Chapter Leader eNews | June 2017

Chapter Leader eNews
In This Issue - June 2017

This issue of Chapter Leaders eNews focuses on Chapter Transition

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. As always, the Annual Standards Report is due on July 31! Please include the entire board in the process of completing the report and read more about our Annual Standards Webinar below. Angie and Jordan are always happy to answer questions.

New this year, HIMSS is working to automate the process through an online tool, Reviewr.  This electronic forms submission tool will allow chapter leaders to complete and submit their annual standards report online.  Hopefully this online tool will allow chapter boards to coordinate and plan report submission, ensure timely completion and ensure the most accurate data is being compiled all while going paperless.  Based on the initial demo, Reviewr will make it easy for all chapter board members to participate as well.  FY18 Chapter Leaders can expect additional details regarding Reviewr as we make final changes to the finished online reporting tool.  Stay tuned!

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

HIMSS18 Call for Proposals Now Open through July 17
HIMSS18 — where IT connects for health — offers transformational education in a variety of formats for tens of thousands of health IT professionals. We seek your compelling stories — those that will demonstrate insight, offer thought leadership and expertise, and equip our attendees with lessons learned on the optimal use and value of health IT.

Apply today to be a HIMSS18 speaker to share your successes, challenges and opportunities. Sessions at previous HIMSS annual conferences have: 


  • Demonstrated the adoption and best use of health IT and management systems
  • Related to real-world accomplishments and challenges
  • Highlighted best practices and beneficial uses of health IT via case studies
  • Showcased transformative change in health and healthcare through IT

Your story is transformational. Share it with our attendees by submitting your HIMSS18 proposal today. Contact Deb Clough, Manager of Annual Conference Education with any questions.

Important Notes

2017 Chapter Leader Exchange
Join HIMSS for the 2017 Chapter Leader Exchange (CLE) in Cleveland on July 25 and 26.  Registration is now open until Friday, July 1! We encourage all chapter leaders to consider attending this great event and budget accordingly for additional chapter attendees. Remember all attendees must register, book travel and book hotel accommodations.  Additional information can be found at the Chapter Leader Resource Area.

New this year, chapter advocates are invited to attend CLE for the 2-day training with special sessions focused on advocacy. Chapter advocates interested in attending should reach out to Valerie Rogers.

Chapter Sponsored Scholarship Opportunities
Is your chapter interested in giving back? Below are two opportunities available for HIMSS Chapters to offer scholarships to their members. We have had the good fortune of having several chapters participate in these longstanding programs, and hope that others will join in on this wonderful way to recognize student and veteran members by supporting their career development!  If you are interested in participating, learn more at or contact Maggie Van Vossen by July 5, 2017.

4-Week Chapter Recruitment Challenge!
After our inaugural 4-Week Chapter Recruitment Challenge, we are happy to report that thanks to the help of our local chapters HIMSS added over 200 new members in less than a month!  The chapter with the highest percentage increase in membership during this 4-week challenge will win registration, airfare and hotel expenses to the 2017 Chapter Leader Exchange at the HIMSS Innovation Center.

Our contest ended last week and the winning chapter is Idaho with a 3.1% total chapter membership increase! Congratulations to the Idaho Board for their hard work and dedication to HIMSS.

For those interested to make member recruitment an FY18 priority, the HIMSS Chapter Marketing Toolkit is always available at the Chapter Leader Resource Area (CLRA -> Chapter Leader Essentials -> Marketing Materials).

Tools & Resources

June Chapter Leader Webinars
This month we hosted two chapter leader webinars focused on chapter board transition.  On June 7 we presented "Chapter Annual Standards Report Overview" and on June 21 we presented "New Chapter Leadership Training."

The Chapter Annual Standards Report Overview Webinar discussed HIMSS' reporting requirements and why we ask chapters to complete the document.  From there all 10 annual standards are highlighted by section and review report changes for 2017.  And as reported earlier, we are planning to implement the Reviewr Online Tool for future annual standards report submissions.

New Chapter Leadership Training ideally brought all new chapter board members up-to-speed on tools and resources available for them to strengthen their local leadership skills.  During this session we review all HIMSS Chapter Leader resources and requirements.  FY17 Chapter Task Force Chair Christopher Kunney presented Chapter Board Governance tips and best practices.  In addition, FY17 Chapter Task Force Member Alan Thriffiley presented on volunteerism ("What it means and why managing volunteers is unique").  

Both of these invaluable webinar recordings are available at the Chapter Leader Resource Area under "Chapter Leader Webinars."  Check them out today or send us any questions at!

HIMSS+1 Program: Extend Membership to a Colleague
Buy one regular individual membership ($199) and give the gift of one membership to a colleague — totally free for one year, no strings attached — with the HIMSS+1 program.

Current HIMSS individual members who purchased Regular Individual Membership is eligible to give a free membership.  Note online only, chapter only, student, Organizational Affiliate members, non-profit partner members and Corporate members are ineligible at this time.

Invite your HIMSS+1 in three easy steps:
  1. Log in to your account here.
  2. Once you are on the "My Account — Dashboard," you can find the invitation for HIMSS+1 in the Membership Summary area, or select HIMSS+1 from the My Involvement tab drop-down.
  3. Enter your colleague's email address, and we'll send them a message with complimentary HIMSS membership. 

Questions? Contact

HIMSS Interoperability Showcase: HIMSS18 Kick Off: Use Case Launch Tuesday, July 18, 2:00pm ET

Welcome to the kick off call for the HIMSS18 Interoperability Showcase! We are excited to share with you our plans for HIMSS18 and introduce you to this seasons draft use cases. We will review these use cases and outline how to participate, including an overview of requirements and expectations. Members of the IHE USA team will also be available to answer questions regarding the 2018 IHE USA Connectathon.

The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase represents an ecosystem where a variety of standards enables individuals to securely access, contribute, and analyze their own health data. Sign up now and get early access to use case categories. Roles are first come first serve! #EmpowerHIT

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Upcoming Chapter Events

Jun 29
2017 Summer Social Event | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS
Great Dane Pub & Brewing | 123 E Doty St | Madison, WI 53703
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Jun 30
2017 Patient Experience Forum | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
San Diego Marriott La Jolla | 4240 La Jolla Village Drive | La Jolla, CA 92037
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Oct 17
2017 Annual Conference | Georgia Chapter of HIMSS
Cobb Galleria | Atlanta, GA
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Oct 22 - 24
2017 Midwest Fall Technology Conference | Greater Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin Dairyland Chapters of HIMSS
JW Marriot | Indianapolis, IN
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