Mid-Year 2015-2016 Newsletter

Message from the President

Let us ring in the New Year with joy and more Health IT! 2015 was another excellent year with continued innovation and advancements in healthcare technology.

Let us look for trends in 2016:

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Advocacy Corner

Advocacy Committee Updates by John Conklin, Advocacy Committee Member and Chair-Elect 

HIMSS believes that lives can be saved, outcomes of care improved, and costs reduced by transforming the healthcare system through the appropriate use of information technology (IT) and management systems...

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 by Ian Slade, VP, Advocacy

On October 27, 2015, S. 754 The Cyber security Information Sharing Act of 2015 was passed by the House and Senate. This important legislation will improve our Cybersecurity capabilities by promoting the voluntarily sharing and receiving of real time threat indicators and defensive measures between the public and private sectors... 

Advocacy 101 Video Series by Ian Slade, VP, Advocacy

Another First for Our HIMSS SoCal Advocacy Committee: Now Available - The Advocacy 101 Video Series...

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New CPHIMS and CAHIMS Recipients

by Dianne Baker, CPHIMS, Board Member and Marketing and Communications Chairperson

In 2015, our Southern California Board established a new Professional Development Committee and outlined several objectives to facilitate professional advancement for our Members.  In alignment with the HIMSS National professional development initiatives, our Chapter Board also set a goal to support and expand the professional certification of our Chapter Members.

In November, our HIMSS SoCal Chapter hosted full-day CPHIMS and CAHIMS Review Courses at National University in Costa Mesa. The events generated significant interest and we had oversold events with many members on a waiting list to attend. 

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Recognizing our Organizational Affiliates

by Len Rosenthal, Marketing & Communications Committee Member

Committed to the promotion of accessible, affordable and high quality health care, L.A. Care Health Plan provides health coverage to low-income L.A. County residents.  With more than 1.8 million members in five product lines, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.  L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net.

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Social Media Corner

by Nishant JainCo-Chair - SoCal HIMSS Marketing and Communications - Social Media

Dear Twitterling, welcome to the Twittersphere!

Twitter can be valuable tool for everyone let alone healthcare. The goal of this series of articles is to help you get started and familiarized with Twitter. We shall also discuss how to improve your presence and grow your audience and have a channel that you can promote yourself, your product or your organization on Twitter.

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CxO Corner

by Dianne Baker, CPHIMS, Board Member and Marketing and Communications Chairperson

In December, HIMSS SoCal held our 8th Annual CIO Forum “Sustaining Your Competitive Advantage”, at the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. This always sold-out event featured industry CIO leaders from large, statewide delivery networks, community hospitals, and regional healthcare systems, all focusing on specific growth strategies and creating platforms for innovative growth.

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Connected Patient Initiative

by Karen Kennedy, Clinical Informatics Nurse (CIN) at Scripps Health – Medical Management, and Co-Chairperson for our SoCal Chapter Marketing and Communications Committee

Empowering Patients, Advancing Care

This October, our HIMSS SoCal team participated in the HIMSS Media’s Patient Engagement Summit in San Diego. Thought leaders from many of the nation’s most renowned and progressive healthcare organizations presented their experiences and case studies, with practical insight into how patient engagement works.

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Members in Action

by Dianne Baker, CPHIMS, Board Member and Marketing and Communications Chairperson

Our HIMSS SoCal Marketing and Communications Team is continually looking to bring our Chapter Members important information and meaningful content to improve your industry knowledge and expand the value of your membership. We are proud to share the many activities and accomplishments our very engaged members and Chapter volunteers have contributed in the growth of our industry. 

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Leadership Recruitment

by John Risk, Past HIMSS SoCal Board Member

Southern California is one of largest chapters of HIMSS in. Our purpose is to bring health care professionals together to promote the exchange of experiences and knowledge among colleagues and to assist members in their professional growth.

Our chapter’s leaders come from diverse backgrounds, all involved in some aspect of health care information systems and management consisting of professionals from hospitals, clinic organizations, third-party payers, administrators, information technology vendors, nurses, consultants, physicians, and essentially anyone interested in the trends of health care information and management systems.

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The Best 2016 New Year's Resolution Yet!

by Dianne Baker, CPHIMS, Board Member and Marketing and Communications Chairperson

Become Involved With One of Our SoCal Chapter Committees and Plan to Contribute to Our Chapter's Newsletter!

There are many opportunities to get involved with your HIMSS SoCal Chapter!  We encourage all levels of participation and engagement – have fun joining a committee such as Programs and help to coordinate our phenomenal events, or possibly our Academic Alliance Committee to support and encourage students in our industry to get involved.  

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Upcoming Events

Health IT Career Roundtable

January 15, 2016, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
National University, San Diego 

Annual Healthcare IT Conference

January 26, 2016, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
UCLA, Covel Commons

SoCal Chapter Networking Reception at HIMSS16

March 1, 2016, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Las Vegas, NV

8th Annual Clinical Informatics Summit

April 8, 2016, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Beckman Center, UC Irvine