Northern California Chapter of HIMSS

Message from HIMSS NorCal on COVID-19 - March 19, 2020

Dear HIMSS NorCal Members,

A few weeks ago, HIMSS National made the difficult decision to move HIMSS20 to a virtual event for the first time in its 58 year history. In our last message, we told you that we planned to move ahead with our ePatient Summit scheduled for April 23 in San Francisco.

Unfortunately, the situation has evolved and Governor Newsom has declared a Shelter-in-Place. This has required us to pivot the ePatient Summit to be a virtual event as well. If you already registered for the event, you will receive a full refund within 2-3 business days.

State HIT Day, scheduled for May 5 in Sacramento, is still moving forward, but the current trajectory of events will likely lead to more restrictions which could cause that event to transition to virtual as well.

Virtual ePatient Summit

Despite the lack of a physical gathering, we still have fantastic content that many people have worked hard to produce. We are excited to offer the content to you virtually over 5-6 weeks via weekly one-hour sessions. Check out our agenda to see what is in store. We are eager to try this new format and to offer all of the content to you free of charge, please stay tuned for more information.

Remote Work

For some of you, this is business as usual. You know how to collaborate with distributed teams, you’ve got your plug-in coffee cup warmer and dual monitors in your home office, and maybe even a pet to keep you company. For many of us, though, working from home is a brand new challenge. There are good resources available on how to adjust, but we especially liked this this post. Also check out Seth Godin’s secrets to holding effective virtual meetings.

Stay Healthy, Stay Informed

The most important thing during this crisis is to stay informed from reliable sources, like the CDC and HIMSS National, and to stay healthy mentally and physically. Here are our quick tips:

  • Keep up your exercise routine as best you can. Can’t go outside? Try home exercises to get your heart rate up for 30 minutes per day.
  • Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. Grocery stores are staying open, so don’t just pop open that box of Mac n Cheese! Ok fine, maybe one bowl of Mac n Cheese…
  • Practice mindfulness and meditation to give yourself a break from work, stress, and the scary headlines.
  • Stay home, wash your hands, and call your provider immediately if you are experiencing symptoms.

Even though it may seem like a distant future, we will get through this and return to normal. Keep an eye out for some exciting events from HIMSS Northern California and our partners in the coming months.

With care,

HIMSS Northern California Board of Directors
Jason Johnson         Jenni Bendfeldt
Nick Steinbach         Lauren Mock
Jeff Hawley               Nik Tehrani 
Sofia Chancey          Bridget Burke
Nancy Hall                Charmydevine Beane
David Akinsanya

State of Care 2019 Video Series

HIMSS Northern California is excited to present to you our brand new video series: State of Care 2019. In episode one, we ask some of the Bay Area's most innovative healthcare and technology executives for their insights on Social Determinants of Health.

In episode two HIMSS members discuss the evolving state of care and how the switch from volume to value-based care is transforming all aspects of the industry.

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