April 2016 Austin HIMSS Newsletter

Message from the President > >

Hello Chapter Members,

For those of you who made it to the Tuesday lunch & learn I'm sure you were just as impressed with the speaker and the topic as I was. Dr. Vishwanath's presentation on high precision predictive analytics was fantastic. He was running short on time but the audience agreed to forego the typical 15 min Q&A so he could finish his discussion. I was thankful to him to not only make the time to speak with the chapter, but he made himself available for questions after the session was over. Also, a sincere thank you to John Broadous from Luna Data Solutions for sponsoring the lunch at the event.
Last week was National Volunteer Week. I can't stress enough how important volunteerism is with this chapter. The Austin HIMSS Board and other chapter members spend a considerable amount of time keeping this chapter operating at a high tempo. We are very lucky to have such a great group of healthcare IT professionals be involved with this chapter.  General James Doolittle famously said "There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer." Volunteering is a good habit to get into. I wanted to mention each of our chapter volunteers:
Past President:  Lillian Prince
Secretary: Josh Berman
Treasurer:  Jake Bilich
Social Events: Emma Cartmell *Also a TX Regional HIMSS conference volunteer
Advocacy:  Chuck Durant
Communications: Dawn Deakin
Membership: Kristin Norton *Also a TX Regional HIMSS conference volunteer
Sponsorship:  Shannon Vogel *Also a HIMSS National Chapter Task Force volunteer supporting other HIMSS chapter leaders
Student Liasion:  Megan Anderson
TX HIMSS Regional planning committee volunteers:
Erin Scales - Program Chair
Anne Foley - Program Committee
Jeff Nordyke - Finance Chair
If you are interested in seeking volunteer opportunities within the chapter please reach out to me directly at austin.president@himsschapter.org. One simple activity you can do without formally volunteering would be to promote the Austin HIMSS chapter within your organization and professional network. Forwarding the monthly newsletter is a great way to spark interest.
The TX HIMSS Regional conference is less than a month away.  It will be May 12-13th at the Houston Westin Galleria. Information and registration can be found at www.himssregional.com. Last year's TX regional event was held here in Austin and we hosted over 700 healthcare IT professionals. The Houston event this year is shaping up to have similar attendance. I think you'll be impressed with the list of topics and speakers that will be presenting.
Lastly, our next lunch & learn will be May 10th. David Smith from SocialCare will discuss "The Future of Work".
All the best,
Doug Burkott, FHIMSS
President, Austin HIMSS Chapter

2016 Education and Networking Events > >

Austin HIMSS May Lunch and Learn - May 10th

Click Here to register for this event.

PLEASE RSVP by clicking on the link above or button below by MIDNIGHT on May 5th to reserve your meal and seating. If you do not RSVP by the deadline, you may not receive lunch.

To reserve your lunch meal ($15.00 for non-members)

and to ensure we have an accurate head count for

meeting room setup needs, it is important to RSVP.

There is an onsite registration fee of $15.00 for all

late registrants - including members.



athenahealth Hackathon - April 23rd-24th

athenahealth is hosting a hackathon in Austin on April 23-24th as part of our More Disruption Please (MDP) program! The goal of this event is to bring together smart, forward-thinkers to produce solutions that will disrupt the status quo. If you are an engineer, entrepreneur, physician, designer, scientist, patient, or just interested in using your skills to drive a change in health care, then we want you!

We’ll provide you with tools to make your idea a reality, including access to APIs that integrate with athena’s solutions – you bring the innovation and passion! Learn more at mdphackathon.devpost.com and sign up here

2016 Texas Regional HIMSS Conference - May 12th-13th

The 2016 Texas Regional HIMSS Conference will be held May 12-13, 2016 in Houston, Texas. This is our 8th year for this exciting conference that brings together over 700 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors from around the state of Texas that focus on new innovations, opportunities and progressive solutions to improve healthcare technology. Exceptional education, world-class speakers, cutting-edge health IT products and powerful networking opportunities are hallmarks of this Texas flavored conference.

Please use the on-line registration tool to reserve your spot today!  You can pay online using all major debit/credit cards.  All sponsorship options are first come first serve and are going fast! You can also review all the conference details at the event website (http://himssregional.com). Be sure to check out our FAQ section for answers to commonly asked questions.

Upcoming Austin HIMSS Chapter Lunch and Learn Events


Session: The Future of Work in HealthCare

Presenter: David Smith, President, SocialCare

When: May 10th


Session:  Informed Choices: Taking the Guesswork out of Technology Procurement

Presenter: Julie Rennecker, PhD, BSN

When:  June 14th


Session: An Inside Look at Modern Telemedicine

Presenter: Andy O'Hara, Founder and CEO, Chiron Health

When: July 12th 


Session: Enhancing Public Health Practice with HIT

Presenter: Julie Graves, MD, MPH, PhD, FAAFP, Regional Medical Director of Health Services Region 6/5 South, Texas Department of State Health Services

When: August 9th


Session: Mobile and IoT Technology in Healthcare and the Risks to ePHI

Presenter: Chad Kissinger, Founder, OnRamp

When: September 13th


Session: Better Outcomes, Lower Costs: Succeeding with Super-Utilizers in Houston

Presenter: Bryan Bolton, Business Development Manager, Primary Care Innovation Center (PCIC)

When: October 11th


Session: Annual CIO/CEO panel

When: December 13th

Ongoing Webinar Series - Texas Health and Human Services

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has an ongoing webinar series covering various quality improvement topics. It is complimentary and open to the public. Topic range from super-utilizer management to value-based payment reform. To get on the webinar invitation list, please email hpcs_quality@hhsc.state.tx.us. Webinar invitations you receive may also be forward to others with interest in the topic covered. A number of past web events may be found by accessing the HHSC Quality website at: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/hhsc_projects/ECI/index.shtml and navigating to the topic sub-pages.

News and Announcements > >

Welcome to the Austin HIMSS Board of Directors Student Liaison

The Austin HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors is proud to announce that the newly added Student Liaison position has been filled...We would like to extend a warm welcome to Megan Anderson!


Megan Anderson is a graduate student at Texas State University in the Masters of Healthcare Administration program. She earned a BS in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences from Texas Tech University in 2015. Megan is currently a Graduate Instructional Assistant in the department of Healthcare Administration and is serving in the Texas Army National Guard as a finance management technician. She has also held positions in both sales and marketing.
 Megan's future goal is to run a safety net hospital at the C-Suite level to raise awareness of health disparities. Her personal belief is that through better controlled health information technology, a health system can run more effectively and efficiently while providing better patient centered care. She is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executive and Medical Group Management Association. Her favorite quote is “alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” (Helen Keller). 
We look forward to working with her in the coming months!

Nominate your Healthcare Communication Innovation for Seton's The Future of Care: Healthcare Innovation Awards - Nominations Being Accepted

Presented at The Future of Care: Innovation Luncheon
April 27, 2016 at The Four Seasons Austin

hosted by the President’s Council for Dell Seton Medical Center at UT


Communication across healthcare teams and with patients and families is a central challenge to delivering high quality healthcare that puts patients at the center of their own care. How can we connect doctors, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, caregivers, and patients? How can we ensure access to up-to-date patient data? How do we change existing workflows to ensure that potential solutions are adopted in the healthcare system?

Recognition will be for the best innovations that address the communication challenge to improve the patient’s experience with healthcare. Nominations can be for solutions in hardware, software, services, digital health, health policy and law, care delivery, payment…or other areas we’ve not yet imagined! Seton is calling on entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators, investors, and system disrupters to join in. Share your work, or nominate someone you know. 

Prizes:  Prizes include a one-year mentorship and an invitation to collaborate with clinical teams and leaders at the forefront of redesigning healthcare in the accelerated practice lab that is Dell Seton Medical Center at UT.

Selection Panel:  Emma Cartmell • Coleman Fung • Kristi Henderson • Tom Meredith • Mike Millard • Mellie Price
Ruben Rathnasingham • Michelle Skelding • Ingrid Vanderveldt • Steve Warach • Peter Zandan

Nominations can be submitted beginning January 25th. Learn more at seton.net/innovation-awards

Austin HIMSS Membership > >

Renew today! For as little as $39, you support a year's worth of educational programming  and networking opportunities with our monthly Lunch an Learns, quarterly Happy Hours, and other special events like our annual CIO Forum with a local chapter membership. We also provide scholarships for Health IT education with your membership dollars. These are a few of the benefits of membership. Please join or renew today!

Sponsorship Opportunities > >

The Austin HIMSS Chapter has revamped its sponsorship program to give even more opportunities and visibility to our chapter sponsors. If you are not a sponsor, but are interested, please reach out to Shannon Vogel, our sponsor chair, to receive information or visit our website. Shannon can be reached at austin.sponsorship@himsschapter.org.

Austin HIMSS Chapter Website > >

For more information about the Austin Chapter of HIMSS and how to join, please visit: http://austin.himsschapter.org. We will continue to expand our online content to bring you the most up-to-date and relevant information. Don't forget to bookmark our site and visit our LinkedIn and Facebook sites! Also, look for communications and information on chapter activities from austin.communications@himsschapter.org.

For questions about Membership contact: austin.membership@himsschapter.org

For questions about Sponsorship opportunities contact: austin.sponsorship@himsschapter.org

We welcome feedback and suggestions!