March 2016 Austin HIMSS Newsletter

Message from the President > >

Hello chapter members,

March was a very busy month for HIMSS. The month began with the annual conference in Las Vegas, NV with over 40,000 attendees representing providers, payers, consultants, and over 1300 vendors.  If you have not attended a national conference you should put it on your professional bucket list to do so.  It is quite the experience to learn from and network with our industry's top professionals. Common topics of the conference were analytics, patient engagement, FHIR standards, security, new payment models, just to name a few. The conference concluded with a keynote from Peyton Manning just days before his NFL retirement announcement. If his current job of selling pizzas and singing insurance company jingles doesn't work out, he'll be in high demand on the leadership speaking circuit. He was excellent.
A highlight of the week was attending the HIMSS Gala Awards Banquet with fellow Austin HIMSS board members in which we received the Small Chapter of the Year award. This was the first time our chapter received this award and serves as a testament to the hard work done by members who built this chapter.   
The following week consisted of two additional events. Our monthly speaker was David Baker, Chief Architect for Ascension Information Services. Dave's presentation focused on enterprise architecture and the application of this disciple to help drive strategic planning. If you missed the presentation you can access his slides on our website. The following Friday was our first social of the year and done in conjunction with SXSW and the British Embassy. There is so much going on in healthcare IT and particularly in Austin, I'd like to encourage all of you to recruit friends and colleagues to the chapter. Something I like to do is forward these monthly newsletters to help spark interest. In my opinion, the $39/yr membership is well worth it for what you get in return.  We've grown by 20% (100 members) in the last 6 months.
I hope to see you at our next monthly educational event. Dr. Sriram Vishwanath, Ph.D. will discuss high precision analytics that can improve both care and risk management with the healthcare ecosystem. As mentioned above, this topic was consistent throughout the HIMSS conference.  We're very lucky to have such a great speaker in Austin to discuss this topic.  
Lastly, please consider attending our TX regional HIMSS meeting in Houston May 12-13th. Registration information can be found at
All the best,
-Doug Burkott, FHIMSS
President, Austin HIMSS Chapter

2016 Education and Networking Events > >

Austin HIMSS April Lunch and Learn - April 12th

Click Here to register for this event.


PLEASE RSVP by clicking on the link above or button below by MIDNIGHT on April 7th 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 and sign up here

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 ( Be sure to check out our FAQ section for answers to commonly asked questions.

Upcoming Austin HIMSS Chapter Lunch and Learn Events



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

Presenter: Sriram Vishwanath, Ph.D., Professor at UT School of Electrical 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 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: and navigating to the topic sub-pages.

News and Announcements > >

               Austin HIMSS Chapter Sponsor Spotlight


Healthcare and Life Sciences are growing into a vastly complex and dynamic industry, requiring a high level of expertise at every level. Luna Health Sciences Solutions (LHSS), a Luna Data Company, specializes in filling the talent gap between Healthcare/Life Sciences and leading edge technology Solutions. LHSS is comprised of an accomplished team of professionals with expertise in Health/Life Sciences and Technology with core competencies in data science, med-tech, bio-tech, and health-tech.

Understanding our client’s challenges and goals helps us to focus on finding the right candidate for their talent acquisition needs. We provide a strategic, customized approach to ensure the delivery of exceptional talent to facilitate project solutions and success.

Luna Data Solutions Company is one of the fastest growing, full spectrum recruiting firms in the country. We support clients of all industry types and complexity. Servicing several staffing models including contract, contract to hire, direct hire, payroll, and retained search services. Luna Data Solutions is comprised of four (4) practices including Government, Technology, Creative and Marketing and Health Sciences.

Founded over 16 years ago in Austin, Texas, Luna Data Solutions has expanded services nationwide, seeking to solve business questions through personnel and consultation answers coast to coast.

Local Contact: John Broadous - Vice President, Business Development

HIMSS Gala Awards Banquet - Austin Chapter of the Year Award! 

We were honored to receive the Small Chapter of the Year Award at the HIMSS Awards Gala on Thursday, March 3rd during the 2016 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas. Once again 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!


Austin HIMSS Chapter SXSWi Networking Event

Thank you to the 300 people who showed up at our SXSWi networking event, there was a great mix from our local chapter, the Dell Medical School and UKTI. Everyone had a great time networking over British drinks and snacks, feedback was that it was our best event yet! Some of our membership got to meet leading Digital Health companies from the UK and give them advise on how to bring their products to market in the US. Thanks to the Houston Consular General team and UKTI for being such great hosts!

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

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 HIMSS Chapter Website > >

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