Austin HIMSS President's Message - March 2017

Hello Austin HIMSS Chapter members,

Last week over 40,000 healthcare IT professionals gathered in Orlando to share ideas on the future of healthcare. Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM delivered the opening keynote and discussed the possibilities artificial intelligence can offer healthcare. She highlighted the progress IBM Watson is making in this space and how computers can augment the practice of medicine. Other topics that garnered a lot of attention are precision medicine and interoperability.  In the closing keynote delivered by Kevin O’Leary (of ‘Shark Tank’ fame), he expressed his excitement for innovation in healthcare and the amount of investment capital is currently being spent.  However, he commented that the industry needs to solve the interoperability problem just as the financial industry has made interoperability and speed of transmission ubiquitous.


The Austin HIMSS Chapter made a return trip to the Awards Gala last week to honor one of our chapter leaders and co-founder of the Chapter.  Emma Cartmell was awarded the John A. Page Outstanding Service Award.  This award is given each year to an individual recognizing them for sustained exceptional service to the society.  Congratulations Emma!



SXSW 2017: UK Innovation in Digital Health and Med Tech

March 13th, 5.00pm-8.00pm at the Speak Easy on Congress.

The event will be during SXSW in conjunction with the UK Consular Generals Office and Department of International Trade and Investment. Come and meet your HIT colleagues from the UK, learn about the innovation community in the UK and Austin. Drinks and appetizers on us!

Address: Speak Easy, 412 Congress Ave D, Austin, TX 78701


HIT Advocacy in 2017


Join fellow health care technology professionals as we advocate for key Health Information Technology issues to help create safer and more efficient health care systems. Texas Health IT Day will include visits with Texas legislators to introduce and discuss important topics in the morning, speaker and panel presentations in the afternoon, and will wrap up with a networking social that evening.

We need you to join us and participate in a variety of activities planned for the day that include everything from meetings with our legislators to helping with our programs and social. We look forward to you and your colleagues joining us for a productive day in our state's capitol.

Topics of critical importance to Texans include:

  • Texas Healthcare IT Update
  • Federal Update
  • Cybersecurity
  • Telemedicine
  • Zika Syndromic Surveillance

Speakers will also participate in a panel to discuss topics such as the Immunization Registry Bill, Opioid Abuse, Precision Medicine, the Cancer moonshot and the 21st Century Cures Act.

Following the event, we will hold a social gathering at the The DoubleTree Suites nearby. The Double Tree is our preferred hotel, to make reservations, call the hotel at 800-222-8733 or use this link: Texas Health & Information Technology. Use the code THI to get our discount.



New Sponsor

Austin HIMSS welcomes Taylor Healthcare as its new sponsor!

Taylor Healthcare is a software technology company servicing the healthcare industry with a broad spectrum of tangible solutions primarily in the acute, long-term care and payer markets. We help our customers standardize and manage communications across the continuum of care, enabling them to engage the right person with the right information at the right time to influence behavior and achieve desired outcomes. Our technologies facilitate automation through the Registration Process, the Consent Form Process and in Patient Engagement and Patient Follow Up.

All the best,