Call To Action
Professional certification demonstrates a standard of professional knowledge and education. Many organizations require that candidates have certification and encourage current employees to obtain certification.
By getting certified, professionals can:
- Distinguish themselves in an increasingly competitive marketplace
- Expand career opportunities
- Validate knowledge, competency and credibility
- Gain skills and tools to help you make a difference in the organization and community
- Demonstrate your commitment to continuing professional development
- Gain a sense of personal and professional achievements
Consider integrating HIMSS Certification into chapter activities this year, or make a plan to going forward. Host a CPHIMS review course or exam in the chapter’s region. Promote HIMSS Certification during chapter activities. Invite a HIMSS Professional Development staff member to speak at upcoming events and better education membership of the benefits.
Remember that all chapter education hours automatically count towards HIMSS Certification application or renewal. To learn more about HIMSS Certification, contact Morgean Hirt, ACA (Contractor)
Director of Credentialing, HIMSS at (703) 722-0580.
HIMSS Approved Education Partner
Chapter leaders often collaborate with the local education community and academia. Consider sharing the new HIMSS Approved Education Partner program with collaborative students, faculty and institutions.
An Approved Education Partner is an organization that has met rigorous educational and content requirements and is approved by HIMSS to offer health information technology 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.
Learn more about becoming an Approved Education Partner.
Volunteer at the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase
HIMSS is looking for volunteers to support the HIMSS17 Interoperability Showcase on Feb. 20-22 at the HIMSS Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. In exchange for time and volunteerism, those selected will receive a complimentary exhibitor badge to HIMSS17. Learn more, and apply to volunteer now.
Nursing Informatics Workgroup & Taskforce
The Nursing Informatics (NI) field is growing substantially. As these roles vary throughout healthcare organizations, it is vital to have job descriptions that can be referenced for needed competencies. This workgroup will explore careers within nursing informatics to create standardized job descriptions that can be used to educate and expand the knowledge of individuals- from new nurses who want to learn about nursing informatics careers, to existing nursing informaticists who want to broaden their career choices. This workgroup will meet on a monthly basis under the leadership of the valued HIMSS NI Committee members and co-chairs Nancy Beale, MSN, RN-BC, vice president, clinical systems and integration, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Bonne Farberow, MSN, RN-BC, population health executive, Cerner Corporation. Contact Trisha Pongco, coordinator, clinical informatics, HIMSS North America, for more information. Join now.
Additionally, the new HIMSS Nursing Informatics Education and Networking Task Force will help structure the education and networking opportunities in the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community and target vital industry topics and emerging trends related to health IT and informatics community. This task force will be led under the leadership of chair Crystal Vasquez, DNP, MS, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, director, solution innovation, Health Forum. Contact Trisha Pongco, coordinator, clinical informatics, HIMSS North America for more information. Join now.
Provide feedback to complete the big picture for 2016. This survey will capture current professional status, salary and practice trends, while identifying changes that have occurred over the years in the nursing informatics workforce.
HIMSS17 Chapter Leader Update
The 2017 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition will take place February 19 – 23, 2017 in Orlando, Fla.
- Chapter Receptions – Chapter reception details are being finalized. Preliminary details are on the conference reception website. The website will be updated when additional details are shared with HIMSS staff.
- Chapter Leadership Workshop –Chapter Leader Workshop is open to all chapter leaders and will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19 in Orlando (in-person only). Register here.
- HIMSS Communities Open House – Chapters have the opportunity to host a table at the HIMSS Communities Open House pending space availability – Monday, Feb. 20, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the Convention Center. Register here. HIMSS17 Theme: "Finding your home at HIMSS."
- Become a sponsor of the Communities Open House. Benefits include: signage thanking sponsors with logo in prominent areas of reception, single color logo on promotional product giveaway (determined and provided by HIMSS), sponsor to announce winning chapter table and award prizes for first, second and third places, HIMSS Conference Supporter (logo listed on conference website with hyperlink to the chapter’s home page), logo in various HIMSS marketing materials [pocket, resource guide etc.], logo displayed in prominent areas on-site, HIMSS Priority Points (2), and HIMSS Exhibitor/Client Badges (2). Sponsorship open to all. Contact Becky Washler, senior director, exhibit and sponsorship sales, meeting services and exhibits, HIMSS North America, for more information.
- Promote HIMSS17 & Chapter Membership – HIMSS created a Chapter Marketing Toolkit to help get the word out – HIMSS17 is for all healthcare professionals
- Registration & Housing – HIMSS encourages chapter leaders to take advantage of the early bird member discount, that will end on Dec. 5. Register early and save. For best hotel options, book a hotel stay today.
- Discount Code – As a token of our appreciation, we offer all chapter leaders a $100 discount off one regular individual HIMSS17 full registration fee. This discount is non-transferable and only one discount code is allowed per person. To apply the discount you must register online and enter the promotional code 17ACDFCHP.
- Angie Gorden, senior manager, strategic relations, operations, HIMSS North America 312-915-9582
- Jordan Blinn, coordinator, strategic relations, operations, HIMSS North America 312-915-9504
- Chapter Staff
2016 Year-end Financial Wrap Up
Thank you to chapters for submitting financial information from the FY16 Annual Standards Report (Standard 7 and 8) by the Oct. 31 deadline. Please send any outstanding information immediately to Chapter Staff. Failure to deliver a complete annual report may result in disciplinary action.
Also don’t forget to submit the chapter’s annual tax return to the IRS. The Nov. 15 deadline has passed, but chapters can request an extension at the IRS website if necessary. 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. Please contact Chapter Staff with questions or reference the IRS website.
NHIT Virtual March Update
HIMSS kicked off the 2016 National Health IT Week with a “Virtual March” on the states aimed at educating state officials on steps they could take to realize the full potential of telehealth and other innovative health technologies to expand access to high-quality care for patients. Over the course of the week, more than 200 letters were sent to state legislators in 30 states and the District of Columbia. There’s still time to lend your voice - visit the HIMSS Legislative Action Center today.