Spring 2016 Newsletter

Message from the President

Welcome to another lovely newsletter of your chapter!

It has been just a few months since I put pen to paper to talk to you about happenings in the chapter, but, indeed your chapter has been very busy across all fronts.

After a fantastic CIO Forum (Thank you, CIOs), we have had our share of conferences, seminars and educational events apart from the National HIMSS16 Conference in February. Below is a recap:

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Academic Alliance Corner

by Thao Tran, Chairperson AAC with Danica Ramos, HIMSS SoCal Communications Liaison

Our HIMSS SoCal AAC Interviews a Student in Action!

Academic Alliance Chairperson, Thao Tran, had the opportunity to interview student, Danica Ramos, about her recent experience as a Program Assistant at HIMSS16.

What is the most engaging, informative and stimulating program that HIMSS Annual Conference offers to students? It's the Program Assistant (PA). There's no better way to learn about the industry and be able to network with 40,000 health information technology professionals. In a pool of hundreds of applicants, HIMSS National conducts a comprehensive review, selecting only a certain number of students to be Program Assistants. 

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USC Job Fair on 4/14/16

Preparation, communication, career planning, and networking are essential elements for students to have and develop over time. However, students cannot develop these skills if resources are not present. On Thursday, April 14th, 2016, Sol Price School of Public Policy invited HIMSS AAC team and 72 organizations  to come on the Von Kleinsmid Courtyard and provide HIT opportunity to its students. Among 43,000 students and 4,000 full-time faculty members, we met a HIMSS member! 

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HIMSS16 Highlights

Disruptive Women in Healthcare

Advice from Female Healthcare Leaders 

by Bella Zaghi, VP, Administration/Secretary

Fifty years ago women were encouraged to be submissive and stay at home tending to the family. It was rare to see women in the workplace. Flash forward, in 2016, not only are women encouraged to work but they are making strides and advancements in every industry, and in particular in Healthcare.   

I had the privilege of attending the Disruptive Women in Healthcare educational session at HIMSS16. This session highlighted six successful female professionals and a moderator.

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Interoperability Showcase Spotlights Health Information Sharing

Live demonstrations show impact on patient care

by Trish McDonald

More than 42,000 health IT professionals attended the annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, which featured the popular Interoperability Showcase. The Interoperability Showcase brings together vendors from health interoperability and standards ecosystems, to demonstrate how they can work together to engage patients, facilitate seamless health information exchange, meet meaningful use and ultimately improve continuity of care and health outcomes. Not one to be missed, HIMSS SoCal members took the opportunity to volunteer in the Showcase and got a front row seat to the action.

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Innovative use of data and analytics was a major focus for Dell at HIMSS16

by Teddy Shah

Dell’s presence at the HIMSS national conference each year is a major focus for the thought leaders and educational staff at Dell. This year, Dell’s CEO, Michael Dell, was the keynote speaker, and he focused his remarks on the transformational change that is coming to healthcare and the capabilities that will be needed. With value-based reimbursement, two factors are clear: data, and the people and systems that manage it, will be key to success, and the ability of healthcare leaders to change their thinking about the business will determine the way that healthcare uses that data.

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2015-16 Annual Member Survey Results Summary

by Len Rosenthal, Marketing & Communications Committee Member

We’re excited to let you know the results of our latest member survey, conducted in 4Q 2015.  A total of 107 people responded – thanks for your participation!

Events – Sixty three percent (n=67) attended a HIMSS So Cal event; this is up from fifty four percent last year.  The top events were the HIT Conference (54%); Clinical Informatics Summit (34%); CIO Forum (30%); and Privacy & Security Forum (15%).

The largest number of members wants to attend events quarterly (50%), followed by twice a year (32%) or monthly (12%).

Types of event preferred were full day conference (60%), half day conference (59%), webinar (54%) and social mixer/networking (43%). 

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Interviews with our Keynote Speakers at our Annual Healthcare IT Conference

IBM Chief Nursing Officer Judy Murphy and Salesforce Chief Medical Officer Joshua Newman

by Trish Mac Donald

Earlier this year, the SoCal HIMSS chapter hosted its annual Healthcare IT Conference on the beautiful UCLA campus. In front of a packed room, prominent speakers from healthcare providers, including Hoag, Martin Luther King, Jr., Healthcare Partners and Cedars-Sinai, discussed current and emerging trends from patient engagement to mobile apps and quality reporting. 

We were honored to have two very distinguished keynotes headline this year’s conference: Judy Murphy, Chief Nursing Officer at IBM Global Healthcare, and Dr. Joshua Newman, Chief Medical Officer at Salesforce. Both discussed how healthcare is moving from episodic, transactional events to longer-term, engaged experiences centered around the patient. They both gave us an opportunity to sit down with them and ask some questions about where they see the health IT market heading.

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Past Presidents' Dinner

by Despina Hopkins, Chair, Past Presidents' Committee

The Board of Directors of the HIMSS Southern California Chapter hosted the Second Annual Past Presidents Dinner on January 26TH  in Westwood, California following the Annual 2016 Healthcare IT Conference event at UCLA. Chapter Leaders relished the opportunity to learn from colleagues that held the role of chapter president as long as 15 years ago, and share the current goals, challenges and successes of the chapter today. The Past Presidents were collectively enthusiastic about the progress and sustained growth the chapter has made over the years. Our thanks to the Past Presidents and leaders that shared their time with us for an enjoyable and productive evening.

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Members in Action

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

James Brady, PhD, FHIMSS, Past Chapter President and Area Chief Information Officer, Kaiser Permanente Orange County, continued his great work in supporting our Members to gain their CPHIMS designation by teaching a CPHIMS Prep course at HIMSS16.

Our congratulations to Board Member Bella Zaghi, MPH, CHTS-CP, who was just awarded her HIMSS Fellowship, FHIMSS, in this month! Bella began her involvement with HIMSS SoCal over six years ago after she attended her first Chapter event. She was a HIMSS Foundation Master Student Award Winner. With our Chapter, she has been Chairperson for the Academic Alliance Conference Committee and led a group of students and early careerists in organizing a blockbuster event featuring the top Health IT executives in the industry. She then continued to Chair for Academic Alliance for four years and she is now serving as VP of Administration. Join us in congratulating Bella on this great achievement!

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Social Media Corner

Our Chapter’s Marketing and Communications team has done a tremendous job with social media. Our stats surpassed many of our past highs and we are well on our way to establishing a record among the chapters for tweets! Thank you to all our members who made this happen.

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Upcoming Events

April 29
Health IT Career Roundtable
Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach

May 6
Health IT Career Roundtable

May 11-12
Privacy & Security Forum
Los Angeles

May 25
California State Health IT Day