Chapter Leader eNews | October 2017

Chapter Leader eNews
In This Issue - October 2017

This issue of Chapter Leaders eNews focuses on Public Relations & Communications

HIMSS Chapter Style Guide
At the Chapter Leader Exchange in July at the HIMSS Innovation Center, the integrated marketing and communications (IMC) team shared the HIMSS Style Guide.  Please refer to the style guide for all your chapter communications.  

Six Steps to Follow to Connect with Journalists
Connecting with reporters to introduce the chapter or a chapter program requires the basic art and skill of storytelling. As a chapter leader, you can explain the value of information and technology based on achievements at a local hospital or physician practice. You can update a reporter on cybersecurity practices, perhaps with the perspective of a healthcare provider active in the chapter. Or – you can provide the reporter with information on information and technology for a variety of news articles, often stories that need a local angle.

Here are six steps to follow to identify and connect with journalists who write about information and technology, healthcare, and leadership
  1. Identify the news source of interest – the daily newspaper, a business publication, television station, or other news outlet. 
  2. Find the reporter who covers healthcare, technology, business, leadership or computers.  These are broad search terms, but many reporters cover different areas within these news beats.
  3. Read the reporter's articles. Follow him/her on Twitter or on LinkedIn to see how she might use social platforms to introduce a story or discuss a certain topic.
  4. Contact the reporter by referencing an article he wrote.  This lets the reporter know you follow his byline and are interested in the articles he writes.
  5. Identify the story about the value of information and technology you want to tell the reporter. This news hook gives the reporter something to use for a story. 
  6. Invite the reporter to a chapter program or for coffee – as an introduction to the chapter and at chapter expense.

Contact Joyce Lofstrom, senior director, communication, HIMSS North America, at 312-915-9237 or to learn more about connecting with journalists.
Visit the Chapter Leader Resource Area for more communication resources.

Section Index

Call To Action
Important Notes
Tools and Resources

Call To Action

Chapter Activities at HIMSS18
Mark your calendars for March 5 - 9, 2018, in Las Vegas, NV for the 2018 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition

  • Plan for HIMSS18: Schedule at a Glance will give you an overview of HIMSS18 activities.
  • Chapter Leadership Workshop - Chapter Leader /Chapter Advocate Workshop takes place on Monday, March 5, 2018, from 2:00-4:30pm. Register now! 
  • HIMSS Communities Carnival Open House - HIMSS Communities Open House is getting a makeover. This carnival-themed event will be fun interactive, engaging, and educational - all attendees are welcome, and we encourage chapter leaders to participate. HIMSS staff will be reaching out to the chapter presidents regarding the opportunity to host a chapter regional table. The carnival will happen on Tuesday, March 6, from 5:00-6:30pm.
  • Chapter Receptions - 37 chapters are participating in 23 chapter receptions hosted during HIMSS18, with HIMSS staff now promoting the receptions on the conference website. Look for updated details posted once confirmed. HIMSS staff must approve all chapter receptions.  
  • Promote HIMSS18 & Chapter Membership - HIMSS is creating a Chapter Marketing Toolkit to help promote the conference to both members and non-members with the toolkit link available soon on the CLRA
  • 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, chapter leaders must register online and enter the promotional code 18DISCHP.  
  • HIMSS18 Chapter Challenge - HIMSS is challenging all chapters to utilize the toolkits to 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.

Thank you to our Chapters for their support of National Health IT Week 2017
Thank you for your support and partnership that helped make National Health IT Week a fantastic success! With the collective voices of 500+ partners, we truly demonstrated the value of information and technology in improving wellness and having a positive impact on the quality, safety, cost-effectiveness and access of and to care. Thanks to many partner-driven activities, health stakeholders had an opportunity this week to unite under one banner with one message: the benefits that digital health technologies and workflows can bring to Americans, clinicians, and the US health system.  

However, we need your feedback to advance this important initiative. Please fill out the brief NHIT Partner Week Survey. It should take no more than five minutes of your time. If you prefer, you can email your feedback directly to

We will follow up shortly with updates on NHIT Week outcomes and successes, and you can continue to view activity at Don’t forget to march with us, if you have not already done so, and join our Virtual March on the States.

Chapter Advocacy Roundtable
With 53 chapters of HIMSS across the United States, HIMSS builds on its many strengths, including connecting HIMSS members with local, state and national decision makers on key health IT issues. The HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Program provides an opportunity for chapter boards to elect or appoint one or more members to serve in the chapter board-level position of HIMSS Chapter Advocate.  Learn more about the Chapter Advocacy Roundtable and how to get involved, contact Valerie Rogers.

HIMSS Releases Interoperability Call to Action
On Oct. 12, HIMSS released an Interoperability Call to Action. HIMSS's Interoperability & HIE Committee championed these efforts in collaboration with the HIMSS North America Board of Directors. This Call to Action to the Department of Health and Human Services focuses on achieving nationwide, ubiquitous, secure electronic exchange of health information. 

Learn more about the guiding principles to inform health policy provided by HIMSS, or contact Mari Greenberger to find out how you can get involved. 

Personal Collected Health Alliance - Call to Action
On Oct. 11, the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) announced a call for action as they continue their work to utilize technology to promote behavior change. The team identified evidence during a systematic review of over 1,450 citations and 53 randomized trials and controlled studies on topics, such as mobile technology, web-based counseling, remote patient monitoring, and more. To learn more, read their post and the resulting paper - Personal Connected Health: The State of the Evidence and a Call to Action.

Important Notes

2017 HIMSS Partner Fall Events
Beyond Burnout and Resilience Workshop
Hosted by: American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL)
Nov. 3-5
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Scottsdale, AZ
HIMSS Member Discount Code: BBRLEADER2017 (save $500)
The American Association for Physician Leadership has created a new 2.5 day program with the goal of creating a social movement to bring lasting change to physician workforce morale. The Beyond Burnout and Resilience Workshop will:

  • guide you on an intensive, collaborative program led by physicians at the pinnacle of wellness research,
  • provide the necessary insights, tools and techniques to address the issue of weakening workforce morale, and
  • instantiate an elite community of physicians who are committed to creating a fresh social movement around wellness and resilience.
As a special invitation to HIMSS members, AAPL is offering a $500 discount. Learn more and register now; use coupon code BBRLEADER2017 to save.
CMIO Survival Guide: A CRASH Course
Hosted by: AMDIS
Nov. 7
Atlanta, GA
HIMSS Member Discount Code: PCCS
What does it take for a CMIO to be invited to the leadership table? How can a new CMIO ensure success? How does a CMIO transition their role within their organization? What is the best way to communicate the role of health informatics to the C-suite? 
Explore these topics and more at CMIO Survival Guide: A CRASH Course. This one-day session will cover the transition from CMIO 1.0 to CMIO 2.0 (or CHIO) and beyond. We will discuss the implications of the transition from volume to value on the role of the CMIO, health informatics and analytics. Problem-solve with peers and address common challenges and opportunities, including
  • clinical intelligence, 
  • care management, 
  • patient and consumer engagement, 
  • the impact of consolidation, incentives and penalties, and MACRA, and 
  • the CMIO's role in population health, value-based care, clinical integration networks, and ACOs.
Learn more and register now. A discount is available for HIMSS members; enter code PCCS.
Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) Tutorial: Guidance to Achieving Publication
Thursday, Nov. 9 12:00pm CT l Register
Powered by the HIMSS Foundation and the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Community, the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) is a free, international, peer reviewed publication that is published three times a year and supports all functional areas of nursing informatics. The journal was launched in 1996, with readership spanning over 49 countries. This webinar encompasses the history behind the journal in addition to tips, tricks, and best practices in becoming a successful author and/or peer reviewer from submission to publication.
Technology for Precision Health Summit
December 12| San Francisco, CA
Hosted by: Health 2.0 
How can we think differently about gathering, analyzing and sharing information? Which incentives can be offered to structurally change the system toward longer term care of patients? Which mechanisms will empower patients with their data and create virtuous partnerships with providers to truly drive value? 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.
Discount code available for all chapter members for 10% off the early bird price: TPHMC

Tools & Resources

Volunteer at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase!
Each year the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase draws thousands of people to the largest exhibit on the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition floor! We are seeking engaged volunteers to help us convey the value of interoperability through your unique perspectives and help our attendees get the most from their experience! Volunteering at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase includes a number of benefits, including a complimentary HIMSS18 badge, which gives you access to the exhibition hall and conference education sessions March 6-9. Learn more and apply now!

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Upcoming Chapter Events

Oct 25
2017 Fall Meeting | Nebraska Chapter of HIMSS
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Oct 25
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Oct 27
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Oct 27
2017 Annual Conference | South Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
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Oct 27
4th Annual Charity Golf Event | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
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Nov 2
Wearables, Ingestibles, and Implantable: What is Possible? | Wisconsin Dairyland Chapter of HIMSS
Milwaukee School of Engineering | 1047 N. Broadway | Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Nov 13
Annual Conference & Tradefaire | Idaho Chapter of HIMSS
Boise State Student Union | 1700 University Drive | Boise, ID 83725
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Nov 15
10th Annual CIO Forum | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA
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Nov 15
10th Annual CIO Forum | Southern California Chapter of HIMSS
Richard Nixon Library | Yorba Linda, CA
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5th Annual GC3 Conference | Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi Chapters of HIMSS
New Orleans Marriott | 555 Canal Street | New Orleans, LA 70130
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Nov 16
Meeting the Challenge of Healthcare Transformation | National Capital Area Chapter of HIMSS
Key Bridge Marriott | 1401 Lee Highway | Arlington, Virginia 22209
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