

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Join the Interoperability Showcase monthly newsletter and receive updates on participation, demonstrations and volunteer opportunities! Be the first to know when updates are posted and stay in the know to plan your HIMSS Annual Conference experience. Join today.

Download TIGER's Informatics Definitions 2.0 Document Today!
In fall 2015, TIGER Committee members compiled interprofessional informatics definitions to collaboratively define and document core health informatics terminology.As a result, this terminology helped  provide context to the global TIGER interprofessional, interdisciplinary community for consideration when terms are referred to on the TIGER's main landing page on, in official documents, and within the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Our intention is for this resource to serve as a helpful tool for those learning about informatics and informatics competencies. 

As the field of informatics and competencies grows and changes, so will the terms defined within this resource. With this in mind, expect annual updates to this document... 

We are pleased to share that version 2.0 is now available for download - click here to access and download today! Do you have a term to share not currently listed?  Email TIGER with your feedback and proposed inclusions.

Launch of TIGER's Scholars Workgroup
In FY18, TIGER will launch a Scholars Workgroup, chaired by TIGER Committee member, Dr. Stephen Burrows, DPM, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, CPHIT, chair & program director, , healthcare informatics, Sacred Heart University and liaised by Ruth Schleyer, MSN, RN-BC, COI, senior program manager, informatics education, Providence St. Joseph Health. The Scholars Workgroup will provide a professional community that will inform and enhance current educational practices through: 
  • A network of like-minded professionals within informatics programs
  • Sharing of knowledge and best practices to advance the discipline
  • Networking with colleagues who share similar opportunities and challenges
  • A place to convene, share, and learn about state-of-the-art approaches and best practices in education and training within the academic informatics community
  • Will launch a TIGER Scholars Program - stay tuned for more details!

Those interested in becoming a part of this workgroup should share your bio and CV via email to

TIGER VLE Curriculum Adoption Stories
This summer via the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) webinar series and archive, we have been showcasing VLE curriculum adoption stories to inspire you on how to leverage resources and encourage you to join us on the journey of education reform.

HIMSS Cybersecurity Reports
At the end of each month, look for the HIMSS Healthcare and Cross-Sector Cybersecurity Report, a monthly update with valuable information on threats, vulnerabilities, mitigation information, reports, and resources.

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Upcoming Chapter Events

Sep 7
2017 Kick-off Reception | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
Mez Restaurant (upstairs) | 5410 Page Road | Durham, NC 27703

Sep 14 - 15
HIMSS Chapter Sponsored Nursing Informatics Boot Camp
Lexington, Kentucky

Oct 17
2017 Annual Conference | Georgia Chapter of HIMSS
Cobb Galleria | Atlanta, GA

Oct 19
HIPAA Audit Workshop | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
Greenville Hilton Hotel | 207 SW Greenville Blvd | Greenville, NC 27834

Oct 21 - 22
Nursing Informatics Certification Review Course | Indiana Chapter of HIMSS
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN

Oct 22 - 24
2017 Midwest Fall Technology Conference | Greater Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin Dairyland Chapters of HIMSS
JW Marriot | Indianapolis, IN

Oct 27
4th Annual Charity Golf Event | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club | Mission Viejo, CA

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