November 2014 Austin HIMSS Newsletter


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Austin HIMSS Chapter December Lunch and Learn Event

December 9, 2014
Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Dr.
Austin, TX 78712

Dec 2014 LNL 

PLEASE RSVP by clicking on the button below:

To reserve your lunch meal ($15 for non-members)

and to ensure we have an accurate head count for

meeting room setup needs, it is important to RSVP by

December 4th. There is an onsite registration fee of

$15.00 for all late registrants - including members.



Specialized Program for High Utilizers in One Hospital Network Presented by HHSC

December 2, 2014
9:30 am - 10:30 am

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Please join Dr. Christopher Ziebell (Emergency Department Medical Director at the University Medical Center Brackenridge) for an informative webinar on their innovative and effective High Alert emergency department overutilization program. Dr. Ziebell serves on the Board of Trustees of SETON Healthcare and the Board of Managers of Emergency Service Partners; is Executive Director of Hospital Physicians in Clinical Research; and, chairs the EMS Steering Committee of the Travis County Medical Society. Dr. Ziebell graduated his Emergency Medicine Residency at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan in 1993 and is a 1990 graduate of the University of Minnesota School Of Medicine.

Dr. Ziebell describes the program this way: "SETON’s High Alert Program is a specialized, focused case management program. In this program, we develop individualized care plans based on the particular circumstances of individuals. These care plans can be electronically pushed into future clinical encounters to ensure the individualized plan is followed, resulting in consistent care directed at the specific patient. In this webinar, we will discuss the origins of the program, the implementation, and some examples of outcomes created within the program."

The event is sponsored by the Health Policy & Clinical Services division of Texas HHSC and the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency. More information on the High Alert program may be found here: Those interested in attending in person are welcome at the DSHS K-100 Lecture Hall, 1100 W. 49th St., Austin, TX, 78756. Feel free to email for additional information.


News & Announcements > >

Austin HIMSS 10th Anniversary Celebration  

We had a fantastic turnout for our 10th Anniversary bash and appreciate those who were able to join us for the festivities! It was a great opportunity to network, share stories, listen to a wonderful band and enjoy some delicious food. A very special thank you to all who made this event possible and to our members for their continued support and participation. It has been wonderful serving our membership for the last 10 years and we look forward to an amazing next 10 years! To view pictures of the bash, Click Here to visit our Facebook page.


Austin HIMSS Advocacy Chair Announcement - Welcome Chuck!

Chuck Durant, FACHEThe Austin HIMSS Board is pleased to announce Chuck Durant as the new Advocacy Chair. He replaces Jack Walker, who has assumed the Vice President Chair position. Chuck has jumped into his new role, returning recently from an advocacy training event in Washington DC and immediately stepping up to lead the organization of volunteers for the Texas Health IT Forum at the Austin State Capitol in February. Chuck has served as a healthcare executive and has over thirty years of experience, with achievements in acute care hospitals, health systems, hospital operations, new hospital development, joint-ventures, ambulatory care, construction and surgical services.
 We are excited to have him on board and look forward to an exciting legislative session in 2015!

Austin HIMSS Chapter Website

The Austin Chapter of HIMSS is pleased to announce the release of our new website, designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation, updated with the latest
information about our chapter. It has been crafted to reflect what our members told us they need now and builds upon technology capable of addressing future needs.

The New URL as of September 1st is:

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!

Please make note that our email addresses have changed as well. Look for communications and information on chapter activities from and membership information from

We welcome feedback and suggestions!

The Austin Texas Chapter has been awarded the AdStamp

Ambassador Level of Advocacy Award!

We are very proud and honored to announce that the Austin Texas Chapter has been awarded the 2014 Ambassador Level of Advocacy Award. This pretigeous award is presented to HIMSS Chapters that have demonstrated leadership and commitment to health IT advocacy. We appreciate and recognize all who were involved and contributed to this effort!   


   We wish you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!