Chapter Leader eNews | March 2017

Chapter Leader eNews
In This Issue - March 2017

Value of Health IT - spotlight members, how to recognize the value at chapter events.

Section Index

Call To Action
Important Notes
Tools and Resources


Call To Action

Chapter Elections – Take Action and Plan
It is important to have a well thought out plan when preparing for the FY18 Chapter Board elections. HIMSS offers several tools and templates to ensure a smooth election process. Please review the material on the CLRA and reach out to Jordan Blinn or Angie Gorden with any questions or assistance. All chapters must adhere to the HIMSS fiscal year (July 1 – June 30), including election cycles.

Smart tips for chapter elections:

  1. Plan the process early (start now if you haven’t already)
  2. Create and follow an election timeline (example on CLRA)
  3. Include the entire board in the election process
  4. Ensure board descriptions are current and make any necessary changes
  5. Vet all nominees with your membership list (a full HIMSS membership is required to serve as a board member, this is not optional and chapter only memberships do not count)
  6. Start planning for succession
Please send your updated board list to immediately following the election.

Weigh in on Workforce Development – Receive a $100 Gift for Participating
In partnership with TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) and the HIMSS Foundation, the EU*US eHealth Work Project is surveying to identify global health IT/eHealth workforce development needs, trends and gaps. HIMSS needs your feedback to create the big picture, and to enable a highly skilled workforce regionally, across borders and on a global scale. The survey will capture information about your health IT skillset; available curriculum and/or workplace training programs and skills assessment tools; educational needs, trends and future state mapping.


  • Enable new eHealth workforce members to advance in their workplace
  • Help incumbent professionals sustain success in their roles
  • Share personal insights to shape health IT and informatics, enabling a skilled workforce

Click here to take the survey.

Chapter Leader Blog at
Tout individual chapter’s success and reach a greater audience by authoring a blog at  Share experiences in the health IT industry, what inspires you to volunteer as a chapter leader or write about ways the chapter influences local health IT transformation. For blogging tips, guidelines, or more information on how to utilize the HIMSS blog space, contact Jordan Blinn.


Important Notes

Chapter Leader Exchange – July 25-26
Chapter Leader Exchange will be held July 25-26 in Cleveland, OH at the HIMSS Innovation Center. HIMSS sponsors one board member per chapter to attend the meeting (registration, flight, and hotel). Additional chapter attendees are welcome to attend for an additional registration fee.

HIMSS hosts this onsite training session specifically designed for incoming/new chapter leaders. Typically, chapters send the incoming chapter president or president-elect, but leaders of any role are invited to attend. More information will be shared when registration opens.

Agenda and presentation from the 2016 Chapter Leader Exchange are posted here.

HIMSS17 Recap
Thank you to everyone who helped prepare for or participated in a HIMSS17 event. It was a huge success thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers. HIMSS Chapters held 23 receptions and seven meetups during the conference.

Information on the HIMSS17 Chapter Leader Workshop can be found on the Chapter Leader Resource Area.

Attention HIMSS17 Attendees –Please take a minute to give the HIMSS marketing team feedback on the conference. Take the short survey here.

Tools & Resources

Education Assistance Fund – Apply this Fiscal Year
HIMSS can provide financial assistance to chapters for speaker and/or educational programming costs related to a specific chapter event. There is a maximum request of $1,000 per chapter and funds are given based on availability and need. Chapters can receive one assistance payment per fiscal year.

To request assistance, download and submit the following form to Chapter Staff.

Webinar Recaps – Policy and Google Analytics
HIMSS hosted two training webinars in March for chapter leaders.

Chapter Leader Policy Webinar | March 2
The HIMSS Chapter Policy Manual was updated in December. HIMSS staff gave an overview of the manual and answered questions from chapter leaders. As a reminder, Angie and Jordan are available to answer questions or discuss any policy issues.

By the Numbers: Understanding Your Chapter's Web Traffic | March 21, 12:00pm CT 
The HIMSS web team gave chapter leaders an in-depth review into the two monthly website reports:
Report 1: Website traffic report
Report 2: Most popular website pages report

HIMSS Chapter Website Training
Please encourage the chapter’s webmaster to attend the HIMSS Chapter Website Trainings in April. HIMSS staff will start with the very basics and, through a webinar series, gradually go more in-depth on the functionality.

4/4 – Website basics
4/11 – Creating/editing a basic page
4/18 – Email campaign
4/25 – Events calendar
May, date TBD – Open forum
May-June – Additional topics TBD

HIMSS Health IT Value Suite
The HIMSS Health IT Value Suite & Value Score provides the resources to help enterprises organize value strategies and analyze its impact. Begin to build and measure the organization’s value strategy today.  Resources include:

- Meaningful Use Fact Finder: Delivers easily assessable information on Meaningful Use measures and reporting timelines.
- ACO Navigator: A starting point towards health IT capabilities in an organization's pursuit of accountable care.
- Pathways to Value: A collection of action plans focused on key areas with high potential for value realization.
- Value STEPS: A value optimization framework for stakeholders when formulating their value strategies.
- Value of Health IT Podcast Series: Recent episodes include guest speakers Carla Smith and Steve Lieber.

Check the organization’s HIMSS value score today.
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Upcoming Chapter Events

Mar 28
2017 Student Networking Event | South Florida Chapter of HIMSS
College of Business | Special Events Room CBC 232 | 11200 SW 8 Street | Miami, FL 33199
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Mar 29
2017 Luncheon & MACRA Seminar | South Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
USC School of Medicine Greenville | 607 Grove Rd. | Greenville, SC 29605
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Apr 3
5th Annual Scholarship Golf Event | South Florida Chapter of HIMSS
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Apr 4
2017 ePatient Summit | Northern California Chapter of HIMSS
The Tech Museum of Innovation | San Jose, CA
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5 - 6

2017 Annual Convention | Arkansas Chapter of HIMSS
Embassy Suites Little Rock | 11301 Financial Centre Parkway | Little Rock, AR 72211
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6 - 7

2017 Spring Conference | Kansas Chapter of HIMSS
Drury Plaza Hotel | 400 West Douglas Ave | Wichita, Ks 67202
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8 - 9

2017 Nursing Informatics Bootcamp | Georgia Chapter of HIMSS
Piedmont Hospital | RICH Auditorium
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Apr 11
New Hampshire/Vermont Conference | New England Chapter of HIMSS
Fireside Inn | 25 Airport Rd | West Lebanon, NH 03784
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Apr 12
2017 Spring Conference | North Dakota Chapter of HIMSS
Hilton Garden Inn Fargo | 4351 17th Avenue South | Fargo, ND 58103
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Apr 17
8th Annual Golf Classic and Fundraiser | Georgia Chapter of HIMSS
Dunwoody Country Club | 1600 Dunwoody Club Dr | Atlanta, GA 30350
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Apr 19
2017 Spring Conference | Alabama Chapter of HIMSS
The Dowdle Center at Huntsville Hospital | 109 Governors Dr SE | Huntsville, AL 35801
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Apr 19
Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) and Its Impact Across Health Care Agencies Today | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
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Apr 20
Breaking Down the Barriers of Traditional Healthcare Delivery | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS
Sconni's Alehouse & Eatery | 1239 Schofield Ave | Schofield, WI 54476
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Apr 25
April 2017 Chapter Meeting | Iowa Chapter of HIMSS
Kirkwood Community College | Iowa Hall Rooms A-B | 6301 Kirkwood Blvd | Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
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