May 2016 Austin HIMSS Newsletter

Message from the President 

Hello chapter members,

Last week was filled with events for Austin HIMSS Chapter members.  Last Tuesday we heard from David Smith who is the President of Social Care and his topic was "The future of work".   His summary and predictions of what the workforce and particularly the US healthcare workforce will look like in the coming generation was shocking.  Example: Currently the fastest growing segment of the workforce are in the late baby boomer generation and the smallest are recent college graduates.  The employment dynamics of the previous 30 years will look nothing like the next 30 years.   I’d like to invite you to view his presentation that will be posted on our chapter website this week.

The second event last week was the Texas HIMSS regional conference in Houston.  Approximately 700 healthcare IT professionals attended the event.  Aside from the fantastic group of speakers from local and national organizations, there was plenty of time for networking in between events.   I believe that connecting with peers in the industry is just as important as the knowledge gained in the educations sessions and vendor discussions.   I'm already looking forward to next year's regional event which will be held in San Antonio.

Lastly, the 2016-17 Austin HIMSS Board elections will take place this week.   We were able to find some great Austin Board volunteers at the regional event who are excited to join the board next year.  Look for the voting email to arrive in your email in the coming week.

All the best,

-Doug Burkott, FHIMSS

President, Austin HIMSS Chapter


Upcoming Education & Networking Events > >

Austin HIMSS Chapter June Lunch and Learn - June 14th


To register for this event CLICK HERE

PLEASE RSVP by clicking on the link above or button below by MIDNIGHT on June 9th 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.




Upcoming Austin HIMSS Chapter Lunch and Learn Events


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

Presenter: Julie Rennecker, PhD, BSN, Founder of The Management Doc, LLC

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 > >

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!

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 > >

For more information about the Austin Chapter of HIMSS and how to join, please visit: 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

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We welcome feedback and suggestions!