Q4 2018 Newsletter - Message from the President

Welcome to another newsletter on the wonderful happenings in your Chapter! It has been a busy few months and we have several milestones to celebrate. Here are some highlights:

  • We started this quarter with the CMIO Committee’s "Demystifying Precision Medicine and Current Patient Applications" hosted by Slalom Consulting. Thought leaders from UCLA, CHLA, Cedars-Sinai, Orion Health and Slalom Consulting shared how precision medicine is impacting the delivery of care for patients with unique and complex conditions.
  • The Academic Alliance Community gave several outreach presentations to engage and educate the future generation of Health IT leaders. They also presented at UCLA’s "Getting to Know Professional Organizations in the LA Area" and hosted the University of San Diego Health IT Career Roundtable.
  • The 5th Annual Golf Tournament featured 120 golfers and showcased raffles to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Orange County. Last year’s donation designated SoCal HIMSS as a sponsor for one of the rooms at the Ronald McDonald Family Room in CHOC. As a token of appreciation for SoCal HIMSS’ support, the golf tournament planning committee was invited to the Ronald McDonald House Fashion Show at Fashion Island Hotel. Two SoCal HIMSS board members, Krystal DiStefano and Evan Behm, volunteered as models for the show.
  • The November Social Mixer at Miro Restaurant in Downtown LA brought together 15 Health IT professionals for an evening of networking and Whiskey and Wine Tasting.
  • The 11th Annual CIO Forum starred CIO speakers from across the nation including NY Presbyterian, Cedars-Sinai, UCLA, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Scripps Health, UC Irvine and MemorialCare Health System. Attendees also learned from leaders from the Innovation Institute and the lead Shark from ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” Robert Herjavec.
  • The Kickoff Women in Health IT Dinner and Symposium was a huge hit. 40 women gathered together for an evening of networking, dining and gaining insight from three female SoCal HIMSS leaders in a featured Q&A panel session titled “How did we get here? The Journey and Views of Women in Technology.” Kara Marx, from Sharp Healthcare, Despina Hopkins, from Cedars Sinai and Sarah Richardson, from Davita Medical Group shared their perspectives, experience and advice to the audience. One attendee praised the human element showcased that evening, something missing in her over 30 years in the industry.

Looking forward to the impending happenings coming up including the December Social Mixer in Hermosa Beach and the Chapter Reception at the Global HIMSS19 Conference in February.

It is my pleasure to serve you and the chapter.

Bella Zaghi
President, HIMSS Southern California Chapter