Spring 2014 Newsletter

Message from the President

Clark KegleyI hope that all of you are enjoying the wonderful weather we have been experiencing in Southern California. We have been truly blessed when much of the rest of the country has had a challenging winter.

As we transition into Spring, there is much to communicate to our membership about things happening in the chapter. 

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Chapter of the Year Award

awardOn Tuesday, February 25, 2014 our Southern California HIMSS chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year Award / Large Chapter at the HIMSS14 Awards and Recognition Banquet in Orlando, Florida. This is the second time our chapter has won this award in the last three years. President Clark Kegley was unable to attend the banquet, so President-Elect James Brady accepted the award on his behalf.

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HIMSS14 Highlights

CommunitiesThe New Member Reception and Communities Open House kicked-off the first full night of HIMSS14 with a Florida theme. The SoCal Chapter had a great time with our State of the Bugs theme, handing out bug spray, sunscreen, chapstick and lots of creepy crawlers. Our volunteers told perspective new members about all of the Committees and events our chapter has to offer.

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CIO Corner

by Dianne Baker

One of our own nationally recognized IT Leaders, Bill Spooner, “retires” from his role as SVP and CIO at Sharp HealthCare
Bill SpoonerBill Spooner leaves behind a strong legacy of leadership and innovation within his organization and across our healthcare industry. Bill has been chief information officer for more than 18 of his 30 plus years at Sharp HealthCare. Through that time, he has led an aggressive IT effort that placed Sharp on the Hospitals and Health Networks “100 Most Wired” list for 13 of the list’s 15 years.  



Did you know that when your healthcare organization is registered with HIMSS (Health Information Management and Systems Society) all employees receive a free membership? All you have to do is have employees go to himss.org/membership and sign up today under Organizational Affiliate.

Marriage Before Engagement

marriageA stronger and more nimble marriage between healthcare and the EHR is needed for better patient engagement

by Vikram Kumar MD FAAP, CMIO & Pediatrician, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center 

Let’s start at the end. The goal is improved patient health. There are different methodologies that healthcare organizations utilize to improve patient outcomes. These include:

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Is Health Information Technology Safe?

by Tess Settergren, MHA, MA, RN-BC

HIT toolsPerhaps it is more appropriate to ask: How can we work together to make health information technology (HIT) safer? The Institute of Medicine commissioned a group of industry experts to research and summarize known effects of HIT on patient safety, and make recommendations to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and to other interested parties regarding how to maximize the safety of HIT-assisted care1.

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Social Media Corner

@HIMSSSoCal RT @Physicians and Providers "Like" Social Media

social mediaby Nishant Jain

The landscape of healthcare is changing with greater opportunities in communication style brought to you by social media. 59% of American adults are searching online for health information. Patients are out there in the space on Twitter, Facebook or other social media. 

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Sponsor Corner

CTG Health Solutions

CTGTo align with the theme of Southern California HIMSS upcoming conference Innovating and Collaborating to Improve Population Health, CTG Health Solutions has provided the following excerpt from one of our many white papers. Developed by our industry thought leaders, CTG white papers represent key approaches and lessons learned that provide our clients with solutions that drive value toward their improvement initiatives.

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mHealth Apps for Children with Chronic Illness

by Dr. Pamela Kohlbry, PhD, RN, CNL, et al.

mhealthThe term mHealth refers to the virtual world of “mobile computing, medical sensor, and communications technologies” that expands healthcare for chronic disease beyond the healthcare provider’s office (Eng and Lee, 2013). Healthcare education as it has existed wasn’t designed to teach today’s technology savvy young patients.

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Upcoming Events

CalendarFriday, May 2, 2014
6th Annual Clinical Informatics Summit
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Children's Hospital, Orange County  

Event Website

May 2014
Annual Life Science Webinar
Information and registration available soon.