President's Welcome - 2018-2019

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Southern California Chapter website. We are glad that you have reached your premier destination for all things HIMSS Southern California! Our membership spans Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Imperial, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties with over 3,000 members.

HIMSS enters its 57th year in operation with over 64,000 individual members and about 2/3 in healthcare. HIMSS has truly set the standard for healthcare information systems, particularly with providing exceptional educational content, networking, advocacy, and many other value-added services surrounding privacy and security, patient engagement, and clinical informatics.

This year, our theme is engaging millennials, Women in Health IT (WHIT) and providers.  Our Academic Alliance Community is working on arranging more outreach activities with the academic institutions in the area to integrate students and emerging professionals into our network.  Additionally, we will be kicking off our first WHIT event this Winter.  WHIT will provide a platform for women to connect with peers while learning from empowering women in our field. Our CMIO Committee was launched last year and will be providing more events and programs on innovations in health technology.

Outside of our amazing programs, be on the lookout for more opportunities to collaborate with HIMSS members and members from other local healthcare groups through our partnership events. Additionally, look forward to making more connections through small mixers reaching out to all corners of our region, pre- and post-event meetups, and, through social media. Our marketing team has been conducting podcasts, video conferences and event apps to make your experience even more immersive and collaborative.

We are also leaving our footprints in the community. Our Annual Golf Tournament this year will be raising funds for Orange County’s Ronald McDonald House (RMH). RMH is a wonderful organization that provides housing and emotional support to families with children who are facing serious illnesses with stays in the hospitals in Orange County. If you are in the area, swing by and check out RMH’s great services for these families.

Whether you are at the end of your career and are interested in giving back, still in school and looking for ways to break into this exciting industry, or anywhere in-between, I invite you to connect with Southern California HIMSS Chapter this year. If you’ve never been to an event, please check our calendar and sign up to attend. If you’d like to get more involved, please visit here to learn more about exciting volunteer opportunities.  Our overall goal is to give back to you, so please reach out to us with your questions and suggestions or to just say hello. :)

It is an honor and pleasure to serve as your 2018-2019 HIMSS Southern California Chapter President. I hope to see you at our upcoming events as we continue the exciting work our Chapter is so dedicated to do. 

Thank you.

Bella Zaghi MPH, CHTS-CP, FHIMSS
President, HIMSS Southern California Chapter