July 2015 Austin HIMSS Newsletter

Message from the Chapter President > >

As the newly elected President of the Austin HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors, I am both humbled and excited to have the opportunity to work with dedicated professionals in health IT. Over the course of the next year, the Austin HIMSS Board Members and I will be focused on the urgency to get up, get out and get going -- to improve healthcare. We can either watch from the sidelines or be involved in the evolutionary changes in healthcare. My team and I choose to be part of a solution and desire to make a significant contribution by impacting our healthcare system in a positive way. I look forward to exchanging ideas with Austin HIMSS members and I encourage members to actively participate in our Chapter. Because together we can make a difference!

Jack Walker, Chapter President

Upcoming Education & Networking Opportunities > >

Austin HIMSS Chapter June Lunch and Learn Event - July 14th

July 14, 2015 from 11:30am - 1:00pm

Thompson Conference Center, 2405 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin, TX 78712

July 2015 LnL

Unfortunately, the deadline to reserve a lunch has passed.

You can still attend by registering onsite. There is an onsite

registration fee of $15.00 - including members.



Lunch and Learn Webcast Information

If you would like to join our meetings at noon CLICK HERE or join at the following web address: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/918408491

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: High Alert program

Presenter: Dr. Chris Ziebell, ED Medical Director, Brackenridge

When: Tuesday, August 11th


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: TBD

Presenter: TBD

When: Tuesday, November 10th


Session: CIO Panel

Presenters: TBD

When: Tuesday, December 8th

Come and hack health care with athenahealth! - July 24th - 26th

athenahealth is hosting a hackathon at their Austin offices on July 25-26th as part of their More Disruption Please (MDP) program! Health care presents a huge opportunity for those interested in creating change through technology, and needs insight from experts in all different industries.  So 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 will provide access to athenahealth's APIs and other tools to help you create game changing  solutions for health care providers and patients. Check out what last year's hackers came up with. Ready to pioneer change? Sign up now!

The Details:

When: July 24th - 26th, 2015 


July 24: Networking reception at Capital Factory,  7-9pm

July 25-26th athenahealth Austin offices, 800 W. Cesar Chavez St.

Website: www.athenahealth.com/mdp-hackathon

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 > >

If you would like visibility with health care stakeholders in the greater Austin area, consider sponsoring the Austin HIMSS Chapter.  It’s only $400 a year.  For more information, contact Shannon Vogel at austin.sponsorship@himsschapter.org.

News & Announcements > >

2015-2016 Austin HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors Announcement

Each year we get the opportunity to thank those who served as our chapter's volunteer board of directors and welcome new members for the current year. Board members are responsible for the day to day operations as well as the strategic planning of the chapter. We truly appreciate the time invested and commitment made by each, for without their participation the chapter would cease to exist. Each member has been a member of the Austin Chapter for at least one year and has been voted on to the board.We would like to extend a special thank you to Anne Foley (Membership Chair) and James A. Cooley (Program Chair) for their service and exceptional contribution during the 2014-2015 year. They will be missed, but we look forward to working with them in the future.

To the 2015-2016 Austin HIMSS Chapter Board of Directors

President: Jack Walker

Vice President: Doug Burkott

Past President: Lillian Prince

Advocacy: Chuck Durant 

Communications/Web: Dawn Haberkorn

Membership: Kristin Norton

Secretary: Joshua Berman


Social Events: Emma Cartmell

Special Board Advisor: Debbie Vogel

Sponsorship: Shannon Vogel

Treasurer: Jacob Bilich

Austin HIMSS Chapter July

Sponsor Spotlight

OnRamp Access, LLC
Austin HIMSS Sponsor Since 2012

About OnRamp

Since OnRamp was founded in Austin, Texas in 1994, we have developed from a small Internet Service Provider (ISP) into a leading data center services company offering high security and hybrid hosting solutions. OnRamp specializes in working with companies to ensure compliance in the healthcare, financial services and other industries with high security needs, helping them meet the rigorous compliance requirements associated with HIPAA, PCI, SOX, FISMA and FERPA. http://www.onr.com

How Does OnRamp Embody HIMSS Vision - Better health through information technology?

Like businesses across industry, healthcare organizations are rapidly adopting outsourced technologies, including cloud computing, to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, increase patient safety, decrease medical errors, and strengthen the interaction between patients and healthcare providers. Our work is at the foundation of these objectives. We embody HIMSS Vision by providing the technology and resources required to help businesses achieve these goals.

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!