HIMSS Chapter Leader eNews | July 2016

Chapter Leader eNews
In This Issue - July 2016

This issue of Chapter Leaders News focuses on Resources and Training for Incoming Chapter Leaders.

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Section Index

Important Notes
Tools and Resources
Call To Action


Call To Action

2016 Chapter Leader Exchange Recap
Thank you to all chapter leaders who attended Chapter Leader Exchange (CLE) July 12 and 13 in Rosemont, Ill. The participation and engagement in the 2-day session was astonishing. HIMSS staff is pleased to have amazing chapter leader volunteers. Resources from CLE can be found on the Chapter Leader Resource Area (CLRA -> Chapter Leader Essentials -> Chapter Leader Exchange).

HIMSS staff is actively looking for new tools and resources to ensure chapter leaders are successful and to ease the volume of workload on volunteers. HIMSS received wonderful best practice tips during the breakout session at CLE. The best practice will be added to the CLRA soon, please check back for additional material. HIMSS staff will be working with the Chapters Task Force (CTF) to discuss the feasibility of implementing the great suggestions from chapter leaders during the sessions. A special thanks to our excellent emcees Christopher Kunney, CTF chair, and Scott Smiser, CTF vice chair.

2016 Annual Standards Report
The 2016 Chapter Annual Standards Report is due July 31. These standards are designed to help chapters achieve organizational goals and benchmark future goals. All HIMSS chapters must meet minimum organizational and program delivery requirements based on the nine standards included in this report.

HIMSS would like to make the annual reporting process as easy and efficient as possible for chapter leaders. To ensure that the report is completed in a timely fashion HIMSS strongly encourages chapter leaders to work on the report throughout the year and delegate sections amongst the board. Chapter leaders can review the 2016 version on the Chapter Leader Resource Area now!  Please send any questions to Chapter Staff as the board works to complete this year’s report.

The new 2016 version will be available on the Chapter Leader Resource Area. Send any questions or concerns to Chapter Staff.

July 2016 Chapter Leader Webinar
Join HIMSS for the next Chapter Leader Webinar on Wednesday, July 27, at 1 p.m. CT.  This session features the chapter leader experience and knowledge of the FY17 Chapter Task Force chair, vice chair, and past chair. The speakers will revisit the 2016 Chapter Leader Workshop from HIMSS16, address deficiencies identified on the 2015 Chapter Leader Survey, recap the Chapter Leader Exchange, and address future and ongoing Chapter Task Force initiatives. Time will be allowed for open discussion and Q&A with Chapter Task Force members. HIMSS will also be offering a bonus sponsorship presentation for the audience as well.

To attend this webinar, please register HERE.  Please include name and chapter affiliation when joining this webinar. For those who cannot attend, a recording will be available on the Chapter Leader Webinars page of the CLRA. Feel free to send any questions to Chapter Staff.

Awards Nominations Now Open
Join HIMSS for the next Chapter Chapter of the Year and Chapter Leader of the Year Awards nominations are now open. Please submit nominations via himss.org. The awards criteria and last year’s winners can be found on the Chapter Leader Resource Area.

The call for applications opened on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 and will close on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm Central. Late applications will not be accepted. Winners will be notified in December 2016. Please contact Maggie Van Vossen with any questions.

2016 National Health IT Week
All HIMSS chapter leaders are welcome and encouraged to participate in the 2016 National Health IT Week. As a partner-driven week, HIMSS encourages participants to leverage the opportunity to raise awareness and help the collective cause by recognizing the value of health IT.  This year’s theme focuses on Value:

  • Value of Health IT in Innovation - Precision Medicine
  • Value of Health IT in Expanding Access to Care - Telemedicine
  • Value of Health IT in Expansion of Economic Opportunities and Job Creation - Women in Health IT and STEM Careers for Health
  • Value of Health IT in Making Communities Health - Interoperability Across the Spectrum of Care: Linking Public/ Population Health and Human Services

To become a partner, submit and/or attend an event check out the National Health IT Week Website. All HIMSS Chapters are partners of NHIT Week.

Important Notes

Spotlighting the FY17 Chapters Task Force
The Chapters Task Force is responsible for enhancing the relationship between HIMSS and its chapters by assisting the HIMSS team in achieving specific chapter-related goals. The Chapters Task Force values and encourages diverse perspectives and viewpoints which are facilitated through a respectful exchange of ideas to achieve Task Force goals. Objectives are achieved through communication, information sharing, and collaboration on documents, proposals, future vision, and program objectives.

We are pleased to announce the FY17 Chapters Task Force:
Christophe Kunney, Georgia Chapter, chair
Scott Smiser, Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter, vice chair
Shannon Vogel, Austin Chapter, immediate past chair
April Lynch, New Mexico Chapter
Anne Park, Houston Chapter
Jenny Sabol, Western Pennsylvania Chapter
Lorna Waggoner, Iowa Chapter
Lorraine Bessmer, Idaho Chapter
Chris Bullerdick, Midwest Gateway Chapter
Matt Bornstein, New England Chapter
Tiffani Collins, Alabama Chapter
Alan Thrifffiley, Louisiana Chapter
Anthony Ferrante, New York Chapter

Election/Board Kick off tips
Welcome new Chapter Board volunteers! Please reach out to HIMSS staff with any questions as you begin your tenure as a HIMSS Chapter Leader. First and foremost, thank you to all volunteers for your time, energy, talent, and dedication to local chapters and the HIMSS mission. Please pass the thank you along to local volunteers for continued support. Those two short words can be a big motivator.

  • Please send updated FY17 Board list to Chapter Staff as soon as possible.
  • All Board Members must be members of both HIMSS and the chapter.
  • Get to know the board. This is the local support system as a HIMSS volunteer.
    • Board retreat
    • Create a FY17 plan and goals
    • Meet for lunch
    • Happy hour
    • Team building
    • Volunteer locally together
    • Phone conversations 
    • Review materials on CLRA together


Tools and Resources

Immunization Integration Program
Electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (IT) play a critical role in improving the rate of appropriate immunizations in the United States. The Immunization Integration Program (IIP), a collaborative effort between Chickasaw Nation Industries, Inc. (CNI), HIMSS and ICSA Labs — takes immunization workflow mainstream, streamlining and improving overall vaccine administration and management process. Learn more here and check out the FAQs for more information.

We ask that you share the following with your chapter members for their feedback by Aug. 5. If you have any questions, please contact iiphelp@himss.org.

Share expertise:  Visit the website to share your expertise by testing the workflows.
Workflow 1: Register and Identify a Patient
Workflow 2: Manage External Query, Response, and Reconciliation
Workflow 3: Manage Information For Clinical Decision Making
Workflow 4: Manage Inventory
Workflow 5: Administer and Report Immunization
Workflow 6: Manage Cohort of Patients
Workflow 7: Manage Adverse Event Reporting
Workflow 8: Provide Patient Access

Details appear about each of the immunization-related capabilities. A link for each of the 8 workflows appears on the page with information including an overview, example, guidance, and references to both test scripts and data elements. Please share your feedback by Aug. 5.

Posting Chapter Events to the HIMSS.org Calendar
Create a buzz and reach a greater audience by submitting your FY17 chapter event details to HIMSS so we can add to the Calendar of Events at HIMSS.org.  Remember that more event details (date, time, location, fee, registration link, agenda, etc.) sent to HIMSS, the more robust the event will appear, hopefully attracting new attendees who may not have attended the chapter’s event otherwise.  HIMS can post an event save the date as well, for events that are still in the planning stages. Make sure to send all chapter events details to Chapter Staff and HIMSS will post promptly.

Members In Action

Recognize outstanding Chapter board members or volunteers for above and beyond chapter accomplishments by submitting to HIMSS Members in Action.

Upcoming Chapter Events

August 11
2016 Birmingham Networking Reception | Alabama Chapter of HIMSS
Cahaba Brewing Company, 4500 5th Ave South, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222

August 18
2016 F+IT Conference, Finance + IT: Building the Foundation for Success in Value-Based Care | Alabama Chapter of HIMSS
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

August 18
Weekend Immersion in Nursing Informatics Conference | North Carolina Chapter of HIMSS
Charlotte, NC

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