August 2015 Austin HIMSS Newsletter

Upcoming Education & Networking Opportunities > >

Austin HIMSS Chapter Lunch and Learn Event - September 8th

September 8th, 2015 from 11:30am - 1:00pm

Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin, TX 78712
Click Here to register for this event and reserve your lunch.


Lunch and Learn Webcast Information

If you would like to join our meetings LIVE, CLICK HERE or join at the following web address:

Use VoIP (headset recommended) and please mute your microphone. Or to access by phone dial: 630-869-1020, Access Code: 918-408-491. If Audio PIN is required:  It will be shown after joining the meeting. Meeting ID: 918-408-491. Please do not put this meeting on "hold", it could play music and ruin the webcast for all others, or allow background noise.

Upcoming Austin HIMSS Chapter Lunch and Learn Events > >


Session: Post Texas Legislative Session Wrap-up

Presenter: Tony Gilman, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Health Services Authority

When: Tuesday, September 8th  


Session: TBD

Presenter: Dr. Clay Johnston, Dean, UT Medical School in Austin

When: Tuesday, October 13th 


Session: FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources): The Emerging HL7 Data Exchange Standard

Presenter: Darrell Woelk, Chief Data Scientist, SocialCare

When: Tuesday, November 10th


Session: CIO Panel

Presenters: TBD

When: Tuesday, December 8th

Austin HIMSS Membership > >

Renew today! For as little as $30, 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 is revamping its sponsorship program to give even more opportunities and visibility to our chapter sponsors. If you are a current sponsor, you will soon receive news about the changes.  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

News & Announcements > >

2015 Austin HIMSS Chapter Scholarships Awarded

The Austin HIMSS chapter is pleased to award five scholarships for education in Health Information Technology to Texas students. The award recipients are students currently enrolled in a range of programs that will culminate in the achievement of BA degrees, BBAs, MBAs, and professional HIT certification with career goals that range from Healthcare Administration to Chief Innovation Officer. We are proud to have them as members of our Austin HIMSS Chapter!


Lana Alborno (Austin, TX); Concordia University Texas - BA in Business Administration, Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

FeAna Francis Devaraj (Austin, TX); The University of Texas at Austin – Health IT certificate program

Brittany Partridge (Kyle, TX); University of Texas at Tyler – MBA in Healthcare Administration

Amanda Ramos-Blake (Cedar Park, TX); Concordia University Texas - BA in Health Care Administration

Charles S. Sisemseghan (Austin, TX); The University of Texas at Austin – Health IT certificate program


This program is aimed at providing financial assistance to deserving students in the current academic year. For 2016, we are looking for candidates who are actively pursuing Undergraduate, Graduate, and Certificate Programs at accredited academic institutions and who see healthcare Information Technology playing a meaningful role in their current or future careers. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis, during the second quarter.

Requirements – Students must:

  • Be enrolled in an institute of higher education serving the Austin Chapter geographic area
  • Focus of study must be in the areas of healthcare science, technology or public policy
  • Be an active member in good standing of the Austin Chapter of HIMSS

Watch for announcements about 2016 scholarships in the coming months!


Austin HIMSS Chapter August

Sponsor Spotlight

Leidos Health

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Company Announcement

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Austin HIMSS Chapter Website

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