September 2014 Austin HIMSS Newsletter

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Austin HIMSS Chapter September Lunch and Learn Event

September 9, 2014
Presenter Dr. Sharif, CMIO Resolute Health System
Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Dr.
Austin, TX 78712

September Austin HIMSS Lunch and Learn

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.

There is an onsite registration fee of $15.00 for all

late registrants - including members.


Webinar: Choosing Wisely Toward Quality Care

Monday, September 29, 2014

10:30 - 11:30am

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Please join Dr. Donald Wesson, immediate past chairman of the ABIM Foundation, for an informative presentation on the Choosing Wisely Campaign. Dr. Wesson is a board certified   internist and nephrologist and is currently Chief Academic Officer, Baylor Scott and White Health and Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine in Temple, Texas. This event is free and the public is   welcome. 
The Choosing Wisely Campaign of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation helps patients and their providers collaboratively choose the right care, based on the best available evidence.  The campaign encourages patients to engage in collaborative conversations with their providers to choose the most appropriate care for their medical concerns and to avoid unnecessary care that is not likely to improve their health and might even cause harm. The campaign began with physicians across   many specialty societies and organizations publicizing “5 things” (tests or procedures) that are sometimes done for patients for which there is little scientific evidence that they help patients get better and might even pose risks for harm.  These lists have sparked valuable conversations among providers and patients that have led to better partnerships between patients and their providers and to a re-design of many medical practices to “hard   wire” elements of Choosing Wisely into the daily practice of medicine. 
The event is sponsored by the Health Policy & Clinical Services division of Texas HHSC, the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency, and in cooperation with the Texas Medical Association (TMA). The TMA Choosing Wisely Campaign project is 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.

Austin HIMSS 10th Anniversary Party!

October 24, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Winflo Osteria
1315 W 6th St.
Austin, TX 78703
 10th Anniversary Celeb
If you would like to attend, please visit this invitation link:

National Health IT Week

September 17-18, 2014
NEW LOCATION!  Grand Hyatt
1000 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Across the nation, health IT stakeholders will participate in National Health IT Week, September 15-19, 2014. You have an opportunity to be directly involved by participating in HIMSS 13th Annual Policy Summit in Washington, DC, where you can: 
·         Become educated on how Congress is addressing healthcare reform
·         Learn health IT policy issues, priorities, and challenges
·         Develop effective communication strategies when meeting with legislators
·         Engage with your Members of Congress on health IT policy
·         Be part of the decision-making process and have a real impact
HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable (CAR) Offsite Meeting
Wednesday, September 17th 1:30pm – 4:30pm (MANDATORY) – this is the tentative time
Location: Grand Hyatt – Room TBD
Each year, Chapter Advocates gather for a face-to-face meeting and advocacy training session during Policy Summit. The offsite provides an opportunity for new and returning members to discuss the Roundtable’s mission and responsibilities, how education and outreach takes form throughout the fiscal year and gain valuable insight from a state official on their needs and interests.
NHIT Week 2014 Networking Reception & Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, September 17th 4:30pm – 6:30pm (OPTIONAL)
Location: Grand Hyatt – Room TBD
The Awards Reception offers the opportunity for our members and staff to network with other Summit attendees, key HIMSS committee and local HIMSS chapter leaders, and members from your state and local Congressional district.
HIMSS Policy Summit Breakfast Briefing
Thursday, September 18th 8:00am – 11:30am (MANDATORY)
Location: Grand Hyatt – Constitution C, D, E,
Join us for a program covering how to engage legislators and build relationships with those in office. We will also distribute Hill packets, cover the HIMSS FY14 Congressional Asks and prepare participants for the immediately following Hill visits.
In order to participate, you MUST register for the Policy Summit. If you are planning on attending the HIMSS Chapter Advocacy Roundtable Offsite Meeting, you are eligible for complimentary registration to the Policy Summit. A link to register is forthcoming and a complimentary registration code will be provided for Chapter Advocate use ONLY
Please RSVP to Julie Brown ( by August 1, 2014 to obtain your complimentary registration code. This code is reserved only for those who plan on attending the CAR Offsite meeting on September 17, 2014.
HIMSS 13th Annual Policy Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC.  HIMSS has a limited number of rooms set aside for Summit attendees.  To reserve your room, please reference “HIMSS” when calling central reservations at 888-421-1442 or you may reserve your room online here. The HIMSS group rate of $299 + 14.5% tax is available until Monday, August 18, 2014.Please note, September is a very busy month in Washington, DC so we encourage you to make your reservation early!


News & Announcements > >

NEW 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!