Q1 2019 Newsletter

Message from the President

By Bella Zaghi, President

Welcome to another newsletter on the exciting updates in your Chapter! Here are some highlights:

  • HIMSS SoCal was well represented at the AIMed North America conference in Dana Point, CA, and made great connections with this innovative community. HIMSS SoCal Chapter President, Bella Zaghi, presented and spoke on a panel on HIMSS/SoCal HIMSS’ work and partnership in the growth of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine.  
  • We hosted over 30 Health IT executives for socializing and holiday relaxing at the December Holiday Social Mixer in Hermosa Beach.

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8th Annual Privacy & Security Forum

Gamifying Pediatrics

Our Latest Podcasts

By Sarah Richardson, Vice President, Advocacy

Why the Journey of a CIO is not Formulaic

In this podcast, Aaron Miri discusses why the journey of a CIO is not formulaic and covers a range of key topics from the importance of advocacy in having an impact on state and national HIT policy to his decision to take a new role back in the provider arena. He shares his journey from provider to vendor and back again and why having a mentor is one of the most important influences in guiding your career. In addition, there is an element of risk and intuition that are paramount in taking you to the next level and ensuring you create an opportunity where you can constantly challenge yourself. Aaron’s perspective on consumerism and the importance of voting to have your voice heard are excellent perspectives.

Forecasting a Digital Hurricane

In this podcast, Bill Russell shares his journey moving from a health system CIO to CEO of his own company and recommendations for traversing the journey of managing your career. He explains the importance of knowing your strengths, finding a great team, finding a mentor, finding your voice, taking risks, overcoming failure, and finding your next opportunity. Bill talks about the idea of forecasting a digital hurricane that pulls towards the center with a lasting effect and where technology sits in this storm as well as the ability to determine fads from beneficial disrupters and why a strategic roadmap should dynamic and an 18-month horizon as a moving target.

Our iTunes Podcast channel link is: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/himss-socal-podcast/id1314101896.

You can also find descriptions of the podcasts under News & Publications > Podcasts on the website.

Volunteer Spotlight

By Ernesto Santana, Membership Chair

Dr. Shaun Miller

Shaun completed his MD/MBA at UC Irvine in 2006 and joined Cedars-Sinai as a medical resident in 2007. He is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as subspecialty certified in Clinical Informatics, and has been working as an attending hospitalist with the ISP hospitalist group since 2010. He was an early electronic health record (EHR) champion and has played an integral role in the multi-year implementation of the enterprise EHR at Cedars-Sinai. In 2013, he transitioned into the role of Medical Director of Inpatient Clinical Technology, and continued to play an important role in leveraging the EHR and other clinical technologies to support quality improvement and population health initiatives in the hospital. In 2016, he was appointed the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer. In this role, he maintains a close partnership with the CMIO to advocate innovative technologies in support of safety, quality and effective patient care throughout the health system. His leadership role in the organization also includes serving as chair of the Clinical Content Architecture Group (CCAG) and is co-chair of the medical staff leadership development (MSLD) program. Shaun has also been elected to serve on the Medical Executive Committee for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Staff, and currently serves as Treasurer.

Upcoming Events

May 7, 2019  |  State HIT Day

Capitol Event Center
Sacramento, CA

May 23, 2019  |  Annual Healthcare IT Conference

Leveraging Health IT to Address Health Disparities

The Center for Healthy Communities at
The California Endowment
Los Angeles, CA

June 28, 2019  |  3rd Annual Patient Experience Forum

Registration Opening Soon

San Diego Marriott La Jolla
La Jolla, CA