Q3 2017 Newsletter

Message from the President

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Southern California Chapter website. We are glad that you have reached your premier destination for all things HIMSS Southern California! Our membership spans Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Imperial, Kern, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties with approximately 2,600 members.

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By Shanti Wilson & John Conklin, Advocacy Chairs, HIMSS Northern and Southern California Chapters

The HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable held a national event at the HIMSS Innovation Center http://www.himssinnovationcenter.org/ to collaborate and share best practices. Our Northern and Southern California Advocacy Chairs, Shanti Wilson, and John Conklin, represented California. The chairs brought back best practices on advocating to local legislators, building value-based advocacy initiatives and collaborating across the California to support health IT legislation that impacts you, our members. The chairs are incorporating those best practices into the 2017/18 advocacy plan for California and look forward to sharing these with you at our upcoming events in NorCal and SoCal!

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4th Annual Charity Golf Event

On Friday, October 27, 2017, SoCal HIMSS is holding its 4th Annual SoCal HIMSS Charity Golf Tournament benefitting the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. This tournament will prove to be a memorable event which includes: arrival gifts, drawing to win $100,000, lunch, dinner, drinks, golf show, magician, games, prizes and more! It will be held at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, CA. Arroyo Trabuco is a championship course designed by PGA Tour Professional Tom Lehman.

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Member Profiles – Featuring Steve Garske and Kent Hoyos

Dr. Steve Garske is a healthcare technology leader with over 10 years of CIO experience and over 25 years of technical experience. He has been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as CIO of the Year 2017. Recently, Steve rejoined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) to serve as Sr. VP and CIO for a second time. He leads a team of over 250 technical associates, physicians, and nurses. Among their accomplishments, Steve and his current team have restructured IT management and suppliers, producing an annual savings of over $2M. They have also created a strategic 3-year roadmap for all IT departments...

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Podcasting Comes to the Southern California Chapter

By Sarah Richardson, MBA, CHCIO, Marketing & Communications Chair, HIMSS Southern California Chapter

The Southern California Chapter of HIMSS is seeking YOUR input.

In the interest of providing our members with access to important industry-relevant topics, we are planning a series of podcasts focusing on the themes most important to you.  These episodes will feature high-quality content from industry leaders.

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A Journey to Self-Service Analytics

By Paul Conocenti, Partner, T2 Tech

We have gone from no data to EHR data to big data all while healthcare is undergoing a transformation from paper-based fee-for-service to value-based care in a digital ecosystem with advanced analytics. Additionally, the rise of ACOs, population health, mergers/acquisitions, and other risk-based initiatives are putting focus on data decision making that ranges from revenue cycle management to precision medicine. Because of these reforms, we now have the digitalization of the patient record and a new wealth of data. This data is growing and encompasses not just health data but other behavioral data from both internal and external sources. 

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Leading the Change from Descriptive to Predictive Analytics

By Rahul Gupta, PhD

If I were asked to summarize in one word what separates the hype from reality when talking about predictive analytics in healthcare, I would say “adoption”. While the reasons are numerous and still being passionately debated, I think what is more important is that the problem is increasingly being recognized and there is interest from all stakeholders to come up with practical solutions.

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AAC Student Perspective

Academic Alliance Community Chair, Thao Tran, asked AAC member and scholarship recipient, Jessica Chacon, for her thoughts on the first Patient Experience Forum. 

My first Patient Engagement Experience surpassed all my expectations, as all other HIMSS functions I have previously attended. What really appeals to me at these events is the diversity of professionals, the enlightenment I gain from the presenters, and the topics that are discussed. It provides me with connections of what I am learning in the classroom setting and what is really happening in the “real life” of health information systems.

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Chapter Leader Exchange

By Thao Tran, Academic Alliance Community Chair

This year Southern California (SoCal) HIMSS chapter president, Ian Slade, kicks off the new year with a unique approach. In order to have fun and a strong leadership team, Ian had a great idea – let’s send the team to Ohio! A team of nine SoCal HIMSS members was sent to the Chapter Leader Exchange (CLE) in Cleveland, Ohio from July 25th to 26th. The CLE. Each year, every HIMSS chapter in the country sponsors the President-Elect to attend the CLE to network with current leaders, learn best practices, and review existing policies to follow national HIMSS standards. The CLE is not exclusively for incoming presidents. It is open to any individual who has an ardent desire to grow with the chapter and learn about the organization.

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Whova Event App

By Joanne Underwood, Chapter Administrator

We're excited to announce the addition of a new tool for our conferences this year. The Whova Event App will enhance your conference experience with all you need in one place: map to venue location, agenda, speaker and sponsor profiles, note-taking, live polling, networking with and messaging other attendees, and much more! As soon as we have our first event set up, we'll let you know how to get started. 

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