Chapter Leader eNews | November 2017

Chapter Leader eNews
In This Issue - November 2017

This issue of Chapter Leader eNews focuses on HIMSS Certification

Section Index

Call To Action
Important Notes
Tools and Resources


Call To Action

Enhancing the Skillset of the Health Information and Technology Team Using Global Standards
One of the best ways to provide a stepping-stone for those entering the health information and technology industry, or to provide a roadmap for more seasoned professionals, is to promote professional certification.  The HIMSS Certification programs focus on identification of competencies required for effective job performance. For those new to the field, certification provides a direct plan to acquiring and mastering knowledge and skills to help you get ahead.  For those with more experience, certification provides validation of the greater set of experiences you have had and sets you apart as someone committed to the field.
Every five years, HIMSS conducts research into the scope of the roles of those in health information and technology and redefines the scope of the CAHIMS and CPHIMS certification programs.  This helps confirm that the designations reflect current and relevant practices.
HIMSS needs to hear from those at ALL levels of the industry, whether they are certified or not, to identify what knowledge and skills are needed for success.  This global study helps benchmark the profession and positions HIMSS and its CAHIMS and CPHIMS programs as global leaders in professional standards.  In fact, earlier this year, HIMSS Certification Program exams became more widely available, offered on demand outside the United States.

HIMSS is conducting that research in 2017. The results will not only update the scope of the HIMSS Certification Programs, but it will provide information recommendations for professional development programming and important and emerging skill sets. If you have not yet responded to the survey, we encourage you - and all your chapter members - to do so here.
How can your chapter promote certification?  You can
1) hold an information session to educate your members;
2) host a review course for either CAHIMS or CPHIMS; and
3) recognize and celebrate those who become certified - and have stayed certified! 
Some chapters offer scholarships for certification or host study groups. 
On Dec. 6, the HIMSS Professional Development team will host a webinar for Chapter Leaders on career advancement options through HIMSS, including how you can help your chapter members achieve success in their careers. Register now.


HIMSS Certified Instructor Course
HIMSS 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.  
Mara Daiker, senior manager, professional development, HIMSS North America, will host a webinar on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10am to noon CT to educate Chapter Leaders and volunteers on executing successful programs for the certification review course.  The objectives of the program are: 
  • Describe the purpose of the HIMSS certification program
  • Review the application, examination and recertification processes
  • Define the HIMSS Certified Trainer program
  • Orient trainers to the materials available to them
  • Define best practices for conducting a review course
At the conclusion of the course, attendees will receive access to all materials used during HIMSS North America-facilitated review courses (including access to all future updates of these materials).  The goal of the session is to share best practices and materials with you, so that a chapter can be successful in supporting your members in their pursuit of certification.
There is a one-time $99 fee to register for the webinar.  To register, click here.  Direct your questions on certification to

Chapter Activities at HIMSS18
Mark your calendars for March 5 - 9, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nev. for the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. We hope that you are able to attend this year!
  • Chapter Leadership Workshop - Chapter Leader /Chapter Advocate Workshop scheduled for Monday, March 5, 2018, from 2:00-4:30pm. Register now here
  • Chapter Receptions - 37 chapters are participating in 23 chapter receptions hosted during HIMSS18. HIMSS staff are promoting the receptions on the conference website. HIMSS staff must approve all chapter receptions. 
  • Promote HIMSS18 & Chapter Membership - HIMSS has created a Chapter Marketing Toolkit to help promote the conference to both members and non-members. More information in the Tools & Resources section. 
  • Registration & Housing - We encourage you to take advantage of the early bird member discount that will end on Dec. 18. Register early and save. For best hotel options, book your hotel stay today! 
  • Discount Code - As a token of our appreciation, we offer all chapter leaders a $100 discount off one regular individual HIMSS18 full registration fee. This discount is non-transferable, and only one discount code allowed per person. To apply the discount, you must register online and enter the promotional code 18DISCHP.  
  • HIMSS18 Chapter Challenge - HIMSS is challenging all chapters to use the toolkits and help promote the conference and boost registration. Prizes include a comp registration and use of a hospitality suite! There will be four winning chapters - more information here

HIMSS18 Communities Carnival
Save the date for Tuesday, March 6, at 5:00-6:30pm PT in the Palazzo Ballroom at the Venetian. Our Annual Conference Communities Open House is getting a complete makeover!  
Chapter Leaders are invited to participate in the HIMSS18 Communities Carnival. This fun and interactive event is an excellent opportunity to spotlight your local chapter of HIMSS, engage and recruit members, and help promote and educate members on HIMSS offerings. To increase member engagement, we ask that all participants or participant groups host an interactive activity (carnival-themed game preferred) at their space during the event. A game sign-up will be distributed after the registration is closed. Please complete the participation form by Dec. 4!
Remember - all HIMSS18 attendees are welcome!  If you are interested in volunteering during this event, please indicate on your participation form or send an email to  Note that based on the number of participants, we may group chapters together to share a game/activity.  Again, send any questions to  and thank you for your support of HIMSS member engagement!


Important Notes

Adjusting the HIMSS Mission to Best Meet Health Challenges
HIMSS President & CEO Hal Wolf discusses his view on the direction of healthcare innovation.  He recently shared how HIMSS adjusted its mission to best reflect how information and technology can help healthcare meet today's challenges!  Click on the video here.

Making Connections and Taking a Risk with the TIGER Initiative
In this relevant blog post, DNP candidate Jessica Liston shares her journey of pursing an advanced nursing education degree to landing an inaugural internship with the TIGER Initiative. Her advice to others on the same path: “Reach out, take risks, and say yes to everything.”
Click here to access the full blog post. We hope you are as inspired by Liston’s journey, as we are!
Do you have an inspiring TIGER story to share? Reach out to us at


Tools & Resources

Encourage member registration by promoting your chapter’s HIMSS18 participation
As a HIMSS Chapter Leader, you know the importance of having your region represented at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition. The more chapter members who attend HIMSS18, the more they connect with other members and the more knowledge they bring back to share. The HIMSS Integrated Marketing Communications team has created the HIMSS18 Chapter Toolkit to help you

  • increase member presence and networking at the conference; and
  • encourage your members to register early and increase your chances of winning the HIMSS18 Chapter Challenge.
The toolkit contains a variety of complimentary marketing and promotional materials for your use:
  • Banners for website placement
  • Carousel image for website placement
  • Flyers for print and online publication
  • Social media tips and sample posts
Get started here

Share your opinion: HIMSS 2018 Compensation Survey
HIMSS is looking to gain insights about salary and compensation trends in health information and technology through our biennial HIMSS Compensation Survey. Survey participants can enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card, awarded to three randomly selected respondents. The survey closes Dec. 7. Learn more and share your voice now.

HIMSS Health IT Value Suite
Thank you for those who were able to attend our November 2017 Chapter Leader Webinar focused on the HIMSS Health IT Value Suite.  The Value Suite can support your chapter’s ability to highlight your members’ thought leadership in maximizing clinical, operational and financial outcomes on their journey to demonstrating the value of digital health. 
HIMSS Value Suite
The HIMSS Value Suite is a collection of practical and measurable tools and resources that allow healthcare organizations to embrace the change that technology enables in order to maximize clinical, operational and financial outcomes on their journey to demonstrating the value of digital health. It provides organizations with the means to assess their value-based care optimization efforts, create their health information and technology optimization strategies, achieve their goals, gain recognition for their efforts, and finally, share their success stories with others like them - all by leveraging the power of people, processes and technology to transform health and healthcare through information and technology.  For more information on how your organization can leverage the HIMSS Value Suite, reach out to Rod Piechowski, Sr. Director, Health Information Systems, at HIMSS North America (, 312-915-9550).
Interested in Collaborating on HIMSS Value Suite Thought Leadership?
Guides to Value provide best practice guidance by offering education and action plans from industry thought leaders focused on key areas that drive health information and technology value optimization. Here, healthcare organizations can gain insights on the best approach to take to leverage people, processes and technologies as it relates to timely issues that improve all stakeholders' experience of care, improves the health of populations and reduces the per capita cost of healthcare.  For more information on how your organization can collaborate on upcoming HIMSS Value Suite thought leadership, reach out to Adam Bazer, Sr. Manager, Health Information Systems at HIMSS North America (, 312-915-9257).

Technology for Precision Health Summit Hosted by: Health 2.0
December 12, 2017 | San Francisco, CA

Precision Medicine has come a long way in the last 10+ years thanks to advances in diagnostics, computing, and consumer tools. The ongoing quest to better understand disease predisposition and prevention through genomic and environmental factors is key to increasing the quality and length of life. Technology for Precision Health will explore how technology can help. Conference delegates will learn about the latest tools in Precision Medicine and Health as well as be part of the discussion on new ontologies and policy changes needed to bring these technologies to patients.

50% off for chapter members with code TPH50.


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