Spring 2015 Newsletter

Message from the President

Jim Brady

Wow! 2015 has been an incredible year for those of us in healthcare. Healthcare reform continues in our country, and we can look in amazement at the many incredible accomplishments and great progress we are witnessing this year. As members of our award winning Southern California HIMSS chapter, we have truly been at the forefront of many of the transformational events that have occurred this year. I would like to thank all of our chapter members and volunteers, and especially those that have attended our many local events or accessed our online educational resources. It is a privilege to serve our chapter members and experience the exciting changes taking place in our industry.

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HIMSS National Honors 2014 Award and Scholarship Recipients

logo ribbonSouthern California Awarded Best Large Chapter and SoCal Chapter President Jim Brady Selected for Distinguished Fellows Service Award

It was an exciting evening in Chicago as the HIMSS15 Awards Gala was kicked off at the Chicago Hilton Grand. Each year at our National meeting, our HIMSS National recognizes outstanding contributions to HIMSS and the healthcare industry.

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Healthcare IT Conference

HIMSS SoCal’s 5th Annual HIT and Innovation Forum

by Karen J. Keating, PMP, CPHIMS, Roving Reporter , Co-chairperson, Marketing and Communications

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The California Endowment…. Just East of Downtown Los Angeles, neighboring Olvera Street, Chinatown and Union Station, a light, modern structure houses a private health foundation dedicated to expanding access to affordable, quality healthcare. 

Their slogan ‘Health Happens Here’ challenges us to think about health beyond the doctor's office. Our health happens where we live, learn, work and play

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CxO Corner - Focus on Innovation at HIT2015

by Dianne Baker, Board Member and Marketing and Communications Chairperson

Larry-GreggAs part of our focus on innovation at our annual HIT Forum, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to do live interviews with many of our keynote speakers and panelists. Our speakers were pleased to share additional insight into their approaches to driving innovative practices across their organizations to support key Initiatives. Doug Goldstein and Gregg Masters with Health Innovation Media provided the interviewing and video support to conduct our onsite interviews. We are pleased to share several of these with our Chapter members for review.

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Past Presidents' Dinner

by Despina Hopkins, Chair, Past Presidents Committee

Past PresidentsThe HIMSS SoCal Chapter President, Mr. James Brady and the Board of Directors hosted a dinner for the Chapter Past Presidents on January 30th in Newport Beach following the Privacy & Security Forum. President-Elect, Mr. Sri Bharadwaj, led a high-level strategy discussion and engaged the participants for their input as we develop our strategy for the next five years.  Chapter leaders were delighted and fortunate for the exciting and unique opportunity to review the great foundation laid by our past board members and leaders, and discuss considerations for sustained success for the upcoming years. There was collectively over 200 years of healthcare IT expertise in the room ranging from vendors, technology leaders, nurses and clinicians. Our thanks and appreciate to the past presidents and leaders that shared their time with us. 

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Committee Profile

by Geri Pavia, VP, Programs for SoCal HIMSS

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Programs at Work this Year! Highlights from a fantastic group of individuals. Yet another stellar year!

Programs had a busy winter. The Healthcare IT Conference was held last month. Mark Jahn and Sunny Saran co-chaired a program that featured a keynote by our fearless leader, James Brady, and 12 excellent speakers and panelists. We also put on an Innovation Lab with 10 vendors demonstrating their innovative healthcare solutions. Even though it was held on a Monday, we had our highest registration, 294, for the HIT Conference yet.

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Organizational Affiliates

by Karen Kennedy and Dianne Baker, HIMSS SoCal Marketing and Communications Committee Members

OAOur HIMSS SoCal Marketing and Communications team is continually looking to expand the value of this Chapter’s communication to our members. In this Quarter’s Newsletter, we are pleased to introduce Kaiser Permanente Southern California as one of our Chapter’s Organizational Affiliates (OAs).

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Members in Action

by Dianne Baker, Board Member and Marketing and Communications Chairperson

Sri in actionOur 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. While much of this information has been centered on Regional and National initiatives and events – we also want 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, VP, Finance for SoCal HIMSS

John smSouthern California is one of largest chapters of HIMSS. 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. 


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Academic Alliance Community Corner

by Bella Zaghi, Board Member and Chairperson, Academic Alliance Community

AACPlease join us in welcoming nearly two dozen new student members to the HIMSS SoCal Chapter!

Volunteers from the HIMSS SoCal Academic Alliance Community hosted a booth at the USC Marshall Healthcare Conference at the University of Southern California (USC) on March 6, 2015, to educate attendees about the SoCal HIMSS chapter and to recruit participation. The event focused on "Transforming Care: Driving Innovation in the Healthcare Industry," and included keynotes from Dan Castillo, CEO of LAC and USC Medical Center, Kedrick D. Adkins, Jr., CFO of Mayo Clinic, and Mary Lehmann, VP of Finance and Treasurer of Amgen.

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Advocacy Corner

Ian SladeBy Ian Slade, Vice President, Advocacy

The Southern California HIMSS Advocacy Team visited Capitol Hill on March 12th  and 13th . Vish Nath, IT Program Director for Molina Healthcare, and Ian Slade, HIMSS SoCal VP for Advocacy and Public Policy, represented the committee.  Richard Hodge, Senior Director for Congressional Affairs, Steve Pavlick, HIMSS National Government Relations, and Julie Brown, HIMSS National Associate Manager for State Government Affairs accompanied the SoCal team.

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Clinical Informatics Corner

by Toon Prasertsit, RN, BSN, MBA, PMP, Chair, Clinical Informatics Committee

BeckmanThe 7th Annual Clinical Informatics Summit was held May 15th at the UCI Beckman Center. The theme for this year was “The Clinical Informatics Journey” and included adistinguished lineup of speakers and experts. The conference provided comprehensive insights into the latest innovation and technology that will shape and influence the future of patient care. 

Please watch for our Roving Reporter’s article in our Summer Newsletter!

Connected Patient

by Dianne Baker, Board Member and Marketing and Communications Chairperson

Doc in iPadWe will be co-sponsoring a Webinar with Northern California on June 4th for their Patient Engagement Summit.  Please visit our website to participate in this Forum.

We are also pleased to announce we will co-sponsoring a two day conference in San Diego on Patient Engagement with HIMSS National in October.  More details to follow shortly.

Social Media Corner

Twitterati at the #HITCON15 @HIMSSSoCal

by Nishant Jain, Co-Chair - SoCal HIMSS Marketing and Social Media

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HIMSS Southern California Chapter’s Annual Healthcare IT Conference was very well attended.  Check out the tweets posted by our team members.  



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Sponsor Corner

From Data to Diagnostics: Saving Lives Through Healthcare Information Technology


When one thinks of healthcare, what typically comes to mind are the doctors and nurses that work directly with patients to provide medical explanations, cures for diseases, and prescriptions for healthy living. What is often not considered, however, are the countless individuals and systems at work behind the scenes that play a vital role in patient care. In today’s constantly changing world of medicine, the role of Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) is more critical to patient care than ever before.

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Upcoming Events

2015 mHealth Summit Call for Presentations Now Open
The 2015 mHealth Summit theme, “Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients” will put a spotlight on the shift to mobile, patient-centered healthcare delivery as well as consumer adoption of wearables, apps and personal health devices. The Summit will take place Nov. 8-11 at the National Gaylord Resort and Convention Center.

June 4 - Patient Engagement Summit - Webinar, Co-sponsored by NorCal HIMSS
Patient Engagement has been dubbed the Blockbuster Drug of the 21st Centur: The healthcare market is transitioning to a consumer-driven health market that could cut hospital inpatient expenses by 40% percent over the longer term. There has been an explosion of Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) as well as care coordination platforms will enable specialized "smart care" teams to excel at chronic disease management, prevention and non-acute interventions.

June 4 - 3rd Annual Healthcare Privacy & Security Summit
Presented by ISSA-LA and HIMSS SoCal in Conjunction with The Seventh Annual Information Security Summit, The Growing Cyber Threat: Protect Your Business

The HIMSS program year runs from July through June and the Programs Committee and conference committees are busy planning next years' outstanding lineup of conferences and events. Be sure to keep an eye on our emails and Calendar for what promises to be another sell-out year!

June 18 - 3rd Annual Life Sciences Webinar
Optimizing IT Infrastructure: IT Governance, Compliance, Networks, TCO and ROI
Presented by Howard R. Asher, Chief Compliance Officer, ANTARA Group and Chuck Day, Strategic Manager Data Center & Cloud Ecosystem, Level 3 Communications

Join us for our 3rd Annual Life Sciences webinar where we will be discussing the challenges of optimizing IT infrastructure when IT Governance, Compliance, and Networks are fully considered.  This presentation discusses the intricacies of IT in a highly governed industry like Life Sciences and tackles the big question of how to build trust in your network.  

Have a fantastic summer!