February 2016 Austin HIMSS Newsletter

Message from the President > >

Hello chapter members,

I hope everyone enjoyed our last education event entitled, "Bridging the Data Gap: Emergency Medicine & Pre-Hospital Integration". Our speaker, Allen Johnson from ESO Solutions, explained the issues with the data silos that exist between ambulances and hospitals. Clearly there are use cases that improve patient outcomes especially with regard to a closed loop medication administration system, among others.
As a continuation on the discussion regarding how organizations can coordinate patient care among their data silos, our March speaker will be Dave Baker, Chief Architect for Ascension Information Services. He will be discussing how enterprise architecture can be used as a business strategy. All too often hospitals make purchasing decisions without regard for how those acquired systems will fit in with the overall solution suite.  Planning the business strategy by engaging the business leaders and soliciting their needs, healthcare organizations can use that detail to drive their technology roadmap. 
As a reminder, the deadline to apply for the Austin HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors Student Liaison position is February 24th. For details, please refer to the News and Announcements section of the newsletter below.
I'm looking forward to the National HIMSS Convention at the end of this month in Las Vegas, NV. I'm excited to attend the educational events and catch up with industry friends. I hope to see many of you there as well.  
All the best,
-Doug Burkott, FHIMSS
President, Austin HIMSS Chapter

2016 Education and Networking Events > >

2016 National HIMSS Conference & Exhibition - February 29th - March 4th


Some of the industry's brightest minds in health IT have addressed monumental issues in health transformation and will be ready to share them with you at the Views from the Top series at HIMSS16. Listen to top thought leaders as they provide perspectives on key health IT topics:

Care Transformation

  • CMIO and CIO: Partners in Optimization and Transformation
  • How Future-Proof HIT Infrastructure Supports Data Sharing


  • Clinical Informatics Leadership: A Profound Discussion
  • Shattering the Glass Ceiling: Lessons Learned for Aspiring Female Executives

Privacy & Security

  • Moving Targets: Assessing the Security of Mobile Devices in Healthcare


  • Applying Cognitive Computing to Population Health
  • The Promise and the Possibilities of Personalized Medicine

Register Here

Austin HIMSS March Lunch and Learn - March 8th

Click Here to register for this event.


PLEASE RSVP by clicking on the button above by MIDNIGHT on
March 3rd 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.



Austin HIMSS Chapter Happy Hour "Save the Date" - March 11th

Austin HIMSS Chapter Members please save the date, March 11th 5pm-7pm. Back by popular demand the Chapter will be hosting a happy hour during SXSWi with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the Dell Medical School. UKTI will be featuring leading UK HIT companies and providing great networking opportunities with drinks and appetizers. 
Official invites will be sent out soon, please save the date!

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

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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: Enterprise Architecture as a Strategy

Presenter: Dave Baker, Chief Architect, Ascension Health

When: Tuesday, March 8th


Session: High-Precision Predictive Analytics: Case Studies for
Providers and Payers

Presenter: Sririam Vishwanath, Ph.D., Professor at UT School of Elec. Engineering

When: April 12th


Session: TBD

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 > >

Student Liaison Position on the Austin HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors Being Added - Deadline is February 24th

The Austin HIMSS Chapter understands that the students involved in HIT today are critical for the HIT of tomorrow! To show our support for students aspiring to develop careers in the Health Information Technology field, we have added a special Student Liaison position to the Austin HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors. Like the rest of the Austin HIMSS Board, this is a volunteer position. Benefits for the selected student include:

  • Introductions to and networking with potential employers, corporate executives, academics, government personnel, and others working in the HIT field.
  • Attending Austin HIMSS Chapter events for free.
  • Attending and participating in monthly Austin HIMSS Chapter Board Meetings as a non-voting member.
  • Working directly with the Board on projects to assist the Austin HIMSS Chapter.
  • A certificate for volunteer service if wanted, as well as letters of reference.

This position is currently open and we are offering this opportunity to an undergraduate or graduate student in the Austin region who meets the following requirements: 

  • A current member of the Austin HIMSS Chapter
  • Willing to commit to a 1-year term that will run in conjunction with the Board
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Willing to commit to the following responsibilities:
  • Connect with other healthcare IT student groups in Austin.
  • Actively market the Austin HIMSS Chapter and events.
  • Regularly attend Chapter events and monthly board meetings.
  • Assist membership chair with syncing up LinkedIn group and Membership roster.
  • Work at the registration table at during Chapter events.
  • Perform other duties as assigned (including but not limited to promoting scholarship opportunities within the education community, researching presentation topics, assisting with new member on-boarding, etc).

Please send your CV to austin.communications@himsschapter.org. The deadline to apply for this position is: February 24th.

               Austin HIMSS Chapter Sponsor Spotlight


Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIN), a Fortune 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, small businesses, enterprise organizations and carrier partners across the U.S. Windstream offers bundled services, including broadband, security solutions, voice and digital TV to consumers. We also provide datacloud solutionsunified communications and managed services to business and enterprise clients. The company supplies core transport solutions on a local and long-haul fiber-optic network spanning approximately 121,000 miles.

Austin HIMSS Chapter Selected as the "HIMSS Chapter of the Year"! 

HIMSS National announced the 2015 Award and Scholarship Recipients and we are thrilled to report that the Austin HIMSS Chapter has been named the "Chapter of the Year" in the small chapter category. This prestigious award is designed to recognize chapters who have connected in a meaningful way with health IT entities and initiatives in their geographic region. “HIMSS is proud to honor individuals that have done an excellent job of contributing to our mission of improving health through the use of information technology,” said JoAnn W. Klinedinst, MEd, CPHIMS, PMP, DES, FHIMSS, vice president, professional development, HIMSS North America. “Congratulations to all of the award and scholarship recipients for their achievement and for the use of skills to improve health and healthcare through the use of IT.”

All award and scholarship recipients will be honored at the HIMSS Awards Gala on Thursday, March 3, from 6:30-9:00p.m., during the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb 29-March 4 in Las Vegas at the Venetian – Palazzo – Sands Expo Center. We would like to thank the Austin HIMSS Chapter Board Members and other volunteers who served over the last year for their hard work, participation, support and dedication to our chapter. Congratulations to all who made this possible!

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 $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 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!