Summer 2015 Newsletter

A Note from our Editor

Our HIMSS Southern California Board, Chapter Leadership and Awesome (Translation: Engaged, Rocking, and Fun) Volunteer Team, extend a warm and sunny SoCal greeting to our members, your friends and families - and hope you are having an incredible Summer of 2015! In our Summer Newsletter, we will highlight some of the incredible events and both Chapter and personal Member accomplishments throughout the 2014 -2015 Year!

Our Volunteer Team is already planning and preparing for another phenomenal year!  Our HIMSS 2015-2016 year will be action-packed again – kicking off with our premier event – Our Annual CIO Forum on December 1st and quickly followed by our leading-edge Annual Healthcare IT Conference. Both will introduce national and regional speakers highlighting important new and relevant information for your business. We will continue to bring forward new and interactive experiences through our Privacy and Security and Clinical Informatics Forums. And for the first time, we will be co-hosting with HIMSS National our first Patient Engagement Summit, planned for October 12th and 13th in San Diego! 

Stay tuned for our Chapter announcements through our website, email and social media channels for all the latest updates, and as always, plan to register early as our events sell out.

Dianne Baker

Our Chapter and our Members were on the busy side over the past 12 months – and with many thanks to your involvement. We led and participated in many exciting and also new events – not to mention being honored as HIMSS National Chapter of the Year – Large Chapter (Our 5th time)! 

Our team would like to share with you just a few of the many great times we had together.  We’ll build on these successes to make this coming year even more fantastic! 

Join us as a member of our HIMSS SoCal Volunteer Team and participate in our shared successes, personal accomplishments and rewards, and of course, all the fun!

How to join follows our Year In Review! 


Networking and Collaborating at the CIO Forum in November


Learning Best Practices and Knowledge Sharing at the Annual HIT and Innovation Forum in March


Representing Southern California at HIMSS15 in Chicago


Celebrating Chapter and Personal Achievement at the HIMSS National Award Banquet in April



Meeting with state representatives to discuss healthcare issues in May


Annual board meeting in June and passing of the gavel from Jim Brady to our new president, Sri Bharadwaj.


Plan to join our SoCal team this year!  It’s easy – just click here and we will contact you directly!



Our Marketing and Communications team are closing out the Season and sharing some fun photos from our summer vacations! Plan to join our SoCAL Team this Fall!

Dianne Baker with family and friends sailing on Santa Monica Bay and harvesting grapes in the Santa Rita hills.

Nish Jain with wife Alice at a wedding and a Chinese Lantern Festival.

Karen Keating Overmyer at a family reunion on Bay Lake in Minnesota

Karen Kennedy at the Jersey Shore. 

Joanne Underwood at the Grand Canyon with (almost) all her boys.