Austin HIMSS Chapter

HIMSS19 - Save the Date!

HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exhibition
February 11-15, 2019 | Orlando, FL
Orange County Convention Center

Global Healthcare Education and Networking

It's HIMSS time again, and that means it's time for you to join us at the biggest and best reception of them all- the Texas Chapters HIMSS19 Hoedown. Join the Lone Star chapters of HIMSS for our 6th Annual Texas HIMSS Chapters Networking Reception as we celebrate our continued successes: 2018 Large Chapter of the Year- DFW HIMSS

The event continues to grow each year, and this year we're back at Howl at the Moon for an evening of camraderie and networking. So stroll on down to Howl at the Moon after the opening reception for food, drink and live dueling pianos.

Come enjoy two hours of socializing with peers and meeting new folks while enjoying brews and light supper snacks.

Sponsored by:

Connections, Unique Digital, NetApp, Armor, Lexmark, NTT DATA, Cornerstone Advisors, B.E.A.T. Llc, Holon Solutions




Mark your calendars for January 16 & 17, 2019 Health IT Day!

Come and join fellow healthcare technology professionals as we advocate to create safer and more efficient healthcare systems through the use of technology. We'll kick off Texas Health IT Day activities on Wednesday evening at the iconic Stephen F. Austin Hotel with a networking social and training. Thursday will include morning visits with Texas legislators and their staff where we will ntroduce, educate, and discuss important topics. In the afternoon, we will hear from keynote speakers and will wrap up with panel presentations on key Texas issues.

Join us and participate in talks, walks, calls and planning that include everything from meetings with our legislators to helping with programs and social outreach. We look forward to having you and your colleagues join us for a productive day in our state's capitol. As a HIT Professional and Texas citizen, your role in Advocacy will be to educate and advocate for critical important issues. You will not be representing your organization that you are employed, you will be representing HIT Professional across Texas through your Texas HIMSS Chapter.

Topics of critical importance to Texans include:

  • Interoperability
  • Opioid Crisis
  • Virtual Health

Please contact your Texas Chapter Advocacy Leader to learn more and to join our growing group of Advocacy committee members and HIT Day volunteers across Texas.

Austin Advocacy Chair: Sarah Churchill Llamas ( )

DFW VP of Advocacy: A. Lee Lavergne ( )

Houston Advocacy: Joseph Kunisch ( )


Please register for the following activities at


By being a volunteer for Legislative visit we are asking the following

  1. Sign the Code of Conduct Form
  2. Attend on of Advocacy 30-minute Training Session prior to the event
  3. Be available for the Legislative walkthrough the day of January 17th at the Austin State Capital

By becoming a part of the HIT Planning Committee we are asking the following:

  1. Sign the Code of Conduct Form
  2. Attend on of Advocacy 30-minute Training Session prior to the event
  3. Provide extra time the months of November, December and January preparing for the event
  4. Be available for the Legislative walkthrough the day of January 17th at the Austin State Capital



Austin HIMSS Chapter Newsletter –October 2018

Message from the PresidentModerate

Greetings Chapter Membership!

On behalf of the board, we hope this finds you safe, warm and dry! You will notice that advocacy is a prominent part of communications, activities, and volunteer opportunities for the Austin Chapter. This is the first year in several sessions that the Austin chapter will be organizing the bi-annual Texas Health IT Day activities at the state capitol. We are collaborating with all 5 Texas HIMSS Chapters to make this one of the most impactful advocacy experiences for you. Together we received one of five financial awards from HIMSS Global for our planned efforts around National Health IT Week (October 8-12) and our own Texas Health IT Day (January 17, 2019.)  These funds along with a generous sponsorship will support a networking social and advocacy education event the evening before on Wednesday, January 16th at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel.  Registration and a call for volunteer sign up links will be available soon!

Many of you braved the first rainy cold front of the season for our last Lunch & Learn with Nora Belcher the Executive Director of the Texas e-Health Alliance. Nora shared valuable insights regarding legislation that impacts Texans. Thank you for your support and attendance, both in person and online! We appreciate your patience as we work to improve the web conference experience.
Your Austin HIMSS board is excited about the next few months! We have been busy making sure we bring you value and opportunities, see the list below for upcoming activities and make plans to join us.
Finally, for those of you that travel our great state during the week, be sure to check in with our sister chapters for any events that they might have. They are always welcoming!
Elsie Gori
President, Austin HIMSS
Please don’t forget your permit! We will be posting these on our site for each event.
Get Involved:
2018-2019 is our year to stretch and grow. We have so many opportunities to fit almost any level of volunteer skill/commitment. If you want to get plugged in and be a part of our growth, email us at

  • Texas Health IT Day Activities * January 16-17, 2019
    • This is the season to prepare for the 86th Texas Legislative Session! We need help with marketing, print materials, social planning, capitol activities, calls, scheduling, and more!
  • Social Committee
    • Help us make SXSW a destination for other HIMSS chapters

Save these dates!

  • January 2019: Advocacy
    • January 16th evening: Networking Social open to ALL with advocacy training.
    • January 17th Texas Health IT Day –Advocacy activity at the state capitol with an advocacy panel discussion
  • February 11-15: HIMSS Global Conference
  • March 8-14: SXSW Interactive We will have a joint event with the Great Britain Consulate during the interactive session!
  • March 25th & 26th Texas HIMSS Regional Conference-here in Austin

Social Media – stay connected and spread the word!
LinkedIn – need links to these



Announcing our 2017 - 2018 Board of Directors

Board TitleName
PresidentElsie Gori
President-ElectDouglas Caldwell
SecretaryColin Thom
TreasurerJeff Nordyke
Past-PresidentKristin Norton
Sponsorship ChairRay Wolf
Programs ChairSara Mitran
Advocacy ChairSarah Churchill Llamas
Membership ChairKathryn Smathers
Communications ChairShannon Frieirmuth
Social ChairRob Nussbaum
Social Media LiaisonFrancisco Ochoa
Student Liaison 




We welcome the participation of members and visitors at our monthly educational sessions the second Tuesday of each month and quarterly free social events. The Austin HIMSS Chapter is a professional organization for healthcare and IT professionals providing leadership, professional development, education, and networking opportunities.

The Austin HIMSS membership consists of IT professionals, consultants, vendors, physicians, nurses, professors, and students actively working in or interested in management systems, clinical systems, information systems, and telecommunications in healthcare.