Welcome to the Austin HIMSS Chapter



Integrating clinical delivery and technology to improve clinical and financial outcomes

Fernando Martinez, PhD - Chief Digital Officer, Texas Hospital Association & President/CEO, Texas Hospital Association Foundation

The Texas Hospital Association Foundation has multiple programs in place to work with its nearly 500 member hospitals in the improvement of patient care, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Hear about the success that Texas hospitals are having by adopting technology that brings cost transparency to the point-of-care, effectively impacting two of the leading pain-points for clinical care in hospitals, variability of care and overall cost of care.


Austin HIMSS December 12th CXO Innovation Panel at Dell Medical School 

A healthcare innovation post interview by Austin HIMSS member Dan Greenfield with Rick Peters, MD -- Chief Technology Innovation Officer at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas.

Rick was the moderator for the Austin HIMSS Leadership Innovation Panel - Demystifying Technologies in the Market: The Realities of Innovating in Clinical Environments held on December 12 at th Dell Medical School.

The panel featured:

Mike Blom, CIO / St. David’s Healthcare

Fernando Martinez, Chief Digital Officer, Texas Hospital Association & Present, President/CEO Texas Hospital Association Foundation

Bill (William) Rice, MD, SVP of Clinical Innovation / St David’s Healthcare

Todd Thomas, CIO / Austin Radiological Association

Melissa Young, Partner of Upstream Thinking


Austin HIMSS Fall Newsletter

Fall has been fantastic for the Austin HIMSS chapter!

We celebrated national Health IT week in October by visiting three area educational organizations to promote HIMSS and its advocacy cause. Thank you to our Austin Chapter VP, Elsie Gori, and her team of member volunteers for their efforts and also to the teachers and students who participated in the events!

  • Texas State University, Department of Health Information Management
  • Harmony School of Science, STEM-focused high school in Pflugerville
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Health Informatics & Health IT Professional Education Certificate Program

The chapter was pleased to present our Health IT Scholarship opportunity to each school and to the community via our website. We will be giving 6 one thousand dollar scholarships to student HIMSS members this spring, reserving one for a high school student that will be going into a collegiate level health IT program in the summer or fall.

We have also had interesting and timely speakers for our monthly Lunch & Learns. In conjunction with our student activities in October, we learned about 3D medical imagery in student and medical education from Bruce Blausen. In November, we had Gijs van Oort from HASA HIE in San Antonio speak about their coordinated information exchange efforts in response to Hurricane Harvey.

December holds another set of exciting events for our members. Thank you to our Past President, Doug Burkott, Programs Chair, Doug Caldwell, and Social Chair, Rob Nussbaum for making these events happen! Hope to see you all there!




Fellow HIMSS Austin member Richard Bagdonas and founder of Operation Turkey - a non-profit feeding our homeless and less-fortunate each Thanksgiving. "We started OT here in Austin back in 2000 with one meal. Since then we have grown to over 20,000 volunteers feeding 50,000 meals across 5 states. If you would like to join us in our quest to help Austin's most vulnerable, please visit www.operationturkey.com. Thank you!"





Novembers 14th 2017 Austin HIMSS Lunch & Learn -How HIE's banded together during Hurricane Harvey

Come here how Texas health information exchanges (HIEs) banded together during Hurricane Harvey to support patient care mega-shelter clinics

Hurricane Harvey recently devastated the livelihood of many coastal residents. Many fled their homes and were cared for in Mega-shelters across the State. Medical care in these shelters was provided mostly by volunteers who spent long hours in unusually sparse conditions. Having patient medical records electronically available to treat displaced patients at the point of care was critical in providing quality and effective treatment. This presentation provides an overview of how the Texas HIEs impactcfully provided this service for the first time during a disaster.

HASA Recorded Slide Deck



October 2017 Austin HIMSS Lunch and Learn - Innovative Ways that Multimedia Is Impacting Healthcare


At our October 2017 Lunch & Learn, Bruce Blausen, CEO of Blausen Medical and owner of the largest 3D medical & scientific library in the world, explored how a variety of innovative markets use multimedia tools, and how their efforts impact the learning outcomes of patients and students alike.


Austin HIMSS Board Social Outing

Lets welcome in the new Austin HIMSS Board for 2017-2018!

Kristin Nortin, Doug Burkott, Rob Nussbaum, Shannon Vogel, Shannon Freiermuth, Douglas Caldwell, Bob Teague and Elsie Gori!



HIMSS HIT Week: October 2 - 6 


The Annual National Health IT Week is being held October 2-6, 2017. Join in support of this nationwide awareness week focused on the value of health IT for the U.S. healthcare system.  There is no better time for the health IT community to come together under one umbrella to raise national awareness! http://www.healthitweek.org/

HIMSS HIT Week Contintues 

HIMSS HIT Week continues. Austin HIMSS Advocacy Chair Elsie Gori and Austin members Dan Greenfield and Darrell Woelk visited Harmony Science Academy in Pflugerville to talk to senior counselor Ofelia Arroyo and her students about health IT and the Austin HIMSS scholarship.




                                         Photos by Dan Greenfield

Austin HIMSS Leadership Visit Texas State HIT Students and Announces Scholarship

As part of our efforts to support HIMSS HIT week, Austin HIMSS President Kristin Norton, Advocacy Chair Elsie Gori, and Austin HIMSS member Dan Greenfield met with Dr David Gibbs - Assistant Professor of Department of Health Information Management at Texas State University College of Health Professions and his students in San Marcos. We discussed career opportunities in Health IT and a new scholarship that the Austin HIMSS Chapter is announcing.



                                Photos by Dan Greenfield

The Austin HIMSS community shares its thoughts to the following question:

As Austin emerges as a health tech hub, how can leaders and members of the business, education, medical and government/public health community advance the value of health IT in Texas and beyond?

"Austin's growth as a hub for health technology creates fantastic opportunities for area students and researchers to advance the value and impact of health IT. Our students receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in Health Information Management at Texas State University are exploring amazing internship and employment options in Austin with emphasis in health tech areas of data analytics, privacy & security, health informatics, and electronic health records. Researchers at Texas State collaborate with Austin businesses and across academic disciplines to address current and emerging health IT challenges. Our students and researchers are fortunate to participate in the exciting health tech innovation occurring in Austin. Some of these opportunities have evolved through Texas State’s participation as a HIMSS Academic Organizational Affiliate and National Health IT Week partner."


Assistant Professor

Department of Health Information Management

College of Health Professions

Texas State University


"In recent years, Austin has seen an unprecedented capital investments in Healthcare Technologies such as population health and Internet of Things (IoT). With a targeted investment approach, Healthcare organization in Texas can take advantage of their close proximity to such innovative technologies, to find better ways to improve patient engagement and drive down costs."

 Ali Kia 

Recent Graduate - Health Informatics and Health IT Professional Education Program at UT Austin

Epic Applicatoin Analyst II - Baylor Scott & White Health


September Austin HIMSS Happy Hour  




                                      Photos by Dan Greenfield

September 2017 Austin HIMSS Lunch and Learn - Machine Learning and Diagnosing Familial Hypercholesterolemia

 In case you missed our September Lunch & Learn.



The Lunch and Learn featured a presentation by Kelly Myers, CEO, Founder, Atomo, Inc. and Chief Technology Officer of the Familial Hypercholesterolemia Foundation. He discussed leveraging machine learning technology to find the 90 percent of undiagnosed individuals with the most common dominantly inherited disorder.  Here is an post event interview with Austin HIMSS member Dan Greenfield.


Here are the slides and audio portion of the presentation.





August 2017 Austin HIMSS Lunch and Learn - RTLS Technology and Healthcare 

In case you missed our August Lunch & Learn.

The Austin HIMSS August Lunch & Learn explored Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) Technology which featured members of Sonitor Technologies' leadership.

Here Austin HIMSS member Dan Greenfield does a post interview with Sandra Rasmussen, Sonitor Technologies’ Sales and Marketing Senior Vice President who discusses RTLS Healthcare use cases, collective intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT).

For more information, here are the presentation slides from the August Lunch & Learn.

Stay tuned details for the Tuesday, September 12 Austin HIMSS Lunch & Learn. The discussion will explore Machine Learning technologies and the opportunities for healthcare.


July 2017 Austin HIMSS Lunch and Learn - A Personal Health Tech Story


An Austin Entrepreneur Gets Personal and Shares His Health Tech Journey

Dr Stephen Bekanich - Iris Plans Co-founder was another of our panelists at the Austin HIMSS Lunch & Learn on Hot Young Health Tech Companies earlier this month. 

Austin HIMSS member Dan Greenfield caught up with him in his new office space where he shared his journey to health tech and his insights about health tech in Austin.


July 2017 Austin HIMSS Lunch and Learn - Hot Young Austin Health Tech Companies



In case you missed our July Lunch & Learn.

The Austin HIMSS July Lunch & Learn - Hot Young Austin Health Tech Companies - lived up to its billing. Moderated by Emma Cartmell, Founding Partner of Carmell, LLC, the panel featured

  • Zach Jiwa - CEO and Co-Founder, MI7
  • Bob Teague, MD - CMO, SocialCare
  • Stephen Bekanich, MD - Co-Founder and CMO, Iris Plans
  • Gray Hancock - COO, Decisio Health 

The discussion explored Austin as a health tech hub, the backgrounds of the panelists and their companies and the challenges of starting a health tech company. Featured here are interviews that Austin HIMSS member Dan Greenfield did with a few of the panelists. They gave some added insight into health tech startups and the Austin health tech scene.

Stay tuned for details for the August 8 2017 Austin HIMSS Lunch & Learn. The discussion will explore Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) Technology.


Special Austin HIMSS Event Held at the Dell Medical School in June

In case you missed it, here is a post Interview with  Karen DeSalvo, MD, former Assistant Acting Secretary for Health and Human Services and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Together with the Austin Healthcare Council, we held a special Austin HIMSS Chapter event last month at the Dell Medical School. 

The “armchair chat” featured Karen DeSalvo, MD, former Assistant Acting Secretary for Health and Human Services and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Steve Steffensen, MD, Chief, Learning Health System at the Dell Medical School. 

The discussion covered a wide range of health tech and public health topics including the use of data and the pending healthcare legislation in Congress.

We hope to see you at our regularly scheduled Lunch and Learn on this Tuesday, July 11, which will feature a panel discussion with some of Austin’s hot young health tech companies.


Austin HIMSS Chapter Leader, Emma Cartmell, Awarded the John A. Page Outstanding Service Award! 

The Austin HIMSS Chapter made a return trip to the Awards Gala last week to honor one of our chapter leaders and co-founder of the Chapter.  Emma Cartmell was awarded the John A. Page Outstanding Service Award.  This award is given each year to an individual recognizing them for sustained exceptional service to the society.  Congratulations Emma!


Austin HIMSS Mission...

"To lead change in the healthcare information and management systems field through knowledge sharing, advocacy, collaboration, innovation, and community affiliations."

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is focused on the optimal use of information technology and systems management for the improvement of human health.The Austin HIMSS chapter represents professionals in healthcare within their regionally assigned territories and promotes improved understanding of the existing principles of healthcare information and management systems. The Austin HIMSS chapter started in September 2004 and has had a strong following since that time. The chapter meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month.