2016-2017 Kickoff Newsletter - Getting to Know You Edition

Message from the President

Greetings and welcome to the first newsletter of FY17! As this year’s President, it is my pleasure, duty, and honor to introduce this latest trove of information and provide a brief overview of some of the exciting things we have planned for the coming year.  

Now that summer is behind us, I imagine the pace of life is picking up tempo, and your time is a valuable commodity. But if you’ve made it this far I encourage you to keep reading...

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Getting to Know Our HIMSS SoCal Board Members

By Karen Kennedy, Co-Chair Marketing and Communications Committee

Our Chapter website provides an introduction to each of our Board Members. Now we take you up-close and personal to get to know them better and how they got involved with our Southern California Chapter. Please reach out and say hello at the next conference! 

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NEW Feature: Our Volunteers, Up-close and Personal

By Len Rosenthal, Marketing and Communications Committee Member

Trish MacDonald and Robin Wotipka are two dedicated HIMSS SoCal volunteers who play important roles in keeping the chapter running smoothly. In this new Quarterly Newsletter feature, we have the opportunity to get to know them better and their volunteer experience with our Chapter.

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Academic Alliance Corner - This Year's Scholarship Awardees!

by Thao TranChair, Academic Alliance Committee

This year, the HIMSS SoCal Academic Alliance Committee (AAC) is pleased to announce our four scholarship recipients: Danica RamosAndrew DoOliva Ng, and Gina Hernandez. We are very excited about their achievements – please read about our AAC scholarship stars on our website at http://socal.himsschapter.org/scholarships-0.

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The Academic Alliance Community has been one of our fastest growing sectors of our Southern California Chapter volunteer groups. The Student Mentorship available through AAC may be unknown and is often underutilized by students. We had the opportunity to speak with Tom Mason about his recent experience in the AAC Mentor Program and available resources.

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Committee Profile: Advocacy

By Ian Slade, President-Elect for HIMSS Southern California Chapter

With over 50 HIMSS Chapters across the United States, HIMSS helps connect members with local, state and national decision-makers on key health IT issues. For the Golden State of California, the Northern and Southern Chapters have come together to create a unified voice to better address State-wide issues. 

This year, the Advocacy Committee is happy to introduce its new line-up!

Please join us in welcoming our team:

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New Committee

We are very excited to announce a new SoCal HIMSS committee – Patient Engagement, chaired by Clark Kegley. The initial focus of the Patient Engagement Committee will be to develop a robust, effective program that engages patients and solicits feedback on engagement from the southern California community.  The committee developed a Patient Engagement focus group from within our active membership. The first program the committee will kick off is the Patient Experience Conference in San Diego on January 20th 2017 with keynote speaker Susan Taylor, the Executive Director of External Affairs for Scripps Health. Susan will be sharing a powerful patient story experience she had with father. This is a must see event! 

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Upcoming Privacy & Security Forum

by Sri Bharadwaj

Welcome to another fantastic forum featuring some of the best security professionals from across the country.

This year’s lineup includes people who steer public policy, tactical leaders managing day to day security issues and strategic leaders who shape organizations to deliver technology to healthcare.

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Members in Action

This July, Nish Jain, Co-Chair of the Marketing & Communications Committee, joined the HIMSS APM-I Task Force (the Alternative Payment Model Infrastructure Task Force)...

In June, two of our Chapter members participated in the International Performance Institute conference, “Leveraging IT, Data and Connectivity to Boost Patient Engagement Across the Continuum of Care”...

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Upcoming Events

September 30 - 6th Annual Privacy & Security Forum - Newport Beach

October 13 - CAHIMS Prep Course - Costa Mesa

October 14 - CPHIMS Prep Course - Costa Mesa

December 8 - 9th Annual CIO Forum - Yorba Linda

January 20 - Patient Experience Forum - La Jolla

March 28 - Annual Healthcare IT Conference - Los Angeles

May 10 - California State HIT Day - Sacramento

May 19 - 9th Annual Clinical Informatics Summit - Irvine