Q1 2018 Newsletter

Message from the President


I hope 2018 is starting out well for everyone.

This year I’m happy to announce that we have been busy on your behalf working on new and groundbreaking initiatives. When we started FY 2017-18 we set our sights on breaking boundaries and becoming more accessible to our members. As of this month, we have been able to produce 5 podcasts with amazing guests discussing issues that addresses current issues and future technologies. Please take a minute to check it out if you haven’t already:

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Subscribe to the SoCal HIMSS Podcast Channel on iTunes!

We now have 5 published podcasts including topics on Interoperability, Humility, Mobile Device Strategy, Application Migration, and Artificial Intelligence.

Our iTunes Podcast channel link is:


Subscribe today to ensure you have access to all of our upcoming content including:

  • Happiness in the Workplace: A Formula for Attracting and Retaining Talent in the Digital Era with Vicki Shillington
  • Blockchain in Healthcare with Tamara StClaire

Interested in hearing about a topic or being featured on our podcast?  Please submit your ideas at:  himsssocal@gmail.com.

SoCal HIMSS Social Media Ambassadors Program

Our chapter recently created a social media ambassadors sub-committee as part of our Marketing and Communication team.  Our ambassadors ensure they are in the right place at the right time, capturing key moments from our events on Instagram (@himsssocal), Facebook (HIMSS-SoCal), Twitter (@himsssocal), and LinkedIn (HIMSS – Southern California Chapter).  Be certain to seek out these members at our events to capture your thoughts and ideas on social media! 

Please join me in welcoming our SoCal HIMSS Social Ambassadors:

  • Andrew Lippa – Account Executive at Excite Health Partners
  • Hannan Sayed – EMR Trainer at Allscripts
  • Kenza Tikito – Technical Recruiter at KORE1

Interested in becoming a social media ambassador?  Please contact us at:  himsssocal@gmail.com.

HIMSS Innovation Through CMIO Collaboration

by Alan S. Young, MD, MBA, PMP – SoCal HIMSS CMIO Committee Chair

The Southern California Chapter of HIMSS is pleased to announce the launch of the first chapter Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) Committee in 2018 with a focus on innovation that impacts physicians and patients in the healthcare technology space.  Chaired by Dr. Alan Young, the committee will seek to engage clinician leaders and HIMSS members with a passion for information technology and innovation.

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Member Profiles

by Krystal Di Stefano, Chair, Membership Committee


Andrew H. Do, MPH, Assistant Department Administrator at Kaiser Permanente & Professor at UCLA
Gary Dinoso, Epic Credentialed Trainer at Scripps Health

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Rise of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in Population Health Management

by Teddy Shah, MS, MBA, CPHIMS, PMP, 6s, Vice President – Optum Advisory Services

There are three fundamental forces driving higher managed cost of care:

  1. CHRONIC CONDITIONS - According to the CDC, 170M Americans have one chronic condition and 60M will have at least two.
  2. DISPROPORTIONATE SPEND – According to an article in USA today, 80% of the Medicare and Medicaid spend goes towards top 20% of high risk patients while 94% of Medicare spend is on patients with at least two chronic conditions.
  3. SOCIAL DETERMINANTS - 80% of factors that impact health are non-clinical as per a study conducted at the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

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Clinical Decision Support for Regulatory Compliance

by Shannon O’Brien, CDS Product Manager, Cognitive Medical Systems

Clinical decision support (CDS) is a broad term that can have many definitions depending on who you ask. To some, CDS is a black box of algorithms that detect complex, esoteric medical conditions that would have otherwise been missed without the help of software to connect the dots. Others think of CDS as a path to automating routine diagnosis so that clinicians can focus on more nuanced patient assessments. While both of these are great examples of applications of CDS, an area that is not generally thought of is using CDS to help streamline administrative functions, primarily in the areas of regulatory compliance.

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Upcoming Events

2018 Annual Healthcare IT Conference

April 20, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Center for Healthy Communities at the California Endowment
Los Angeles, CA

California State HIT Day

May 16, 8:00am - 4:00pm
RCRC Building, 1215 K St, Sacramento, CA

10th Annual Clinical Informatics Summit

May 18, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Beckman Center, Irvine, CA
Registration Opening Soon

Patient Experience Forum

June 29, 8:00am - 4:00pm
San Diego Marriott La Jolla
Registration Opening Soon